Airlines: Out of the Bush

After more than three decades of seat-of-the-pants competition, two of Alaska's pioneer bush airlines have joined forces and moved toward the jet age. Wien Alaska and Northern Consolidated Airlines, with total revenues of $12 million, this month merged their 8,500-mile routes, named the company Wien Alaska Airlines, and went public.

Reason: to finance purchase of three Boeing 737s. Smoothing the way was the Civil Aeronautics Board, which hopes that the venture will offer better service to the 49th state, as well as can cel the need by the two lines for sub...

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