America Airlines – Alaska Airlines to swap 10 A320s for 13 B737 MAX 9s
Alaska Airlines (AS, Seattle Tacoma Int’l) has reached an settlement whereby it’s going to promote all 10 of its remaining owned A320-200s to Air Lease Company which is able to, in flip, lease the airline 13 incremental B737-9s.
The B737 MAX 9s are scheduled to ship between the second half of 2021 by way of the top of 2022 and can come on high of one other 32 of the kind that Alaska Airlines has on direct order from Boeing.
Following the sale of the A320s to ALC, Alaska Airlines will lease the items again for a brief time frame throughout its transition to the B737 MAX fleet, “on phrases that align with Alaska Airlines’ fleet modernization and rationalization over the following few years”.
In accordance with the ch-aviation fleets possession module, Alaska Airlines operates fifty A320-200s, of which it solely owns the 10 now offered to ALC. The remaining 40 are dry-leased from quite a lot of lessors, however none from ALC. The airline inherited its complete fleet of Airbus narrowbodies, which additionally contains ten A321-200Ns and twelve already retired A319-100s, as a part of its take over of Virgin America (VX, San Francisco, CA). In the course of the course of 2020, it repeatedly stated that it could consider choices for the retirement of the A320s.
In October, the provider confirmed that the “sooner than deliberate” retirement of the ten owned A320-200s would end in an impairment cost of USD115-125 million, topic to finalisation.
Alaska Airlines plans to launch B737 MAX operations in March 2021. The provider didn’t take any of its 32 firm-ordered B737 MAX 9s previous to the kind’s grounding in March 2019. All the plane are actually prepared for supply, topic to the set up of FAA-mandated modifications.
ALC itself has excellent orders for nineteen B737 MAX 9s from the producer, on high of 107 orders for B737-8s. The lessor owns ten B737 MAX 8s already delivered to operators – 4 to Oman Air, two every to Cayman Airways and Sunwing Airlines, and one every to S7 Airlines and AL1QSW-o. The lessor owns twenty-three A320-200s, excluding these purchased from Alaska Airlines.