The First Flight airplane taxis past the BFI air traffic control tower.
Opportunity Skyway students make first flight
July 2010—Eight students from Opportunity Skyway Air Academy were aboard an Alaska Airlines jet on its delivery flight to King County International Airport on May 27, along with a teacher and a long-time program volunteer. For many of the students, this was their first time in an aircraft.
Opportunity Skyway is an airport-based education program at King County International Airport that combines academic and vocational learning with career exploration in aviation-related industries.
The flight took off from Boeing Field and remained airborne for about two hours before landing at Alaska Airlines’ headquarters at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The pilots flew the youths out over the Pacific and allowed visits and photos with them in the cockpit during the flight. Alaska Airlines flight attendants held in-flight trivia contests about aviation and served refreshments.
The airport staff thanks The Boeing Company, the Boy Scouts of America, and Alaska Airlines for providing these youths with a chance to experience the joy of flight.