Alaska Air interested in Hawaiian Air link, CFO says
Alaska Airlines, which in July expanded service to Hawaii, said it would be "very interested" in collaborating with Hawaiian Airlines to offer passengers from the U.S. mainland connections within the islands.
Brad Tilden, chief financial officer of parent company Seattle-based Alaska Air Group Inc., made the remarks yesterday at a Calyon Securities airline conference in New York.
Alaska Air introduced service from Seattle to Honolulu in October and added service from Seattle to Maui on July 17. The carrier has said it plans to start flying from Anchorage to Maui on Oct. 31, and between Seattle and Kona on Nov. 17.
Hawaiian spokesman Keoni Wagner said the airline doesn't comment on any prospective collaboration until it has something to announce.
"We're had good commercial relationships with folks at Alaska for a long time," he added.