Alaska Airlines to Serve as Official Airline of Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Feb. 28, 2013
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 trail.
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 Study^SM for five
consecutive years from 2008 to 2012. For reservations, visit
www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines
Newsroom at www.alaskaair.com/newsroom.
SOURCE Alaska Airlines
Contact: Bobbie Egan, +1-206-392-5101; Marilyn Romano, +1-907-266-7230
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