ANCHORAGE — Alaska Airlines changed its flight path so passengers could have prime 35,000 viewing of the solar eclipse while flying from Anchorage to Honolulu.
Flight 870 left Anchorage on Tuesday around 2 p.m. local time and the eclipse peaked around 4:38 p.m. local time.
Over a year ago, Joe Rao, an associate astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History, discovered the Alaska Airlines flight would intersect the “path of totality” during the eclipse.
Rao and a dozen other “eclipse chasers” were on Tuesday’s flight to observe the solar event from 35,000 feet.
“It’s an unbelievably accommodating gesture,” said Mike Kentrianakis, solar eclipse project manager for the American Astronomical Society, who will be in seat 6F. “Not only is Alaska Airlines getting people from Point A to Point B, but they’re willing to give them an exciting flight experience. An airline that’s actually talking to their people – and listening! That’s customer service at its best. It’s become personal.”
Video of the event was shot by Mike Kentrianakis/American Astronomical Society.