Alaska Airlines buys 10 Boeing 737-900ER
Alaska, which exclusively flies Boeing airplanes, today announced the purchase of 10 additional Boeing 737-900ER aircraft. The company is celebrating the significance of this order by launching a contest to "test-drive" one of Alaska's 737 flight simulators at its Seattle flight operations center.
Today's purchase, which brings Alaska's total Boeing jets on order to 74, means customers will enjoy expanded service from Alaska's Seattle hub and a commitment to a locally-manufactured fleet.
This order represents a significant investment in the long-term success of Alaska Airlines, and supports one of the largest employers in the region.
These new planes will not only allow for network growth, but also further enhance the company's already industry-leading fuel efficiency by replacing less efficient 737-400 aircraft with new 737-900ER, capable of carrying 25 percent more passengers while using the same amount of fuel.
Alaska Airlines is the most fuel efficient U.S. carrier for the last three years, according to The International Council on Clean Transportation. The 737-900ERs, along with other efficiency measures, will help Alaska further its lead by improving mileage from 66 seat MPG in 2006 to 84 seat MPG in 2017. ■