Look to the skies over Seattle this fall for the world’s largest king salmon, a tribute to Alaska’s seafood industry and Alaska Airlines, which flew nearly 25 million pounds of seafood from Alaska last year to domestic markets, Mexico and Canada.
Alaska Airlines says the new “Salmon-Thirty-Salmon II” design, stretching nearly 129 feet long, will be adorning a Boeing 737-800 come fall, and feature fish scales on the winglets, plus a salmon-pink colored “Alaska” script across the fuselage.
The new fish-themed design is derived from an earlier version of the paint scheme Alaska Airlines unveiled on a 737-400 in 2005, which was re-painted with the carrier’s traditional Eskimo livery last year.
Word of the new seafood promotion came during the Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off in Anchorage May 14, a gala at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport that attracted some 400 folks involved in Alaska’s seafood industry.
Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines’ regional vice president in Alaska, said the 91,000-pound airplane celebrates the air carrier’s unique relationship with the people and communities of Alaska and underscores “our air transport commitment to the state’s seafood industry.”