Alaska Airlines’ board authorized the company to begin a $650 million share buyback program, the carrier’s seventh since 2007. The share buy back will begin as soon as the current $250 million program is completed, the carrier says. Alaska has bought $208 million in shares in the current program. The carrier also upped the quarterly dividend it pays investors to 25 cents from 20 cents. The company began paying a dividend last year for the first time since 1992. Alaska since 2007 ...

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