Alaska Airlines' livery hails military for honor flight, Memorial Day | News Coverage from USA

Alaska Airlines’ livery hails military for honor flight, Memorial Day

Alaska Airlines rolled out a military-themed livery this week just in time for Memorial Day and ahead of an honor flight for veterans from Alaska to Washington, D.C.

The patriotic paint scheme on a 737-800 ETOPS aircraft was conceived by a group of the airline’s maintenance technicians. This is the second aircraft designed with the “Honoring Those Who Serve” livery; the first was a 737-900.

A large inscription on the side of the aircraft reads: “Honoring those who serve.” A smaller quote says: “To those in uniform serving today and to those who have served in the past, we honor you today and every day.”

 “We’re ‘Honoring Those Who Serve,’ one flight at a time. Today, we’re excited to unveil our latest military livery, symbolizing remembrance, pride and appreciation for those who protect our freedom,” the airline wrote on Twitter April 30.

The airline then flew 22 veterans from Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport to Ronald Reagan Washington National to see their respective war memorials for the first time. The group will take a five-day tour to visit many national monuments and enjoy the nation’s capital.

“This is the first time we’ve been able to have the Last Frontier Honor Flight group go from Anchorage all the way to D.C. on the same aircraft and land at DCA,” said Tim Thompson, Alaska spokesman. Honor flights are given priority for the military-themed aircraft, but the 737-900, the first to sport the livery, is not equipped to make the trek all the way to Washington. 

The Last Frontier Honor Flight program is the Alaska hub of the Honor Flight Network, a national network that works to fly veterans to visit the memorials that honor them in Washington. Top priority is given to World War II veterans and terminally ill veterans from all wars. Alaska Airlines provides free travel for the veterans.

 “The military theme was … designed to symbolize remembrance, pride and appreciation,” Thompson said. “We are proud to honor past, present and future military members and thank them for their service and sacrifice.”

Thompson said they expect the livery to be in service for a number of years.


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