Alaska Airlines

Airline is taking a wait-and-see attitude about the future of the pending purchase commitments

The Boeing 737 Max aircraft crisis touches another aviation company with major operations in Seattle: Alaska Airlines, which has purchase commitments for 32 of the aircraft.

Alaska Airlines says it will begin service from Paine Field in Everett in the fall of 2018.

Despite its origins in the rugged north country, Alaska Airlines is a button-down shirt and wingtips. As recently as five years ago, it distributed Bible verses with its in-flight meals. Virgin America, meanwhile, with a provenance linked to the flamboyant entrepreneur Richard Branson, is more T-shirt and flip-flops.