Alaska announced on the 6th of October purchases for 10 more Boeing 737 900ER aircraft as it bolsters its hub in Seattle. http://seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2024694181_alaskaair737xml.html
These additional aircraft are expected to be used for fleet growth and fleet renewal as the company continues to shed some of the older Boeing 737 400 aircraft. These numbers have been reflected in Alaska’s pilot demand profile on the website. Minor changes like Alaska’s recent announcement do make a difference in the hiring model for Alaska and their effect is propagated through the entire pilot demand profile for other carriers upstream of Alaska in the pilot pipeline.