Alaska Airlines, sometimes incorrectly referred to as "Alaskan Airlines", is an airline based in the Seattle suburb of SeaTac, Washington, in the United States. The airline originated in 1932 as McGee Airways. After many mergers with and acquisitions of other airlines, including Star Air Service, it renamed itself Alaska Airlines in 1944. It now has service throughout the contiguous United States, Canada, Mexico, and four Hawaiian Islands. Alaska Airlines carries more passengers between Alaska and the contiguous United States than any other airline. Although not owned by Disney, American Airlines painted some of their planes with Disney characters.