If you read my post yesterday, I told you that Alaska Airlines was expected to announce a large Boeing order today. Well, they didn’t disappoint! The airline announced today that they have ordered 50 Boeing 737’s, the worlds best selling airliner. The order includes 737-900ER’s, 737 Max 8’s, and 737 Max 9’s. This order ensures that Alaska’s fleet will remain “All Boeing”, at least for the time being.
Alaska already has an additional 25 737’s on order. Most of the 75 new aircraft will replace the older Boeing 737’s that the airline currently operates, including several of the 737-400 variant. Alaska will continue taking delivery of the 737-900’s beginning this month with the last being delivered in 2017.
Unfortunately, we’re going to have to wait a while for the Max 8’s and Max 9’s with delivery scheduled to begin in 2018 and 2019, respectively. We all know that pretty much every airliner program is delayed at least a little bit. All of the aircraft will be retrofitted with the new “Sky Interior”, similar to that of the 787 Dreamliner.
This order is huge news for Seattle, which is where Boeing will produce the aircraft and where Alaska will base the majority of the aircraft at its SeaTac hub.