Alaska Air Group, parent of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, reported a third-quarter net loss of $17.4 million, reversed from a net profit of $90.2 million in the year-ago quarter. The company blamed special charges for the losses, including the buyout of five MD-80 leases and costs associated with a voluntary severance program. Excluding special items, AAG said it would have made $77.9 million for the quarter, increased from $71.5 million excluding special items last year. CEO Bill Ayer ...

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