Alaska Airlines orders more Boeing and Embraer jets

Alaska Airlines Embraer E175 aircraft
An Embraer E175 aircraft, operated by SkyWest Airlines for Alaska Airlines. Photo: © Johnnyw3

Alaska Airlines has announced that it will receive an additional 30 aircraft, including both Boeing and Embraer airplanes. The new orders consist of a further 17 Embraer E175 regional jets and 13 Boeing 737 Max planes.

The Embraer E175 regional aircraft will be delivered to SkyWest Airlines and Alaska’s subsidiary Horizon Air in 2022 and 2023. Horizon Air will receive nine E175s, whereas the commitment with SkyWest Airlines includes eight more E175 aircraft. The 76-seat jets will fly exclusively for Alaska Airlines.

Alaska Airlines currently has 62 Embraer E175 jets in its fleet. All of them are operated by Horizon Air and SkyWest Airlines.

In addition to the new Embraer orders, the member of the Oneworld airline alliance is exercising options for thirteen Boeing 737 Max 9 jets. Deliveries are scheduled for 2023 and 2024. In December 2020, the carrier signed the agreement with Boeing to acquire a total of 68 Boeing 737 Max 9 aircraft between 2021 to 2024. The order included options for another 52 deliveries between 2023 and 2026.

To date, Alaska Airlines has four Boeing 737 Max 9 jets in its fleet. Deliveries began in January 2021. The Boeing aircraft will replace Alaska’s Airbus A320ceo jets by 2023.