Alaska Airlines orders 50 planes from Boeing

Courtesy Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines announced an order for 50 new 737s from Boeing on Oct. 11, totaling $5 billion at Boeing’s list prices. The order, to be filled from 2015 to 2022, denotes the airline’s largest single order in terms of dollars spent, according to a press release from the company.

“This order positions us for growth and ensures that we’ll continue to operate the quietest and most fuel-efficient aircraft available for the foreseeable future,” Brad Tilden, Alaska Airlines president and CEO said in a statement. “We value our longstanding relationship with Boeing and look forward to painting ‘Proudly All Boeing’ on the nose of our aircraft for many, many years into the future.”

The order is for 13 of Boeing’s Next-Generation 737-900 Extended Range aircraft, with 20 737 Max 8s and 17 737 Max 9s filling out the sale. The Max line is the company’s newest adaptation of its ever-present 737 craft.

Set to make its commercial debut next year, the 737 Max will use 8 percent less fuel per passenger than its competitor, the Airbus A320neo, Boeing claims.

“The 737 Max will be a great addition to Alaska Airlines’ all-Boeing 737 fleet. This order demonstrates our hometown partner’s strong commitment to operate the most fuel-efficient single-aisle airplanes on the market today and in the future,” Boeing President and CEO Ray Conner said.

Boeing and Alaska Airlines are both headquartered in Seattle.

The 737-900ER can carry up to 220 passengers, 31 more than the 737-800. Alaska Airlines’ 737-900 ERs will feature leather seats with a new design that will provide passengers with increased legroom, the company said in a statement.

Alaska Airlines currently flies a fleet of 120 Boeing 737s. Its recent order of 50 new aircraft is in addition to 25 the company is expecting from Boeing as a part of a previous order; 50 of the new planes will replace older 737s that are to be retired, while the remaining 25 will add to the airline’s fleet, according to Bobbie Egan, a spokesperson for the airline.

11/11/2016 - 3:33pm