Alaska Airlines makes big Boeing 737 Max order in first U.S. sales since lifting of flight ban

Dec. 23, 2020
Alaska Airlines is upsizing its order for 737 Max planes by 23 and is leasing 13 more, Leslie Josephs reports for CNBC.

CHICAGO - Alaska Airlines has agreed to buy nearly two dozen additional Boeing 737 Max planes, the first order from a U.S. carrier since regulators cleared the planes to fly again last month after two deadly crashes, Leslie Josephs reports for CNBCContinue reading original article.

The Intelligent Aerospace take:

December 23, 2020 -"Alaska Airlines has done a tremendous job of weathering the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, and is well positioned to return to its growth trajectory and strengthen its standing as one of the top U.S. airlines. With Alaska's industry-leading reputation for safety, sustainability and customer service, we are honored they have chosen to invest in their future with a significant purchase of additional Boeing 737 airplanes," said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "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."

Alaska Airlines says the 737 – equipped with new, more fuel-efficient engines and improved aerodynamics – will use 20% less fuel and reduce emissions by 20% per seat compared to airplanes it replaces. The airline will configure the jet with 178 seats in a three-class configuration.

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Jamie Whitney, Associate Editor
Intelligent Aerospace

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