Mascots and school colors from two of Alaska's most beloved and heated collegiate rivals, the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will soon be featured on two of Alaska Airlines' Bombardier Q400 turboprop aircraft. The colorful paint themes will be unveiled tonight to a crowd of fans at the Sullivan Arena where the Alaska Nanooks and UAA Seawolf hockey teams will battle in the first of a four-game series to claim the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup.
"We're thrilled to show Alaska Airlines' strong support of education while growing our fleet of university paint themes with our first two schools in Alaska," said Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines' regional vice president – Alaska. "The UAA and UAF school colors will proudly fly between our two largest cities and from Anchorage to Kodiak."
Like other university-themed aircraft operated for Alaska Airlines by its sister carrier, Horizon Air, the Nanook and Seawolf planes will be painted at no cost to the university and will fly primarily between Anchorage and Fairbanks and Anchorage and Kodiak when the carrier introduces the 76-seat Q400 to the state of Alaska on March 3, 2014. The UAF and UAA planes will be painted and unveiled in February next year.
"These planes are yet another example of Alaska Airlines' commitment to higher education in Alaska," said UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers. "I can't wait to see the Nanooks and Seawolves take to the skies above our great state. The planes will serve as a reminder of both the quality education and spirited athletic rivalry that embodies our universities." "We are grateful to Alaska Airlines for their continued support of UAA," said UAA Chancellor Tom Case. "It is a great honor to have our university represented in this way. These planes will be a point of pride for our UAA and Alaska community."
The UAF and UAA planes will be the 10th and 11th university-themed aircraft flown by Horizon Air 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." The specially-themed Boeing 737-900ER was dedicated to the students and staff of Raisbeck Aviation High School located in Tukwila, Wash.
Alaska Airlines operates more daily flights (158 a day during peak season) to more destinations (30 cities) throughout the state of Alaska and to the Lower 48. 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.
High-definition artist renderings of the planes are available in the Alaska Airlines' online image gallery at http://bit.ly/IuFRxE .
Horizon Air is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group and flies to 39 cities across the 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 and Associates North America Airline Satisfaction Study(SM) 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.