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Alaska Airlines names new 25-year airline veteran to lead inflight team 

Alaska Airlines’ board of directors named Matt Prainito vice president of inflight, as part of the airline’s goal to bring together its frontline operation and provide a foundation for growth. Prainito will lead strategy and operations for Alaska’s flight attendants who, on every flight, every day, ensure that guests’ journeys are safe and remarkable with genuine, caring service.

Alaska Airlines names 30-year industry veteran new senior vice president of airport operations

Alaska Airlines’ board of directors has promoted 30-year airline veteran Wayne Newton to senior vice president of airport operations and customer services. In addition to overseeing airport and cargo operations across 125 locations and a team of employees and contractors, Newton will now lead Alaska’s largest hub in Seattle. He has also been named the chairman of the McGee Air Services board of directors, an Alaska Airlines subsidiary that provides ground services. 

Aircraft technicians at Horizon Air ratify new two-year contract 

SEATTLE — Horizon Air aircraft technicians and fleet service agents, who are represented by the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA), have ratified a new two-year contract. The contract was approved by 91% of those employees who voted. The new contract includes increases to the wage scale, retroactive pay to January 2022 and other compensation increases. …

Alaska Airlines names new vice president of finance and controller

SEATTLE— Alaska Airlines has named Emily Halverson vice president of finance and controller for Alaska Airlines and Alaska Air Group. As Alaska’s vice president of finance and controller, Halverson will set the strategy for and oversee financial reporting, payroll, investor relations and accounting operations. Halverson joined Alaska Airlines in 2016 as director of financial reporting…

Alaska Air Group reports first quarter 2022 results

SEATTLE — Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK) today reported financial results for its first quarter ending March 31, 2022 and provided outlook for the second quarter ending June 30, 2022. “Alaska has a proven track record and a resilient business model that delivers in good times and through challenging ones. We are on course to…

Dispatchers at Alaska Airlines ratify new five-year contract   

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines’ 100 dispatchers, who are represented by the Transport Workers Union (TWU), have ratified a new five-year contract. The contract was approved by 81% of those employees who voted. The new contract includes increased pay with a mid-term market review to ensure wage rates stay competitive, along with enhanced benefits and streamlined training.   …

Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci joins UNCF Board of Directors

WASHINGTON D.C., April 6, 2022 — Today, UNCF announced six leading corporate executives will join its board of directors, effective immediately, including Alaska Air Group CEO Ben Minicucci. UNCF is the largest scholarship provider for students of color and an organization dedicated to enabling under-represented students to become highly-qualified college graduates. Minicucci’s appointment to the…

Alaska Airlines April 7, 2022 Operational Update

5 p.m. PT, Thursday, April 7 We’ve recently let down some of our valued guests by cancelling an unusual number of flights. The primary cause of cancellations is the shortage of pilots available to fly versus what was planned when we built our April schedule in January. We are making immediate changes to ensure our…

Alaska Air Group provides update on long-term growth strategy 

Alaska Air Group Inc., the parent company of Alaska Airlines Inc. and Horizon Air Industries Inc., today will host its Investor Day at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time. Tune in online at

During the event, Alaska Air Group will provide an update on its business performance and growth strategy, including successful pandemic recovery, industry outperformance in guest experience and financial strength, and its path forward for long-term value creation.