Alaska Airlines’ fleet of fuel-efficient Boeing airplanes is growing again. Seattle’s hometown airline is purchasing six more Boeing next-generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) aircraft, valued at $594 million, Boeing’s current list price. The new planes, four scheduled for delivery in 2016 and two in 2017, bring Alaska’s total of locally manufactured jets on order to 79.
“We’re delighted Boeing is able to expedite delivery of four of these new 737-900ERs, increasing the number of planes we’ll receive next year to 19,” said Andrew Harrison, Alaska Airlines executive vice president and chief revenue officer. “These comfortable and highly efficient jets will expand and strengthen our already leading Pacific Northwest network.”
Alaska operates one of the youngest fleets in North America. The airline is transitioning to Boeing’s most modern and efficient 737 “next generation” models. Over the next few years, Alaska’s remaining 737-400s will be replaced with 737-900ERs, which transport 25 percent more passengers on the same amount of fuel.
“Alaska’s confidence in the 737-900ER is something that everyone at Boeing takes great pride in,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner. “As hometown partners, Alaska and Boeing have a shared vision to put the most innovative and fuel-efficient airplanes in the skies. The 737-900ER is a testament to that vision.”
Starting later this year, all of Alaska’s new 737-900ERs will feature Boeing’s innovative Space Bins. The larger overhead bins have a similar look and feel to Alaska’s current pivot bins, yet will hold 48 percent more bags than the current bins. When open, the bin’s bottom edge hangs about 2 inches lower, which means customers don’t have to lift their bags as high to load them. The deeper bins allow more bags to be stowed, and let customers load bags with less struggle.