Alaska Airlines orders more than 50 Boeing planes

Alaska Airlines announced on October 26, 2022 that it was adding 52 Boeing aircraft with rights for 105 more, setting the airline up for long-term growth.


Alaska Airlines measures put in place

The investment of 52 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft will allow the airline’s growing fleet of accepted 737 MAX aircraft to grow from 94 to 196 and operate between 2024 and 2027.

For Alaska to operate 105 aircraft through 2030, the airline was granted the right to establish access to satisfactory aircraft for fleet replacement and growth. This agreement represents the largest commitment for the future aircraft in the history of the airline.

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Summary of impacts

Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci said, “This investment secures aircraft to optimize our growth over the next decade, which we know will be a tremendous competitive advantage. We are proud of the strong financial base that uniquely positions Alaska to make this commitment to our future and the fantastic partnership we share with our local aircraft manufacturer at Boeing.

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Detailed proposal

Currently, Alaska Airlines is creating a fleet of 35 737-9s and plans to accept delivery of another 43 MAX aircraft by the end of 2023, eventually building a core fleet of only Boeing aircraft. The 737-9 exceeded critics’ expectations for economy, fuel efficiency and customer satisfaction.

The significance of this groundbreaking historic order positions the Alaska Fleet as one of the most efficient, environmentally responsible and cost-effective fleets in the industry. The order includes 737-8, 737-9 and 737-10 aircraft, allowing Alaska to optimally match aircraft size and capacity to the market.

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Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO said, “As Alaska Airlines grows its fleet sustainably, the 737 MAX family offers environmental performance and flexibility to expand service on its route network. But at our Renton plant near the Alaska, Washington headquarters, these planes will carry passengers to their destination for years to come.

General information about the 737 MAX

The 737 MAX proposal of 43 planes per month from the Renton plant is the underlying driver of the FAA’s production cuts due to two recent fatal crashes in April 2019. The FAA has set clear targets for Evaluate and oversee 737 productions in specific actions to identify and resolve issues and address allegations of undue pressure within the production environment.

Orders for 737 MAX aircraft give Alaska a line of sight to operate more than 250 737 MAX aircraft by 2030. Flexibility built into the agreement allows Alaska Air to tailor deliveries to economic conditions while saving a place in the production line. In 2030, an additional 737 MAX will be delivered approximately every ten days. These new aircraft join the Alaska 737-900ER, 737-900, 737-800 and 737-700 fleet.

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