Cold Snap At Alaska Airlines

On Sept. 19, Cond Nast Traveler magazine announced that its readers had yet again selected Alaska Airlines as the best U.S. carrier--for the fifth consecutive year. But Alaska Air Group CEO Raymond J. Vecci had little time to celebrate. The airline's parent company is grappling with a nasty fare war and a bitter dispute with its flight attendants' union. On Sept. 11, flight attendants walked out on five flights in California and Washington. And the union says it will escalate action against Alaska Air until the company negotiates a new pay agreement in good faith.

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