Air International 2007-06
B.Hales-Dutton - Alaska Airlines - Looking On The Bright Side /Commercial/
Alaska Air Group Inc is the owner of regional carrier Horizon Air. As well as a substantial fleet of Dash 8s, the latter also has 20 CRJ700s.
Pictured is one of Alaska Airlines 21 remaining McDonnell Douglas MD-83s. By the middle of next year all these aircraft will have been disposed of, leaving an all-Boeing 737 fleet
Alaska Airlines first Boeing 737-490F Freighter, N709AS (c/n 28896), entered service on June 28 and is the first of five 737-400Fs destined to enter service with the airline by the end of 2007, replacing seven smaller 737-200Fs. Conversion work was undertaken by Pemco World Air Services at Dothan, Alabama, and the aircraft was the first 737-400 passenger-to-freighter conversion ever undertaken worldwide.
Between them, Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air have the most extensive cargo operation of any passenger airline on the US West Coast. This Boeing 737-400 is one of five converted to all-cargo or combi configuration to replace 737-200s.
Horizon Air painted Dash 8-Q400, N425QX, in this special livery to celebrate 25 years of operations.
Alaska Airlines has a substantial fleet of 114 aircraft, of which 21 are Boeing 737-800s, like the example pictured. The carrier flies more people between Alaska and the US mainland than any other operator.
To celebrate 75 years of operations, Alaska Airlines painted Boeing 737-800, N569AS, in a retro colour scheme dating from the 1940s. It also has aircraft in Disney liveries, one with a salmon painted on the side (to highlight the role the airline plays in transporting seafood from Alaska) and two in reverse schemes.