SpiceJet has welcome the delivery of its first 737 Max 8 from Boeing.
The airline plans to use the 737 MAX to expand and standardise its fleet, while leveraging the super-efficient jet to reduce fuel costs per airplane by $1.5 million a year.
“We are excited to take delivery of our very first 737 Max 8,” said SpiceJet chairman, Ajay Singh.
“The induction of our first Max is a huge milestone in SpiceJet’s journey.
“These new airplanes will enable us to open new routes, while reducing fuel and engineering costs, as well as emissions.
“The 737 Max will dramatically reduce noise pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
“Passengers will benefit from a large number of premium seats and, for the first time in India, broadband internet on board.”
This is the first of up to 205 737 Max airplanes SpiceJet has announced with Boeing.
The new and improved single-aisle airplane will help SpiceJet lower its emissions output, which is a key initiative for the carrier as it looks to increase regional and international routes.
SpiceJet’s new 737 Max airplanes arrive at a time when India’s commercial aviation market 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 with an upward growth trajectory going forward.
The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating more than 4,700 orders from 104 customers worldwide.