Seattle - On January 24, Alaska Airlines presented the first Airbus, an A320 with its livery. The aircraft comes from Virgin America's fleet.
On Alaska Airline’s Boeing 737s, just behind the nose, you can see the words “Proudly All Boeing.” For years, the Seattle-based carrier has displayed its commitment to the American aircraft manufacturer with this slogan.
But it changes now. Alaska Airlines took over Virgin America in 2016 and now is repainting the A320s of its subsidiary. The Alaska Air group has announced that the Virgin America brand will probably be retired in 2019.
The new member of the Alaska Airlines' fleet is powered by CFM56
engines. Registered as N625VA, the aircraft made its first flight in 2006. Since the beginning of the year, Alaska Airlines and Virgin America operate with a Common Air Operator Certificate (AOC).
The integration process will take a new step in March 2018 when the Virgin America Operational Control Center will be moved from San Francisco to Seattle.
From October, the group also plans to redesign the cabins of the Virgin Airbus' A320s in a configuration similar to Alaska's Boeing 737s.
Virgin America's fleet includes 10, A319; 53, A320 and 4, A321neo. Current orders with Airbus include six additional A321neo and thirty A320neo.