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MSU takes flight with Horizon aircraft

November 18, 2010 -- MSU News Service

MSU students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to an unveiling of the Bobcat-themed Horizon Air Q400 turboprop at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 at Gallatin Field Airport. Photo courtesy of Horizon Air.   High-Res Available

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Now Montana State University and Bobcat fans can fly in style.

An MSU-themed plane, the eighth and latest addition to Horizon Air's university-themed aircraft fleet, will soon take to the skies and you're invited to join the celebration.

"This is certainly one of our biggest promotional opportunities to date," said Julie Kipfer, director of marketing and creative services at Montana State University. "We are excited to increase our exposure and visibility in the Western region where many of our students, alumni and fans live and travel."

The official unveiling flight of the freshly painted Q400 turboprop will be from Seattle to Bozeman, Mont. on Nov. 30, 2010. The plane joins Horizon's other 52 aircraft and will fly throughout the airline's route system from British Columbia to Mexico. The Q400 was scheduled for repainting, so the new look is being provided at no cost to the university or additional painting cost to Horizon.

The Montana State University Alumni Association will host a special unveiling celebration at the Gallatin Field Airport at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2010 to welcome the MSU-themed plane. Alumni and fans are invited to attend the event, which will include appearances by Champ, the Cheer Squad, comments from President Waded Cruzado and a photo opportunity of the new MSU-themed airplane. Food and beverages will be provided courtesy of the Alumni Association and Horizon Airlines.

Parking for the celebration will be free of charge; attendees should park in the pay parking area and bring their parking slip to the event for validation. The viewing area and celebration will be located just east of the main terminal. Guests should go to east entrance of the airport near the Horizon Air counter for directions. The inaugural landing of the plane will be at 3:03 p.m. don't miss it!

The MSU-themed plane is painted in blue and gold and displays the bobcat head mark on the tail, the collegiate "M" at the back of the plane, Go Cats text on the wings, and the university logo near the front of the plane.

Horizon began painting university-themed aircraft in 2007 with Washington and Oregon public universities. The popularity of the planes inspired Horizon to expand the concept to Montana and Idaho this fall.

Bobcat merchandise and apparel is available at a number of retailers throughout Montana, and online. MSU fans also have the option to get MSU or Go Cats license plates. Being able to ride in an MSU airplane brings Bobcat pride to a whole new level.

Horizon Air serves more than 45 cities in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Baja California Sur (Mexico), and British Columbia and Alberta (Canada). Together, Horizon and Alaska Airlines serve more than 90 cities and are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK).

Contact: Julie Kipfer, MSU director of marketing, 406-994-5737,