Alaska Airlines is acquiring more Boeing 737 MAX 9s
Today, Alaska Airlines has announced it will take 13 new Boeing 737 MAX 9s through a lease agreement with Air Lease Corporation.
These 13 aircraft will be delivered starting in the fourth quarter of 2021 through 2022. Alaska now has a total of 45 Boeing 737 MAX 9s on order.
With this agreement, Alaska will sell 10 of its Airbus A320s to Air Lease Corporation and will temporarily lease them back for some time after the deal.
Steven F. Udvar-Házy, executive chairman of Air Lease Corporation:
“We are honored and pleased to renew our long association and partnership with our friends at Alaska Airlines. These leased Boeing 737-9 aircraft from ALC will fill an important role on Alaska’s diverse route network, bringing the most technologically advanced and environmentally attractive aircraft type into Alaska’s fleet, just in time as we expect the airline industry will undergo a sustainable recovery starting in 2021.”
Alaska Airlines has not yet taken delivery of its first 737 MAX due to the groundings, which have just been lifted in the United States last week. This means Alaska is technically the first customer to “order” more 737 MAXs, even though this will not add any new orders for Boeing.
Alaska Airlines will take delivery of its first 737 MAX 9 in January 2021 and begin passenger service with it in March 2021. Once it enters service, Alaska will use the MAX on four routes:
- Seattle-Los Angeles
- Seattle-San Diego
- Portland-Las Vegas
- Portland-Los Angeles.
Eventually, the MAX will operate west coast to east coast flights and potentially Hawaii.
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Congrats to Alaska and Air Lease Corporation on this deal. However, this shows Alaska’s confidence in the 737 MAX, which could lead to more airlines ordering 737 MAXs.
It’s also worth noting Alaska sort of modified the MAX 9 name to “Boeing 737-9 MAXs”.