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Virgin America may live on after purchase by Alaska Airlines, new owner says

Virgin America may live on after purchase by Alaska Airlines, new owner says

When the parent company of Alaska Airlines announced in April that it was buying Virgin America for $2.6 billion, many Virgin America loyalists worried that the purchase would mean the end of the Burlingame-based carrier.

But the chairman and chief executive of Alaska Air Group, Brad Tilden, told the Associated Press this week that Alaska is considering operating Alaska Airlines and Virgin America as two separate airlines.

After a speech at the Wings Club, an aviation professional group in New York, Tilden told the AP that he is “taking a good look at...

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