Alaska Air to Buy Hawaiian Airlines for $1.9 Billion |

Alaska Air to Buy Hawaiian Airlines for $1.9 Billion

Alaska Airlines, the fifth largest airline in North America, announced on Sunday that it had agreed to acquire Hawaiian Airlines for $1.9 billion.

via: CNN

“This is a fantastic deal that bring two airlines that have amazing loyalties in our regions together,” said Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci in a news conference, adding that the merger will give customers in both states expanded domestic and international choices.

The deal, which is forecast to take nine to 18 months, will see both companies keep their brands, a unique decision that Minicucci and Hawaiian Airlines CEO and President Peter Ingram say was made out of respect for the nearly hundred-year legacy of both airlines and the communities they serve.

“In Alaska Airlines, we are joining an airline that has long served Hawai‘i, and has a complementary network and a shared culture of service,” said Ingram. “With the additional scale and resources that this transaction with Alaska Airlines brings, we will be able to accelerate investments in our guest experience and technology, while maintaining the Hawaiian Airlines brand.”

Minicucci, who will become the CEO of both airlines, heralded the move as pro-consumer will allow for more robust domestic competition with United, Delta, Southwest and American airlines, which currently own 80% of the market share.

The deal comes after JetBlue Airways CEO Robin Hayes testified in federal court in November in an antitrust lawsuit filed by the Justice Department and the attorneys general from six states and the District of Columbia over JetBlue’s proposed $3.8 billion acquisition of Spirit Airlines.

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