Boeing 737-9 MAX
An updated version of the world’s most-flown aircraft, the Boeing 737-9 MAX features new fuel-efficient engines, which allow us to fly further and quieter––all while reducing carbon emissions. The 737-9 MAX Series is Boeing’s newest family of single-aisle airplanes. Equipped with 178 of our newly designed leather Recaro seats, our 737-9 MAX will feature Boeing’s award-winning Sky Interior, which gives the cabin a spacious feeling along with ambient mood lighting. Also on board: redesigned First Class seats with footrests, new cup holders in First and Premium Class, ergonomically-designed tablet holders, and a shelf designed to hold most tablets and smartphones in every seat. The aircraft will also include power outlets for charging laptops and smartphones, inflight internet service, and Entretenimiento durante el vuelo.
Inflight Wi-Fi: Please be aware that our 737-9 MAX fleet will not be delivered with Wi-Fi. We're in the process of adding Wi-Fi to these airplanes however some will fly without Wi-Fi for a period of time. Inflight movies will be available though. Gracias.
- Crew: 2 Pilots, 4 Azafatas
- First Class: 16
- Alcance: 3,250 millas náuticas
- Premium Class: 24
- Longitud: 138 pies, 2 plg (42.1 m)
- Coach: 138
- Velocidad de Crucero: 530 mph (853 km/h)
- Dimensión: (with winglets) 117 ft, 10 in (35.9 m)
- Altitud Máx de Crucero: 41,000 pies (12,497 m)
- Comodidades destacadas:
- Seats: Ancho de los asientos del avión
Interior seating layout of our Boeing 737-9 MAX aircraft
Preparing for the Boeing 737-9 MAX to safely join our fleet
Alaska accepted delivery of our first Boeing 737-9 MAX in late January 2021. It’s scheduled to begin passenger service on March 1. In mid-November of last year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified the 737-9 MAX aircraft, giving the approval to all airlines – including Alaska – to begin the process of bringing the aircraft back into service.
Before the 737-9 MAX is added to our fleet, our team of pilots, maintenance technicians and safety experts are putting the airplane through its paces – flying more than 19,000 miles and over 50 flight hours to test the aircraft. We’ve activated our training programs as we closely test, verify and implement all the necessary processes to ensure the 737-9 MAX aircraft meets our high safety standards.
At Alaska, safety is always priority number one. If an aircraft is not safe, we won’t fly it.
We have the best training programs in the country for our employees.
Alaska has long taken great pride in our excellent, world-class training programs for employees, which includes our pilots, flight attendants, engineers, maintenance technicians, and ground crews.
Every day, we go beyond what's required to ensure everyone’s safety. Our training programs are more rigorous and comprehensive than what is mandated by the FAA or Boeing.
We have the most highly skilled and best trained pilots in the world.
Alaska pilots are required to undergo a rigorous, months-long training regimen before they can fly our aircraft. When they start training with us, they already have thousands of flight hours on their resumes after working for other airlines or the military.
The FAA requires pilots to fly a minimum of 1,500 flight hours before they can work at a mainline carrier. Alaska goes above that with a requirement of at least 2,000 flight hours. Even more impressive: our new pilots average about 5,000 flight hours before they start flying with us.
Alaska’s pilot training program for the737-9 MAX is more extensive than what’s required by the FAA. Our pilots will receive eight hours of MAX-specific training over the course of two days prior to flying the aircraft. The training specifies the upgrades and differences between that model aircraft and the rest of our 737 fleet. Our pilots will be able to easily transition between both models.
Before taking to the air, our pilots will invest at least two hours in Alaska’s own certified, state-of-the-art 737-9 MAX flight simulator where they will fly several maneuvers specific to the 737-9 MAX. This allows them to face challenging training scenarios and better understand the improvements that have been made to the aircraft.
Our pilots are experts at manually flying the aircraft and do so on a regular basis. This enhances their ability to handle any real-life system situations that could arise. This expertise comes from years of flying in various conditions, such as the harsh, unpredictable weather of southeast Alaska. We have complete confidence that our highly trained pilots can handle any emergency.
In addition to Boeing’s required maintenance program for the 737-9 MAX, we build our own training program for our maintenance technicians that goes even further. The work these employees do is incredibly important, they maintain and repair our aircraft.
All our technicians undergo a minimum 40 hours of what is called “differences training,” which distinguishes the variations between the 737-9 MAX and our existing 737 NG fleet. Certain technicians, depending on their areas of expertise, could undergo up to 40 hours of additional, specialized training that emphasizes more comprehensive and in-depth instruction of engines and avionics systems specific to the 737-9 MAX.
Flight Attendant Training
Our flight attendants are also required to complete computer-based training that defines the differences between our current Boeing 737s and the 737-9 MAX. The cabins between the two models are similar. One key change is that adult life vests are stowed in overhead compartments, not below seats.