Airlines Alaska Airlines Boosts 737 MAX Orders and Options to 120 Jets
Boeing has announced, that Alaska Airlines has signed a new order for additional Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
Alaska Airlines and aircraft manufacturer Boeing have announced to strengthen their partnership with a new order by the carrier. Alaska Airlines has signed to take delivery of 23 additional Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft, boosting its total order to 120 jets with purchase options included.
The new deal was celebrated during a signing ceremony at Boeing´s delivery facility in Seattle, in observance of COVID-19 restrictions. Both companies expressed their confidence in the fundamental strength of the industry for future passenger demand.
With the new agreement, Alaska Airlines presents its ambitions to grow into new markets after the pandemic and the selection of the 737 MAX is another proof of the airline´s trust in the aircraft, which recently has been re-certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Air Group commented: "We are extremely proud to be announcing this transformative agreement with Boeing [...] 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."
Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, added: "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 U.S. airlines. With Alaska's industry-leading reputation for safety, sustainability and customer service, we are honored 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."
In 2012, Alaska Airlines ordered the first 32 737 MAX aircraft, the second order was signed in November 13 as separate lease agreement. This latest order of 23 aircraft brings the firm order book to 68 aircraft. Alaska Airline holds 37 purchase rights from the Order in 2012 and 15 order rights from this latest announcement, bringing the total possible order book to 120 aircraft.
Alaska Airlines is a U.S.-American airline headquartered in Washington. The carrier commenced operations 76 years ago in 1944 and was originally founded in 1932 as McGee Airways. The airline is member in the Oneword alliance and offers flights with over 300 short- and long-haul aircraft.
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