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ALASKA AIRLINES PROTESTS ANTI-TRUST SETTLEMENT

 ALASKA AIRLINES PROTESTS ANTI-TRUST SETTLEMENT
 SEATTLE, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines announced today it


has filed in U.S. District Court in Atlanta a motion to intervene in a proposed antitrust settlement calling for the distribution of $400 million worth of travel vouchers by seven of the nation's major carriers.
 Under the terms of the settlement, travellers who flew to or from certain U.S. cities aboard the carriers between Jan. 1, 1988, and June 30, 1992, can apply for coupons offering travel discounts on those airlines. Alaska Airlines was not among the carriers named in the class action suit charging American, Trans World, Northwest, USAir, Continental, Delta and United Airlines with price fixing.
 Alaska has moved to intervene to voice its objections to the exclusive nature of the travel voucher program. Under the terms of the settlement, the seven airlines are not required to publicize that other carriers may accept the vouchers, hampering smaller competitors' efforts to compete for an estimated $4 billion worth of travel revenue.
 In addition, the vouchers can be redeemed only through the seven airlines. Alaska suggests that travel agents be allowed to book reservations to ensure that coupon recipients are informed of all travel options to and from their destinations.
 The seven carriers named in the suit accounted for 86.5 percent of the domestic revenue passenger miles (RPMs) in 1991. Alaska represented 1.2 percent of the industry's RPMs for the same period. (RPMs represent the number of revenue-paying passengers multiplied by the miles that they are carried.)
 "If the public is not informed that smaller, non-defendant carriers will honor the vouchers, the other airlines will only increase their already dominant position in the market," said Bill McKnight, Alaska's vice president of marketing. "Allowing reservations to be booked by travel agents will ensure that the travelling public will have the broadest range of carriers from which to choose."
 Alaska believes that if the court adopts its suggestions, the basic terms of the settlement agreements will not be affected.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Ehrlich of Alaska Airlines, 206-431-7424/
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