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ALASKA TAKES FIRST B737-400; TWENTY-ONE MORE COMING; AIRCRAFT DUBBED 'NEXT WORKHORSE' FOR STATE OF ALASKA

 ALASKA TAKES FIRST B737-400; TWENTY-ONE MORE COMING;
 AIRCRAFT DUBBED 'NEXT WORKHORSE' FOR STATE OF ALASKA
 SEATTLE, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Alaska Airlines said it took delivery today of the first of 22 Boeing 737-400 aircraft it will add to its fleet over the next four years.
 The 737-400, a mid-range twin-jet seating 136 in a two-class configuration, is one of the most advanced commercial aircraft in its class, earning top marks for fuel efficiency and low noise.
 The aircraft also has outstanding cargo capacity. "It's a natural for the Alaskan market. That's one big reason why we chose this model of aircraft," said Pat Glenn, Alaska's chief operating officer. "The 737-400s will be the next workhorses for the state of Alaska."
 In addition, he noted, the 737-400 with its advanced engine design, is well suited for the public and environmental needs of the 1990s and beyond.
 Alaska will take delivery of nine more 737-400s this year, six next year and six in 1994. The aircraft collectively are valued at more than $650 million. Alaska also holds lease options for 1995-96 delivery of four more 737-400s.
 Commensurate with the 737-400 phase in, Alaska will phase out the 23 remaining 727-200s in its fleet. The 737-400 is much quieter than the 727 and some 60-percent more fuel efficient.
 Twenty of the new aircraft, including the first one, will be leased by Alaska from Los Angeles-based International Lease Finance Corp., one of the largest aircraft lessors in the world. Alaska will purchase two of the aircraft.
 More than 200 Alaska and Boeing employees gathered this morning at Seattle's Boeing Field for delivery ceremonies. The aircraft was christened "Spirit of Alaska," and will be the only aircraft in Alaska's fleet with a name.
 Alaska Airlines, celebrating its 60th anniversary in May, serves 39 cities in Alaska, Mexico, Canada, Russia and five Western states.
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