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In a major shakeup of the domestic U.S. airline industry, Alaska Airlines announced it will acquire Honolulu-based Hawaiian Airlines.
The new acquisition will bring a multitude of new options for passengers to connect to Hawaii and beyond, along with seamless integration into the Oneworld alliance. This will be a significant advantage for travelers on both the East and West Coasts of the U.S.
This acquisition has been rumored for quite some time as Hawaiian’s financial position in recent years has become precarious, especially after the COVID-19 pandemic. Alaska Airlines will be purchasing Hawaiian Airlines for $18 per share, for a transaction value of approximately $1.9 billion.
First and foremost, both brands will remain separate as they provide uniquely different price points and products but will be headquartered in Seattle under the leadership of Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci. While the airlines will remain separate, there will be a transition to a single loyalty program.
Although the headquarters will be relocated to Seattle, Honolulu will continue to have a strong presence, as Alaska Airlines plans to elevate it to a hub within the airline’s network.
Here’s what we know about the purchase:
A lot will happen over the next few months, and the transaction isn’t fully expected to close for another 12 to 18 months.Hot Tip:
Both airlines’ loyalty programs will remain separate for quite some time, so there’s no need to worry about what will happen to your miles, though at some point, the miles will merge into a single loyalty currency (about 1 to 1.5 years from now, likely).
For those who like to visit the warmth of Hawai’i, this is definitely exciting news as you’ll now have more options to get there on both Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines. This is also incredibly beneficial to Oneworld flyers, with more options to utilize perks and rack up miles!
As we gather more details regarding this significant development between Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines, we’ll make sure to update this story with the latest details, so check back for updates.
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