Alaska Airlines Receives FAA Diamond Award

SEATTLE , June 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alaska Airlines has received its sixth consecutive Diamond Award for maintenance training excellence from the Federal Aviation Administration(FAA). This is the third consecutive year Alaska received the award with the distinction of Special Recognition, an honor given only when all eligible employees participate in the Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards program.

"Receiving the Diamond Award for the sixth year is a special honor for our Maintenance and Engineering Division and for our more than 700 maintenance employees," said Fred Mohr , Alaska's vice president of maintenance and engineering. "The award reflects our ongoing commitment to technical excellence and to supporting our employees with a rigorous training program."

The FAA also honored 709 Alaska maintenance and engineering employees with individual Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards, including one employee Diamond Award. John Hudson, an Oakland, Calif.-based line avionics technician trainer, received the Diamond Award after completing more than 100 hours of training in 2006.

The Aviation Maintenance Technician Awards program began in 1991. Its purpose is to provide incentives for aviation maintenance technicians to participate actively in initial and recurrent training programs, either on their own or in programs subsidized by their employer.

Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon Air, serve 92 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Canada and Mexico. This year Alaska Airlines celebrates its 75th anniversary, marking the airline's growth from a single-aircraft operation in 1932 to one of the largest U.S.carriers. For reservations, visit For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at

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