Alaska Airlines has exercised options for two additional Next-Generation 737-800s, in an order that was posted to Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website in June...

Alaska Airlines has exercised options for two additional Next-Generation 737-800s, in an order that was posted to Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website in June and attributed to an unidentified customer.

Boeing valued the latest Alaska Airlines order at approximately $153 million at list prices.

“Alaska Airlines continues to execute a successful and strategic vision based on its expansive fleet of efficient and reliable Next-Generation 737s,” says Marlin Dailey, vice president of sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Alaska celebrated its transition to a single fleet in 2008 and with these additional orders is truly reaping the benefits represented by its slogan, ‘Proudly all-Boeing.’

“Through its close partnership with Boeing, and working with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, Alaska Airlines is also expanding the use of advanced navigational and flight guidance procedures that leverage the superior performance capabilities of the Next-Generation 737. These procedures reduce flight times and congestion and result in lower fuel consumption and emissions into the environment,” Dailey adds.

Alaska Airlines' latest order for two Boeing 737-800s should increase its fleet to 129 aircraft, all of them Boeing 737s. The 737-800 is the highest-selling variant of the Boeing 737NG family and is the workhorse of the Alaska Airlines fleet, the carrier operating more 737-800s than any other 737 variant

“Our financial performance has been strong, and expanding our fleet with these two new 737-800s will not only help us fly more efficiently but also launch new service for our customers, provide positive returns for investors and ultimately, bring some of our furloughed employees back to work,” says Brad Tilden, Alaska Airlines’ president.

Including the order announced on July 22, Alaska will take delivery of 13 Next-Generation 737s over the next several years. Alaska Airlines has 116 Boeing 737s in its fleet, including 55 737-800s.

The Boeing 737-800 is the best-selling version of the successful Next-Generation 737 family. To date, more than 125 customers have placed orders for more than 5,400 Next-Generation 737s. Unfilled orders for the Next-Generation 737 exceed 2,000 aircraft, valued at more than $150 billion at average list prices.