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Alaska/Virgin Delay Merger, DOJ Needs More Time + AS to Slash Virgin Mgmt Jobs

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Alaska Air Group said yesterday that it will delay its merger with Virgin America, originally scheduled for September 30th, in order to allow the US DOJ additional time to review the deal. Alaska met last week with the antitrust division chief to discuss competitive concerns, though the airlines contend that their routes are mostly complementary.…

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Alaska MileagePlan Sale – Up to 50% Bonus!

Alaska Mileage Plan

Alaska Airlines doesn’t belong to any alliance, but they have a variety of partners where you can earn or redeem MileagePlan miles with. Their partners often have aspirational products, like Cathay Pacific First Class and Emirates First Class. Other than these two, Alaska also partners with AeroMexico, Air France, American Airlines, British Airways, Delta, FIJI Airways, Hainan Airlines, Japan…

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DOT Grants Havana Flights to 8 US Airlines – Airline & City Details Here

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Alaska, American, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, Spirit, and United have been tentatively granted rights to fly from the US to Havana, Cuba! In the tentative decision, DOT stated that this proceeding provides an opportunity to introduce scheduled service to Havana after more than 50 years of U.S.-Cuba services being absent altogether or limited only to…

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FDA Tells Alaska: You’re Dirty, No Ice Allowed for Horizon Air Beverages

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The FDA has informed Alaska Air Group that its Horizon Air subsidiary needs to stop serving ice with drinks until it installs hand-washing sinks in the bathrooms of its fleet of 52 Bombardier Q400 turboprops. Having employees was their hands in airport bathrooms and utilizing hand sanitizer is not enough according to the FDA. “Directing your employees to…

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Delta: Alaska-Virgin Merger Has No Impact on Us, “Let’s See How They Do”, Future of Delta/Alaska Code-Share…

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Delta’s new CEO Ed Bastian had some interesting comments on the planned Alaska-Virgin America merger. When asked by the Puget Sound Business Journal about the impact on Delta he shrugged and said all the routes already existed before the acquisition. “It doesn’t have any impact on Delta at all. They’ll have their work cut out…

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Richard Branson’s Letter on Virgin American Merger -“Sadness, Nothing I Could Do to Stop It”

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I would be lying if I didn’t admit sadness that our wonderful airline is merging with another. Because I’m not American, the US Department of Transportation stipulated I  take some of my shares in Virgin America as non-voting shares, reducing my influence over any takeover. So there was sadly nothing I could do to stop it.…

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Alaska Officially Becomes 5th Largest US Airline w/ Virgin America Merger, Separate Visa Cards for Now

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Well, it’s now official. Alaska has won a “frenzied bidding war” with JetBlue according to the WSJ to buy Virgin America. Alaska will pay $57/share (a +47% premium on their most current closing price), valuing the deal at $2.6B. A person familiar with the jousting said it was “a fierce back and forth between the two sides,…

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