Alaska Airlines Closes Acquisition Of Virgin, Promises Instant Benefits For Travelers

Alaska Airlines Closes Acquisition Of Virgin, Promises Instant Benefits For Travelers”

Alaska Air Group Inc ALK.N said on Wednesday it completed its $2.6 billion acquisition of Virgin America Inc VA.O , more than eight months after it was first announced, to become the fifth-largest USA carrier. Alaska has some of the highest marks for punctuality in the U.S., something that may be tricky to manage in an expanded network, particularly given that 80% of the USA market is controlled by only four airlines: American, Southwest, United Airlines and Delta.

In a statement on the Virgin America website, the acquired airline told its customers it will be business as usual for quite a while longer because of the time it will take to merge complex systems and workforces. Then, beginning January 9, 2017, Virgin America Elevate members will be invited by Alaska Airlines to activate new Mileage Plan accounts.

Ted S. Warren  AP
Ted S. Warren AP

Alaska said the deal will add Virgin's 200 daily departures to its existing 1,000 daily flights. Passengers on both airlines will also be able to begin earning rewards on each other's flights.

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines announced its $2.6 billion deal in April, reigniting the debate over airline consolidation.

Azerbaijan Reveals Arms Deals With Israel
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is hailing close ties with Azerbaijan on a visit to the ex-Soviet Caspian Sea nation. Netanyahu said that after Donald Trump's inauguration he will lobby the new administration to disengage from the agreement.

To celebrate the merger of two beloved West Coast airlines, Alaska leaders will join employees from Virgin America, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air later this morning at San Francisco International Airport for the unveiling of a co-branded Boeing 737 featuring a special, one-time livery painted in shimmering red, purple and blue. Alaska Air also settled a lawsuit by passengers and travel agents who opposed the merger. Ben Minicucci will serve as chief executive officer of Virgin America in addition to his role as chief operating officer and president of Alaska Airlines.

On Wednesday, Alaska Air Group CEO Brad Tilden said that his company planned to make this "the most customer-friendly merger ever". Schedule and availability are to be announced on December 21.

Pantone Color Institute's 2017 color of the year is 'greenery'
Pantone Color Institute unveiled on Thursday its choice for the upcoming color of the year, "PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery ". She added that the hue is symbolic of "where we are in our lives and what we desire".

The new Alaska is now the nation's fifth-largest airline, but though the two carriers will combine some customer-facing functions quickly, they will operate separately for the foreseeable future. "This is a big decision and one that deserves months of thoughtful and thorough analysis. We plan to make a decision about the Virgin America brand early next year", Tilden said.

Judge orders MI recount to begin at noon Monday
Final counts are outstanding in some counties, but there are not enough uncounted votes to change the outcome, officials say. Most of the 92 precincts being re-counted are in the Las Vegas area, with eight of the precincts in four other counties.

Like this


15 December 2016
Karnataka excise minister resigns over his sex tape surfaces
However, Basavaraj Sarur, husband of the alleged victim, contradicted her statement, saying the woman in the CD was his wife. He has voluntarily resigned. "I also suspect that Meti's aides might have released the video to the media", he alleged.

15 December 2016
Facebook Introduces Live 360 Videos
On Monday, Instagram started rolling out its "Live" video-streaming feature to all iOS and Android platform users in the U.S. The company first released this feature in November to be able to "connect with your friends and followers right now".

14 December 2016
Gov't To Require Cars Be Able To Talk To Each Other
It also would be able to "see" around corners and anticipate problems developing many vehicles ahead. The development of the V2V technology has been visible in MI for several years.

13 December 2016
Buhari Flies To Gambia To Appease Jammeh To Concede Defeat
This has inured to his benefit for the last two years during which several cases have sat unheard by a Supreme Court. A challenge to the vote must be submitted to a court by Tuesday, according to Reuters.

10 December 2016
Should the Electoral College be able to vote against voters' wishes?
The problem with the popular vote system is that it simply invites mob rule of large states and cities to elect the president. Protests, like the ones in the days after the general election, are planned for December 19 when electors gather to vote.

10 December 2016
Gunman opens fire in DC pizzaria after homophobic fake political news story
He was charged with four counts, including felony assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a gun without a licence. He expressed frustration that police seemed uninterested before Sunday's shooting in investigating more thoroughly.

09 December 2016
House OKs bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks
But Tuesday, Faber said he was emboldened to pass the heartbeat bill because of Trump's election and the anti-abortion U.S. Senate Bill 127 was passed by the state House 64-29 on Thursday and then again later in the evening by the Senate 23-8.

09 December 2016
Chief Minister, Others Meet Sasikala Natarajan At Jayalalithaa's Poes Garden
Ansari said her contribution to the economic development of the deprived sections of society would be cherished. A red carpet was laid around the grave where her coffin, made of sandalwood, was lowered just after sunset.

09 December 2016
High court sides with Samsung in patent dispute with Apple
Samsung was initially hit with almost $1 billion in penalties for imitating Apple's design, but it was later cut by $382 million. In 2012 the jury's ruling upheld the patent infringement of the iPhone, with Apple receiving about 930 million euros in damages.

09 December 2016
AT&T-Time Warner Deal Faces Some Tough Questions
During the hearing, Stephenson told the panel that he not been in contact with the president-elect. Bewkes promised that CNN will remain an independent source of journalism.