Alaska Air Cargo delivered 24,100 pounds of the season's first shipment of Alaska Copper River salmon to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Friday. The arrival of the fish-filled Boeing 737 marks the start of the summer salmon season and is an annual rite of passage anticipated by seafood lovers throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Five more Alaska Airlines flights on Friday transported salmon from Cordova, Alaska, to Anchorage, Seattle and throughout the U.S. The flights will have fresh fish from three Alaska seafood processors: Copper River Seafoods, Ocean Beauty Seafoods and Trident Seafoods.
Last year, the carrier flew more than 24.5 million pounds of fresh Alaska seafood to the Lower 48 states and beyond, including 1 million pounds of Copper River salmon.
"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."