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  • SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines' parent company more than doubled third-quarter profit as traffic grew and its planes were fuller. Alaska Air Group Inc. said Thursday that net income rose to $163.4 million, or $2.27 per share, compared with $77.5 million, or $1.06 per share, a year ago. The figures include Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air.

  • Oct 11- U.S. carrier Alaska Airlines said on Thursday it will buy 50 737 single-aisle jetliners, worth $5 billion at list prices, from Boeing Co in its largest order yet. The order includes 37 of Boeing's upcoming 737 MAX, the new-engine variant of the popular 737 that offers better fuel efficiency.

  • NEW YORK-- Alaska Airlines is buying 50 of Boeing Co.' s new 737 s in a deal worth $5 billion at sticker prices. Alaska, operated by Seattle's Alaska Air Group Inc., won't pay full price. The order includes 37 of Boeing's redesigned 737, which it calls the Max.

  • Oct 11- Alaska Airlines said it will buy 50 Boeing 737 single-aisle jetliners, worth $5 billion at list prices, in its largest order yet. Alaska Airlines, which runs an all- Boeing fleet, said the aircraft will be delivered between 2015 and 2022..

  • LONDON, Oct 11-* U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat to higher open on Wall Street on Thursday, with futures for the S&P 500 rising 0.2 percent, the Dow Jones trading flat and the Nasdaq 100 gaining 0.3 percent.

  • Oct 11- Alaska Air Group Inc, parent company of Alaska Airlines, will order 50 Boeing Co 737 single-aisle jetliners on Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing two people familiar with the matter. The order is expected to include Boeing's current generation 737 aircraft and the updated 737 MAX-8 and MAX-9 jetliners, the daily said.

  • SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines said flights were running close to normal late Monday after a fiber-optic outage shut down its ticketing system for more than four hours, causing the airline and its regional carrier to cancel 78 flights, affecting nearly 7,000 customers. The problems were caused by two severed fiber-optic lines in Sprint's network.

  • Oct 8- An outage that cut phone and data service to Sprint customers in parts of California, Oregon and Washington also grounded some Alaska Airlines passengers on Monday as it knocked the air carrier's reservations system off line.

  • SEATTLE-- Alaska Airlines operations slowly were returning to normal Monday afternoon after a fiber-optic outage shut down its ticketing system for five hours, cancelling flights in Seattle and Los Angeles and causing delays across the airline's 64- airport network.

  • Oct 8- An outage that cut phone and data service to Sprint customers in parts of California, Oregon and Washington also grounded some Alaska Airlines passengers on Monday as it knocked the air carrier's reservations system off line.