Alaska Air Group is beginning to grapple with one of the most difficult questions of any airline merger—what does the buyer do with a new fleet of aircraft that does not match its own? This dilemma is particularly stark for Alaska Air. CEO Brad Tilden admits the carrier has been “proudly” all-Boeing in its mainline operation for several years. Now, however, it has acquired Virgin America, which has an all-Airbus fleet. And a further complication is that Virgin has many ...

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