Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Alaska Airlines pinning future operations on Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with restructured arrangement for 68 jets with options on 52 more

The Seattle based Alaska Airlines has confirmed today that it has entered into an agreement with planemaker Boeing over the restructuring the firm's order of the flawed twin jets. 

Alaska Airlines will now take an amazing 68 Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft with options for an additional 52 jets with a 49% discount on list prices, according to sources at the airline. The new schedule will see 13 aeroplanes arrive during 2021, whilst another 30 to come the year after. During 2023 the company will have a delivery of 13 jets and the remaining 12 aircraft will arrive during 2024.

Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Air Group said: "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. We could not ask for a better partner than Boeing and we are delighted to be standing side by side with them as we work together to get our economy back on its feet."

 Stan Deal, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes commented on how well Alaska Air had done with coping with thew coronavirus COVID-19 was well-positioned to be one of "the top U.S. airlines".

"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." he said. 
In common with other airlines, Alaska will drop the MAX from the aircraft type, favouring the -9 designation in order to mislead customers that they are not flying on the same type of aircraft that suffered two fatal crashes because of rushed design and flawed technology. 

TOTAL ORDERS: 68 737-9 Aircraft

Status

Announcement Date

Number of Aircraft

Existing Order

October 2012

32

Lease Agreement

November 2020

13

New Order

December 2020

23

TOTAL OPTIONS: 52 737-9 Aircraft

Status

Announcement Date

Number of Aircraft

Existing Order

October 2012

37

New Order

December 2020

15








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