There are plenty of tailgate parties going on for Super Bowl Sunday, but perhaps only one that took place 35,000 feet in the air.
63,000 residents of Oregon, Alaska and Washington entered a contest hosted by Alaska Airlines and Seattle NFL quarterback Russell Wilson for a chance to win two seats on a party plane headed to New York, two nights lodging in the city and a viewing party in midtown Manhattan.
The 56 winners and their guests got to fly to New York on Saturday on a flight dubbed Russell’s 12th Fan Airlift. Along for the ride: the winners of a mileage auction for five pairs of first class seats that, with the airline’s mileage match, means that six million miles will be donated to Seattle Children’s Hospital.
I got to go along for the ride:
Here are some photos from the trip:
The props came out during the flight as well:
Meals in-flight included a snack back with Skittles and a Volume 12 chocolate bar and breakfast served by Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden:
And, after a trivia contest, drawings were held for two pair of Super Bowl tickets. Here’s one of the lucky winners: