Alaska Airlines takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft

Starts passenger service on March 1

Alaska Airlines has accepted delivery of its first Boeing 737-9 MAX airplane.

Alaska pilots flew the aircraft on a short flight yesterday from the Boeing Delivery Center at Boeing Field in Seattle to the company’s hangar at Sea-Tac International Airport with a small group of Alaska’s top leadership on board.

Alaska’s first 737-9 MAX is scheduled to enter passenger service on March 1 with daily roundtrip flights between Seattle and San Diego, and Seattle and Los Angeles. The airline’s second 737-9 is expected to enter service later in March.

Teams from across various divisions at Alaska will now follow a strict readiness timeline that guides the actions that must be taken before the start of passenger flights. The process – involving rigorous rounds of test flying, verifying and specific preparations – will take five weeks:

Alaska announced a restructured order agreement with Boeing in December 2020 to receive a total of 68 737-9 MAX aircraft in the next four years, with options for an additional 52 planes. The airline is scheduled to receive 13 planes this year; 30 in 2022; 13 in 2023; and 12 in 2024. The agreement incorporates Alaska’s announcement last November to lease 13 737-9 aircraft as part of a separate transaction.

These 68 aircraft will largely replace Alaska’s Airbus fleet and move the airline substantially toward a single, mainline fleet that’s more efficient, profitable and environmentally friendly.

N.B. Image credit: Alaska Airlines

About Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines is the fifth largest airline in the U.S. Its primary hub is Seattle-Tacoma International. Together with its regional partners Horizon Air and SkyWest Airlines, Alaska operates a large domestic route network to 100+ destinations in the contiguous United States, Hawaii, Canada, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 MAX

Routes

Alaska Airlines and its regional partners serve more than 115 destinations across the United States and North America.

Fleet

Over 300 aircraft, including:

51 Airbus A320
167 Boeing 737
(including 1 737MAX)
32 Bombardier Q400
62 Embraer 175

Alliance

On March 31, 2021, Alaska will officially become a member of the oneworld global alliance.