Alaska Airlines and Boeing today announced an order for 10 Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes, building on Alaska’s all-Boeing fleet. Today’s purchase, which brings Alaska’s total Boeing jets on order to 74, means the airline’s customers will enjoy expanded service from its Seattle hub.
„We love having Seattle as our home and buying locally built airplanes is a point of pride for us,“ said Alaska Airlines‘ president and CEO Brad Tilden. „These new planes will allow us to serve our customers even better with improved in-cabin experience, including our new leather Recaro seats with added leg room, power outlets at every seat and larger overhead bins.“
With a list price of $990 million, this order represents a significant investment in the long term success of Alaska Airlines.
These new airplanes will not only allow network growth, but also enable further cost reductions by replacing Alaska’s 737-400s with new 737-900ERs, capable of carrying 25 percent more passengers while using the same amount of fuel.