Alaska Air­lines Grows Its 737 Fleet

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On Jan.14, Boe­ing de­liv­ered the 100th Next-Gen­er­a­tion 737-900ER to Alaska Air­lines. The car­rier has also or­dered two additional 737900ER planes to con­tinue to ex­pand their fleet.

Alaska Air­lines op­er­ates the 737-900ER in a two-class con­fig­u­ra­tion with 181 seats and fea­tures the Boe­ing Sky In­te­rior. It has sub­stan­tial eco­nomic ad­van­tages over com­pet­ing mod­els, in­clud­ing 6 per­cent lower op­er­at­ing costs per trip and 4 per­cent lower op­er­at­ing costs per seat mile. The plane can carry up to 26 more pas­sen­gers or fly about 500 nau­ti­cal miles (926 km) far­ther than the 737-900.

Mark Eliasen, Alaska Air Group’s vice pres­i­dent of fi­nance and trea­surer states, “This has proven to be an ideal up­grade for us. This air­craft of­fers im­pres­sive op­er­a­tional ef­fi­cien­cies and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits, and our cus­tomers are very pleased with its on­board ameni­ties.”

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