Boeing and Southwest Airlines announced a new order for 100 airplanes and 155 options across two models in the 737 family. The deal means that Boeing and its suppliers could build more than 600 new 737 MAX jets for the airline through 2031.
The deal will include modernization for Southwest’s fleet of 737-7 and 737-8 models. Both 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 been operating the Boeing 737 series for nearly 50 years, and the aircraft has made significant contributions to our unparalleled success. Today’s 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, Southwest’s chairman and CEO. “We are proud to continue our tradition of being the world’s largest operator of an all-Boeing fleet.”
“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, Southwest’s chief operating officer.
The deal includes Southwest expanding use of Boeing’s digital solutions and Boeing providing new system software upgrades and communications equipment.