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Alaska Grows in San Francisco Bay Area With 13 New Nonstop Flights

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines has announced 13 nonstop flights from the San Francisco Bay Area. These flights are expanding markets at San Francisco International Airport and Mineta San Jose International Airport. Alaska Airlines Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Harrison stated, “The 10 new San Francisco routes and three new San Jose routes offer something for both the leisure and business traveler, including exciting destinations like New Orleans, Baltimore, Austin and Kona, Hawaii. Our strategy is to use the same philosophy that's worked well for us in our…

Alaska Airlines’ Acquisition of Virgin America Is Cleared For Takeoff…

Alaska Airlines has been cleared by the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) to proceed with the acquisition of Burlingame, CA-based Virgin America. According to Alaska, they were not required to divest any assets by the DOJ, however, the department will require them to significantly downsize…

Alaska Air Flies With Biofuel Made from Corn

In efforts to lower emissions, airlines and biofuel companies have been testing new possibilities and pushing their limits to create cheaper jet fuel that's safer for the environment. One airline has partnered with a biofuel company to create and test new solutions. Alaska Air joined with Gevo, a biofuel company,…

Network Impact: Alaska Airlines Acquires Virgin America

As news broke last week of Alaska Airlines' acquisition of Virgin America, all other domestic airlines in the region would have been hastily analyzing its impact on their market share. The deal, valued at $57 a share in cash, has resulted in a $4 billion transaction including debt. Let's take a…

Alaska Airlines to Acquire Virgin America in Major Deal

After growing attention over the past week between rivals, Alaska Airlines has announced that it will be purchasing Virgin America in a deal valued at over $2.6 billion. The merged carrier will gain a further focus on the West Coast, with larger hubs based in both Seattle and San Francisco as…

A Perfect Partnership: The Case for a Strong Alliance Between…

As the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978 has slowly consolidated the American airline industry down to only three major players, smaller players such as Alaska Airlines have begun to see the effects of much bigger players encroaching on their territory.  While both American and United have strong west coast hubs in…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) In Aviation History: Airwest/Hughes Airwest

In 1968, with the Airline Deregulation Act in its tenth year, small local carriers across the United States were feeling the pressure of larger carriers that were rapidly invading their markets. In an effort to combat the intense pressure from the large carriers, Airwest was born. The carrier was formed…

Alaska Airlines Expands Further East in the Battle for Seattle

Alaska Airlines has just announced another new set of routes to its map as it will begin to fly to Raleigh/Durham, Nashville and Charleston this Fall from its home in Seattle. John Kirby, the airline’s Vice President of Capacity Planning stated, "Our loyal customers tell us they want new and…