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PULLMAN, Wash. — Alaska Airlines is bringing in two new aircraft with fresh paint to highlight its commitment to Washington’s largest universities.

The news comes after the original Washington State University and University of Washington painted planes will soon be retired, as Alaska Air is switching from the Horizon Q400 aircraft to Embraer E-175 jets.

The new jets will have three classes of service, all window and aisle seats, larger overhead bins, inflight entertainment and more. The E-175 is also quieter and faster than the Q400.

Horizon’s new E-175s will be implemented this winter, but the UW and WSU-themed planes are planned to take flight in the summer of 2023.

Alaska Airlines is a proud partner of both the University of Washington and Washington State University. The airline is an academic partner for both universities, and sponsors both of their athletics.

You can read more about the new jets here.

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