Sept. 30, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Alaska Airlines (NYSE: ALK) today announced an order for five additional Next-Generation 737-900ERs (Extended Range). The order, valued at
at list prices, continues Alaska Airlines' investment in its fleet and efforts to improve fuel performance.
"Today's announcement supports our goal of growing Alaska Airlines by 4 to 8 percent a year," said
, Alaska Air Group's vice president of finance and treasurer. "The 737-900ER is a great aircraft, with the cost efficiency and reliability needed for us to be successful in today's competitive marketplace."
"The order of five additional 737-900ERs is an affirmation of our hometown partner's successful strategy of offering customers good value, delivering a great onboard experience and running an on-time airline," said
, vice president of North America Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The 737-900ER offers Alaska Airlines the best seat-mile cost of any single-aisle airplane in production, which is especially important with today's high fuel prices. The interior also complements
excellent customer service, providing the passengers with a wonderful flying experience."
The largest and newest model in the Next-Generation 737 family, the 737-900ER can carry up to 26 more passengers or fly about 500 nautical miles (926 km) farther than the 737-900. Alaska Airlines operates the 737-900ER in a two-class configuration with 181 seats and features the Boeing Sky Interior.
The Boeing Sky Interior is the latest in a series of enhancements for both airlines and passengers that introduces new lighting and a curving architecture that create a distinctive entry way. Passengers enjoy a more open cabin feel and an environment simulated by light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. The interior also features sculpted sidewalls and newly improved and expanded pivot bins. In addition, all of
seats will feature outlets providing dual 110-volt and USB power.
The longer range of the 737-900ER can connect distant city pairs across continents, such as
, in a generous two-class configuration. 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.
With today's order, Alaska Airlines now has unfilled orders for 35 737-900ERs and 37 737 MAX airplanes.