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ALASKA AIRLINES APPLIES FOR ROUTE TO VLADIVOSTOK, USSR

       ALASKA AIRLINES APPLIES FOR ROUTE TO VLADIVOSTOK, USSR
    SEATTLE, Nov. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines announced today it has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for authority to serve the Russian port city of Vladivostok.
    The decision to seek the authority stems from the airline's successful entrance into two other Soviet Far East markets earlier this year and recent positive discussions with Vladivostok officials and the governor of the region.
    "They would welcome and support the start of air service from the U.S.," said Pat Glenn, Alaska's chief operating officer.  "Moreover, they indicated that the central government in Moscow would be amenable to discussing the possibilities."
    In June, Alaska became the first U.S. carrier to offer regularly scheduled service from the West Coast to the Soviet Union with three flights a week between Anchorage and Magadan and Khabarovsk.
    Because of its military importance, no foreign ships or airlines have been allowed into Vladivostok since the start of the Cold War. The only international air service currently available is one flight per week by Aeroflot to Seoul, South Korea.
    Vladivostok, a city of more than 620,000, is not included in the current bilateral air treaty between the two countries but the agreement giving Alaska authority to serve Magadan and Khabarovsk is up for renewal in March 1993.
    By applying for the Vladivostok route now, Alaska in effect is asking the governments to put the city on the agenda when the agreement is reviewed, Glenn said.
    Negotiations between the two countries are expected to begin late next year, according to U.S. Sen. Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska), who was instrumental in pushing for the Anchorage-Magadan-Khabarovsk route's inclusion in the current bilateral treaty.
    Alaska's proposal calls for three round-trip flights per week to Vladivostok from Anchorage using Boeing 727-200 aircraft.  Like Magadan and Khabarovsk, Alaska sees Vladivostok attracting primarily tourists, with strong potential for business traffic.
    Vladivostok is 3,360 miles by air, or about seven hours flight time, from Anchorage.  Aircraft would refuel in Magadan, which is located about halfway between Anchorage and Vladivostok.
    Located on the southern tip of the Muravyov-Amursky Peninsula, Vladivostok is the Soviet Union's principal ice-free port.  It is home to extensive shipbuilding, military, commercial fishing, railway and mining facilities.
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    /CONTACT:  Greg Witter of Alaska Airlines, 206-431-3799/
    (ALK) CO:  Alaska Airlines ST:  Alaska, Washington IN:  AIR LEI SU: LM -- SE002 -- 1403 11/15/91 09:31 EST
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