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Alaska Airlines Renewed on IOSA Registry After Completing International Safety Audit


SEATTLE - Alaska Airlines today announced it again successfully completed the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) and has been renewed on the IOSA Registry. The airline has been on the registry since 2006.

The IOSA Registry is a key element of IATA's efforts to promote global airline operational safety. To achieve IOSA registration, Alaska Airlines satisfied more than 900 standards in eight operational areas, including flight operations, operational control, flight dispatch, aircraft engineering and maintenance, cabin operations, aircraft ground handling, cargo operations and operational security.

"Safety is a foundational core value at Alaska Airlines that all of our employees are committed to," said Tom Nunn, Alaska's vice president of safety. "Participating in the IOSA registration audit is a natural extension to this commitment and further validates our safety, quality and operating standards."

The IOSA program contributes to improved aviation safety worldwide in a cost-effective manner by establishing a universally accepted set of safety audit standards and reducing the airline industry's reliance on redundant audits with varying standards. Preparing for or completing IOSA registration is a condition of membership in IATA, which represents more than 94 percent of international airline passenger traffic.

Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together serve 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, 2010 and 2011 North America Airline Satisfaction StudiesSM. For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air Newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom.

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