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ALASKA AIRLINES RESUMES RUSSIAN FAR EAST SERVICE JUNE 6; FLIGHTS TO VLADIVOSTOK ADDED; TRAVEL PACKAGES UNVEILED

 SEATTLE, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines announced today it will start regularly scheduled service to the Russian port city of Vladivostok in June with the launch of its third season of flights to the Russian Far East.
 Alaska will offer four flights a week through September, flying Boeing 727 aircraft non-stop from Anchorage to Magadan with continuing service to Vladivostok two days a week and Khabarovsk the other two days. The first flight to Khabarovsk and Magadan is June 6 and the first to Vladivostok is June 8. Same-plane service will be offered from Seattle.
 Tour packages include options for Irkutsk, the so-called "Paris of Siberia," and two cities in China, Beijing and Harbin. Alaska will offer five packages, each including round-trip airfare, ground transportation, hotel accommodations, sightseeing, meals and assistance in securing necessary documentation:
 - Six days/five nights in Vladivostok and Khabarovsk. Price from Anchorage: $1,646 per person.
 - Eight days/seven nights in Khabarovsk and Irkutsk (including two nights on the Trans-Siberian Railroad). Price from Anchorage: $1,896 per person.
 - 10 days/nine nights in Khabarovsk, Irkutsk and Vladivostok (including two nights on the Trans-Siberian Railroad). Price from Anchorage: $2,179 per person.
 - 13 days/12 nights in Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Harbin and Beijing (including one night on the Trans-Siberian Railroad). Price from Anchorage: $2,559 per person.
 - 17 days/16 nights in Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Irkutsk, Harbin and Beijing (including two nights on the Trans-Siberian Railroad). Price from Anchorage: $3,225 per person.
 Prices are based on double occupancy rooms.
 Airfare by itself also is available. The lowest round-trip fares, requiring a 21-day advance purchase, are $898 per person, Anchorage- Magadan, $1,275, Anchorage-Khabarovsk, and $1,415, Anchorage- Vladivostok.
 Vladivostok is Russia's principal ice-free seaport and home to the Russian Navy's Pacific fleet. Closed to Westerners for nearly 45 years following the end of World War II, the picturesque city of 700,000 sits on the shores of the Sea of Japan in the southeastern-most part of Russia.
 Khabarovsk, a major commercial center and river port of 650,000 people, sits on the banks of the Amur River, which separates Russia and China. The city is a popular destination for tourists from Japan, Korea and China. Irkutsk is offered via sleeper car on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. It has a population of about 650,000 and is noted for its tree-lined streets, parks and architecture. The city is 40 miles from Lake Baikal, one of the world's natural and scenic wonders.
 Harbin, a political, cultural and economic center, is a provincial capital of nearly three million people in northeastern China, the area formerly known as Manchuria. It is just more than one hour by air from Khabarovsk and will be offered by Alaska through Aeroflot.
 Tours of Beijing, China's capital, will feature visits to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace and the Great Wall. Beijing is China's largest city with 10.9 million residents. Flights between Harbin and Beijing will be on China Northern Air.
 Alaska's flights to Russia will depart the U.S. on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. They will cross the international dateline and arrive on the days following.
 More information may be obtained from travel agents or the Alaska Airlines Vacations office, 800-468-2248.
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 /CONTACT: Lou Cancelmi, 206-433-3170, or Greg Witter, 206-431-3799, both of Alaska Airlines/
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