SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines said Wednesday it was ordering 35 Boeing 737s, and Spanish carrier Air Europa announced it will acquire 18 of the narrow-body jets.
Together the deals are worth $3.5 billion at list prices, but airlines typically negotiate steep discounts.
In addition to the firm orders, Alaska Airlines took options to buy 15 additional 737-800s — reserving spots in the production line — and acquired purchase rights, which are subject to availability, for another 50 of the single-aisle jets.
Air Europa’s agreement included options for an additional 12 737-800s.
“The unbeatable economics of the 737 will help Air Europa achieve its growth potential while comfortably and affordably carrying air travelers to destinations worldwide,” Alan Mulally, chief executive of Chicago-based Boeing Co.’s commercial airplane division, said in a statement released from the Paris Air Show.
The 737-800 is a twin-engine jet, which Alaska will have configured in two classes to seat 157 people.
Boeing’s announcement of Air Europa’s order did not include details about how those planes will be configured. It also didn’t say when the airline would take delivery of the planes.
Delivery of Alaska Airlines’ 35 new planes will be spread out over the next six years, with the first to enter Alaska’s fleet in January 2006. The order includes three 737-800s which the airline already planned to acquire next year.
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