Alaska Airlines said today it was ordering 35 Boeing narrow-body 737s in a deal worth $2.3 billion at list prices.

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Alaska Airlines said today it was ordering 35 Boeing narrow-body 737s in a deal worth $2.3 billion at list prices.


The airline also took options to buy 15 additional 737-800s and acquired purchase rights for another 50 of the single-aisle jets.


“This order positions us for growth opportunities ahead,” Alaska’s CEO Bill Ayer said in a statement released by the Seattle-based carrier.


Delivery of the 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. The 737-800 is a twin-engine jet that will be configured in two classes to seat 157 people.


Alaska’s fleet includes 109 aircraft, most of them in the 737 family, and 26 Boeing MD-80s. Alaska, the nation’s ninth-largest carrier, and its sister airline, Horizon Air, serve more than 80 cities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.