Alaska Airlines has added 23 more 737-9s to an existing order with Boeing, as well as options for future purchases.

    The new deal brings the airline’s total 737 MAX orders and options to 120 aircraft – of which 52 are options.

    Alaska Air Group CEO Brad Tilden described the agreement with Boeing as “transformative”. He said: “We believe in this airplane, we believe in our strong partnership with Boeing, and we believe in the future of Alaska Airlines and the incredible opportunities ahead as we climb our way out of this pandemic.”

    Highlights from today’s signing ceremony. Video courtesy of Boeing.

    The airline placed an order for 32 737-9s in 2012 as part of its fleet modernisation programme. The 737-9 is a member of the 737 MAX family. In November, Alaska Airlines announced it would lease 13 new 737-9s while selling some A320 jets it had taken on through its acquisition of Virgin America.

    “We could not ask for a better partner than Boeing and we are delighted to be standing side by side with them as we work together to get our economy back on its feet,” said Tilden.

    Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Stan Deal commented: “Alaska Airlines has done a tremendous job of weathering the impacts from the Covid-19 pandemic, and is well positioned to return to its growth trajectory and strengthen its standing as one of the top US airlines.

    “With Alaska’s industry-leading reputation for safety, sustainability and customer service, we are honoured they have chosen to invest in their future with a significant purchase of additional Boeing 737 airplanes.

    “We are grateful for Alaska’s trust and partnership. Our team is focused on delivering their first 737 MAX jets and helping ensure a safe and seamless entry into service.”

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