New Alaska Airlines Jet Celebrates Salmon

Photo courtesy of Alaska Airlines.

Alaska Airlines in early May unveiled the first domestic airline jet to have an Alaska Native language name and to depict the ancestral importance of salmon through Northwest Coast formline art. The artwork on Xáat Kwáani, designed by Alaska Native artist Crystal Kaakeeyáa Rose Demientieff Worl, took 117 gallons of paint and more than 12 days to complete, according to the airline. The jet left on its inaugural flight out of Anchorage on May 12, bound for Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan and Seattle. Photo courtesy of Alaska Airlines.