New York-based JetBlue Airways president and CEO Robin Hayes has confirmed publicly for the first time that JetBlue was the rival bidder for acquiring Virgin America, which has entered into an agreement to be purchased by Seattle-based Alaska Air Group. Alaska agreed to pay $57 per share for San Francisco-based Virgin America, and has said the highest bid of the rival bidder was $55 per share. “We did consider acquiring Virgin America as a way to more quickly build our [US] West Coast ...

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