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Tue, 30 March 2021

Southwest Airlines Orders 100 Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft

(30 Mar 2021) Southwest Airlines has ordered 100 Boeing 737 MAX planes with 155 options across two models.

The deal comes after a multi-year fleet evaluation by Southwest and means that Boeing and its suppliers could build more than 600 new 737 MAX jets for the airline through 2031.

Southwest had been exploring options to modernize the largest component of its fleet: the 737-700 that serves the airlines needs for a 140-150 seat airplane. With the new agreement, the airline reaffirmed the 737-7 as its preferred replacement and growth airplane. The jet will complement the 737-8, which serves Southwests needs for a 175-seat model.

Both 737 MAX family members will reduce fuel use and carbon emissions by at least 14% compared to the airplanes they replace, helping to improve operating costs and environmental performance.

Southwest Airlines has ordered 100 Boeing 737 MAX planes with 155 options across two models, the -7 and -8. Click to enlarge.

Southwest said the solution allows it to maintain the operational efficiencies of an all-Boeing 737 fleet to support its low-cost, point-to-point route network.

Southwest Airlines has been operating the Boeing 737 series for nearly 50 years, and the aircraft has made significant contributions to our unparalleled success. Todays commitment to the 737 MAX solidifies our continued appreciation for the aircraft and confirms our plans to offer the Boeing 737 series of aircraft to our Employees and Customers for years to come, said Gary Kelly, Southwests chairman and CEO. We are proud to continue our tradition of being the worlds largest operator of an all-Boeing fleet.

The new purchase agreement takes Southwests order book to 200 737-7s and 180 737-8s, more than 30 of which have already been delivered.

Southwest will also have 270 options for either of the two models, taking the carriers direct-buy commitment to more than 600 airplanes. The airline also plans additional 737 MAX jets through third-party lessors.

In addition to supporting our efforts to operate sustainably and efficiently, the 737 MAX offers employees and customers travel comforts such as a quieter cabin, larger overhead bin spaces, seating with adjustable headrests, and more galley space for onboard service, said Mike Van de Ven, Southwests chief operating officer.

As part of the agreement, Southwest will also expand its use of Boeings digital solutions to support its 737 MAX fleet, including Airplane Health Management, Maintenance Performance Toolbox and digital navigation charting tools. Boeing will also provide system software upgrades and new wireless communications-enabling equipment to support Southwests operations.

Southwest Airlines has long been a leader and bellwether for the airline industry and this order is a big vote of confidence for commercial air travel. As vaccine distribution continues to pick-up, people are returning to the skies and fueling hopes for a full recovery and renewed growth across our industry, said Stan Deal, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes. We are deeply honored by Southwests continuing trust in Boeing and the 737. Their fleet decision today brings more stability for our biggest commercial program and will ensure that our entire 737 family will be building new airplanes for Southwest for years to come.

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