Alaska Airlines has placed a large order for 50 Boeing aircraft.
The US carrier has agreed to buy 13 B737-900ERs, 20 B737 MAX 8s and 17 B737 MAX 9s in a deal worth approximately US$5 billion at current list prices, making it the largest order in the airline’s history.
“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. That means our customers will continue to enjoy a comfortable in-flight experience, low fares and excellent on-time performance,” said Alaska Airlines’ President & CEO, Brad Tilden. “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.”
Alaska Airlines’ existing and new orders for the B737-900ER will be delivered from late October 2012 and continue through 2017. The first B737 MAX 8 – the new fuel-efficient version of the B737-800 – is scheduled to enter Alaska’s fleet in 2018, followed by the first B737 MAX 9 – the longer version of the new single-aisle jet – in 2019.
Alaska Airlines currently operates 120 Boeing 737s and becomes the third US carrier to order the MAX.