Alaska Airlines has unveiled a specially painted aircraft in Portland, Oregon honoring the Major League Soccer (MLS) Portland Timbers professional soccer team.
The ‘Timbers Jet’ theme on the specially painted Boeing 737-700 is a combination of two designs created by Paul Wright of Portland, Oregon and John Bode of San Mateo, California. The aircraft features the Portland Timbers’ name and logo in the team’s trademark colors, with a rising sun across the forward part of the fuselage.
The two first-place designs were chosen from among 500 entries in a “Paint-the-Plane” contest. The ‘Timbers Jet’ commemorates Alaska Airlines’ pride in being the official airline and jersey sponsor of the Portland Timbers.
“Paul and John’s winning designs came together seamlessly to create one of the most unique paint themes in our fleet,” says Joe Sprague, Alaska Airlines’ vice president of marketing. “The plane’s iconic green and yellow colors will be hard to miss from the ground or in the air.”
To mark the introduction of the “Timbers Jet,” Alaska Airlines will extend early boarding privileges to Portland International Airport passengers wearing an official Timbers jersey throughout the 2011 MLS season.
Trivia about the Timbers Jet include:
● The 737-700 has a wing span of 112 feet, 7 inches, and measures 110 feet in length;
● The plane accommodates 124 passengers and five crew members;
● Featuring a 6,875-gallon fuel tank, the plane cruises at 530 mph, or mach 0.785, and can fly at a maximum altitude of 41,000 feet.
● A crew of 18 people worked around the clock for 16 days to paint the plane; and
● The painting process required 130 gallons of paint, about 4,500 sheets of sandpaper and 51,000 feet of masking tape.
On March 20, 2009, Major League Soccer (MLS) awarded Portland the league’s 18th franchise to begin playing in the United States’ top professional soccer league starting in 2011.
The Portland Timbers are playing their debut MLS season in the significantly renovated JELD-WEN Field. New stadium amenities include better sightlines closer to the action, new premium seating on the east side of the field, a new KeyBank Club, an expansive Widmer Brothers bar area and a team store. The Timbers have been part of the Portland sports landscape since their early beginnings in the North American Soccer League in 1975, launching the era of “Soccer City, USA” in the Rose City.
Alaska Airlines says it offers more nonstop flights (serving 29 different destinations), more daily flights (91 a day) and more California service (38 flights daily to 12 California destinations) from Portland International Airport than any other carrier. Customers can learn more at www.alaskaair.com/pdx.