Alaskan salmon flies south

16 / 05 / 2014

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    Alaska salmon

ALASKA Air Cargo flew 24,100 lbs (11 tonnes) of the season's first shipment of Alaska Copper River salmon to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

"The arrival of the fish-filled B737 marks the start of the summer salmon season and is an annual rite of passage anticipated by seafood lovers throughout the Pacific Northwest," said the airline.

At least five more Alaska Airlines flights will transport salmon from Cordova, Alaska, to Anchorage, Seattle and throughout the US. Last year, Alaska Airlines flew more than 24.5 million lbs (11 million tonnes) of fresh Alaska seafood.

"No other airline delivers more Copper River salmon to the Lower 48 than Alaska Airlines, and making that happen within 24 hours after the fish is pulled from the water is no small feat," said Betsy Bacon, managing director of Alaska Air Cargo.

"Hundreds of employees from across the state of Alaska, Seattle and beyond spend months getting ready for the busy summer fish season."