Alaska Airlines, launch customer for Boeing's 737-900, is back in the market for an improved version of The Boeing Co.'s largest 737.
The airline on Tuesday announced it is ordering 13 Boeing 737-900ERs, an extended range version of the original plane. The model has a range of about 3,680 miles nonstop, about 500 miles farther than the original 737-900, of which Alaska has 12.
The 900ER also accommodates more passengers than the 900 because it uses a flat rear pressure bulkhead in the fuselage instead of the curved one in the 900. In Alaska’s two-class configuration, the 737-900ER is expected to seat between 178 and 184 passengers, Boeing said. Alaska’s 737-900s have 172 seats.
Along with orders for two additional 737-800s, the Alaska order is worth $1.3 billion at list prices. Airlines frequently negotiate discounts from those list prices.
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The new 900ERs will be delivered beginning 2013. Alaska plans to use them on heavily utilized routes on the West Coast and on transcontinental flights.