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Alaska Airlines Earns Ninth Consecutive FAA 'Diamond Award' For Maintenance Training Excellence

SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines has received the Federal Aviation Administration's Diamond Award for maintenance training excellence for the ninth consecutive year. The Diamond Award, the FAA's most prestigious maintenance honor, recognizes Alaska's ongoing commitment to aircraft maintenance and training excellence.

The FAA maintenance technician awards program began in 1991. It provides incentives for aircraft technicians to participate actively in initial and recurrent training, either on their own or in programs offered by their company. In all, 100 percent of Alaska Airlines' aircraft technicians completed training.

"Nothing is more important to Alaska Airlines than safety, and one way we fulfill that primary commitment is by investing daily in the training and technical excellence of our maintenance technicians," said Fred Mohr, Alaska's vice president of maintenance and engineering. "They are doing a great job, as evidenced not only by our ninth consecutive award from the FAA, but also by our outstanding on-time and schedule reliability results."

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together serve more than 90 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction among Traditional Network Carriers" in the J.D. Power and Associates 2008, 2009 and 2010 North America Airline Satisfaction StudiesSM. For reservations, visit alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at alaskaair.com/newsroom.

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