Alaska Air http://kplu.org en Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught http://kplu.org/post/alaska-air-says-its-holding-its-own-against-delta-onslaught <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/160171392&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The intensifying competition between Alaska Airlines and rival Delta Air Lines in the Western skies does not seem to be hurting the bottom line of either company.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Seattle-based Alaska Air&nbsp;<a href="http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=109361&amp;p=irol-newsArticle&amp;ID=1950870&amp;highlight=" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">posted a record second quarter profit Thursday</a>, a day after Delta toasted&nbsp;<a href="http://ir.delta.com/stock-and-financial/earnings-releases/default.aspx" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162);" target="_blank">its own high earnings</a>.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">But Alaska executives are still showing concern about a flood of new seats on their home turf.</p><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 00:43:17 +0000 Tom Banse 17868 at http://kplu.org Alaska Air Says It's Holding Its Own Against Delta Onslaught Alaska Air CEO 'Confident' As Delta Spreads Wings On Home Turf http://kplu.org/post/alaska-air-ceo-confident-delta-spreads-wings-home-turf <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/146481291&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air announced strong earnings for the first quarter of the year on Friday.</p><p>The airline group's CEO said he expects good results for the rest of 2014 as well, notwithstanding growing competition from Delta Air Lines on Alaska's home turf.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Delta is dramatically ramping up its Seattle operations to build a new hub city oriented toward the Pacific Rim.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 21:25:44 +0000 Tom Banse 16284 at http://kplu.org Alaska Air CEO 'Confident' As Delta Spreads Wings On Home Turf Seatac Businesses, Unions Stage Showdown over Minimum Wage http://kplu.org/post/seatac-businesses-unions-stage-showdown-over-minimum-wage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Powerful business interests and unions are staging a showdown in the small town of </span>SeaTac<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Tuesday night, the </span>SeaTac<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;City Council is supposed to vote on whether to put a living wage initiative on the November ballot. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:41:17 +0000 Ashley Gross 9396 at http://kplu.org Alaska Air reaches tentative deal with its pilots http://kplu.org/post/alaska-air-reaches-tentative-deal-its-pilots <p>Alaska Air has reached a tentative five-year contract with its nearly 1,500 pilots. It’s a bright note in an industry known for testy labor relations.</p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 20:26:41 +0000 Ashley Gross 9009 at http://kplu.org Alaska Air reaches tentative deal with its pilots Best Seattle-area stock since 2008? (Surprise, it’s not Amazon) http://kplu.org/post/best-seattle-area-stock-2008-surprise-it-s-not-amazon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Sure, Amazon shares have done well over the past five years—up about 245 percent. And people fortunate enough to have bought Starbucks stock in March 2008 have seen their shares climb about 200 percent.</span></p><p>But the real standout stock in the Seattle area is Alaska Air Group. The shares have climbed more than 500 percent in the past five years. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 8192 at http://kplu.org Best Seattle-area stock since 2008? (Surprise, it’s not Amazon) Sea-Tac baggage handlers and cabin cleaners sign union cards http://kplu.org/post/sea-tac-baggage-handlers-and-cabin-cleaners-sign-union-cards <p><em>(Editor's note May 23, 2013: Corrects to clarify that workers have signed cards to join unions but haven't been recognized as unions by their employers. Until they're recognized, they don't have legal status as collective bargaining units.)</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a year of agitating over working conditions, more than 1,000 workers at </span>Sea-Tac<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Airport say they have now signed cards to join unions.</span></p><p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 23:36:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 8162 at http://kplu.org Sea-Tac baggage handlers and cabin cleaners sign union cards How are employers observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day? http://kplu.org/post/how-are-employers-observing-martin-luther-king-jr-day <p></p><p>If you’re looking forward to a long weekend, you’re in the minority. The number of employers closing for business on Martin Luther King Jr. Day has been inching up in recent years, but it’s still only 32 percent. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7560 at http://kplu.org How are employers observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day?