SpiceJet has taken delivery of its first Boeing
737 MAX 8.
The aircraft is the first of up to 205
Boeing 737 MAX airplanes SpiceJet could receive from 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
"We are excited to take delivery of our very
first 737 MAX 8," said SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director
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."
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% in each of the past
four years with an upward growth trajectory going forward.
"India is a fast growing market for commercial
airplanes and services," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice
president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for Boeing.
"The 737 MAX for SpiceJet is the perfect airplane for this market
and it will become a key ingredient for long-term success,
especially as oil prices continues to put pressure on airlines.
The market-leading efficiency and reliability of the MAX will pay
immediate dividends for SpiceJet's commercial operations."
The 737 MAX 8 is part of a family of airplanes
that offer about 130 to 230 seats and the ability to fly up to
3,850 nautical miles (7,130 kilometers) or nearly eight hours of
flight. Boeing says that for SpiceJet's full fleet of up to 205
airplanes, the MAX will emit up to 750,000 fewer metric tons of
CO2 and save up to 240,000 metric tons of fuel per year, which
translates to more than $317 million in cost savings annually.
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