737-900ER a hit at Alaska Airlines

Passenger in New Alaska Airlines 737-900ER Seat

Passenger in New Alaska Airlines 737-900ER Seat

Alaska Airlines Takes Delivery of 737-900ER to Fleet

The new Boeing 737-900ER (Extended Range) was added to Alaska Airlines fleet today. The 737-900ER carries more passengers, flies further, and is the most fuel efficient plane Alaska operates.

Passengers traveling on the new 737-900ER will find more comfortable seating along with the Boeing Sky Interior, featuring large sculpted overhead bins and mood lighting designed to enhance the experience.

Alaska Airlines flew its first 737-900ER today between Seattle (SEA) and San Diego (SAN).

Brandon Berg, an Alaska Airlines frequent flyer said, “Flying can be a hectic experience for most people, but entering Alaska’s new cabin actually had a relaxing and calming effect on me from the minute I stepped onto the plane,” after touring the interior of the 737-900ER

Configured with 165 seats in the main cabin and 16 seats in first class, Alaska’s new 737-900ERs will fly transcontinental routes between the west and east coasts and to the Hawaiian Islands.

Brad Tilden, Alaska Airlines’ president and CEO, said, “Boeing’s Sky Interior and our new custom-designed seats represent the most significant cabin upgrades for Alaska Airlines in more than 20 years and are part of our goal to make flying more comfortable for our customers.” Tilden continued, “In addition to an improved cabin experience, the 737-900ER has environmental benefits, as well. On a flight between Seattle and Newark, New Jersey, for example, the 737-900ER burns 3 percent fewer gallons per seat than a 737-900.”

One significant feature on Alaska’s newest airplane is a custom-designed seat providing passengers with more space, a six-way adjustable headrest and the carrier’s standard three inches of recline in the main cabin. The seats are made by Recaro Aircraft Seating and is said to be comfortable while providing a slimmer seatback and bottom, along with a literature pocket above the tray table.

In the first class cabin, premium Recaro seats with five inches of recline, an articulating seat bottom and a six-way adjustable headrest are installed.

Dr. Mark Hiller, chief executive officer of Recaro Aircraft Seating, said, “We’re very proud that Alaska Airlines is our North America launch customer for the Recaro BL3520 seat.” Hiller added, “This award-winning seat scores with an outstanding combination of lightweight design, comfort and living space. The seat offers added value to both Alaska Airlines and their passengers.”

Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900ER Factoids

  • Alaska’s new lighter seats will save an estimated 8,000 gallons of fuel annually per aircraft.
  • Alaska’s 737-900ER has nine more seats than a standard 737-900. The extra seats are made possible by the airplane’s flat rather than curved rear bulkhead and by reducing the size of a main cabin closet.
  • The 737-900ER is an “extended range” version of the 737-900 and is capable of flying 3,280 statute miles in a single flight.
  • The 138-foot-long Boeing 737-900ER has a wingspan of 112 feet and a cruising speed of 530 mph.
  • Alaska is scheduled to add three more 737-900ERs to its fleet by the end of 2012 and nine more -900ERs in 2013.

Alaska Airlines operates an all Boeing fleet.  Brad McMullen, vice president of North America sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said, “The airplane’s Boeing Sky Interior coupled with Alaska’s excellent customer service will provide passengers a flying experience no other single-aisle airplane can match. The 737-900ER also offers the best seat-mile cost on the market, which is especially important with today’s high fuel prices.”

Veteran’s Day Dedication

Alaska’s first 737-900ER also features a decal near the passenger boarding door honoring veterans and the military. In anticipation of Veteran’s Day, the decal was unveiled at an event yesterday on the 737-900ER and on a Bombardier Q400 operated by Alaska’s sister carrier, Horizon Air.

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