Alaska Air Group said yesterday in a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission that it expects a 38% year-over-year jump in third-quarter unit costs at Alaska Airlines and a 21% increase in CASM at Horizon Air due to rising fuel costs and special items. AAG said it expects to take a pre-tax third-quarter charge of $55-$60 million related to its decision to buy out five of nine long-term MD-80 leases (ATWOnline, March 14) and a $30 million charge related to a voluntary severance ...

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