There will be two major progressions for Alaska Airlines this year. After much anticipation, the carrier will debut its Boeing 737 MAX and join the oneworld Alliance. This week, Simple Flying spoke with Alaska Airlines’ SVP of fleet, finance and alliances, Nathaniel Pieper, about the Seattle-based carrier’s plans for 2021.
The airline will become a full member of oneworld on March 31st, and the carrier is focused to make the most out of the move by unlocking the full benefits of being a member. Pieper shares that from a strategic perspective, Alaska joining the alliance is an acknowledgment that to compete, the operator needs to offer global availability and a seamless international network for its passengers and team members. Ultimately, the alliance will help the company develop in the corporate and worldwide travel space.
The other milestone in March is that at the start of the month, Alaska Airlines will enter its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft into service. Above all, this move comes amid a significant fleet renewal project. In total, 68 units of the jet are set to join the airline this decade.