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Alaska Airlines and Its Aircraft Technicians Ratify New Five-Year Contract

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Alaska Airlines and Its Aircraft Technicians Ratify New Five-Year Contract08:00 EST Wednesday, November 16, 2011SEATTLE, Nov. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines and the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association (AMFA) announced that the carrier's 626 aircraft technicians and related employees have ratified a new five-year contract. The agreement includes annual pay raises, additional job protection provisions, a long-term contract bonus, and a shared commitment between Alaska Airlines and AMFA to work on minimizing health-care cost increases."This contract recognizes the professionalism and skill of our technicians and provides long-term security for our employees, the union and the airline," said Fred Mohr, Alaska Airlines' vice president of maintenance and engineering.Alaska Airlines and AMFA reached a tentative agreement on the new contract in October. The new contract becomes amendable on Oct. 17, 2016.AMFA is the largest craft union representing aircraft technicians and related employees and serves members at Alaska, Mesaba and Southwest Airlines. AMFA's credo is "Safety in the air begins with quality maintenance on the ground." Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together serve 90 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawai'i, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the J.D. Power and Associates 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 North America Airline Satisfaction Studies(SM). For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom.SOURCE Alaska AirlinesFor further information: CONTACT: Bobbie Egan of Alaska Airlines, +1-206-392-5101