Alaska Airlines + Virgin America = More to love
On 14 December, Alaska Airlines announced merger with Virgin America. The purchase agreement was signed in April 2016 and fully approved by Virgin America shareholders in July. As a result of this merger, it turns out 5 is the largest airline in the United States.
Alaska Airlines bought Virgin America
The group will operate one fleet consisting of 286 aircraft efficient, with an average of 8.1 years, being the youngest fleet of the top 5 airlines in the United States.
From December 19, Virgin America Elevate and Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan members can earn miles on Virgin America and Alaska Airlines flights. Also from 19 December, customers can buy Virgin America air tickets from alaskaair.com.
For now, 2 airlines will continue to operate flights under their own brands. No decision has yet been made on the future of the Virgin America brand, but studies are being made in this direction. Alaska Airlines officials said a decision will be made early next year.
Currently, the 2 airlines operate most flights from the US west coast of the Seattle, Portland, Anchorage, San Francisco and Los Angeles hubs. Alaska Airlines and Virgin America provide approximately 1200 daily flights to 118 destinations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Cuba and Costa Rica.
The moment was marked by the presentation of a Boeing 737-900ER aircraft in a special livery. Alaska Airlines + Virgin America = More to love!