Alaska Airlines plans to take delivery of its first Boeing 737 Max 8 early in late 2017, says its vice-president of capacity planning John Kirby.

The Seattle-based carrier will take delivery of its first 737 Max about six months after launch customer Southwest Airlines takes its first aircraft, he says at the Boyd International Aviation Forecast Summit in Las Vegas today.

“Boeing has indicated that it may be ready a little early,” says Kirby.

Alaska previously anticipated its first 737 Max 8 in 2018.

The airline has firm orders for 37 737 Max aircraft, including 20 737 Max 8s and 17 737 Max 9s, Ascend Fleets shows.

Alaska operates a fleet of 143 737s, including 27 737-400s, 14 737-700s, 61 737-800s and 41 737-900ERs, Ascend shows.

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