Alaska Air Group Employees Earn $88 Million in Bonuses for 2012 Performance

 Alaska Air Group Employees Earn $88 Million in Bonuses for 2012 Performance

PR Newswire

SEATTLE, Feb. 27, 2013

SEATTLE, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Alaska Air Group paid annual bonuses
totaling nearly a month's pay today to nearly 13,000 employees for exceeding
the company's 2012 operational and financial goals. The bonus of about 8
percent of annual pay is in addition to the $1,100 in bonuses, on average,
that each employee earned last year for achieving monthly on-time and customer
satisfaction targets. The combined monthly and annual bonuses amounted to
nearly $88 million.

"We're pleased to share the company's financial success with our amazing
employees at Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air," Alaska Air Group CEO Brad
Tilden said. "Their teamwork and dedication to our customers are at the heart
of our success. On behalf of the leadership team, I want to thank and
congratulate our people for their outstanding efforts." recently ranked Alaska Airlines the No. 1 on-time major
airline in North America for the third year in a row and J.D. Power and
Associates named the carrier highest in customer satisfaction among
traditional network carriers for the fifth consecutive year in 2012.

More than $42 million in annual bonuses — 62.4 percent of the total — is being
paid to some 6,700 Alaska and Horizon employees in Washington state. Another
$9 million is being paid to nearly 2,000 employees in the Portland, Ore.,
area; $6.5 million is going to 1,580 workers in the state of Alaska; while
$6.2 million will be paid to about 1,470 employees working in California.

"This bonus truly speaks to the collaborative efforts between the hard-working
union employees and Alaska Airlines management,”" said Tim Cullen, Aircraft
Mechanics Fraternal Association Local 14 president. “"This performance-based
pay represents not just a bonus from Alaska Airlines, but from the customers
whom we serve through exceptional service and, above all for us, exceptional
aircraft maintenance technicians.”"

Bonuses in Alaska Air Group's Performance Based Pay Plan are determined by
meeting specific company-wide goals for safety, customer satisfaction, cost
control and profit that are approved annually by the board of directors.
Annual bonuses have averaged 8 percent over the past four years, exceeding the
plan's target payout of 5 percent.

Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with
its partner regional airlines, serves 95 cities through an expansive network
in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines has ranked
"Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the
J.D. Power and Associates North America Airline Satisfaction Study^SM for five
consecutive years from 2008 to 2012. For reservations, visit For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines
Newsroom at

SOURCE Alaska Air Group

Contact: Bobbie Egan, Alaska Airlines, +1-206-392-5101
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