Alaska Airlines has placed a follow-on order for 10 Boeing 737-900ER jets, building on the carrier’s all-Boeing 737 fleet.
Its latest order ‒ which Boeing values at $990 million at current list prices ‒ means Seattle-based carrier Alaska Airlines continues to invest in the area around the city, where Boeing Commercial Airplanes assembles all of its single-aisle jets and most of its widebodies.
The carrier’s latest order brings Alaska Airlines’ total of Boeing 737s on order to 74, including 37 737-900ERs, 20 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft and 17 737 MAX 9s.
Alaska Airlines already operates 136 Boeing 737 aircraft of various models. These include 21 737-400s; five 737-400 Combis; one 737-400 freighter; 14 737-700s; 61 737-800s; 12 737-900s; and 22 737-900ERs.
“We love having Seattle as our home and buying locally built airplanes is a point of pride for us,” says Brad Tilden, Alaska Airlines’ president and CEO. “These new planes will allow us to serve our customers even better with improved in-cabin experience, including our new leather Recaro seats with added leg room, power outlets at every seat and larger overhead bins.”
According to Boeing, Alaska Airlines’ new 737-900ERs will not only allow network growth, but will also enable cost reductions by replacing some of Alaska’s 737-400s. The 737-900ER is capable of carrying 25 per cent more passengers than the Boeing 737-400, while using the same amount of fuel.
Boeing supports Alaska Airlines operations with support and services from its Boeing Edge portfolio.
Technical services which Boeing provides to Alaska Airlines include Wind Updates and Jeppesen eCharts for more efficient navigation; Jeppesen Crew Tracking to allow quick re-rostering of crews aircraft when flight schedules change; and Boeing’s Landing Gear Exchange Programs, Maintenance Performance Toolbox and Mobile Maintenance Applications for iPad to speed the detection and resolution of maintenance issues.