SEATTLE, WASHINGTON — Alaska Airlines announced today it is exercising options to purchase 52 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft for delivery between 2024 and 2027, growing the airline's confirmed 737 MAX fleet from 94 to 146.

Alaska also secured rights for 105 more planes through 2030, ensuring access to sufficient aircraft for fleet replacement and growth. This agreement represents the largest commitment for future aircraft in the airline's history.

"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.

"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."

Already operating a fleet of 35 737-9 aircraft, Alaska Airlines expects to take delivery of another 43 MAX aircraft by the end of 2023. In 2023, a new 737 MAX will join the airline's fleet approximately every ten days. By 2030, Alaska could operate more than 250 new aircraft from the 737 MAX series. Alaska is on track to scrap its Airbus fleet by the end of 2023 and become an all-Boeing operator again. The airline took over Airbus jets when it acquired Virgin America.

This order positions Alaska's fleet as one of the most modern fleets in the industry. The order includes 737-8, 737-9, and 737-10 aircraft, enabling Alaska to optimally match aircraft size and capability with market characteristics. The carrier also has full flexibility to shift between 737 MAX models as appropriate.

"As Alaska Airlines sustainably grows its fleet, the 737 MAX family offers environmental performance and flexibility to expand service across its route network," said Stan Deal, president, and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

"Built in our Renton factory near Alaska's headquarters in Washington state, these airplanes will carry passengers to destinations for years to come."