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Alaska Airways to Purchase Hawaiian Airways for $1.9 Billion

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In a stunning twist, Alaska needs to purchase Hawaiian.

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Alaska Air Group reached a deal to purchase struggling Hawaiian Airways within the newest spherical of U.S. airline consolidation.

The deal would have the Seattle-based group purchase Hawaiian for $18 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at $1.9 billion together with Hawaiian’s debt. Alaska Air Group, which owns Alaska Airways and regional Horizon Air, will proceed to function Hawaiian as an unbiased model and airline inside the group. It’s going to stay based mostly in Seattle and led by CEO Ben Minicucci.

“This mixture is an thrilling subsequent step in our collective journey to supply a greater journey expertise for our friends and broaden choices for West Coast and Hawai’i vacationers,” Minicucci stated in a press release Sunday.

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Hawaiian CEO Peter Ingram added: “With the extra scale and assets that this transaction with Alaska Airways brings, we can speed up investments in our visitor expertise and expertise, whereas sustaining the Hawaiian Airways model.”

Alaska stated it plans to broaden Hawaiian’s Honolulu hub to allow “larger worldwide connectivity for West Coast vacationers all through the Asia-Pacific area.”

Alaska Hawaiian combined route map
The mixed Alaska Airways and Hawaiian Airways route map in December 2023. (Alaska Airways)

Alaska is the sixth-largest U.S. airline by seats, and Hawaiian is the Tenth-largest, in line with Cirium Diio schedule knowledge. Collectively they’d be the fifth-largest provider behind American Airways, Southwest Airways, Delta Air Traces, and United Airways. And, if JetBlue Airways and Spirit win court docket approval of their proposed merger, they’d be the fifth-largest and Alaska-Hawaiian could be the sixth.

Whether or not the Alaska-Hawaiian deal can win U.S. Justice Division approval stays the be seen. The regulator has taken a agency stance towards consolidation within the airline business. It efficiently sued to unwind the American and JetBlue alliance within the northeast, and has gone to trial to dam JetBlue’s proposed takeover of Spirit.

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Hawaiian has struggled to return to profitability for the reason that pandemic. The airline has confronted quite a lot of challenges, together with the gradual restoration of the vital Japanese customer market to Hawaii and, extra just lately, the problems with Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan engines that energy its Airbus A321neos. The latter has compelled Hawaiian to floor as many as 4 plane at a time — almost 1 / 4 of its A321neo fleet — for inspections.

The expanded Alaska Air Group would function 365 plane — together with Airbus A330s and A321neos, and Boeing 717s and 737s — and have agency orders for an additional 119 planes, together with 737s and Boeing 787s. It could serve 138 locations and be a part of the worldwide Oneworld alliance.

Alaska plans to hunt approval from Hawaiian’s shareholders within the first quarter. Deal shut, which requires Justice Division approval, will take 12-18 months — or by as late as June 2025.

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