ANCHORAGE, Ala., Jan. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nanook and Seawolf fans can now watch school spirit come to life in two new time-lapse videos. Set to school songs provided by each university, the videos show the painting of Alaska Airlines' newest university-themed aircraft, celebrating the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. View the videos at www.youtube.com/AlaskaAirVids.
The spirited paint themes feature school colors and mascots from each university. The aircraft will begin flying primarily between Anchorage and Fairbanks and Anchorage and Kodiak when Alaska Airlines' sister carrier, Horizon Air, introduces the Bombardier Q400 to the state of Alaska on March 3.
"The two planes are beautiful and proudly represent UAA, UAF, the students, faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters throughout the state of Alaska," said Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines' regional vice president – Alaska.
Fifty painters from Associated Painters in Spokane, Wash., worked on each plane, taking six days, using 15,360 linear feet of masking tape, and channeling some serious university pride.
The UAF and UAA planes are the 10th and 11th university-themed aircraft flown by Horizon since 2008. Other paint themes represent the universities of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, as well as Boise State, Montana State, Oregon State, San Diego State and Washington State. Alaska Airlines recently unveiled the "Spirit of Education," a specially themed Boeing 737-900ER dedicated to the students and staff of Raisbeck Aviation High School in Tukwila, Wash.
Alaska Airlines operates more daily flights (170 during peak season) to more destinations (20) throughout the state of Alaska and to the Lower 48 and Hawaii than any other major airline. The carrier offers Alaska residents exclusive deals through its Club 49 program, which includes special perks like free checked bags, last-minute travel discounts and exclusive emails featuring weekly fare sales. Residents can learn more at the Club 49 website www.alaskaair.com/Club49 and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AlaskaAirClub49.
Horizon Air is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group and flies to 39 cities in the western United States, Canada and Mexico.
About Alaska Airlines
Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves nearly 100 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada and Mexico. Alaska Airlines has ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the J.D. Power North America Airline Satisfaction StudySM for six consecutive years from 2008 to 2013. For reservations, visit www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines Newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom.
About the University of Alaska Fairbanks
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is the state's Land, Sea and Space Grant institution, enriching the lives of Alaskans through teaching, research and service at campuses in Fairbanks, Kotzebue, Nome, Bethel and Dillingham; six campus centers in interior Alaska and the Aleutians; and dozens of sites throughout the state. As Alaska's research university and a world leader in arctic research, UAF offers scientists and students unparalleled opportunities in Alaska's vast dynamic laboratory. Founded in 1917, UAF is the birthplace of the University of Alaska system and continues to inspire innovation throughout Alaska's diverse communities.
About the University of Alaska Anchorage
The University of Alaska Anchorage is an intersection for academic exploration, adventure and transformative experiences in and out of the classroom. Alaska's largest university, UAA houses colleges and schools in Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Kenai, Homer, Kodiak and Valdez. UAA students experience hands-on education through academics, research, leadership opportunities and mentorship with our community partners in state, across the country and globally. For more information, visit www.uaa.alaska.edu.
SOURCE Alaska Airlines