Exhibit 99.1
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July 26, 2018
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Alaska Air Group Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results
Financial Highlights:
Reported net income for the second quarter under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) of $193 million, or $1.56 per diluted share, compared to net income of $293 million, or $2.36 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2017. As the company has recently implemented new accounting standards, including the standards relating to revenue recognition and retirement benefits, 2017 financial information has been adjusted.
Reported second quarter 2018 adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.66 compared to $2.48 reported in the second quarter of 2017. Second quarter adjusted net income excluding special items such as merger-related costs and mark-to-market fuel hedge accounting adjustments was $206 million compared to $309 million in the second quarter of 2017. This quarter's adjusted results compare to the First Call analyst consensus estimate of $1.63 per share.
Paid a $0.32 per-share quarterly cash dividend in the second quarter, a 7% increase over the dividend paid in the second quarter of 2017.
Repurchased a total of 389,739 shares of common stock for approximately $25 million in the first six months of 2018.
Generated approximately $725 million of operating cash flow, including merger-related costs and other special items.
Held $1.6 billion in unrestricted cash and marketable securities as of June 30, 2018.
Operational Highlights:
Transitioned to a single Passenger Service System (PSS) in April 2018, enabling us to provide one reservation system, one website and one inventory of flights to our guests.
Reached a merger transition agreement with the Transport Workers Union (TWU) to combine Boeing and Airbus dispatchers into a single group.
Completed Premium Class rollout on our Boeing 737-800, 900 and 900ER fleets.
Added Aer Lingus as a global Mileage Plan partner.
Added two Boeing 737-900ER aircraft and two Airbus A321neo aircraft to the mainline operating fleet in the second quarter of 2018. Added four Embraer 175 (E175) regional jets to Horizon Air's fleet in the second quarter of 2018 and four E175 aircraft operated by SkyWest Airlines.

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The following information was filed by Alaska Air Group, Inc. (ALK) on Thursday, July 26, 2018 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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