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Alaska Airlines orders two additional Boeing 737-900 ERs

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) has ordered two additional 737-900 ER (Extended Range) airplanes.  The agreement, worth $192 million at current list prices, coincides with the direct delivery of the 100th Next-Generation 737 airplane (Boeing 737-990 ER N453AS, msn 36354) to Alaska Airlines.

The aircraft order and delivery of Alaska’s 100th Next-Generation 737 (N453AS) was marked by a special celebration and delivery flight attended by 50 frontline employees from the airline and 50 Boeing employees.

The largest and newest model in the Next-Generation 737 family, the 737-900 ER can carry up to 26 more passengers or fly about 500 nautical miles (926 km) farther than the 737-900. Alaska Airlines operates the 737-900 ER in a two-class configuration with 181 seats and features the Boeing Sky Interior.

The longer range of the 737-900 ER can connect distant city pairs across continents, such as Seattle/Tacoma andOrlando, Florida, in a generous two-class configuration. It has substantial economic advantages over competing models, including 6 percent lower operating costs per trip and 4 percent lower operating costs per seat mile.

The Boeing Sky Interior is the latest in a series of enhancements for both airlines and passengers that introduces new lighting and a curving architecture to create a distinctive entry way. Passengers enjoy a more open cabin feel and newly improved and expanded pivot bins. In addition, all of Alaska’s seats feature outlets providing dual 110-volt and USB power.

Alaska flies 131 Boeing 737 aircraft, including 14 737-900 ERs. The carrier has 68 firm orders for 737-900 ERs and 737 MAX aircraft to be delivered through 2022. Alaska took delivery of its first 737-900 ER in October 2012 and began adding Next-Generation 737s to their fleet in July 1999 with the first delivery of a 737-700.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-990 ER N408AS (msn 41732) climbs away from the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

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Alaska Airlines orders five additional Boeing 737-900 ERs

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) and Boeing (Chicago) announced today the carrier is exercising options to purchase five additional Boeing 737-900 ER (extended range) aircraft. The five new aircraft are worth $481 million at Boeing’s current list price. Two of the aircraft will arrive in 2015 followed by two more in 2016 and one in 2017.

Today’s order supplements the 31 aircraft on firm order for delivery by the end of 2017. Alaska Airlines expects to have 134 Boeing 737s in its fleet by the end of 2014.

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Delivered new to the carrier on December 18, 2012, Boeing 737-990 ER N408AS (msn 41732) taxies to the gate at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport hub.

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Alaska Airlines is upgrading its aircraft with new seats and power outlets

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) is upgrading its fleet and interiors. According to the airline, “passengers starting this fall will enjoy new aircraft seats that feature a personal space-enhancing design and are equipped with power outlets. The airline is also nearing a decision on an enhanced inflight entertainment system that will allow customers to watch movies, television shows and other programming streamed to any Wi-Fi-enabled device.”

The $100 million project to upgrade the cabins on all of Alaska’s Boeing 737-800, -900 and -900 ER aircraft is expected to be finished by the end of 2014.

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Cabin Photo: Alaska Airlines.

Alaska Airlines became the North America launch customer for the main cabin Recaro seat when the carrier took delivery of its first Boeing 737-900 ER in November 2012. The seat’s slimmer design and location of the literature pocket at the top of the seat back enables Alaska to reconfigure its cabins while maintaining the same passenger comfort standards and personal space that are on its aircraft today. Six seats will be added to the airline’s 737-800s and nine seats to its 737-900s.

Alaska will be the only U.S. airline to provide power outlets at every seat on its equipped aircraft, which will include nearly three-quarters of the fleet. The outlets, supplying both 110-volt and USB power for tablets and smart phones, will be conveniently located on the seatback in front of each passenger.

The inflight entertainment solution under consideration will allow programming to be streamed wirelessly from a server onboard the aircraft to any Wi-Fi-enabled device, including passengers’ own laptops, tablets and smart phones as well as tablets provided by Alaska.

After reconfiguring its aircraft, Alaska Airlines’ 737-800s will accommodate 163 passengers (16 in first class and 147 in the main cabin). The carrier’s 737-900s will accommodate 181 passengers (16 in first class and 165 in the main cabin). Its 737-900 ERs, which are not being reconfigured with more seats, also accommodate 16 passengers in first class and 165 in the main cabin. Alaska Airlines’ aircraft will provide passengers with the current fleet standard seat pitch of 31 to 32 inches and 3 inches of recline.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 737-990 ER N408AS (msn 41732) arrives at Los Angeles.

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