Alaska Airlines invites school children to paint the plane

Alaska Airlines has launched a Paint the Plane sweepstakes and invited school age children from across the state of Alaska to help paint a Boeing 737-700 cargo jet, the company said.

The company said the plane will feature a special paint theme created by selected art from young Alaskans.

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade from public, private and home schools across the state will submit artwork highlighting their favorite things about the 49th state. Alaska Airlines will use as many submissions as possible to create a special paint theme focused on the next generation of Alaskans. The cargo plane will primarily serve the state of Alaska.

This is the second time Alaska Airlines has called on students in Alaska to help design a plane livery. The first was the “Spirit of Alaska Statehood,” designed by Hannah Hamburg, then a 16-year-old Sitka high-school student. The plane with her drawing was introduced in 2009 to celebrate 50 years of statehood and was retired in June 2016.

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, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and soon Cuba. Alaska Airlines is a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).