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June 18, 2024

Alaska Airlines first delivery of a 737-9 MAX departs from Seattle's Boeing Field on Jan. 24, 2021.

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Let’s get this out of the way: Alaska Airlines is NOT All-Boeing.  The airline operates 75 Embraers, which it means to keep for many years. The following chart shows the steady Boeing growth at the airline. Embraer has a lock on about a quarter of the fleet.

Alaska Airlines Fleet

The following chart shows the steady move to Boeing. Simplifying the fleet is universally thought to lead to better operational costs. The Air Current has an excellent interview with the airline’s fleet head, discussing the logic of standardizing on the 737. Moreover, the MAX9 is the greenest aircraft in US service.

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Addison Schonland
Co-Founder AirInsight. My previous life includes stints at Shell South Africa, CIC Research, and PA Consulting. Got bitten by the aviation bug and ended up an Avgeek. Then the data bug got me, making me a curious Avgeek seeking data-driven logic. Also, I appreciate conversations with smart people from whom I learn so much. Summary: I am very fortunate to work with and converse with great people.