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Response To Alaska Airlines Questions
By Amanda Tobin


October 14, 2005
Friday AM

Michael Nelson of Oakton, Va., recently posted an open letter to Alaska Airlines with some questions about the new salmon-themed aircraft. Thanks, Michael, for your interest in the "Salmon-Thirty-Salmon." You, like thousands of others from near and far, have been intrigued by this flying fish. At Alaska Airlines, we are proud to use this aircraft to promote the Alaska seafood industry to the masses.

You asked when the aircraft will land at one of the Washington, D.C., airports. The short answer is that you may have to travel a ways to catch "the big one" on film.

The "Salmon-Thirty-Salmon" is a Boeing 737-400 aircraft operated on routes up and down the U.S. West Coast between dozens of points in and between Alaska and Mexico, as well as to destinations as far east as Chicago, Denver and Dallas/Fort Worth. However, 737-400 aircraft are not designed for Alaska's transcontinental routes to U.S. East Coast destinations such as Washington, D.C.; Boston and New York.

To maximize the exposure of the Alaska seafood promotion, the aircraft will continue to be routed to a wide range of cities. For instance, today the "Salmon-Thirty-Salmon" made appearances in Palm Springs, San Francisco, Phoenix and Seattle.

Of course, you can catch a glimpse of the "Salmon-Thirty-Salmon" at several Web sites including our own at You'll find three high-resolution photos that can be downloaded and saved at

Thanks for the great question, Michael. And, look on the bright side. Even though this salmon isn't coming soon to an airport near you, the real thing - wild Alaska seafood - is always on its way to a dinner plate near you. Bon Appetit!

Amanda Tobin
Alaska Airlines
Seattle, WA - USA


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letter Open letter to Alaska Airlines By Michael Nelson - Oakton, VA - USA




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