Alaska Airlines’ Annual Plane Full of Salmon Lands at Seattle-Tacoma Airport

Aviation geeks and seafood lovers: It’s that time of year
again. Salmon season.

The state of Alaska has begun exporting its famous wild Copper
River salmon for the 2019 season, and on Friday, Alaska Airlines
brought the first shipment of the delicacy to the Pacific Northwest
— Seattle-Tacoma Airport to be exact.

Alaska Airlines’ first salmon shipment has become an annual
ritual among plane-spotters and gourmands alike. Each year, the
airline dispatches its special fish-liveried plane, a Boeing
737-800 lovingly dubbed the “Salmon-30-Salmon,” to carry
thousands of pounds of the fresh pink fish on ice in its
cargo belly
from Cordova, Alaska, to Seattle’s airport
(SEA).

Photo by Alaska Airlines.Photo
by Alaska Airlines.

This year, the salmon plane ferried about 15,000 pounds of the
fish fresh from the Copper River, according to
King 5 News
in Seattle. The airline rolls out an actual red
carpet for the precious and delectable cargo, and the cockpit crew
presents a symbolic catch of the day, for a photo op.

They are litterally rolling out the red
carpet for the fish! pic.twitter.com/MnPpvriits

— Airline Reporter (@AirlineReporter)
May 17, 2019

Celebrity sighting! We rolled out the red
carpet for the first
#CopperRiverSalmon
of the season. pic.twitter.com/o6vwWT011l

— Alaska Airlines (@AlaskaAir)
May 17, 2019

The salmon plane is, otherwise, in regular passenger service. I
spotted it last year at a gate at SEA while boarding for another
plane.

Photo
by Jessica Puckett/TPG.
Photo by Jessica Puckett/TPG.

Alaska Airlines deliveries tens of thousands of pounds of the
salmon to SEA each year. From there, the fish will be delivered to
restaurants and grocery stores throughout the Pacific Northwest and
across the US.

Showing off the goods.
#copperriversalmon
pic.twitter.com/3tqYEP184v

— Rachel Sapin (@SapinRachel)
May 17, 2019

“Alaska Airlines plays a significant role in supporting the
Alaska seafood industry, which is recognized worldwide for its
sustainable fishing practices,” Jason Berry, managing director at
Alaska Air Cargo, said at last year’s ceremony. “Our Cargo
employees are working around the clock to ensure we deliver the
first catch of the coveted wild Copper River salmon to market,
often within 24 hours of being pulled from the water.”

Wild Copper River salmon are a prized variety of the popular
fish because they have a higher fat content, which means they are
packed with even more flavor.

Featured image courtesy of Alaska Airlines. 

Source: FS – All-Travel destinations-News2
Alaska Airlines’ Annual Plane Full of Salmon Lands at Seattle-Tacoma Airport