Allison Schaefers – February 2 |

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                                The Chamber of Commerce Hawaii hosted a “fireside chat” Thursday with Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram, center, and Alaska Airlines President and CEO Ben Minicucci, right, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. The forum addressed the merger’s impact on Hawaii’s economy, business community and residents.

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COMThe Chamber of Commerce Hawaii hosted a “fireside chat” Thursday with Hawaiian Airlines President and CEO Peter Ingram, center, and Alaska Airlines President and CEO Ben Minicucci, right, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. The forum addressed the merger’s impact on Hawaii’s economy, business community and residents.

The top executives of Hawaiian and Alaska airlines said their companies are moving forward on an upcoming merger that they characterized as pro-consumer and pro-competitive because it allows them to compete more effectively in an industry dominated by larger carriers Delta, United, American and Southwest, which together make up 80% of the U.S. market.

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