Boeing and Alaska Airlines completed Boeing's first firm airplane order of 2014 for two additional 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The agreement, worth $192 million at current list prices, coincides with today's direct delivery of the 100th Next-Generation 737 airplane to Alaska Airlines. The 737, the world's best-selling commercial airliner, is a valuable contributor to the Pacific Northwest economy.
"As the hometown airline in 'Jet City' for more than half a century, Alaska is proud to fly an all-Boeing fleet," said Mark Eliasen, Alaska Air Group's vice president of finance and treasurer. "The 737-900ER has proven to be an ideal upgrade for us. This aircraft offers impressive operational efficiencies and environmental benefits, and our customers are very pleased with its onboard amenities."
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 to create a distinctive entry way. Passengers enjoy a more open cabin feel and newly improved and expanded pivot bins. In addition, all of Alaska's seats 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 Seattle and Orlando, Fla., 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.