Alaska plans aircraft sale in 2009

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Alaska Airlines has firmed up plans to sell four Boeing 737-700s next year to support an overall mainline capacity reduction of 8%.

On 2 December Alaska executives said they were considering selling a portion of the carrier's newer aircraft. Alaska in August retired its last Boeing MD-80.

Today in an investor update Alaska said it plans the sale of four aircraft next year, which should result in an overall fleet count of 112 aircraft compared with year-end 2008 totals of 110.

The carrier plans to take delivery of 10 737-800s in 2009, which is four aircraft higher than projected deliveries Alaska published in October.

Forward bookings for Alaska mainline service are up four points year-over-year for December, while the carrier has posted a three point rise for January. Bookings for February show a single point rise.

Alaska also revised charges it plans to log in the fourth quarter related to workforce reductions from $15-$20 million to $8-$10 million.