Alaska Air announced to acquire Virgin America on Monday. The acquisition will be another consolidation in American airline industry.
Virgin America, Billionaire Richard Branson's small carrier, is on the block and this is attracting other smaller airlines to bid for it. Airlines in the US are making more profits owing to cheaper oil prices. Acquisition route is ideal for smaller airlines to expand further.
Alaska Airlines is poised to acquire Virgin America for $2 billion deal surpassing JetBlue with a $56 to $58 per share condition. An announcement will be made should the agreement pursue as the talks are not yet final.
The airways announced new cabin design, completed with enhanced technology system to meet travelers' needs nowadays. Besides in-flight internet connection, they also improved new entertainment system with new features and bigger database. The timing of these new improvements coincides with JetBlue's sixteenth anniversary.
FAA reported that there had been almost 700 close encounters between drones and planes. Drones have no permissions to soar the sky of more than 400 feet off the ground or within the five miles of any airport, but on the day of August 15, drones messed with air traffic in the Unites States, dozens of them.
JetBlue Airways announced Wednesday that it will charge certain customers for their first checked bag, yielding to pressure from analysts who criticized the airline for not adding fees in step with other carriers.
American Airlines Group (AAL.O), United Airlines (UAL.N) and other carriers reported strong third-quarter profits on Thursday, helped by falling fuel costs, and mostly shrugged off concerns that Ebola could affect their outlook.