Hawaii has become an important part of Alaska Airlines' route network over the past decade, but some of the carrier's Hawaii routes may not be sustainable in the face of rising competition.
News & Analysis: Alaska Air Group
Improvements in the first quarter suggest this one-time high flier is finally cleared for takeoff.
Southwest's pain may be Alaska's gain.
ALK earnings call for the period ending March 31, 2019.
The low-fare airline expanded its adjusted pre-tax margin for the first time since 2016 last quarter -- and management is bullish about the rest of 2019.
Alaska Airlines is set to hold its profit roughly steady in the first quarter -- with strong earnings growth likely in the second quarter and thereafter.
Alaska Airlines could significantly improve its profitability by getting back to operating a single fleet type, and Boeing may be especially motivated to find new orders for its troubled 737 MAX program this year.
The West Coast-focused airline has already paid down a lot of the debt it took on to buy Virgin America, and free cash flow is set to surge over the next two years.
There has been post-merger turbulence, but airline management has a plan to return to cruising altitude.
These two airlines made big cuts to their first-quarter unit revenue forecasts on Tuesday.