Alaska Airlines to Serve as Official Airline of Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:00am EST

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska,  Feb. 28, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines will serve as
the official airline sponsor of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, marking the
35th year the carrier has supported the event.

"It's a privilege to be the official airline of The Last Great Race," said 
Marilyn Romano, Alaska Airlines' regional vice president -  Alaska. "Each year
the Iditarod brings to life an important part of the heritage of our namesake

As the official airline of the Iditarod, Alaska Airlines continues its tradition
of presenting the Leonhard Seppala Humanitarian Award, which recognizes one
musher for providing exemplary dog care and is considered the highest honor a
competitor can receive. Voted on by the trail veterinarians, the Leonhard
Seppala award is named after one of  Alaska's most-celebrated mushers, whose
1925 sled-dog team traveled the longest distance to transport diphtheria serum
to  Nome.

As part of its sponsorship, Alaska Airlines also will help provide air
transportation and dog-care supplies for 50 Iditarod veterinarians who come to 
Alaska  from across  the United States  to care for the race dogs' health and

In addition, many Alaska Airlines employees contribute their time at the event.
Among them are several Alaska Airlines pilots who lead the Iditarod Air Force,
flying veterinarians, supplies and volunteers to remote checkpoints along the

Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with its
partner regional airlines, serves 95 cities through an expansive network in 
Alaska, the Lower 48,  Hawaii,  Canada  and  Mexico. Alaska Airlines has ranked
"Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the
J.D. Power and Associates North America Airline Satisfaction StudySM  for five
consecutive years from 2008 to 2012. For reservations, visit
For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines Newsroom at

SOURCE  Alaska Airlines

Bobbie Egan, +1-206-392-5101; Marilyn Romano, +1-907-266-7230

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