Alaska Airlines orders 52 more Boeing 737 MAX jets

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Boeing and Alaska Airlines wednesday announced the carrier is expanding its 737 MAX fleet with an order for 52 airplanes, exercising options for an additional 42 737-10 and 10 737-9 jets.

The 737 MAX family provides the carrier with enhanced reliability and improved fuel efficiency to help meet its short- and long-term growth strategy. With the new agreement, Alaska’s unfilled orderbook for 737 MAXs totals more than 100 jets. By the end of 2023, the airline expects to have an all-Boeing mainline fleet.

WestJet orders up to 64 Boeing 737 MAX 10 jets.

“This investment secures aircraft to optimize our growth through the next decade, which we know will be a formidable competitive advantage,” said Alaska Airlines CEO Ben Minicucci.

Alaska Airlines currently operates 35 737-9 airplanes, which the airline configures to seat 178 passengers.