But at the same time, Alaska's closest, most extensive and longest alliance has been with Northwest, and about four years ago it was expanded to include Continental and KLM.
But all that aside, Alaska has made it clear that they prefer to go it alone, making strategic alliances with individual carriers that provide direct benefit. In fact several years ago, one of the top execs of the company referred to AS
as the 'whore of airline alliances', in reference to the multiple relationships that cross most alliance boundaries. While anything is possible in this industry, I think for the time being you'll see AS
(and Horizon) continue on their present course, picking and choosing their partners to complement and strengthen their network.