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Alaska Airlines and Virgin America: Uniting to create the premier West Coast airline W Posted on April 4, 2016 By Alaska Airlines Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Enter your email address Follow Follow When it comes to flying, there are airlines that get you from point A to point B, and then there are airlines that get you. At Alaska Airlines, and at Virgin America, its always been about the latter. Today two of the countrys favorite carriers announced their intention to merge, forming the premier airline for people on the West Coast to fly. Learn more: FlyingBetterTogether.com From our roots in our namesake state to today, weve been committed to our customers, our employees and the communities that we serve. Today with the acquisition of Virgin America, our company, and that commitment to both ours Follow Our company is infused with a pioneering spirit that goes back to our founding in the state of Alaska. Today you can see it in our culture of innovation and the way our employees go above and beyond every day to delight and care for our customers. Those are values that I see mirrored in the culture at Virgin America, and are what will make us better together, said Tilden.
A pioneering spirit The airline that would become Alaska Airlines was born in the rugged state of Alaska, when Linious Mac
McGee began carrying passengers from Anchorage to Bristol Bay. In the early years of flying furs and people across south-central Alaska, McGee set the stage for todays airline. He pioneered the concept of flying a fleet of similar aircraft to
keep maintenance and crew costs low: a philosophy that both Alaska Airlines and Virgin America continue to fly by today.
That spirit of innovation is alive and well at Alaska Airlines. In 1995, it was the first U.S. airline to sell airplane tickets online. A year later, Alaska Airlines pioneered satellite-based GPS technology to fly more safely and precisely. Today, the airline is testing electronic bag tags the first U.S. airline to do so and boasts the industrys only five-star rated mobile app.
Follow serving Pacific Northwest-inspired food and beverages and installing custom- designed, leather Recaro seats with 110-volt and USB outlets in every seatback. In 2015, Alaska was the first airline to install Boeings Space Bins redesigned overhead compartments with room for 48 percent more bags. So far in 2016, Alaska Airlines debuted its biggest brand update in a quarter century, hired an internationally known fashion designer to design new uniforms for 12,000 customer-facing employees and changed a flight path to accommodate a plane full of umbraphiles hoping to see a total solar eclipse. And if 80 years of history is any indication, theres plenty more to come. Virgin America was founded just nine years ago, and quickly established itself as its own kind of pioneer one that catered to a tech clientele and conducted itself with a start-up mentality within a 100-year-old industry. While Alaska Airlines was replacing its pilots paper flight manuals with iPads, introducing the industrys first baggage service guarantee, and implementing biometric check in at its Board Room lounges, Virgin America was hosting the first-ever live stream from the air, introducing the worlds first seat-back food and drink ordering system, and debuting Google Seat View to offer tours of its aircraft via Google Maps. The new airline will also be one of the industrys greenest between Virgin Americas carbon offset program (a first among airlines) and Alaska Airlines @VirginAmerica on the growth and innovation coming to the skies of our state.
6h Alaska Airlines @AlaskaAir Flying better together: Get our CEOs take on merging two great companies. bit.ly/1RTZxtI #asplusvx Follow With Alaska Airlines strong foundation in the Pacific Northwest, and Virgin Americas California hubs, both airlines fliers will enjoy a strengthened route network with more than 1,200 daily departures to destinations across North and Central America. Alaska Airlines has received top accolades for its customer service scores for eight years and counting, while Virgin America regularly receives top marks in rankings of best domestic airlines. For the past three years, Alaska Airlines has been ranked No. 1 in the Wall Street Journals annual airline scorecard. For the past two, Virgin has ranked No. 2.
Devoted to our Customers is one of our leadership principles here at Alaska Airlines, said Tilden. We are relentlessly focused on making Alaska Airlines the easiest airline in the world to fly through technology, process, and personal connections, and we look for people who share that passion. Thats what we found at Virgin America, and thats what will carry us forward into the next chapter together. That commitment manifests in the almost $12 million in charitable contributions Alaska Airlines made in 2015, and the numerous non-profits supported by Virgin America throughout the state of California and nationwide.
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This communication may be deemed to be solicitation material in respect of the merger of Virgin America with a wholly owned subsidiary of Alaska Air Group. Virgin America intends to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC), including a proxy statement in preliminary and definitive form, in connection with the solicitation of proxies for the merger. The definitive proxy statement will contain important information about the proposed merger and related matters. BEFORE MAKING A VOTING DECISION, STOCKHOLDERS OF VIRGIN AMERICA ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT AND OTHER RELEVANT MATERIALS CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT VIRGIN AMERICA AND THE MERGER. Stockholders will be able to obtain copies of the proxy statement and other relevant materials (when they become available) and any other documents filed by Virgin America with the SEC for no charge at the SECs website at www.sec.gov. In addition, stockholders will be able to obtain free copies of the proxy statement from Virgin America by contacting Virgin Americas Investor Relations Department by telephone at (650) 762-7000, by mail to Virgin America Inc., Attention: Investor Relations Department, 555 Airport Boulevard, Burlingame, California 94010, or by going to Virgin Americas Investor Relations page on its corporate website at http://ir.virginamerica.com.
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Alaska Air Group, Virgin America and certain of their respective directors, executive officers and other employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Virgin Americas stockholders in respect of the merger. Information concerning the ownership of Virgin America securities by Virgin Americas directors and executive officers is included in their SEC filings on Forms 3, 4, and 5, and additional information about Virgin Americas directors and executive officers is also available in Virgin Americas proxy statement for its 2016 annual meeting of stockholders filed with the SEC on March 25, 2016, and is supplemented by other public filings made, and to be made, with the SEC by Virgin America. Information concerning Alaska Air Groups directors and executive officers is available in Alaska Air Groups proxy statement for its 2016 annual meeting of stockholders filed with the SEC on April 1, 2016. Other information regarding persons who may be deemed participants in the proxy solicitation, including their respective interests by security holdings or otherwise, will be set forth in the definitive proxy statement that Virgin America intends to file with the SEC. These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This communication contains forward-looking information about Alaska Airlines, Virgin America and the proposed transaction. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts. These statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as believe, expect, may, likely, should, project, could, plan, goal, potential, pro forma, seek, estimate, intend or anticipate or the negative thereof, and may include discussions of strategy, financial projections, guidance and estimates (including
their underlying assumptions), statements regarding plans, objectives, expectations or consequences of announced transactions and statements about the future performance, operations, products and services of Virgin America and/or Alaska Airlines. Alaska Airlines and Virgin America caution readers not to place undue reliance on these statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties. Consequently, actual results and experience may differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include: the failure to obtain Virgin America stockholder approval of the proposed transaction; the possibility that the closing conditions to the proposed transaction may not be satisfied or waived, including that a governmental entity may prohibit, delay or refuse to grant a necessary regulatory approval; delay in closing the transaction or the possibility of non-consummation of the transaction; the occurrence of any event that could give rise to termination of the merger agreement; the risk that stockholder litigation in connection with the contemplated transaction may affect the timing or occurrence of the contemplated transaction or result in significant costs of defense, indemnification and liability; risks inherent in the achievement of anticipated synergies and the timing thereof; risks related to the disruption of the transaction to Virgin America and its management; the effect of announcement of the transaction on Virgin Americas ability to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with suppliers and other third parties; labor costs and relations, general economic conditions, increases in operating costs including fuel, inability to meet cost reduction goals, an aircraft accident, and changes in laws and regulations. These risks and others relating to Alaska Airlines and Virgin America are described in greater detail in their respective SEC filings, including (i) as to Alaska Airlines, Alaska Airlines Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, as well as in other documents filed by Alaska Airlines with the SEC after the date thereof, and (ii) as to Virgin America, Virgin Americas Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, as well as in other documents filed by Virgin America with the SEC after the date thereof. Alaska Airlines and Virgin America make no commitment to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances occurring or existing after the date any forward-looking statement is made.