In what it called “the largest commitment for future aircraft in airline history,” Alaska Airlines has ordered 52 Boeing 737 Max aircraft for delivery between 2024 and 2027, the airline announced Wednesday.
The airline currently operates 35 737-9 Max aircraft and expects to accept delivery of another 43 Max aircraft by the end of 2023. The move will help accelerate Alaska’s plans to transition to a single fleet, with all Airbus A320 and Bombardier aircraft. Q400 out of the Alaska fleet by the end of 2023.
The new order includes 737-8, 737-9 and 737-10 aircraft, according to Alaska, which will allow it to “optimally combine the size and capacity of the aircraft with the characteristics of the market.”
“This investment secures aircraft to optimize our growth over the next decade, which we know will be a formidable competitive advantage,” Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci said in a statement.