Posted on October 7, 2005 by

Alaska Airlines’ Half Million Dollar Paint Job

Alaska Airlines Salmon Paint JobAlaska Airlines is promoting the Alaskan seafood and fishing industry with a half million tax dollar paint job on a Boeing 737. Approximately half the United States’ total seafood catch comes from Alaska fisheries, considered the world’s leader in sustainable managment of their resources, and thanks to Alaska Airlines that seafood can be delivered to markets and restaurants in less than 24 hours.

Alaska Airlines today landed the world’s largest king salmon—stretching 120 feet and weighing in at 140,000 pounds—at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The “Salmon-Thirty-Salmon,” sporting the glimmering image of a wild Alaska king salmon, is among the world’s most intricately painted commercial airplanes. Complete with shiny scales, a dorsal fin and gills, the livery on the Alaska Airlines 737-400 passenger aircraft is the result of a dedicated team of 30 painters working nearly nonstop for 24 days.

The “Salmon-Thirty-Salmon” aircraft features an original design by Mark Boyle, a Seattle-based wildlife artist who is also a recognized leader in the livery design of commercial aircraft. The project required three times as many hours to paint as the normal livery, using Mylar paint to create an iridescent look and airbrushing techniques to make the fish painting appear three dimensional.

Nippon Airways Pikachu Airplane

I guess this makes Nippon Airways Pokemon paint job look childish. Oh, right, Pokemon…

Link via Boing Boing