Founded in 1985, Alaska Air Group is an airline holding company headquartered in SeaTac, Washington. It operates flights to over 130 destinations across the United States, Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. It has also introduced an app to make the proce
Founded in 1985, Alaska Air Group is an airline holding company headquartered in SeaTac, Washington. It operates flights to over 130 destinations across the United States, Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. It has also introduced an app to make the process of travelling via their flights more convenient.
Although Alaska Air was founded in the 1980s, its origin dates back to the 1930s when Linious Mac McGee tagged the sides of a three-passenger Stinson by writing “McGee Airways”. Then in 1934, McGee merged with Star Air Service and created Alaska’s then-largest airline with 22 aircrafts. Through the next three decades, it underwent expansions, and finally in 1985, Alaska Air Group was formed as the holding company for this airline.
The company spent the 1990s bettering its services and reshaping itself as per the changing tides of the airline industry. By the beginning of 2000s, it started adding more destinations like Dallas, Chicago, Boston and some others from the US. It also began providing flights to and from Hawaiian Island and added new destinations from Mexico.
During the mid-2010s Alaska Air became the first to accept Google wallet for payments and also modernised their work environment by changing pilot papers with iPad and spearheaded self-tagging.
Alaska offers its flagship credit card ‘Alaska Mileage Plan’ that provides its user with great loyalty benefits and discounts on its flights. Customers can enjoy 20% cashback to redeemable miles with no blackout days. It is also a contactless one-tap card that can be used for free checked bags.
Alaska Air is an S&P 500 indexed company that has enjoyed a spot in the Fortune 500 list from 2014 to 2019. It is listed in the New York Stock Exchange under ALK as its symbol. Alaska Air Group share prices reached their highest ever mark on March 1st 2017, and stood at $100.24.
Over the years, Alaska Air Group has won several awards recognising their performance in the industry. Some of the notable ones include Sunset Travel Awards 2019, being named the best mid-size airline in North America 2019 by Traveller’s Choice and the best traveller reward program by US News in 2019-2020.
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