Alaska Airlines recalibrates Boeing 737-9 order

posted on 2nd March 2022 by Eddie Saunders
Alaska Airlines recalibrates Boeing 737-9 order

Alaska Airlines announced plans today to broaden their mainline fleet by adjusting their current 737-9 aircraft order with Boeing to include the bigger 737-10 and longer-range 737-8, which are all part of the 737 MAX family of planes.

These additional 737 models will enhance Alaska’s ability to meet specific market requirements with optimal aircraft size and capability.

“We’re excited to add these new 737 models to our fleet and continue our upgauging strategy, which maximizes our revenue opportunity with more seats while reducing unit costs,” said Nat Pieper, senior vice president of fleet, finance and alliances at Alaska Airlines.

“This announcement is a further step in our drive toward a single fleet featuring Boeing aircraft and CFM engines – we are very appreciative of their partnerships.”

Prior to today’s announcement, Alaska’s contractual 737 order featured 145 firm orders and options for 737-9 aircraft for delivery between 2021-2026.

There are currently 14 737-9s in Alaska’s fleet.

Of the remaining 131 aircraft, 79 are firm orders and 52 are options.

They now envision a mix of 70 737-9s, 60 737-10s and 15 737-8s for the 145 planes.


Target Mix


Role in Alaska’s Fleet




Will be the largest, most efficient aircraft in our long-term fleet




Core large aircraft ideal for long-haul, high-demand routes




Longest-range 737 best for high-performance and medium-sized markets

“The 737 MAX family can meet a broad range of missions, while reducing fuel use, cutting emissions and offering commonality for passengers and crews alike,” said Brad McMullen, vice president of North America Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“We look forward to supporting Alaska as they diversify their 737 MAX family with the 737-8 and 737-10”.

Alaska expects to take delivery of their first 737-8 airplanes in the second half of 2023 and our first 737-10s in early 2024.