The "Salmon-Thirty-Salmon," sporting the glimmering image of a wild Alaska king salmon, is among the world's most intricately painted commercial airplanes. Complete with shiny scales, a dorsal fin and gills, the livery on the Alaska Airlines 737-400 passenger aircraft is the result of a dedicated team of 30 painters working nearly nonstop for 24 days.
The airplane symbolizes the critical role Alaska Airlines plays in transporting fresh Alaska seafood to the continental
"This airplane celebrates Alaska Airlines' unique relationship with the people and communities of Alaska and underscores our air transport commitment to the state's seafood industry," said Gregg Saretsky, Alaska Airlines'executive vice president of marketing and planning. "Alaska seafood is more popular than ever, and Alaska Airlines is proud to play a role in getting much of it from the waters of Alaska to dinner tables across the country in record time."
This year, Alaska Airlines will fly more than 30 million pounds of seafood from Alaska to markets in the continental
"Alaska Airlines has a long history of serving the Alaska seafood industry, and this special plane celebrates that commitment in dramatic fashion," said
Transporting more than 150 million pounds of cargo annually, including seafood, mail and freight, Alaska Airlines operates the most extensive air cargo operation on the U.S. West Coast. The company recently announced a transformation plan for its cargo operation that will increase the capacity of its cargo fleet by more than 50 percent, largely in response to the growing demand for fish transportation out of the state of Alaska.
"At a time when the airline industry is facing unprecedented challenges, Alaska Airlines sees great opportunity in the expansion of its cargo operation," said
This year the carrier finalized a
The "Salmon-Thirty-Salmon" aircraft was greeted in
Beginning on Monday, the aircraft will fly passenger routes along the West Coast, connecting destinations as far north as Alaska and as far south as
The "Salmon-Thirty-Salmon" aircraft features an original design by
The aircraft received its new livery at Goodrich Aviation Technical Services of Everett, Wash., with painting provided by Associated Painters and design managed by Teague Associates.
The 737-400 aircraft has been in Alaska's fleet since 1997 and was originally scheduled to be re-painted with Alaska's traditional Eskimo livery. Alaska's fleet includes four other themed aircraft, two featuring the airline's alaskaair.com logo and two commemorating the carrier's partnership with Disneyland Resort(R).
Alaska Airlines and sister carrier, Horizon Air, together serve 88 cities through an expansive network throughout Alaska, the Lower 48,
SOURCE Alaska Airlines