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Final Airbus A321 Exits Alaska Airlines, Paving Way for All-Boeing Fleet Again

SEATTLE —Alaska Airlines has recently ushered out its last 10 Airbus A321 aircraft from revenue service, concretizing its progression towards an exclusively Boeing-dominated fleet. The Washington-based airline communicated that the final commercial flight operated by an A321 was executed on 30 September, with Flight 1126 transitioning smoothly from Seattle to Los Angeles. ( More...

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tpmorrow 18
"...concretizing"? Really?
Steve Horn 1
Not a word you will run across on TikTok but don't be afraid. It's a word.
Brian Freeman 1
Interesting word "usement" there. Someone at Airliner Watch must have taken a creative writing course lately...
Kevin Capper 1
Don’t forget “concretizing”
Randy Barron 8
Standardizing aircraft across the fleet has to be a good plan, especially for planes flying in Alaska. I'm thrilled they are replacing the Dash-8s with Embraer 175s too, having flown all of those aircraft in an out of the challenging airports in Alaska.

Off-topic: one of my favorite Alaska idiosyncrasies is airports (like Sitka) hiring students to precede landings and takeoffs with shotgun blasts, to scare away the ubiquitous seabirds thronging the runways.
sparkie624 7
There are a lot of Advantages to having a single fleet. To list a Few: Every Pilot can fly Every plane and every mechanic can work every aircraft, no wasted funds on Cross Training.. This also is true with maintenance. Another advantage is not keep 2 sets of parts (Boeing Generator and Airbus Generator for example). All of that is money savings, Specialized tooling as well.
Philip Lanum 1
Well, all those guys who are A321 experts are going to be looking for new jobs, unless they are currently cross trained.
Now, that’s something you don’t see very often these days.
sparkie624 3
I see this as a good thing
1mooneymite 1
Preparing Alaska's fleet for the inevitable sale to SWA.
Nooge 1
Buy American
D Walsemann 1
Airbus has a factory in Mobile, AL

Airbus A320 family
The Mobile plant is a final assembly line for the Airbus A320 family of narrow body aircraft. Aircraft assembled in Mobile are destined for North American airlines such as JetBlue, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, and Frontier Airlines.
Peter Ward 1
Scott Wiggins -7
Love it when Euros lose. They F with us every chance they get. If you don't know, they don't like us. I spent two years over there.
David Beattie 11
I spent a lot of time over there too. Had a great time and was usually treated well. Helps a ton if you at least TRY to speak a foreign language and to understand their way of living. But, if you are narrow minded and arrogant, they will respond in kind.
Valerie Scott -2
yep there are a bunch of fascist in Europe whining and making a bunch of noise, just like the US. Objectively through, Airbus aircraft are superior to the current gen Boeing Aircraft - with maybe the exception of the 787 which maybe on par. Try taking an international flight on a new A350-900. They are fantastic long haul birds.
Brian Freeman -3
Scott - They only "F with us", as you so eloquently put it, because we ALLOW them to. Our government gets sand kicked in its face all the time and not just by Europe.

It would behoove all of us to keep that in mind the next time we go to the polls.
Peter Ward 0
Maybe they just didn't like you. American protectionism rears its ugly head again. Buy American even if it is inferior.
OnTheAve -7
Bummer. The A321 was the best thing about flying Alaska Airlines. I flew on one from National Airport(Washington DC) to LAX nonstop, and it was nice ride. Now, I have to fly again on some crap Boeing plane.
David Beattie 7
Actually, they are very good airplanes. That’s why airlines all over the world are buying them. Nobody is forcing them to buy American. The majors here operate both big brands. From a passenger viewpoint, there is little difference. You get .7 inches (1.7 cm) of extra seat width on the A320 which is barely noticeable and the incessant barking dogs noise. The avionics and engines are the same as is the aluminum construction.
OnTheAve 1
It is surprising how many Boeing diehards are on this forum.
OnTheAve 1
I disagree as I have experienced both.
Linda Morgan 1

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Linda Morgan 2
👍. That’s it!
Philip Lanum 2
Airbus gets constant influxes of money from the EU.

Get a grip.
Em Fairley 0
"exclusively Boeing-dominated fleet" Um, exclusive doesn't mean dominated. Exclusive means exclusive
Valerie Scott -6
The Airbus A320 series aircraft are superior to the Boeing B737 series aircraft. If memory serves me well, Alaska inherited the A320's in the acquisition of Virgin America. too bad...
sparkie624 1
Since when!
Linda Morgan -7
The Boeings are unsafe. Read about them.
sparkie624 7
I have and I have worked on them... Training was the issue with these planes... Not a problem with the planes...
Joe Lucia -7
Bringing more 737 MAX into the fleet is a bad idea. This is a totally flawed aircraft. I will not fly on one. The 737 MAX series represents Boeing's "cheapskate" effort to keep a 56 year old type certificate going and earning profits.
Linda Morgan -6
You’re so right. Do not fly them.

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Lewis Tripp 11
Not everyone was aware.
sparkie624 6
I was unaware and I keep an eye on the industry... I think it is a smart move for them... Going Boeing for SWA was the Single Best move they ever made... They had a minor exception early on where they had 1 727, but they did not fly it long at all before parking it.
MichaelHale 1
I am confused. You use the "minor exception of a 727...", but that's a Boeing plane. Did ou mean to say "Going Boeing 737 for SWA..."?
MichaelHale 1
Russ Brown 1
Alaska Airlines lost a 727 near Juneau years ago. I had flown with the pilot on his days off in Seattle in his Cessna float plane.
Philip Lanum 1
That 727 hull was lost on September 4, 1971.
Why obsess on a 52 year old incident. What does that have to do with A321's and 737-Max's?


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