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Alaska Airlines Suspends Service to Russia.

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 10, 1998--Alaska Airlines announced today that it will suspend its once-a-week winter service to the Russian Far East on Oct. 8.

Passengers holding advance bookings on Alaska Airlines beyond that date will be accommodated on other carriers. Gregg Saretsky, vice president of marketing and planning, said, "We regret having to make this decision, but recent circumstances with the Russian economy have made our current operations uneconomical." For the past four winters Alaska Airlines has operated one departure each week to Russia.

Saretsky said that while Alaska is suspending its weekly flight during the winter, it plans on providing connecting service to the region as soon as possible with its marketing partner, Reeve Aleutian Airways, subject to government approvals.

Alaska Airlines began scheduled service to the Russian Far East in 1991. It currently serves the cities of Magadan, Khabarovsk, Vladivostok, Petropavlovsk and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

 CONTACT: Alaska Airlines
 Jack Evans
 206/433-3134
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 Lou Cancelmi
 206/433-3170


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