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Alaska Airlines to order 50 Boeing aircraft - WSJ

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Oct 11 (Reuters) - Alaska Air Group Inc , parentcompany of Alaska Airlines, will order 50 Boeing Co 737single-aisle jetliners on Thursday, the Wall Street Journalreported, citing two people familiar with the matter.

The order is expected to include Boeing's current generation737 aircraft and the updated 737 MAX-8 and MAX-9 jetliners, thedaily said. ()

Alaska Air Group operates an all-Boeing 737 fleet, made upof a total of 117 aircraft as of Dec. 31 last year.

Boeing reported an increase in orders last quarter, helpedby orders for the new 737 MAX.

Boeing had received 821 orders for the 737 MAX by Oct. 3.Launched last year, these have more fuel efficient engines.

Boeing and Alaska Airlines could not immediately be reachedfor comment outside regular U.S. business hours.

(Reporting by Neha Alawadhi in Bangalore; Editing by DavidHolmes)

((neha.alawadhi@thomsonreuters.com)(within U.S. +1 646 2238780, outside U.S. +91 80 41356385)(neha.alawadhi.thomsonreuters.com@reuters.net))

Keywords: ALASKAAIR BOEING/ORDER