Alaska Airlines Wednesday announced orders for six more Boeing 737-900ERs.
At list price, that order is worth $594 million. The planes are scheduled to be delivered in 2016 and 2017. With the addition of the six new planes, Alaska has 79 orders for Boeing jetliners on the books.
The new planes, the largest in the 737 family, will replace older, smaller and less fuel-efficient 737-400s in Alaska’s fleet. The 737-900ERs will carry 25 percent more passengers using the same amount of fuel as the -400s. The -400s have a passenger capacity of the 144 compared with the -900ER’s 181.
“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.”
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Alaska’s mainline fleet consists exclusively of Boeing 737s. The airline now has 23 737-900ERs in its 136-aircraft jet fleet. The “ER” in the jet model’s name stands for extended range. The -900ER’s range is 3,751 miles without refueling. That range allows Alaska to fly the jet from the West Coast to Hawaii and to the East Coast nonstop. The older 737-400s have a range of 2,371 miles, making them suitable for mid-continent routes such as Sea-Tac to Chicago, St. Louis or Dallas.