Re: The B737-900 is launched by Alaska's order

From:         Joseph Edward Nemec <none@really.com>
Date:         11 Nov 1997 13:45:27 -0500
Organization: Massachvsetts Institvte of Technology
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H Andrew Chuang wrote:
 
> Alaska has placed an order of 10 B737-900s and became the launch
> customer of the longest B737.  For details, see Boeing's news
> release:
 
> <http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/1997/news_release_971110b.html>

I noticed that the B737-900 is the largest of the 737s, but Boeing
reports that the passenger capacity for the planes
that Alaska Airways has ordered is 177 pax, as opposed to the
180+ for the B737-800. What's going on? Is the -900 a particularly
long-range aircraft, or is Alaska Airways going for some sort of
premium seating?