Alaska Airlines and Virgin America announced plans to merge in a $4 billion deal unanimously approved by each company’s board of directors but still needs US regulatory approval. Alaska Air Group, parent of Seattle-based Alaska and regional carrier Horizon Air, confirmed Monday, April 4, that it had reached a deal to acquire San Francisco-based Virgin. It became known last week that Virgin was seeking a buyer, with Alaska and New York-based JetBlue Airways said to be the front ...

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