Alaska Airlines Announces ‘Russell Wilson’s Carolina Airlift’

Alaska Airlines and its Chief Football Officer Russell Wilson are teaming up again, this time to fly fans to Sunday's game in Charlotte, North Carolina. "Russell Wilson's Carolina Airlift"...

SEATTLE, Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Alaska Airlines and its Chief Football Officer Russell Wilson are teaming up again, this time to fly fans to Sunday's game in Charlotte, North Carolina. "Russell Wilson's Carolina Airlift" sweepstakes launched on Alaska Airlines' Facebook page today and is open to residents of Washington state. To enter and review complete sweepstakes rules, visit           

"Seattle football fans are scrambling to get to Charlotte in time for Sunday's game. With limited flights, we simply had to step in to fill this void. So we're sending a special charter flight to Charlotte for fans to cheer on Russell and the team," said Joe Sprague, senior vice president of communications and external relations. "As Seattle's hometown airline, we get it, you want to be there in person to cheer on the hometown team."

Russell Wilson's Carolina Airlift Sweepstakes 
Alaska Airlines wants to take fans to the game. Building on a Facebook sweepstakes held yesterday, more fans will have a chance to win with today's sweepstakes. A total of 12 fans and a guest will win seats on the flight straight to Charlotte. Fans have until 11:59 p.m. Pacific time today, to enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win two tickets aboard a specially themed aircraft dedicated to Wilson that will depart Seattle for Charlotte at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 16. After cheering for Russell and his team on Sunday, the winners will board the special aircraft for a return flight to Seattle. Ground transportation and a one night hotel stay is also included. For complete sweepstakes rules, visit

Tailgate Party at Sea-Tac C-Gates 
Travelers in the C-gate area on Saturday morning will be able to participate in the Alaska Airlines tailgate party at C-9.  The festivities will include live music, refreshments and fun giveaways.

Supporting Cancer Research with Each Touchdown 
In an effort to continue to build national awareness and raise money for Strong Against Cancer, a multi-year initiative dedicated to ending childhood cancer, Alaska Airlines will increase its mileage donation for game two. For every Seattle touchdown during the playoff game in Charotte, Alaska will donate 25,000 miles to Strong Against Cancer. Funds raised go directly to research in immunotherapy treatments developed by the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children's Research Institute. In clinical trials, this breakthrough treatment has had a 91 percent success rate.

Additionally, some of Alaska top Mileage Plan members have donated more than 1 million miles to Strong Against Cancer to be part of this experience.

Wilson was named Alaska's honorary CFO – 'Chief Football Officer' – in 2013. Together, the airline and the quarterback are engaging with Alaska's customers and supporting youth in the community through events like the Russell Wilson Passing Academy, as well as the efforts with Strong Against Cancer.

Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK), together with its partner regional airlines, serves nearly 100 cities through an expansive network in Alaska, the Lower 48, Hawaii, Canada, Costa Rica and Mexico. With more nonstop flights to Seattle than any other carrier, Alaska is widely regarded as the West Coast's major airline. Alaska Airlines has ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction Among Traditional Network Carriers" in the J.D. Power and Associates North America Airline Satisfaction StudySM for six consecutive years from 2008 to 2013. For reservations, visit For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines Newsroom at



SOURCE Alaska Airlines