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Alaska Airlines Receives First Boeing 737-900

Thu May 17, 2001 9:36 am

From Boeing's website---

SEATTLE, May 16, 2001 - During a festive celebration in Seattle today, The Boeing Company delivered the first 737-900 to launch customer Alaska Airlines. The new airplane is the first of 11 737-900s Alaska will receive between May and April 2003 and the first of three the airline will receive this month.

At 138 feet 2 inches, the 737-900 is the longest of the four Next-Generation 737 models and seats the most passengers. As configured by Alaska, the airplane carries 172 passengers in a two-class configuration, 52 more passengers than their 737-700s and 34 more than their 737-400s and MD-80s.

"The operating economics of the 737-900 clearly set this plane apart from the competition and make it a winner in the market," said Carolyn Corvi, vice president/general manager of the 737 program. "Since the costs to operate this airplane are similar to smaller single-aisle airplanes, the added seats give airlines the opportunity to generate more profit per flight."

Corvi said the increased passenger capacity gives the 737-900 the lowest operating costs per seat of any single-aisle airplane in its class. In addition, the 737-900 is the most fuel-efficient single-aisle jetliner in its class.

"The added passenger capacity and fuel efficiency are important, especially at a time when airlines are seeking to improve their financial bottom lines in the face of the highest fuel prices they have seen in years," Corvi said.

Every current model of the 737 family (737-600/-700/-800/-900) features all-new, more spacious interiors with more accessible overhead luggage bins, as well as the 737's legendary high dispatch reliability. The 737 models also have advanced flight decks featuring the latest large flat panel display technology - one that permits operators to configure the display for maximum commonality with existing fleets. The airplanes are designed to fly higher, faster, farther and quieter than previous 737 models and the competition.

The 737-900 will be the largest airplane in Alaska Airline's fleet.

Alaska Airlines intends to use its new fleet of 737-900s to accommodate passenger growth on the high-density West Coast markets. The airline will fly the plane on routes between Seattle and the cities of Anchorage, Alaska, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Diego. The new airplanes also present the opportunity for Alaska to add new markets to its current route system.

Three other airlines will add the 737-900 to their fleets this year. Continental Airlines will receive its first 737-900 later this month; KLM Royal Dutch Airlines takes delivery in late June; and Korean Airlines will receive its first in early November.

The 737 is the best selling commercial jetliner in history. To date, more than 3,900 737s have been delivered to more than 200 customers around the world.

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RE: Alaska Airlines Receives First Boeing 737-900

Thu May 17, 2001 9:38 am

I'm glad that the 737-900 will be used on a daily flight from SAN-SEA from mid-June. Too bad that's right about when I will depart for Poland for the rest of the summer.
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RE: Alaska Airlines Receives First Boeing 737-900

Thu May 17, 2001 9:44 am

For more information, including the 737-900 "road show" schedule, you can visit

The first two Alaska 737-900s will enter scheduled service on May 27. Three more 737-900s will enter service by late July. The remaining six 739s will not arrive until 2002/3.

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RE: Alaska Airlines Receives First Boeing 737-900

Thu May 17, 2001 9:45 am

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RE: Alaska Airlines Receives First Boeing 737-900

Thu May 17, 2001 9:47 am

They look wondeful as well!!! Can't wait to see Connie and KLM 737-900's!!!!!!!!!
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RE: Alaska Airlines Receives First Boeing 737-900

Thu May 17, 2001 1:39 pm

Looks great !

Will be better in Continental of course  Smile

It's crazy when you think about that, a 737-900 is roughtly 15 feet shorter than a 707-320 but can carry approx. the same number of pax with two little CFM in comparision of 4 "huge" JT3-D  Smile

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