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ALASKA AIRLINES RESUMES RUSSIAN SERVICE MAY 5; SHANGHAI ADDED TO TOUR OFFERINGS

 SEATTLE, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines announced today it will begin its fourth season of service to the Russian Far East on May 5.
 Alaska will offer four flights a week at least through September, flying McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft non-stop from Anchorage, Alaska to Magadan with continuing service to Khabarovsk two days a week and Vladivostok the other two days. Same-plane service will be offered from Seattle.
 Tour packages include options for Lake Baikal, Irkutsk and four cities in China -- Beijing, Harbin, Shanghai and Suzhou. Shanghai and Suzhou are new to Alaska's tour line up.
 Alaska will offer five packages, each including international flights, two nights on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, domestic air travel within Russia and China, ground transportation, hotel accommodations, sightseeing, meals and assistance securing necessary documentation:
 -- Eight days/seven nights in Khabarovsk, Irkutsk and Lake Baikal. Price from Anchorage: $2,459 per person.
 -- Ten days/nine nights in Vladivostok, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal and Khabarovsk. Price from Anchorage: $2,941 per person.
 -- 13 days/12 nights in Khabarovsk, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal and Vladivostok. Price from Anchorage: $3,465 per person.
 -- 19 days/18 nights in Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Lake Baikal, Irkutsk, Harbin and Beijing. Price from Anchorage, returning to Seattle: $4,581.
 -- 21 days/20 nights in Shanghai, Suzhou, Beijing, Harbin, Khabarovsk, Irkutsk, Lake Baikal and Vladivostok. Price from Seattle, returning to Anchorage: $5,276 per person.
 Prices are based on double occupancy rooms.
 Airfare by itself also is available. The lowest round-trip fares -- requiring advance purchase -- are $880 per person, Anchorage-Magadan, $1,079 Anchorage-Khabarovsk, and $1,179 Anchorage-Vladivostok.
 Vladivostok is Russia's principal ice-free seaport and a center of trade. Closed to Westerners for nearly 45 years following the end of World War II, the picturesque city of 700,000 is 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 tourist and business travelers from Japan, Korea, China and North America.
 Irkutsk is offered via private sleeper car on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. It 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.
 Tours of Beijing, China's capital, 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.
 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.
 Shanghai is a major Pacific port city in southern China. The city was dominated by foreigners during the late 19th century and today retains a European look. The magnificent Yu Gardens and astonishing statues of the Jade Buddha Temple sit just outside the city. Suzhou, seen in a day trip from Shanghai, is renown for the gardens that have earned it the name "Paradise on Earth."
 Alaska's flights to Russia will depart the United States on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. They will cross the international dateline and arrive on the days following. Intra-Russia air travel on tour packages will be through Russian Executive Air, a charter carrier run by French and American businessmen. Intra-China flights will be on China Northern Airlines.
 More information on Alaska's Russia flights can be obtained from travel agents, Alaska's reservations office (800-426-0333) or tours desk (800-468-2248).
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 /CONTACT: Greg Witter of Alaska Airlines, 206-431-3799/
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