UPDATE 1-Alaska Airlines orders 50 Boeing aircraft


Oct 11 (Reuters) - Alaska Airlines said it will buy 50Boeing 737 single-aisle jetliners, worth $5 billion atlist prices, in its largest order yet.

Alaska Airlines, which runs an all-Boeing fleet, said theaircraft will be delivered between 2015 and 2022.

The airline is owned by Alaska Air Group Inc , whichalso owns Horizon Air.

Most of the 50-aircraft order is for the 737 MAX - the newengine variant of the popular 737 that offers better fuelefficiency, Alaska Airlines said in a regulatory filing. ht tp://link.reuters.com/zyh33t

Alaska Airlines currently operates 120 Boeing 737s.

Earlier this month, Boeing reported an increase in ordersfor its third quarter, helped by the new 737 MAX.

It said it had received orders for 821 aircraft in the 737MAX category by Oct. 3.

(Reporting by Neha Alawadhi and A. Ananthalakshmi inBangalore; Editing by Sreejiraj Eluvangal)

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