Alaska Airlines has struck a deal to purchase Hawaiian Airlines for the price of 1.9 billion dollars. The merger of the two companies is expected to create one of the nation’s largest airlines networks. The deal will combine Alaska Airline’s extensive West Coast presence with Hawaiian Airlines extensive presence in Hawaii and the South Pacific. This merger will create a seamless network that reaches all the way from the mainland United States to the islands of Hawaii and the South Pacific. The benefits of the merger include improved customer service and a larger network of flights and destinations. Alaska Airlines will gain access to new markets and stronger scheduling options as well as exclusive access to Hawaiian Airlines’ loyalty program, mileage program and more. The combined airline will be able to offer customers an array of flying options. These include direct flights to popular destinations like Hawaii and the South Pacific as well as flights connecting to the West Coast and beyond. Customers will also be able to enjoy interline connections provided through Alaska Airline’s West Coast network. Additionally, the merger is expected to further diversify Alaska Airlines, as it will gain access to Hawaiian Airlines’ industry leading customer service. Hawaiian Airlines is known for its award-winning customer service, so Alaska Airlines will certainly benefit from this. For travelers, the deal creates an even better way to get to Hawaii and the South Pacific. Hawaiian Airlines’ well-known hospitality and customer service, combined with Alaska Airline’s extensive network and route map, could give passengers more choices than ever before. The agreement is not yet finalized and is still subject to regulatory approval. However, the merger is expected to be completed before the end of the year. This deal is seen as a major win for both Alaska Airlines and Hawaiian Airlines, and customers should be looking forward to the upgraded experience they’ll get from the combined airline.