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Alaska Air lets high school student design a Hawaii-themed plane’s exterior

Jun 04, 2013 12:36 pm

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Not a bad way to get passengers excited about your livery and routes, as well as add a bit of color to the skies.

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A Hawaii high school student’s design now adorns an Alaska Airlines jet.

The airline says Kaiser High School student Aaron Nee’s Hawaii-themed design was chosen from nearly 3,000 entries in the airline’s “Paint-the-Plane” contest

The contest was sponsored by the airline in partnership with the Hawaii Department of Education and Hawaii Association of Independent Schools.

The design depicts a voyaging canoe, a bright yellow hibiscus, the Hawaiian island chain and the phrase, “Spirit of the Islands.”

The plane touched down in Honolulu Monday. The aircraft will fly throughout most of the Alaska Airlines network, connecting destinations from Hawaii to San Diego and from Alaska as far south as Mexico.

Nee receives a trip for four to any of the carrier’s destinations and a $5,000 scholarship.

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