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AS Takes Delivery Of First B-737-800 W/winglets

Fri Feb 04, 2005 3:13 am

And a wedding was performed on it, to boot! Frank Raymond III (aka "Three Sticks") and his fiancee Jennifer Genna - both AS employees - are being married by former AS Chief Pilot Captain Mike Swanigan.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 3, 2005

ALASKA AIRLINES TAKES DELIVERY OF NEW BOEING 737-800 WITH WINGLETS —FIRST OF THREE NEW AIRCRAFT IN ‘05

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines’ newest airplane — a 737-800 — rolled out of the hangar at Boeing Field today ready to stretch its wings on the airline’s growing transcontinental routes.

The 737-800 is among Boeing’s “Next Generation” aircraft, employing the latest in flight deck technology, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. Additionally, Alaska equipped the plane with performance-enhancing winglets, which cut down on fuel consumption, extend the aircraft’s range and reduce noise during takeoff and landing.

“The 737-800 gives us the optimum blend of range and fuel economy,” said Gregg Saretsky, Alaska’s executive vice president of marketing and planning. “It’s also well-suited for our long-haul flights because of its larger seating capacity and comfortable cabin.”

Saretsky noted that winglets will reduce the aircraft’s fuel consumption by 3 to 4 percent, saving the company about 110,000 gallons of fuel a year per aircraft.

“Boeing is pleased to contribute to the success of our hometown partner, Alaska Airlines,” said Carolyn Corvi, 737/757 vice president and general manager, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 737-800 complements Alaska’s existing fleet of 737-700s and 737-900s, and has the same great passenger appeal of the other models. The strength of the 737 airplane family is the fact that it is one airplane in four sizes. This gives Alaska the flexibility to match capacity with customer demand on individual routes.”

The aircraft has 160 seats, including 16 in first class. It is outfitted with all-leather seats, larger overhead bins and four center-aisle, pull-down stowage units. The third 737-800 to be delivered to Alaska Airlines, and all subsequent deliveries, also will have new generation “Spectrum” seats complete with adjustable headrests, improved lumbar support and engineering that provides more passenger room.

To celebrate, today’s maiden flight featured an on-board wedding of two Alaska Airlines employees. The newlyweds — and the new airplane — were feted by employee well-wishers at the airline’s hangar at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport following the delivery flight.

Deliveries of two additional 737-800s are scheduled for later this year. Alaska’s last new aircraft delivery was in February 2004, when it added the last in an order of 12 new Boeing 737-900s to its fleet.

Alaska’s fleet currently includes 107 aircraft — 40 737-400s, 26 MD-80s, 22 737-700s, 12 737-900s and seven 737-200Cs. The new 737-800, which will go into service Feb. 6, brings that total to 109.

Alaska and its sister carrier, Horizon Air, together serve more than 80 cities in Alaska, the Lower 48, Canada and Mexico. For reservations visit www.alaskaair.com. For more news and information, visit the Alaska Airlines Newsroom on the Internet at http://newsroom.alaskaair.com.
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RE: AS Takes Delivery Of First B-737-800 W/winglets

Fri Feb 04, 2005 4:29 am

I like the notion of "greeting the plane in AS' hanger at SEA after the delivery flight".

BFI to SEA, that must be one of the world's shortest delivery flights.  Smile What do you reckon? More or less than 10 mins in the air?
 
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RE: AS Takes Delivery Of First B-737-800 W/winglets

Fri Feb 04, 2005 4:38 am

I was there, didn't dress for a wedding. Oops.

Mozart, total flight time was estimated at 1 hour.
 
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RE: AS Takes Delivery Of First B-737-800 W/winglets

Fri Feb 04, 2005 4:39 am

I see it will be doing SEA-EWR???

I would've thought SEA-MCO or MIA 1st???

When do the other 2 come into the fleet?
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RE: AS Takes Delivery Of First B-737-800 W/winglets

Fri Feb 04, 2005 4:40 am

1 hour flight time? Did it go BFI-SEA via PDX??
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RE: AS Takes Delivery Of First B-737-800 W/winglets

Fri Feb 04, 2005 4:44 am

there were 100 guests on board, so they were going to cruise around and enjoy the party.

The interior of the plane was done up to look like a chapel, I have pictures but am feeling sorta lazy  Sad

Yeah first route will be to EWR, this Sunday.
 
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Fri Feb 04, 2005 4:50 am

I got to ride along on a delivery flight for (I think) N320AS. We took off flew around Mt. St. Helens, headed off to get a good look @ Mt. Rainer, and came back. Throughout the flight the passengers were cycled up through the cockpit to get a good view. The flight was catered with sandwiches that came in a box that said "congratulations on your new Boeing". Needless to say I saved the box, though it does still smell a bit like roast beef. We performed a test of the toilets. The rear ones can suck up a line of toilet paper extending into first class in one flush!
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RE: AS Takes Delivery Of First B-737-800 W/winglets

Fri Feb 04, 2005 5:06 am

We performed a test of the toilets. The rear ones can suck up a line of toilet paper extending into first class in one flush!

Well, that's great to know Doug . . . I'll remember not to sit and flush on the rear crapper in an AS738!  Big thumbs up

Press Release: Alaska’s fleet currently includes 107 aircraft — 40 737-400s, 26 MD-80s, 22 737-700s, 12 737-900s and seven 737-200Cs. The new 737-800, which will go into service Feb. 6, brings that total to 109.

Did I miss something?

fleet currently includes 107 aircraft
The new 737-800 brings that total to 109

107+1=109?

Was there more than one delivered?
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RE: AS Takes Delivery Of First B-737-800 W/winglets

Fri Feb 04, 2005 5:17 am

Im guessing the 738 is 32in pitch like the other 737's?

I must say,....I flew a -700 SEA-SNA-SEA about 2 weeks ago and it was hands down the most comfortable flight I have been on in years. I couldn't think of flying an AS -700 to MCO or MIA, but now, I would do it anytime.

Thinner back on the seat in front of you maybe?
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RE: AS Takes Delivery Of First B-737-800 W/winglets

Fri Feb 04, 2005 5:25 am

got my answer........the last few rows of the -700 have 33in pitch. Thats were I sat. No wonder.
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RE: AS Takes Delivery Of First B-737-800 W/winglets

Fri Feb 04, 2005 5:41 am

I know that an -800 will be doing AS 3/4 FAI-SEA-DCA and back. At least that is what they have scheduled as of today for the end of March. It's pretty exciting to have a new plane in FAI. We still haven't seen the -900 up here, except for special circumstances.
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RE: AS Takes Delivery Of First B-737-800 W/winglets

Fri Feb 04, 2005 5:50 am

Press Release: Alaska’s fleet currently includes 107 aircraft — 40 737-400s, 26 MD-80s, 22 737-700s, 12 737-900s and seven 737-200Cs. The new 737-800, which will go into service Feb. 6, brings that total to 109.

Did I miss something?

fleet currently includes 107 aircraft
The new 737-800 brings that total to 109

107+1=109?

Was there more than one delivered?


Maria Koenig at Corporate corrected the press release info:

Several numbers in the second to the last paragraph in the news release on our new 737-800 sent out to officers this morning were incorrect.

That paragraph should read as follows:

Alaska's fleet currently includes 107 aircraft — 40 737-400s, 26 MD-80s, 22 737-700s, 12 737-900s and seven 737-200Cs. The new 737-800, which will go into service February 6, brings that total to 108.

Thanks for your patience and apologies for any confusion.

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RE: AS Takes Delivery Of First B-737-800 W/winglets

Fri Feb 04, 2005 9:42 am

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RE: AS Takes Delivery Of First B-737-800 W/winglets

Fri Feb 04, 2005 10:20 am

I missed the wedding also, but
if you care to see more of the plane, go here:

http://www.avphotos.net/737-800.htm

Congrats to Frank, Jennifer, and AS.


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RE: AS Takes Delivery Of First B-737-800 W/winglet

Fri Feb 04, 2005 10:48 am

I was there as well. I was outside with my fellow Alaska rampers demonstrating outside the hangar with signs. Thanks to the drivers on 188th St. for showing such great support. For those who don't know, Alaska is considering and seems likely to outsoure us to a different company. If they do keep us, they are proposing to cut the top-out wage by $8.00 an hour. People can't support families on these wages. Alaska always ranks near or at the top in fewest mishandled bags, but this won't last much longer with another company. 500 jobs will be lost, many having given most of their lives to the company.
 
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RE: AS Takes Delivery Of First B-737-800 W/winglets

Fri Feb 04, 2005 10:58 am

While I supported the rampers picketing HQ on Monday (I was there, in fact, hanging out with Nan Otto), I don't think it was right to picket the rollout today.

Like it or not, this was also someone's wedding day and I think it was inappropriate to have a demonstration there.
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RE: AS Takes Delivery Of First B-737-800 W/winglets

Fri Feb 04, 2005 1:13 pm

Out source $8 at a hour... that is what all the other majors are doing...
SAD SAD SAD... no loyalty at $8 an hour... AS Management is just trying to compete... AS will have to compete... and the ramp rats better look at what happened to the fleet service and the outsoucing ... it is sad but an airline job is not going to get you any financial security.. the paradigm has happened... the good ol days are ..... history..
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RE: AS Takes Delivery Of First B-737-800 W/winglets

Fri Feb 04, 2005 2:02 pm

How many 738s will AS be receiving?

Does anyone know if they have ever thought about purchasing and or leasing 736s for routes that are thin but require larger equipment than the CR7 or perhaps going woth the ER9? I think the 736 might be a great fit for them and allow them to expand into some markets. Thoughts or ideas?

Have a great evening.
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RE: AS Takes Delivery Of First B-737-800 W/winglets

Fri Feb 04, 2005 2:06 pm

I thought I read somewhere they had 5 on order, counting todays delivery.

I doubt the 736 is going to happen, but they may be a kick off customer for the 737-900X. This is not based on anything, just an opinion.


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RE: AS Takes Delivery Of First B-737-800 W/winglets

Fri Feb 04, 2005 2:09 pm

We performed a test of the toilets. The rear ones can suck up a line of toilet paper extending into first class in one flush!

You didn't hear, that's AS new requirement for all new deliveries. They found out that a high powered toilet leads to a less stressful flight.  Big thumbs up

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