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Pilot flights from New York area New York Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Newark Liberty International Airport and LaGuardia Airport will be relocated and deployed from West Coast hub this autumn. Aeroplanes of the enterprise will continue to operate in New York. Virgin America had been competing with incumbent airlines on this trans-continental trade for over a decade promoting itself as the cold, alternate carrier of Silicon Valley ahead of the proposed acquisition.
"It was a tough - but necessary - choice, due to the need to align our pilots with the geographical areas on the West Coast where we operate our planes daily. JFK Alaska is offering 14 daily departures to JFK and the airline says it will be adding another in July.
Central and East Coast air lanes made up 4 per cent of Alaska's air mix in 2013, but rose to 10 per cent after the fusion. During the same period, Alaska's California footprint increased from 15 per cent to 25 per cent in terms of networking compositions, which could grow after the change.
Now, Alaska services more than 115 targets from seven hub locations along the west coast. Carrier is leading German based in Seattle, Portland and Anchorage. In San Francisco it took second place and in Los Angeles International Airport fifth. Over 40,000 SFO passengers per night are still seated at United Airlines, almost four to Alaska.
Delta has raised its participation in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and offers more than 50 attractions, among them eight overseas states. Southwest Airlines offers a low-cost airline from four Californian towns, which include inter-island services, and Alaska will also face fierce competitive conditions in Hawaii. In Mexico and Alaska, many goals already reached by Alaska Airlines from the West Coast hub are not saturated with live services from New York highways.
Favourite holiday resorts in Mexico like Puerto Vallarta and Los Cabos have little or no air travel from New York. Nor are there any national airlines operating non-stop services to Anchorage, Alaska from JFK or Newark. Just a seven and a half hours plane ride, a seasonally scheduled destination in summers in Alaska's biggest town, could open up the multi-billion dollars tourist industry that is continuing to expand in the border state.
According to Alaska Airlines, its three-part paradigm approach to business is to fly clients to their destinations at low rates, build customer loyalty through value for money programmes and increase networking penetration and frequencies. The Alaska government has pledged that the Virgin America merger will be ahead of industrial benchmarks and will be 85 per cent completed by June of this year.
Yet now Alaska staff members still wear Virgin uniform, wing and Virgin brand planes. The history has been refreshed to show that Alaska currently offers 14 daily JFK services. Alaska has also been upgraded to show that it has signed an agreement to take over Virgin America for $2.6 billion in April 2016.
Alaska will also clarify that it will be closing its New York pilots in September, but will continue to service the New York area.