Apolo Ohno getting off the plane with his face on the side.

Apolo Ohno getting off the plane with his face on the side.

The Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. are right around the corner. Alaska Airlines (based in Seattle, WA) is celebrating the Olympics with a special themed Boeing 737-800 displaying a picture of Apolo Ohno on the side. Ohno is one of the most decorated speed skaters in history and also a winner on “Dancing with The Stars.” Ohno is a Seattle native and a local celebrity.

Brad Tilden, Alaska’s president, stated, “The ‘Follow Apolo’ jet will fly across our route system to build excitement for this great American athlete.” 

When seeing the plane for the first time, Ohno said, “It’s an honor to be featured alongside Alaska’s trademark Eskimo and have the support of my hometown airline for the most important race of my life.” It has to be odd to see a bigger-than-life photo of you on the side of a plane. There is also a website where fans can follow Ohno’s quest to be the most decorated Winter Olympics athlete in history. 

This aircraft adds to Alaska/Horizon’s great collection of themed liveries.  Check out more photos of the event.

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