Alaska Airlines is really, really, really no longer “Proudly all Boeing.” Putting aside the many different exceptions to that claim over the years the carrier now truly has no reason to stake that claim. Chester, the iconic Eskimo visage that adorns the tails of Alaska Airlines’ planes is now flying on an A320.
There's a new bird in the sky. pic.twitter.com/A40drdOJIs
— Alaska Airlines (@AlaskaAir) January 24, 2018
Ship N625VA is set to reenter service this week after spending a few days out in the desert at Victorville, getting the new livery applied.
And, quite frankly, I have to wonder why they waited so long. Yes, I know that the single operating certificate only came about earlier this month. But that’s a back-office milestone. Getting the planes painted to unify the branding (and we’ve all known that the Virgin America branding is going away for a while now) could have still happened while operating under separate certificates. Then again, it is just a paint job and doesn’t really matter at all compared to the changes that are going to come about on board over time.
Also, worth noting that this isn’t the first Airbus to fly in the Alaska Airlines colors. An A321neo was delivered brand new with the “More West Coast” livery on it.
— Craig ✈️ (@aviationdc) January 22, 2018
But no Chester on that version, just an ugly, plain white tail. Seeing Chester on the tail makes it really real.
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