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Alaska Airlines reaches US$5 billion deal to purchase 50 new Boeing 737s

NEW YORK -- Alaska Airlines is buying 50 of Boeing Co.'s new 737s in a deal worth US$5 billion at sticker prices.

Alaska, operated by Seattle's Alaska Air Group Inc., won't pay full price. Major airline customers commonly get discounts. The order is the largest-ever for Alaska.

The order includes 37 of Boeing's redesigned 737, which it calls the Max. It's a new version of the classic plane with a redesigned engine aimed at improving fuel efficiency.

Alaska operates a fleet of all 737s. It has 120 of them in operation and 25 that are set to be delivered over the next several years. The planes contained in Thursday's order are expected to be given to Alaska between 2015 and 2022.

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