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Alaska and Virgin America seal deal

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But the airlines will operate separately for a while
The parent company of Alaska Airlines has closed its deal to buy Virgin America, creating the USA’s fifth-largest domestic carrier in a plan to be the dominant airline on the West Coast.
Seattle-based Alaska Air Group sealed the $2.6 billion purchase of California-based Virgin America, a week after the US Justice Department approved the deal.
The two airlines’ operations will not be combined immediately, but from next week passengers will be able to buy Virgin America tickets on the Alaska Airlines website.
With a combined fleet of 286 planes and almost 19,000 employees, the newly merged airline will now focus on becoming the dominant carrier on the West Coast. Together they now make 289 daily flights from California with more set to be announced.
“Ultimately this is going to be one airline,” thinks Seth Kaplan of Airline Weekly. “Most certainly it will be called Alaska.”
Los Angeles Times

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