Alaska Airlines bets big on Boeing 737 Max Alaska Airlines has agreed to buy nearly two dozen new Boeing 737 Max aircraft, the first order from a US carrier since regulators allowed these aircraft models to take off again after […]
Alaska Airlines bets big on Boeing 737 Max
Alaska Airlines has agreed to buy nearly two dozen new Boeing 737 Max aircraft, the first order from a US carrier since regulators allowed these aircraft models to take off again after two deadly crashes last month..
The carrier said it will receive 68 737 Max 9 aircraft, up from 32 previously ordered. Twenty-three of them will be purchased from Boeing, and another thirteen will be leased from Air Lease..
Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) canceled its 737 MAX flight ban order, which was imposed after two nearly new aircraft of this model crashed in 2018 and 2019, killing all 346 people. who were on board these two flights.
Boeing was hit hard by nearly two years of downtime, which was compounded the coronavirus crisis, which has led to a decline in demand and prices for their aircraft.
General director Brad Tilden (Brad Tilden) declined to disclose the price of the planes, but told CNBC that nine of the Max jets he buys are so-called «white tails» (white tails), aircraft that have been built but have no owner.
Alaska, which is based in Seattle, close to Boeing’s Max plant, has the opportunity to buy 52 more aircraft as the company aims to make its fleet almost entirely Boeing in the coming years. The airline’s fleet is now Boeing and Airbus, thanks to the merger with Virgin America in 2016.
The airline is now beginning to train its pilots, including Airbus aviators, to operate Max aircraft. Tilden said the company has 830 pilots out of approximately 3,000 trained in airbus piloting, and that by the end of the summer of 2023 this number will be reduced to 145..
European low-cost airline Ryanair earlier this month announced an order for 75 Max aircraft from the company’s total order of 135 aircraft, the largest order in two years.
Alaska Airlines plans to start flights with Max in the first quarter and receive its first Max aircraft in January.