Alaska Airlines Fleet Through Time
Alaska Airlines can trace its history back to 1932 when its forerunner McGee Airways began services in Anchorage.
The name Alaska Airlines emerged in 1944 when it merged with a number of smaller carriers. Post-war it was able to grow and emerge further beyond the boundaries of its namesake state, making inroads into the rest of America.
Post-deregulation in 1978, Alaska Airlines grew even larger, adding more jet aircraft to its fleet and taking over some of the gap left by the closure of Wien Air Alaska.
Today, with its main operating bases in Seattle, the airline has a large presence all over the United States and into Canada and Central America. It still maintains a hub in Anchorage as well as an important internal network (including many combi cargo flights) within Alaska itself, and also has hubs in Los Angeles, Portland and San Francisco.
In 2016 Alaska Airlines acquired Virgin America, which has seen the introduction of Airbus A320 family aircraft for the first time.
Alaska Airlines is also part of the same ownership group as Horizon Air, which operates feeder flights on behalf of the mainline carrier in a similar livery.
Here’s a look back at Alaska Airlines’ fleet through time:
McDonnell Douglas MD-80
Boeing 737 MAX 9
To come. Deliveries have been delayed following the grounding of the 737 MAX.