Horizon Air (Alaska Horizon) has released this statement and videos:
Nanook and Seawolf fans can now watch school spirit come to life in two new time-lapse videos. Set to school songs provided by each university, the videos show the painting of Alaska Airlines’ newest university-themed aircraft, celebrating the University of Alaska Anchorage (N443QX) and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (N441QX).
The spirited paint themes feature school colors and mascots from each university. The aircraft will begin flying primarily between Anchorage and Fairbanks and Anchorage and Kodiak when Alaska Airlines’ sister carrier, Horizon Air, introduces the Bombardier DHC-8-402 (Q400) to the state of Alaska on March 3.
Fifty painters from Associated Painters in Spokane, Wash., worked on each plane, taking six days, using 15,360 linear feet of masking tape, and channeling some serious university pride.
The UAF and UAA planes are the 10th and 11th university-themed aircraft flown by Horizon since 2008. Other paint themes represent the universities of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, as well asBoise State, Montana State, Oregon State, San Diego State and Washington State. Alaska Airlines recently unveiled the “Spirit of Education,” a specially themed Boeing 737-900ER dedicated to the students and staff of Raisbeck Aviation High School in Tukwila, Wash.
Horizon Air is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group and flies to 39 cities in the western United States, Canadaand Mexico.
About the University of Alaska Fairbanks
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is the state’s Land, Sea and Space Grant institution, enriching the lives of Alaskans through teaching, research and service at campuses in Fairbanks, Kotzebue, Nome, Betheland Dillingham; six campus centers in interior Alaska and the Aleutians; and dozens of sites throughout the state. As Alaska’s research university and a world leader in arctic research, UAF offers scientists and students unparalleled opportunities in Alaska’s vast dynamic laboratory. Founded in 1917, UAF is the birthplace of the University of Alaska system and continues to inspire innovation throughout Alaska’sdiverse communities.
About the University of Alaska Anchorage
The University of Alaska Anchorage is an intersection for academic exploration, adventure and transformative experiences in and out of the classroom. Alaska’s largest university, UAA houses colleges and schools in Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Kenai, Homer, Kodiak and Valdez. UAA students experience hands-on education through academics, research, leadership opportunities and mentorship with our community partners in state, across the country and globally.
Videos: Horizon Air: N443QX above and N441QX below: