Alaska Airlines Will Add 52 New Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft by 2027
Alaska Airlines announced today it is exercising options to purchase 52 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft for delivery between 2024 and 2027. That new batch would grow its 737 MAX fleet from 94 to 146. Alaska also secured rights for 105 more planes through 2030, ensuring access to sufficient aircraft for fleet replacement and growth. This agreement represents the largest commitment for future aircraft in the airline’s history.
Alaska already operates a fleet of 35 737-9 aircraft. A delivery of another 43 MAX aircraft is expected between now and the end of 2023. At that point the airline will once again operate a mainline fleet solely of Boeing aircraft. “The performance of the 737-9 has exceeded expectations on economics and fuel efficiency, as well as guest satisfaction,” Alaska Airlines said in its statement.
The order includes 737-8, 737-9 and 737-10 aircraft, enabling Alaska to optimally match aircraft size and capability with market characteristics. We have full flexibility to shift between 737 MAX models as appropriate.
“As Alaska Airlines sustainably grows its fleet, the 737 MAX family offers environmental performance and flexibility to expand service across its route network,” said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Built in our Renton factory near Alaska’s headquarters in Washington state, these airplanes will carry passengers to destinations for years to come.”
This order gives Alaska line of sight to operating more than 250 737 MAX series of aircraft by 2030.
- By 2030, Alaska could operate more than 250 new aircraft from the 737 MAX series.
- In 2023, a new 737 MAX will be delivered approximately every 10 days.
- These new aircraft join Alaska’s fleet of 737-900ERs, 737-900s, 737-800s and 737-700s.
- Alaska is on track to sunset Airbus aircraft by the end of 2023.