Alaska Airlines 737-400 combi will take its final flights today. The plane left Seattle this morning and will fly between Seattle, Juneau, Yakutat, Cordova, and Anchorage. To end it’s career, it will turn around and fly flight number 66, The Milk Run, in reverse.
Scott wrote about the final 737-400 combi flight in September when the retirement was announced. It is extremely sad to see these unique freighters retire from the Alaska Airlines fleet. The combi serves as both a cargo plane and a passenger plane. It is truly half cargo in the front of the plane and has 72 passenger seats in the back. Unlike other jets in the fleet, the combi is 100% economy and offers no First Class or Premium Class. However, it does offer LOTS of cargo space!
The 737-400 Combi is truly unique and serves remote communities which rely on cargo extremely well. With many communities in Alaska only accessible by air or boat, the Combi combines air travel for goods and people into one jet. Each combi flight holds four cargo containers called “igloos”. Each igloos weighs anywhere from 12,000 to 14,000 pounds! The combi can carry just about anything, including boxes of groceries, bouquets of flowers, brand-new cars or even reindeer according to Alaska Airlines.
The 737-400 combi will retire today, but the communities in Alaska are not being cut off. Passenger service will remain via Alaska Airlines 737 fleet. This will allow for a better passenger experience. In addition, Alaska’s new 737-700 freighter fleet will serve Alaska.
Track the Final Flight
The last 737-400 Combi flight is today and I find myself lucky enough to be flying the final flight thanks to a generous offer from Alaska Airlines. Join me on the Milk Run and track N764AS, the final 737-400 Combi today.
After today, the five 737-400s, which were converted in 2007 to combis, will be replaced by three 737-700 freighters. These unique cargo planes are converts from passenger jets. Once again, another unique and one of a kind aircraft, specifically for Alaska.