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Driven by consolidation, debt reductions, and capacity discipline, the American airline industry has undergone what can be described as a renaissance, with solid gains for much of the sector. However, there is one airline that deserves to see its share price rise even higher, and it is Alaska Air Group (ALK), parent of both Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, its regional subsidiary (given the connections between the two, we will refer to Alaska Air Group simply as Alaska). With the industry's strongest balance sheet, and a unique operating approach that blends together an Alaskan spirit for independence and a keen sense for sensible alliances, Alaska has been thriving for many years before its larger airline peers. As the...

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