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ALASKA AIRLINES NAMES FIVE FINALISTS FOR NEW MAINTENANCE BASE

   ALASKA AIRLINES NAMES FIVE FINALISTS FOR NEW MAINTENANCE BASE
    SEATTLE, Nov. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines (NYSE, PSE: ALK) announced today it has narrowed to five the cities it is considering for a major new maintenance complex that could employ up to 2,000 people by the end of the decade.
    The cities are Phoenix, Portland, Ore., Seattle, Spokane, Wash., and Tucson, Ariz.  Alaska now will send a team of company officials to each city for site inspections and in-depth discussions with airport directors and economic development and government officials.  A decision on a final site is expected sometime in the first quarter of 1992.
    "All cities submitted excellent proposals," said Cliff Argue, Alaska's staff vice president for properties and facilities.  "It was difficult to select one site over another.  Every proposal had its merits and considerable community support."
    Among the criteria considered by Alaska were solid economic and industrial infrastructure, employment training capabilities, attractive business climate, quality of life, suitable airport land and financial incentives. The airline narrowed the list to five from a group of nine cities it asked to submit proposals.  Those not making the short list were Boise, Idaho, Las Vegas, Reno, Nev., and Salt Lake City.
    Cost of the project is estimated at between $50 million and $75 million.
    When it opens in late 1993, the base will employ about 500 highly-skilled people, mostly licensed mechanics earning an average of $40,000 a year.  The base is expected to grow by another 1,500 people by late 1998.
   The facility will sit on a 30-acre parcel (expandable to 50 acres) and include a hangar that can accommodate five narrow-body aircraft and 233,000-square feet of shops, offices and storage space.  The facility would be used for heavy maintenance work that now is performed at bases Alaska has in Seattle and Oakland, Calif.
    Alaska needs the additional maintenance capability to accommodate delivery of up to 64 new Boeing 737-400s and McDonnell Douglas MD-90 aircraft between 1992-97.  Alaska's fleet currently consists of more than 60 Boeing 727s, 737s and McDonnell Douglas MD-80s.
    Seattle-based Alaska Airlines serves 38 cities in Alaska, Mexico, Canada, the Soviet Union and five Western states.
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    /CONTACT: Greg Witter of Alaska Airlines, 206-431-3799/
    (ALK) CO:  Alaska Airlines ST:  Washington IN:  AIR SU: JH-LM -- SE007 -- 2311 11/07/91 14:42 EST
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