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After 36 years with Alaska Airlines, Captain Mike Swanigan will make his final flight this weekend. “Captain Swani” plans to retire after one last round-trip Sunday: Flight 648 Seattle-Tucson and then Flight 641 Tucson-Seattle, scheduled to arrive about 4:30 p.m. Swanigan became one of Alaska’s most recognized employees after he starred in a series of TV commercials alongside Seattle quarterback and Chief Football Officer Russell Wilson – more on that in a… Read More


Alaska Airlines’ Chief Football Officer Russell Wilson recently sat down to answer questions submitted by Alaska employees. Caleb Jones (station operations, Seattle): How do you keep up your drive and determination and continue to focus on winning after such a difficult finish to an otherwise remarkable season? Russell Wilson: I am only 26 years old. I have so much of my career ahead of me. I am excited for the challenge of… Read More


Sea-Tac International Airport is a blur of blue and green as Seattle football fans begin to make their way to Phoenix. Balloons, Skittles and cheers abound throughout the terminals this week. Headed to Phoenix? Breeze through the airport with these big game travel tips.

Our Chief Football Officer Russell Wilson has a big game this weekend, and we can’t wait to cheer him on. In fact, we’re so excited that we’ve decided to take our support one step further. For every touchdown scored by Wilson and his offense, Alaska Airlines will donate $3,000 to a cause we’re as passionate about as Seattle football: Strong Against Cancer. Strong Against Cancer is a multi-year initiative dedicated to ending… Read More

By now you’ve all seen the new commercials featuring Russell Wilson, starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks and Chief Football Officer for Alaska Airlines. But what really went on behind the scenes of the 12-hour shoot? Seattle’s Evening Magazine has the story. “It was a glimpse into the mind of a champion,” says Alaska Capt. Mike Swanigan. See the commercials again, and learn more about our Chief Football Officer – as well as… Read More

Russell Wilson training camp - Champions Never Rest

One hot summer day not long ago, 40 production crew members, 13 Alaska Airlines employees and one star quarterback gathered on a middle school football field in Seattle for an elite training camp. Champions never rest, after all, which is why we enlisted the support of our Chief Football Officer Russell Wilson to design a camp that only he could imagine. Wilson, the starting quarterback for the champion Seattle Seahawks, led Alaska… Read More