Seattle - Alaska Airlines will deploy its first Boeing 737 MAX 9 between Seattle and two airports in California from June. The US carrier will also start selling first intercontinental flights operated by Qantas, with whom it already shares its codes.
The first of the 32 Boeing 737 MAX 9 jets of the airline is scheduled to enter into service on July 15, 2019, between its base in Seattle-Tacoma and Los Angeles Airport. After returning to Tacoma on the same day, it will take off for San José-Norman Y. Mineta International.
The MAX 9 of the airline is configured to accommodate 16 passengers in Business Class and 162 in Economy exactly like the 737-900s and 737-900ERs in the fleet.
For the first time in its history, Alaska Airlines will sell intercontinental flights from March 1st. The five long-haul routes operated by Qantas will be opened to its customers as part of the code-share agreement with the Australian carrier. It will sell these flights under AS code for routes between Los Angeles and Brisbane or Melbourne, between San Francisco and Melbourne or Sydney, and between Honolulu and Sydney.