Alaska Airlines has its roots as an all-Boeing carrier. The airline used to operate a fleet of all-Boeing 737 jets and is keenly looking forward to retiring its Airbus jets. On the airline’s fourth-quarter earnings call, Chief Financial officer and Executive Vice President Finance Shane Tackett quickly pointed out that Alaska has a history with exercising aircraft options.
Alaska Airlines’ Boeing 737 MAX options
Alaska Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 9 on January 24th. The carrier is eagerly awaiting the start of revenue passenger service with the MAX from March 1st. Alaska Airlines President and future-CEO Ben Minicucci stated the following on taking the MAX:
“We’ve eagerly waited for this day. It was a proud moment to board our newest 737 aircraft and fly it home. This plane is…