Alaska Airlines honors US military with new aircraft design, Fallen Soldier Cart

Alaska Airlines

To mark this year’s American Independence Day, Alaska Airlines unveiled its latest patriotic aircraft design and Fallen Soldier Cart.

On the 4th of July, the airline revealed its fourth ‘Honoring Those Who Serve’ aircraft and 16th Fallen Soldier Cart. 

The B737 MAX 8 aircraft was specially designed in partnership with Boeing. It features a patriotic paint scheme with symbolic imagery representing all six branches of the US Armed Forces: Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Space Force.

“From its star-spangled design to the heartfelt message emblazoned on its side, this aircraft is a flying tribute to the courage and dedication of those who serve today, and those who served in the past,” Alaska Airlines said in a statement.

The airline added that, when the aircraft is seen in the skies, it will serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made by US military personnel.

In addition to the newly designed aircraft, Alaska Airlines delivered its 16th Fallen Soldier Cart to Nashville International Airport (BNA) on June 26, 2024.

Fallen Soldier Carts, designed and crafted by Alaska’s Maintenance and Engineering department, are described by the airline as a solemn and respectful symbol that transports the remains of fallen service members, ensuring that they are treated with the utmost dignity and respect. 

On its first mission, the new cart transported the cremated remains of US Navy Vietnam veteran and Aviation Boatswain’s Mate, Roy Campbell. 

The Fallen Soldier Program was created in 2011 to ensure that military protocols are followed when handling the remains of fallen service members being flown to their final resting place on Alaska Airlines. 

“This cart begins its most important duty today—doing what is on the side of our beautiful liveries—honoring those who serve, transporting our fallen heroes home to their final resting place with honor and dignity,” said Carlos Zendejas, Horizon VP of flight operations and Air Force veteran.

 “Our hope is that this cart will also bring comfort to the family, friends and loved ones during that very difficult time,” Zendejas added.

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