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Alaska Airlines secures loans to ensure financial stability

UPDATED: Thu., July 2, 2020

A traveler checks in with an agent at the counter for Alaska Airlines in the main terminal of Denver International Airport late Monday, June 22, 2020.   (Associated Press)
A traveler checks in with an agent at the counter for Alaska Airlines in the main terminal of Denver International Airport late Monday, June 22, 2020.  (Associated Press)
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Alaska Airlines has secured nearly $1.2 billion in private loans to further secure its financial stability. The debt financing will be funded on or around Thursday.

The company will use 61 of its owned aircraft as collateral to back the debt. This includes 26 Boeing 737-800s, 16 Boeing 737-900ERs and 19 Embraer 175s. The aircraft will remain encumbered until the debt is repaid.

McGee Air Services, a wholly-owned ground services subsidiary of Alaska Airlines that operates independently, has also received nearly $30 million in funding. This is in addition to the $992 million in the form of a $725 million grant and a $267 million loan that Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air jointly received to be exclusively used to pay employee salaries, wages and benefits through Sept. 30.

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