Alaska CEO calls consolidation a positive but favors solo flight for carrier

06/11/2013 | Wall Street Journal, The

Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Air Group, said industry consolidation "has been a good thing." He added, "It will bring challenges for us as we sort out who's in what markets and where people's strengths are. But in general, we're optimistic." He also cited the benefits to functioning as a smaller carrier. "Being small does enable you to listen to your customers better, react a little bit more quickly, take care of your people, act more nimbly with ideas," he said. Tilden said Alaska Airlines wants to succeed as an independent company but benefits from partnerships with American and Delta.

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