Farnborough 2018: Jet Airways fleshes out Boeing 737 MAX 8 order

Farnborough 2018: Jet Airways fleshes out Boeing 737 MAX 8 order

Boeing and Jet Airways confirmed that the Indian carrier placed an order for an additional 75 737 MAX 8 airplanes during a signing ceremony at the 2018 Farnborough International Airshow.

The order, valued at $8.8 billion at current list prices, was originally announced in April.

This order for an additional 75 MAX airplanes helps the Indian carrier expand its network to meet surging demand in the fastest-growing aviation market in the world.

“Our latest order for 75 additional Boeing 737 MAX aircraft reflects our long-standing association with Boeing and reposes our faith in the aircraft they manufacture,” said Naresh Goyal, chairman of Jet Airways.

“The MAX will allow us to offer guests a superior and well differentiated experience using a modern, reliable and fuel-efficient fleet.

“The order also emphasizes Jet Airways’ commitment to the growth and potential of the Indian aviation market.”

In June, the Mumbai-based carrier took delivery of its first MAX, a new and improved 737 that delivers a double-digit improvement in fuel efficiency and improved passenger comfort.

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These new airplanes arrive into an Indian aviation market that continues to grow at significant rates.

According to industry data, domestic air traffic in India has grown about 20 per cent in each of the past four years.

“We are honoured to extend our deep partnership with Jet Airways as they modernise their fleet with the most capable single-aisle airplanes,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes president, Kevin McAllister.

“This is a testament to the market-leading economics and reliability of the 737 MAX.

“I am confident that these new airplanes will support Jet Airways’ domestic and international expansion.”

Jet Airways is India’s second-largest airline with a fleet of nearly 120 airplanes serving more than 60 destinations in 15 countries across Asia, Europe and North America.