Alaska Air Group has warned management employees at Virgin America that about 225 will be laid off between October and June once Alaska completes its planned $2.6 billion acquisition.

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Alaska Air Group has warned management employees at Virgin America that about 225 will be laid off between October and June once Alaska completes its planned $2.6 billion acquisition.

Seattle-based Alaska notified employees at Virgin’s headquarters in Burlingame, Calif., earlier this month that layoffs could begin as soon as Oct. 11.

Company spokeswoman Halley Knigge said in an email that “the 225 positions are all back-office management positions (nonunion), and represent about 8 percent of the Virgin America workforce.”

She added that Alaska has been “committed to preserving the jobs of all customer-facing and front-line Virgin America teammates,” and also has offered jobs to more than 300 Virgin management employees.

Alaska clinched the deal for Virgin in April after a robust bidding war with JetBlue. If the deal gains antitrust approval from federal regulators, it’s expected to close early in the fourth quarter.

Alaska and Virgin then expect to get a single operating certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration in the first quarter of 2018.

The deal would push Alaska past JetBlue to become the fifth-largest U.S. airline, after American, Delta, United and Southwest.

Virgin now has about 2,800 employees, based on Knigge’s figures. Alaska Airlines and its sister regional carrier, Horizon, together employ nearly 15,000, according to its website.

The Virgin layoff notice was first reported by the San Francisco Business Times.