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May 16, 2012

Salmon Thirty Salmon Returns to Alaska Airlines Fleet This Fall

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Artist rendering of the new Salmon Thirty Salmon jet.

Following a brief hiatus, this Fall Alaska Airlines will once again be able to claim it owns the world’s largest flying salmon, and it’ll be even bigger than their first one.

Alaska announced on Monday that they will repaint one of their Boeing 737-800 jets (N560AS) into a King Salmon to be dubbed Salmon Thirty Salmon II.

To every sushi chef’s delight, the new fish will measure 129 ft in length and weigh around 91,000 lbs — about 9 ft longer and 10 tons heavier than the original 737-400 iteration (N792AS) of Salmon Thirty Salmon, which flew from 2005 until 2011. Other additions will include scales painted on the winglets and the Alaska Airlines titles colored in pink, along with an “Alaska Seafood” title.

The effort is part of an Alaska Airlines partnership with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Transporting seafood is big business for the carrier, which last year hauled over 25 million lbs of Alaskan fish throughout North America, much of it arriving to market within 24 hours of being caught off Alaskan shores.

The original Salmon Thirty Salmon (N792AS) swimming upstream at LAX. (Photo by Mark Hsiung)

The original Salmon Thirty Salmon (N792AS) swimming upstream at LAX. (Photo by Mark Hsiung)

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