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April 2016: News Item A-1: The Alaska Air Group, parent company of Alaska Airlines (ASA) agreed on April 3rd to purchase San Francisco-based Virgin America (VUS) for approximately $2.6 billion.

April 4, 2016

Presently (ASA) operates 147 Boeing 737S and (VUS) has 60 Airbus A320 jets. (ASA) will leapfrog JetBlue Airways (JBL), which it was competing with in the bidding for (VUS), to become the 5th largest USA airline, after American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and United Airlines (UAL).

San Francisco will become a second major California hub for Alaska Airlines (ASA), which now flies many routes from Los Angeles.

From its main hub in San Francisco and a secondary hub in Los Angeles, Virgin America (VUS) presently flies up and down the West Coast, as well as to Hawaii and to vacation resorts in Mexico, plus transcontinental routes to Chicago, Boston, New York, Washington DC, and Florida destinations.