SEATTLE, WA - Alaska Airlines received a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Thursday for Alaska Airlines and Virgin America, marking another significant milestone in the integration of the two airlines. Alaska closed its purchase of Virgin America in December 2016.
In late April, travelers can expect a more streamlined travel experience, with the Alaska mobile app and website serving their travel needs.
"This is a big moment for our company. We're now recognized as a one airline in the eyes of the FAA," said Ben Minicucci, Alaska Airlines' president and chief operating officer and CEO of Virgin America. "I want to congratulate and thank the teams at Alaska and Virgin America for their tireless work to get this done on time, including Gary Beck, the executive sponsor who led this project from the beginning. The CAVOK Group was also instrumental with this massive effort. And we greatly appreciate the assistance of the FAA, the Department of Transportation and other agencies as we accomplished this major milestone."
From Newark, Alaska Airlines serves Seattle, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego. Alaska keeps growing in California, where it now offers service to 42 destinations from the Bay Area.