Alaska Air Group Reports First Quarter Results

Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air announce new service charge for first checked bag with guarantee First Quarter Financial Highlights: - Net loss, excluding special items, of $25.4 million , or $0.70 per share, compared to a net...


"We're adapting to a marketplace in which customers increasingly want the lowest fare possible, with the option to pay extra to use other services," Ayer said. "We want to continue matching the lowest fare in the market without being at a revenue disadvantage to our competitors. But we're also going to provide customers more value for what we're charging through the bag service guarantee, which no other airline offers."

Customers whose luggage is not at baggage claim within 25 minutes after their flight parks at the gate will receive 2,500 Alaska Airlines Mileage Plan miles or $25 off a future flight.

First class, MVP and MVP Gold Mileage Plan members, unaccompanied minors, military personnel on active duty and passengers traveling to or from Mexico City and Guadalajara, Mexico , will not be charged for a first checked bag. Customers traveling solely within the state of Alaska also will continue to be allowed three free checked bags.

In conjunction with the change, the service charge for a third bag will drop from $100 to $50, so passengers who check three bags will pay a total of $90 instead of $125. The second checked bag charge will remain at $25. Passengers checking two bags will pay a total of $40. The fees for overweight and oversized bags, currently $50 or $75 depending on weight and size, also will not change.

A conference call regarding the first quarter 2009 results will be simulcast via the Internet at 8:30 a.m. Pacific time on April 23, 2009 . It can be accessed through the company's Web site at alaskaair.com/investors. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available after the conclusion of the call at alaskaair.com/investors.

References in this news release to "Air Group," "company," "we," "us" and "our" refer to Alaska Air Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries, unless otherwise specified. Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Horizon Air Industries, Inc. are referred to as "Alaska" and "Horizon," respectively, and together as our "airlines."

This news release contains forward-looking statements subject to the safe harbor protection provided by Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to future events and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause actual outcomes to be materially different from those indicated by any forward-looking statements. For a comprehensive discussion of potential risk factors, see Item 1A of the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 2008 . Some of these risks include current economic conditions, increases in operating costs including fuel, competition, labor costs and relations, our significant indebtedness, inability to meet cost reduction goals, terrorist attacks, seasonal fluctuations in our financial results, an aircraft accident, laws and regulations, and government fees and taxes. All of the forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to the risk factors discussed therein. These risk factors may not be exhaustive. We operate in a continually changing business environment, and new risk factors emerge from time to time. Management cannot predict such new risk factors, nor can it assess the impact, if any, of such new risk factors on our business or events described in any forward-looking statements. We expressly disclaim any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date of this report to conform them to actual results. Over time, our actual results, performance or achievements will likely differ from the anticipated results, performance or achievements that are expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements, and such differences might be significant and materially adverse.

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