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ALASKA AIRLINES RESUMES RUSSIAN SERVICE JUNE 7

 ALASKA AIRLINES RESUMES RUSSIAN SERVICE JUNE 7
 SEATTLE, June 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines said today it


begins its second season of service to the Russian Far East on Sunday.
 Alaska will offer three flights a week throughout the summer, flying Boeing 727 aircraft non-stop from Anchorage to Magadan with continuing service to Khabarovsk. One-stop service will be offered out of Seattle.
 Alaska is starting the season 10 days earlier than last year and extending it a month longer, to Sept. 25. The carrier also is considering a limited service in the tourist off-season.
 Alaska is offering seven tour packages to the region that range from six days/five nights to 16 days/15 nights. Three of the packages include trips to Beijing and/or Harbin, China. All packages include round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, sightseeing, meals and assistance in securing necessary documentation. From Anchorage, prices range from $1,418 to $2,949 per person, double occupancy rooms.
 Airfare by itself also is available. The lowest round-trip fares -- requiring a 21-day advance purchase -- are $1,100 per person, Anchorage-Magadan and $1,500, Anchorage-Khabarovsk.
 Magadan, a city of 150,000 on the Sea of Okhotsk, is about 2,000 miles southwest of Anchorage. Flight time between the two cities is more than four hours. A closed city for decades, Magadan is the gateway to some of the most infamous of Stalin's labor camps.
 Khabarovsk, a major commercial center and river port of 700,000 people, is another 1,000 miles south of Magadan, near the Chinese border. The city is a popular destination for tourists from Japan and other parts of the Orient.
 Irkutsk, offered in two packages via the Trans-Siberian Railroad, has a population of about 600,000 and is known as the "Paris of Siberia" because of its tree-lined streets, parks and architecture. The city is 40 miles from Lake Baikal, one of the country's natural and scenic wonders.
 Vladivostok, offered in three packages, is one day by train from Khabarovsk. It is Russia's principal ice-free port, a center of trade and a naval base. Hillside terraces and deep coastal indentations make it a picturesque city.
 Tours of Beijing, China's largest city with 10.9 million residents, feature visits to the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Ming Tombs and Great Wall.
 Harbin is a political, cultural and economic center of three million located in the region formerly called Manchuria. It is famous for traditional Chinese handicrafts such as jade and ivory carving.
 The summer climate of all five cities is mild, with Khabarovsk, Irkutsk, Harbin and Beijing given to occasional periods of hot temperatures. Colorful open markets, museums, war memorials, ornately painted 200-year-old log houses, scenic land- and seascapes and gracious hosts are among the region's highlights.
 Flights will depart on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Flights back to the United States will arrive on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 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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