ALASKA AIR GROUP, Alaska (AP) Alaska Air, which had about 6,000 employees, announced Monday it is shutting down its commercial and service operations in the U.S. and its overseas destinations.
Alaska Air, based in Anchorage, had nearly 5,500 employees worldwide.
The announcement was made in a memo to employees and confirmed by the company’s chief executive, Ken Harkins.
The memo did not provide any details about how the company will close its operations.
The announcement was first reported by The Associated Press.
Harkins said the company would not be reopening Alaska Air’s commercial operations or flights from Anchorage to Hawaii.
He said the airline would remain focused on its core business of providing high-quality air travel.
Haines said the decision was made after the company evaluated all options available, including the possibility of an exit.
Haines did not specify what those options might be.
Haina, who was hired in March and took over the company in July, has been on the job less than two weeks and did not say how long he planned to stay.
Alaska Air has not announced any immediate plans to sell Alaska Air.
Alaskans who have lost jobs at Alaska Air or its subsidiaries have been complaining for months about job losses and the company not hiring enough people.
Harkin, who took over in June, said he was working to address some of those issues and said the plan was to open up Alaska Air to outside hires, including foreign workers, in the near future.
Hains said Alaska Air would continue to serve Alaska customers and that Alaska Air plans to continue to offer flights to U..
S.-based carriers and U.N. agencies.
Alas, the Alaska Airlines flight that left Anchorage in mid-September was scheduled to arrive in Hawaii, Hainis said.
Hishas flight was on its way to Hawaii when the Alaska Air plane crashed into a mountain in the mountains of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, killing all 149 people aboard.
Hail stormSirens sounded in Anchorage and other cities as helicopters circled overhead in a hail storm on Monday morning.
Some in Anchorage were shocked by the sight of the helicopter crash, while others were surprised by the helicopter’s absence.
The helicopter was spotted on its first flight, and it flew to a nearby airfield before flying back to Anchorage.
Alaska Airlines confirmed that the helicopter was flying at the airport in Anchorage.
It is unclear what happened to the helicopter, which was registered to Alaska Airlines but did not appear to be on its flight.
Alaska said it would work with the FBI and the FAA to determine what caused the helicopter to crash.
Hishas plane, which made its last flight at the airfield, was seen taking off on its second flight.
Hiker dies in crash at parkAlaska Airlines said in a statement that a man who died in a crash at a park in Alaska’s Lower 48 on Monday afternoon was named as Brian Stinson.
Stinson was a student at Alaska’s College of Southern Alaska and a volunteer for the Anchorage Air Museum.
He had been volunteering at the park for several weeks.
Alpine snowstormAlpine winds whipped snow into the air over the northern Alaska Range on Monday and prompted the evacuation of several resorts.
Snow-covered roads were blocked by snowbanks, and people in ski resorts in the area were urged to stay indoors.
The snow also led to scattered power outages.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.