(05 Jan 2021)
Alaska Airlines has signed an agreement to buy 23 more
Boeing 737-9 airplanes, building on its original order and an
agreement in November to acquire new 737-9s through lease.

The new deal brings Alaska Airlines’ total 737 MAX
orders and options to 120 airplanes.

“We are extremely proud to be announcing this
transformative agreement with Boeing,” said Brad Tilden, CEO of
Alaska Air Group. “We believe in this airplane, we believe in our
strong partnership with Boeing, and we believe in the future of
Alaska Airlines and the incredible opportunities ahead as we climb
our way out of this pandemic.”

Alaska Airlines has signed an agreement to buy 23 more Boeing 737-9 airplanes.. Click to enlarge.

Alaska Airlines, a longtime
Boeing 737 operator, placed an order for 32 737-9 jets in 2012 as
part of its fleet modernization program. In November, Alaska Airlines announced it is expanding its
commitment to the 737 MAX program by leasing 13 new 737-9s while
selling some A320 jets it had taken on through its acquisition of
Virgin America.

The new agreement will add 23 firm orders for the
737-9 and more options for future purchases. In all, Alaska will
have 52 options which, if fully exercised, would take the carrier
to as many as 120 737 MAX airplanes.

“Alaska Airlines
has done a tremendous job of weathering the impacts from the
COVID-19 pandemic, and is well positioned to return to its growth
trajectory and strengthen its standing as one of the top U.S.
airlines. With Alaska’s industry-leading reputation for safety,
sustainability and customer service, we are honored they have
chosen to invest in their future with a significant purchase of
additional Boeing 737 airplanes,” said Stan Deal, president and
CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We are grateful for Alaska’s
trust and partnership. Our team is focused on delivering their
first 737 MAX jets and helping ensure a safe and seamless entry
into service.”

Alaska Airlines will configure the 737-9 with 178
seats in a three-class configuration.

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