The biggest ever aircraft order by Alaska Airlines was announced today. The company will become an all- Boeing airline by the end of the year.

Alaska orders 52 Boeing 737 MAXs

There will be 52 additional Boeing 737 MAX aircraft that Alaska Airlines will purchase over the course of the next ten years. The carrier has a confirmed fleet of 146 planes.

Alaska has secured rights for 105 additional Boeing 737 MAXs through the year 2030. The state of Alaska has access to a large number of Boeing MAXs.

The largest commitment for future aircraft in the carrier's history has been made. Alaska Airlines has an all- Boeing fleet. The airline mainly flies the non-MAX versions of the jet, but is increasing the size of its fleet The new generation of the plane is more fuel efficient and has a longer range than its predecessors.

The airline will take delivery of the MAX 8 and MAX 9 over time, as well as the MAX 10 over time. Alaska has a lot of flexibility when it comes to the models of the plane.

Ben Minicucci describes this order.

This investment secures aircraft to optimize our growth through the next decade, which we know will be a formidable competitive advantage. We’re proud of the strong financial foundation that uniquely positions Alaska to make this commitment to our future, and of the fantastic partnership we share with our hometown aircraft manufacturer at Boeing.”

Alaska Airlines has increased its Boeing 737 MAX order

Alaska will retire Airbus jets by end of 2023

Alaska Airlines plans to retire its entire fleet of Boeing airplanes by the end of 2023, making it an all- Boeing airline. Alaska Airlines plans to take delivery of another 43 Boeing planes between now and the end of the year.

Alaska has always been an all-Boeing airline since it was founded in Seattle. Alaska Airlines took over Virgin America's all- Airbus fleet when it acquired Virgin America.

Virgin America plans have been retired by the airline. Alaska flies a number of A320s and A321neos. The purpose of retiring these is to have a more streamlined fleet.

Alaska Airlines is retiring its A320 fleet by 2023

Bottom line

Alaska Airlines has placed the largest aircraft order in history, with a firm order for 52 additional Boeing MAXs, plus options for an additional 105 aircraft through the year 2030. Alaska will be an all-Boeing airline by the end of the decade, and the carrier could fly over 250 Boeing MAXs by the year 2030.

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