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Alaska Air Group Reports August Traffic

SEATTLE - Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) today reported August operational results for its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines (Alaska) and Horizon Air (Horizon).

ALASKA AIRLINES
Alaska reported an increase in load factor to 84.3 percent in August 2009, compared to 82.5 percent in August 2008, on a 2.9 percent decline in available seat miles (ASMs) compared to the prior-year period. Alaska also reported that 85.7 percent of its flights arrived on time in August 2009, a 7.0-point increase compared to the 78.7 percent reported in August 2008. The following tables show the operational results for August 2009 and for the first eight months of 2009, compared to the prior-year periods:

HORIZON AIR
Horizon reported an increase in load factor to 79.2 percent in August 2009, compared to 78.1 percent in August 2008, on a 12.9 percent decline in capacity compared to the prior-year period. Horizon reported that 88.6 percent of its flights arrived on time in August 2009, a 4.6-point increase compared to the 84.0 percent reported in August 2008. The following tables show the operational results for August 2009 and for the first eight months of 2009, compared to the prior-year periods:

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 and 2009 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.

Posted Sept. 9, 2009

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