SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines and Boeing partnered to unveil a new special scheme on the airlines’ latest 737-990ER delivery (N248AK • MSN 62469 • LN 5972) to celebrate the airframer’s 100th anniversary, in a special ceremony held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
“Boeing is a global aerospace leader and our country’s leading exporter, and people throughout the Northwest should be very proud of them,” said Alaska Airlines CEO Brad Tilden. “They design and build amazing jets like the 737, and the more than 77,000 local employees of Boeing strengthen the economic and social fabric of our region. All of us at Alaska want to congratulate them on their 100th anniversary. We are truly honored to be Boeing’s hometown partner, today, and into Boeing’s next century.”
Alaska Airlines is a major Boeing 737 operator, with 155 aircraft in service and 56 on order, including 37 737 MAX, the forthcoming generation of narrowbodies, successor to the current Next Generation (NG) family aircraft.
“The Puget Sound has been home to Boeing and its employees for 100 years, and we continue to build on that legacy,” said Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes who was on hand for the celebration. “This centennial celebration is something we can all share. Together with a hometown partner like Alaska Airlines and countless other community partners, we’re building a strong future for our entire region.”
The ‘Centennial Boeing’ jetliner is seen with special “100 years strong” titles painted on both sides of the aircraft. Also the Alaska Airlines logo wears the same colors as the titles in lieu of its distinctive blue color. Interestingly, the white color of the fuselage has also been replaced by a lighter tone of gray.
After the event, the jetliner departed to Paine Field to have its WiFi and split-scimitar winglets installed, and it is expected to enter into service on Monday July 11th before heading off to Oshkosh for a special event later this month.