This major American airline was established in 1932, initially operating from Anchorage, Alaska. It went through several mergers and changed its name a few times to officially become Alaska Airlines in 1944. In 1960s, it merged with Alaska Coastal-Ellis and Cordova airlines, then with Horizon Air and Jet America 1987. In 2016, it acquired Virgin America to strengthen the presence of the airline in California and the West Coast. Alaska Airlines was the first carrier in North America to introduce ticket sales via Internet and first in the world to enable carrying out check in and printing boarding passes online. It operates flights to more than a hundred destinations located in: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico. It has been named 2019 Best Mid-Size Airline in North America by TripAdvisor.com; 2019 Best U.S. Airline by KAYAK users in all six airline categories including best boarding, best comfort, best crew, best entertainment and best food; 2019 Best U.S. Airline by Money Magazine for the second year in a row; Most fuel efficient U.S. airline 2010-2017 among all 13 major U.S. airlines by the International Council on Clean Transportation; No. 1 Green Airline and the Favorite North American airline for 2018 by TrazeeTravel.com, to name just a few of the distinctions.