The largest aircraft order for Alaska Airlines in its 90-year history will consist of 52 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, the airline announced on Wednesday. Deliveries will occur between 2024 and 2027, increasing the MAX fleet from the originally anticipated 94 to 146 aircraft.
The 737-10, 737-8, and 737-9, as well as the uncertified 737 MAX series, are all part of the order. And perhaps it won’t end there. According to Alaska Airlines, this order puts it in a position to possibly operate up to 250 MAX series aircraft by 2030. The carrier added that by the end of 2023 it would stop using its Airbus planes.
“We know that having aeroplanes will give us a significant competitive edge over the next ten years as we grow. We take great pride in our strong financial foundation, which uniquely qualifies Alaska to make this investment in the future, as well as our wonderful connection with Boeing, the local manufacturer of aircraft.”Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci said
34 of the 737-9 are currently being flown by Alaska Airlines. The airline has previously changed an order to include both the bigger 737-10 and the smaller 737-8. The three different MAX models chosen for its fleet will give it flexibility and the ability to move aircraft and capacity to better match market demand. The airline claims that as a result, it will have “one of the most effective, environmentally friendly, and financially successful fleets in the business.”
Every ten days in 2023, the carrier will receive a brand-new 737 MAX. Additionally, they won’t have to travel too far to begin with. Boeing is Alaska Airlines’ “hometown manufacturer,” according to Minicucci. The carrier’s main office is located in SeaTac, sometimes known as Seattle-Tacoma, Washington, a short distance from the Renton Boeing 737 manufacturing facility. Additionally, there is a lengthy history of cooperation between the two businesses. The Boeing Service Center on the northwest corner of Paine Field, where Alaska Airlines recently increased service to 18 daily departures, served as the airline’s headquarters during the 1940s.
“The 737 MAX series delivers environmental performance and flexibility to increase service across Alaska Airlines’ route network as it sustainably grows its fleet. These aircraft, which were constructed in our Renton factory in Washington state, close to Alaska’s corporate headquarters, will carry passengers for many years to come.”Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Stan Deal
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