Where do things stand with the regulatory review process?

In early February, we received a request for additional information from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in connection with its review of our proposed combination. We signed a timing agreement with DOJ to extend to 90 days the period to review the proposed transaction after we provide the additional information it requested. We have been working cooperatively with DOJ as it reviews our proposed deal and will continue to do so.

We expect the transaction to close approximately 12-18 months after the combination was announced on December 3, 2023.

What progress has been made since the announcement?

We’ve proudly celebrated the following milestones since our announcement on December 3, 2023:

  • On February 16, 2024, Hawaiian Airlines announced that a substantial majority of its stockholders voted in favor of the merger.
  • Alaska Airlines announced a newly formed Hawai‘i Community Advisory Board (HICAB) to continue cultivating a deep and enduring relationship with local Hawai‘i communities and support our ongoing commitment to develop a true and authentic understanding of Hawai‘i’s people and culture.
  • Important integration work is underway and we look forward to sharing more information as we move through the process.
  • You can learn more about other recent developments in our Newsroom.

Can Hawaiian Airlines accept other offers for sale?

No – Hawaiian Airlines’ shareholders voted in favor of the proposed acquisition by Alaska Airlines.

What will this deal mean for customers?

More destinations: Passengers will benefit from more choice and increased international connectivity across both airlines’ networks and through the oneworld Alliance, with combined access to over 1,200 destinations, including non-stop service to 29 top international markets.

Increased product and fare choice: The combination preserves and expands high-quality, best-in-class product offerings with price points to make air travel accessible to a wide range of consumers across a range of cabin classes, including greater choice between Alaska Airlines’ high-value, low-fare options and Hawaiian Airlines’ international and long-haul product on par with network carriers.

Increased loyalty program benefits: The transaction will connect Hawaiian Airlines’ loyalty members with enhanced benefits through an industry-leading loyalty program for the combined airline, including the ability to earn and redeem miles on 30 global partners and receive elite benefits on the full complement of oneworld Alliance airlines, expanded global lounge access and benefits of the combined program’s co-brand credit card.

Expanded service for Hawai‘i: For Hawai‘i residents, the combination will expand service and convenience by tripling the number of destinations throughout North America that can be reached nonstop or one stop from the Islands, while maintaining robust Neighbor Island service – which means continuing this service at similar levels – and increasing air cargo capacity.

Will the expanded company’s network or alliances be impacted?

Together and through the oneworld Alliance, the expanded company’s networks will provide passengers combined access to over 1,200 destinations, including non-stop service to 29 top international destinations in the Americas, Asia, Australia and the South Pacific.

How will the two brands be integrated?

Both names and brands will remain. It is early in the integration planning process and we are still working out the specifics of dual branding , but what we know for sure is that there is great respect and admiration for the Hawaiian Airlines brand, and routes to, from and within the Islands will continue to have a guest-facing experience that retains Hawaiian Airlines branding.

This transaction will combine many back-end services that don’t impact branding. The combined airline will share a joint loyalty program and support functions under one, unified platform and will operate under a single operating certificate.

Who will run the company?

The combined organization will be based in Seattle under the leadership of Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci.

How will Hawaiian Airlines’ culture be preserved?

Alaska Airlines understands deeply the importance of preserving and upholding Hawaiian Airlines’ unique place in the business and culture of Hawai‘i, to provide critical passenger and cargo service, to remain a major employer of local people, and to carry Hawai‘i’s culture and values around the world.

We are hosting community conversations will be held across the state to listen and learn from Hawaiian Airlines employees and local residents, and working together to find the best way forward together.

Does this affect my Mileage Plan or HawaiianMiles account?

For now, nothing is changing. Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines continue to operate as independent companies until the proposed transaction closes.

After the combination, the two airlines’ loyalty programs will be integrated into a single shared loyalty program, and any miles accrued in Hawaiian Airlines’ loyalty program will be carried into the new program.

Members who qualify for the Pualani Elite status with Hawaiian Airlines will also see their status carried across the combined program.

Once the combination is complete, Hawaiian Airlines’ existing customers will enjoy the benefits of the industry’s highest-value customer loyalty program, earning and redeeming miles and receiving elite benefits on the full complement of oneworld Alliance airlines, expanded global lounge access and the combined program’s credit card(s).

Will the companies offer a joint loyalty program or credit card?

The transaction will connect HawaiianMiles members with enhanced benefits through an industry-leading loyalty program for the combined airline, including the ability to earn and redeem miles on 30 global partners and receive elite benefits on the full complement of oneworld Alliance airlines, expanded global lounge access and benefits of the combined program’s co-brand credit card.

What does this mean for employees?

This will be a long process, and there are no changes at this time. The companies will continue to operate as two separate entities until the deal is closed.

The expanded company will secure and grow the number of labor union represented jobs in the Hawaiian Islands, maintaining a strong employee base in Hawai‘i, and preserve pilot, flight attendant and maintenance technician bases in Honolulu in addition to a strong operations presence with local leadership and a local regional headquarters to support the larger network.

What does the future of the fleet look like?

Looking to the future and pending regulatory clearance and integration completion, the combined company will operate with a new network that includes a wide array of flight missions, including long-haul international, and maintains inter-island service. This will include widebody, narrowbody and regional aircraft.

How does this change Alaska’s single fleet strategy?

Over the last few years, Alaska Airlines put a lot of effort into getting back to a single narrowbody fleet. It made sense given Alaska’s current network and the economic benefits of doing so. Under these new conditions, we will be analyzing the best narrowbody fleet makeup for a new, combined network that will also include wide-body aircraft, but nothing changes any time soon.

Will the airlines’ commitments to sustainability continue?

The expanded company will maintain the pre-merger airlines’ strong commitment to environmental stewardship, including Alaska Airlines’ five-part path to net zero by 2040 and other integrated initiatives related to reducing waste, supporting healthy ecosystems and local sourcing.