Alaska Airlines recalibrates its Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 order, will add the 737-8 and 737-10 models

Alaska Airlines announced plans today to broaden its mainline fleet by adjusting its current 737-9 aircraft order with Boeing to include the bigger 737-10 and longer-range 737-8, which are all part of the 737 MAX family of planes. These additional 737 models will enhance Alaska’s ability to meet specific market requirements with optimal aircraft size and capability.

 

Prior to today’s announcement, Alaska’s contractual 737 order featured 145 firm orders and options for 737-9 aircraft for delivery between 2021-2026. There are currently 14 737-9s in Alaska’s fleet. Of the remaining 131 aircraft, 79 are firm orders and 52 are options. We now envision a mix of 70 737-9s, 60 737-10s and 15 737-8s for the 145 planes.

Alaska expects to take delivery of its first 737-8 airplanes in the second half of 2023 and its first 737-10s in early 2024.

They will build on the success of the 737-9 which offers 20% better fuel efficiency and generates 20% less carbon emissions per seat than the Airbus A320 they’re replacing. The three 737 MAX models offer several key common features, such as the same cockpit, same engines, and similar aircraft and engine components.