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Salmon Plane
An Alaska Airlines 737-800 featuring a new salmon paint design taxis to the hangar at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. The new design is about nine feet longer than the previous salmon design on a fish-themed Alaska Airlines plane, and the design was produced in partnership with the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. The airline said it flew 24 million pounds of seafood last year from Alaska to markets in the United States, Canada and Mexico. It took a crew working around the clock for 27 days at Associated Painters Inc. in Oklahoma City to paint the plane. The plane was unveiled to Alaska Airlines employees Thursday in Anchorage, and will be put into service Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 . (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)