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US: Alaska Airlines strikes merger deal with Virgin America

 |  February 15, 2018

The US fifth largest airline Alaska Airlines announced Wednesday a merger agreement with Virgin America and the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) for the airline’s 5,400 flight stewards.

The merger accord offers competitive pay raises, increase in retirement contributions and quality of life benefits, which will preserve all productivity of Alaska Airlines’ existing contract, the company said in a statement.

Virgin America flight attendants joined the AFA in April 2017, after the Alaska Airlines acquired Virgin America in 2016, a merger close to completion now.

We’re thrilled to have reached this major milestone towards integrating our flight attendant work groups,” said Jeff Butler, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of guest and inflight services. “We have one of the best flight attendant work groups in the industry. This agreement reflects our shared commitment to bring Virgin America and Alaska Airlines together as one and supports our long-term low cost, low fares business philosophy.”

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