Alaska Airlines and 700 Pacific Northwest business leaders have celebrated the 100th birthday of Boeing at the Museum of Flight, unveiling a new Alaska 737 painted in a special centennial paint theme, the company said.
The new jet features a Boeing logo with “100 years strong” painted boldly on both sides of the 900ER fuselage. The 737-900ER, officially dubbed “Celebration of Boeing,” is the 153rd Boeing 737 in Alaska´s Boeing fleet, and commemorates the five-decade partnership between the airline and aircraft manufacturer.
Boeing will officially celebrate its birthday on July 15, 2016, 100 years to the day after William Boeing first incorporated Pacific Aero Products Co. in Seattle.
Attendees and the business community also surprised Boeing with a USD100,000 donation to the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship. Boeing, in turn, matched the donation with a $100,000 gift of its own.
Alaska Airlines, together with its regional partners, flies 32 million customers a year to more than 110 cities with an average of 970 daily flights throughout the United States, including Hawaii, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico. With Alaska´s 17 global airline partners, customers can earn and redeem miles to more than 800 destinations worldwide.