Alaska honors the legacy of long-time CEO Brad Tilden with a subtle registration change

Alaska Airlines is honoring the legacy of its former long-time CEO Brad Tilden (right below) with the next MAX 9 delivery.

Photo: Alaska Airlines.
The pictured Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 was originally registered as N920AK (msn 44088, ln 8066), but it is now registered as N291BT.

Executives from Alaska Airlines and Boeing sign the agreement. (From left to right: Stan Deal, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO; Ihssane Mounir, Boeing Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing; Ben Minicucci, Alaska Airlines President; and Brad Tilden, Alaska Air Group CEO.)

For the first flight on June 14, 2021 the new registration was applied over the original when photographed.
Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker.
The aircraft also still bears the fleet number of 920 on the nose gear door and above the cockpit windows.   It is presumed that these numbers will be changed and name added prior to handover to the carrier.
Joe G. Walker reporting from Seattle.