Alaska orders two additional 737-800s

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Boeing and Alaska Airlines have announced that the Seattle-based carrier has exercised options for two additional 737-800 aircraft to be delivered in 2012.

The deal is valued at roughly $153 million at current list prices, according to Boeing.

Alaska says it now has 116 737s in its fleet, including 55 737-800s. With the new order, Alaska now has outstanding orders for 13 737NGs.

Alaska CFO Brandon Peterson says the carrier now plans to end 2012 with a 737 fleet of 118 aircraft, compared to the previous plan to end 2012 with a 737 fleet of 116 aircraft. Alaska is planning to slightly shrink its 737 fleet next year and resume growth in 2012.

"With the firm orders currently on the books, we should have 114 737s through 2011, which is one less than we had at the end of 2009, and two fewer than we have today, and growth of four units in 2012," Peterson told analysts during a call discussing the company's second quarter financial results.

Petersen continued: "While it's too early to give guidance for 2011, we can say that annualizing our current schedule would result in ASM growth of approximately 3-4% at Alaska next year, and the new aircraft in 2012 would represent about an equivalent amount of growth."