HJR 37: Congratulating Alaska Airlines on its 70th Anniversary.

00 HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 37 01 Congratulating Alaska Airlines on its 70th Anniversary. 02 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 03 WHEREAS Alaska Airlines had its beginning in May 1932 as McGee Airways, 04 which provided service between Anchorage and Bristol Bay using a three-seat Stinson; and 05 WHEREAS Alaska Airlines continued to expand its service in Alaska through several 06 mergers with local carriers during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s; and 07 WHEREAS the Alaska Airlines name was adopted in 1944; and 08 WHEREAS by the 1960s Alaska Airlines was providing jet air service between 09 Alaska and Seattle; and 10 WHEREAS Alaska Airlines strengthened its operating base in Alaska by merging 11 with Alaska Coastal-Ellis Airlines and Cordova Airlines in the late 1960s; and 12 WHEREAS Alaska Airlines expanded methodically throughout the West Coast of the 13 United States during the 1980s; and 14 WHEREAS Alaska Airlines joined with its sister carrier Horizon Air and merged 15 with Jet America in 1987; and 16 WHEREAS Alaska Airlines had grown to be the 10th largest domestic airline in 2000

01 and is the dominant carrier in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest; and 02 WHEREAS Alaska Airlines continues to distinguish itself by offering more flights 03 than any competitor in almost every market it serves, providing a superior level of customer 04 service, and pioneering technologies that improve on-time performance and expand flight 05 safety margins; and 06 WHEREAS it is the people of Alaska Airlines and their spirit -- the unique spirit of 07 "The Great Land" where Alaska Airlines began -- that makes Alaska Airlines unique; and 08 WHEREAS Alaska Airlines will celebrate its 70th anniversary in May 2002; 09 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature acknowledges 70 years of 10 service to Alaska by Alaska Airlines; and be it 11 FURTHER RESOLVED the Alaska State Legislature congratulates Alaska Airlines 12 on reaching this significant landmark in its corporate history.