Alaska Airlines Aztec Phone
Today unveiled a specially painted Aztec plane with San Diego State Universitys logo
and hallmark scarlet and black colors before a crowd of cheering students, alumni, faculty
and people traveling through San Diego International Airport. The unveiling of the
Bombardier Q400 was timed to celebrate the start of Alaska Airlines new San Diego
flights to Fresno, Monterey and Santa Rosa, Calif., which begin June 4 and 5.
Were proud to add San Diego State
Universitys bold colors to our fleet of university planes and especially pleased
that this aircraft represents our first California school, said Joe Sprague, Alaska
Airlines vice president of marketing. We hope the Aztec plane will bring
smiles to our passengers and be a source of pride for SDSU students, alumni and faculty
for years to come as we fly it throughout our regional route network.
Like other university-themed aircraft operated for
Alaska Airlines by its sister carrier, Horizon Air, the Aztec aircraft was painted at no
cost to San Diego State University.
Eighty percent of San Diego States
250,000 alumni live in California so it will be a huge source of pride for them to see the
Aztec colors flying through the sky and at our local airport, said Jim Sterk, SDSU
director of intercollegiate athletics.
Following the unveiling in Terminal 1, fans,
students and 15 radio contest winners will depart on the Aztec planes inaugural
flight along the Southern California coast, the Coachella Valley and over the Salton Sea.