Alaska Airlines has placed a firm order for 50 Boeing 737 aircraft. The deal, valued at $5 billion at list prices, is the largest in the airline’s history.
Alaska currently operates an all-737 fleet of 120 aircraft and has 25 existing 737 orders. The new orders include 20 737 MAX-8s, 17 737 MAX-9s and 13 737-900ERs.
“This order positions us for growth and ensures that we’ll continue to operate the quietest and most fuel-efficient aircraft available for the foreseeable future. That means our customers will continue to enjoy a comfortable in-flight experience, low fares and excellent on-time performance,” Alaska Airlines President and CEO Brad Tilden said in a statement.
The 737 MAX, an upgrade designed for improved fuel efficiency, is scheduled to begin delivering in 2017.