Sea-Tac’s Alaska Airlines is asking school children in Hawaii to create a new design for one of its 737-800 airliners that connect the islands with the U.S. mainland.
The winning design will be picked in December. The plane that will be painted with the chosen design will be unveiled next spring.
The airline is asking students to create a design that embodies the “Spirit of the Islands.”
Alaska Airlines’ “Spirit of Alaska Statehood” livery was designed by an Alaska student
Students in kindergarten through 12th grade from public, private and home schools across the state have until Nov. 30 to submit designs.
A final selection panel comprised of 10 judges representing Hawaii’s government, community, arts, education and tourism leaders will select three top designs. Residents of the state of Hawaii will then vote on the top three designs and provide Alaska Airlines with their recommendation in an online public vote slated for December 2012.
The student with the winning submission will get his or her design painted on an Alaska Airlines aircraft, a trip for four to any Alaska Airlines destination and a $5,000 scholarship. Second- and third-place winners will receive a trip for four to any Alaska Airlines destination, and 12 honorable mentions will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship, except for the grade of the grand prize winner, the airline said.
Alaska has several planes in its fleet painted in unusual designs. One is painted with image of a salmon; others are decorated with Disney characters. Another commemorates the airline’s 75th anniversary. Yet another celebrates the airline’s business connections with the Boeing Co.
Aircraft owned by Alaska’s sister carrier, Horizon Air, are painted with the logo’s of West Coast universities.
The Hawaiian-themed plane won’t be the first designed by a student. A 16-year-old Alaska boy designed a paint scheme for an Alaska jet that marked the 50th anniversay of Alaska statehood.