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ALASKA AIRLINES ADDS BEIJING TO RUSSIAN FAR EAST TOURS

 ALASKA AIRLINES ADDS BEIJING TO RUSSIAN FAR EAST TOURS
 SEATTLE, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines announced today it has added Beijing, China's capital city, to its Russian tour packages.
 Alaska begins its second season of flying to the Russian Far East on June 7 with one-stop service out of Seattle and nonstop service out of Anchorage. All tours begin in either Magadan or Khabarovsk, the two cities Alaska serves in the region. In addition to Beijing, side trips are available to Harbin, in northern China, and the Russian cities of Irkutsk and Vladivostok.
 Two of the seven tours this year include trips to both Beijing and Harbin, and a third involves Harbin exclusively.
 Packages with the China option:
 - Six days/five nights in Magadan, Khabarovsk and Harbin. The Khabarovsk-to-Harbin leg of the journey will be operated by Aeroflot or China Northern Airlines. Price from Anchorage: $1,859.
 - 15 days/14 nights in Magadan, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Beijing and Harbin. The Khabarovsk-to-Harbin leg will be on China Northern Airlines and the return flight from Beijing to San Francisco on Air China. Price from Anchorage: $2,859.
 - 14 days/13 nights in Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Harbin and Beijing. The package will originate in San Francisco and end in Anchorage and include the same sites as the 15-day tour, except for Magadan. Price from San Francisco: $2,659.
 Prices are based on double occupancy rooms. Each package includes round-trip airfare, ground transportation, hotel accommodations, sightseeing, local English-speaking tour guides, meals and assistance in securing necessary documentation.
 Harbin, a political, cultural and economic center of nearly three million people, is located in the region formerly known as Manchuria. It is famous for traditional Chinese handicrafts, such as jade and ivory carving, porcelains and woven tapestries. Tourists will visit a nearby farm village and a day-care center.
 Tours of Beijing will feature visits to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the Ming Tombs and the Great Wall. Beijing is China's largest city with 10.9 million residents.
 Alaska's flights to Russia will depart the United States on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. They will cross the international dateline and arrive on the days following. Flights back to the United States will arrive on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Boeing 727 aircraft seating 136 will be used.
 Additional information on ticket and package purchases can be obtained from travel agents or the Alaska Airlines Vacations desk, 800-468-2248.
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 /CONTACT: Greg Witter of Alaska Airlines, 206-431-3799/
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