Seattle based Alaska Airlines and the Boeing Company have announced a firm order for 50 new 737s. The purchase is valued at more than $5 billion at current list prices and is the largest in Alaska Airlines’ history.
The order includes 37 of Boeing’s redesigned 737s: 20 737 MAX 8s, 17 737 MAX 9s and 13 Next-Generation 737-900ERs. All three types of aircraft being purchased are new versions of the time-honored 737 with redesigned engines which will improve fuel efficiency.
Alaska operates a fleet of all 737s. It has 120 of them in operation and 25 that are set to be delivered over the next several years. The planes contained in Thursday’s order are expected to be given to Alaska between 2015 and 2022.