Student-designed Alaska Airlines plane unveiled

Alaska Airlines unveiled its specifically painted “Spirit of the Islands” aircraft Monday morning.

The Boeing 737-800 aircraft was designed by Kaiser High School student Aaron Nee, displaying a voyaging canoe depicting how Polynesians first arrived in the Hawaiian islands, a bright yellow hibiscus, the Hawaiian Island chain and other iconic symbols of the Aloha state.

Nee’s design was chosen among 2,700 entries in a “Paint-the-Plane” contest sponsored by Alaska Airlines, the Hawaii State Department of Education and the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools.

As the grand prize winner, Nee received a trip for four to any of the carrier’s destinations and a $5,000 scholarship.

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