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Ten planes: Alaska Airlines has buyers for the unloved Airbus A321neo

Ten planes: Alaska Airlines has buyers for the unloved Airbus A321neo

Alaska Airlines has long wanted to make its fleet free of Airbus aircraft. It has now found a buyer for the remaining 10 A321 Neos.

Jetblue was also interested, but in the end Alaska Airlines won out in 2016. They took over Virgin America. However, Boeing’s major customer Alaska Airlines has made it clear that Virgin America’s Airbus fleet will not have a long-term future with them.

Alaska wanted an all-Boeing fleet, excluding the Embraer planes of Horizon Air and its partner SkyWest Airlines. It has sorted the Airbus from Virgin.

The last scheduled flights are at the end of September

Between January 2018 and October 2019, it received ten Airbus A321neos. But in 2021, it canceled the order for 30 Airbus A320neos that it inherited from Virgin America.

The end of September 2023 was the end of operations for the ten A321 Neo aircraft, when the aircraft completed its last scheduled flights for Alaska Airlines. It has long been clear that the airline was looking for a buyer for aircraft it did not like.

Delivery late 2023, early 2024

And now I found it. American Airlines CFO Devon May said on Thursday (October 19) that his company will acquire the 10 A321 Neo aircraft from Alaska Airlines, the portal first reported. Air Insight mentioned. America will receive the plane in the fourth quarter of 2023 and the first quarter of 2024.

Alaska Airlines Group’s fleet still consists of 83 Embraer 175 aircraft and 223 Boeing 737 aircraft of the 737-700, -800, -900, -900ER and Max 9 models. The manufacturer’s order book also contains orders for 89 aircraft. Another Boeing 737 Max. Airline.