SpiceJet makes third Boeing order

SpiceJet has ordered 10 Next-Generation Boeing 737-800s, valued at more than $700 million at list prices.This order follows previous orders in February 2005 and August 2006 for a total of 30 737s.

“The 737’s reliability, low operating cost and passenger comfort provide unmatched value for both SpiceJet and its customers,” said SpiceJet board director Bhulo Kansagra. “These aircraft are enabling us to add capacity on new and existing routes, and will continue to support SpiceJet’s mission of being India’s preferred low-cost airline.”

The 10 737s will be fitted with Blended Winglets, which will improve fuel efficiency, increase range, and reduce CO2 emissions and takeoff noise.

SpiceJet, one of India’s newest start-up private carriers, uses a single-class seating configuration on its short and medium-haul flights within India. SpiceJet began service in May 2005 with three leased Boeing 737-800s, and today operates a fleet of 11 737-800s.