Thursday, January 11, marked the beginning of a new era for Virgin America and Alaska Airlines, as both began to fly under a single operating certificate.
That means the Federal Aviation Administration will consider Alaska and Virgin to be a single company.
It’s the latest step in the gradual integration of the Virgin fleet and workforce into Alaska Airlines, which acquired Virgin America in December 2016 for US$2.6 billion. The merger has made Alaska the fifth-largest airline in the US, operating over 1,200 daily flights to more than 120 cities across North America.
In addition to the single certificate, Alaska,, on January 1, integrated Virgin’s and Alaska’s loyalty programs and brought the airlines under a single payroll and benefits programs.
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