Alaska Airlines makes its biggest Boeing aircraft order in its 90-year history, Airbus aircraft to exit the fleet by the end of 2023

Alaska Airlines announced today it is exercising options to purchase 52 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft for delivery between 2024 and 2027, growing the airline’s confirmed 737 MAX fleet from 94 to 146.

Alaska also secured rights for 105 more planes through 2030, ensuring access to sufficient aircraft for fleet replacement and growth. This agreement represents the largest commitment for future aircraft in the airline’s history.

737-9

Already operating a fleet of 35 737-9 aircraft, we expect to accept delivery of another 43 MAX aircraft between now and the end of 2023 – at which point we will once again operate a mainline fleet solely of Boeing aircraft. The performance of the 737-9 has exceeded expectations on economics and fuel efficiency, as well as guest satisfaction.

Shown here, an Alaska Airlines 737-10. (Image credit: Boeing)

This order positions Alaska’s fleet as one of the most efficient, environmentally friendly, and profitable fleets in the industry. The order includes 737-8, 737-9 and 737-10 aircraft, enabling Alaska to optimally match aircraft size and capability with market characteristics. We have full flexibility to shift between 737 MAX models as appropriate.

This order gives Alaska line of sight to operating more than 250 737 MAX series of aircraft by 2030. The flexibility built into the agreement allows us to match our deliveries with economic conditions while saving our place in the production line.

Fast Facts

  • By 2030, Alaska could operate more than 250 new aircraft from the 737 MAX series.
  • In 2023, a new 737 MAX will be delivered approximately every 10 days.
  • These new aircraft join Alaska’s fleet of 737-900ERs, 737-900s, 737-800s and 737-700s.
  • Alaska is on track to sunset Airbus aircraft by the end of 2023.

Top Copyright Photo: Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 N913AK (msn 44079) SEA (Michael B. Ing). Image: 959227.

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