Established in 2007, Virgin America is an American low-cost carrier based at San Francisco International Airport's Terminal Two. With its fleet of Airbus narrowbody aircraft and a popular low-cost product, Virgin America operate a network of services along the US West Coast, trans-national services services between major cities on the East and West Coasts of the US and international services to Mexico.
In Apr-2016, Alaska Air Group Inc, parent company of Alaska Airlines, and Virgin America Inc announced that their boards of directors have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement, under which Alaska Air Group will acquire Virgin America for an aggregate transaction value is approximately USD4.0 billion. Alaska Airlines Group closed the acquisition on 14-Dec-2016, becoming the fifth largest commercial service operator in the US with a combined fleet of 60 A320s and 147 Boeing 737s. According to the airline group, Virgin America will continue operating under its own AOC as Alaska Airlines seeks FAA approval to allow the two airlines to operate as a single carrier. The Virgin America brand will be phased out in 2019, as Alaska Air Group incorporates the carrier into Alaska Airlines' operations. Alaska Airlines will operate all Virgin America flights from 25-Apr-2018. Alaska plans to continue to operate the Virgin America fleet with its current name and product during the interim period.
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