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AFA AND ALASKA AIRLINES REACH TENTATIVE ACCORD

 SEATTLE, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The master executive council of the Alaska Airlines chapter of the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) and Alaska Airlines jointly announced today that they have reached tentative agreement on a new contract.
 Details of the accord, which still requires flight attendant ratification, are not being disclosed.
 In announcing the agreement, Gail Bigelow, president of AFA's master executive council, said, "Today, together, AFA and Alaska Airlines took a bold step to reinvent our company. We have taken a great leap of faith, abandoning years of contentious labor relations for a shared, successful future. This is a strong union contract in which flight attendants will be well compensated. In taking this step AFA has shown that it is not afraid to forge new ground in productivity and efficiency in a contract that ensures the flight attendants' compensation, job security and respect. This settlement represents a vision on both sides of a cooperative future in a competitive industry."
 Ray Vecci, chairman and chief executive officer of Alaska Airlines, said, "This agreement is significant in ways that transcend mere words in a contract. It marks a new spirit at Alaska Airlines that embodies a willingness by all sides to depart from entrenched positions for the benefit of all. As we look to the future, this signals a new era of cooperation between the airline and AFA. This is good news for employees, shareholders and customers alike."
 The tentative agreement would apply to all of the approximately 1,500 flight attendants at Alaska Airlines.
 The Association of Flight Attendants is the collective bargaining agent for 33,000 flight attendants on 21 air carriers in the United States. It is the largest flight attendant union in the world.
 Seattle-based Alaska Airlines serves 45 cities and towns in Alaska, Mexico, Russia and five Western states.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Jo Manzanares of the Association of Flight Attendants, 206-878-2726; or Lou Cancelmi of Alaska Airlines, 206-433-3170/
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