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Jet eyes additional 75 aircraft

India’s Jet Airways is in talks to acquire up to 75 extra narrow-body aircraft in the next financial year, on top of its existing order of 75 Boeing 737 MAX 8s that it signed for two years ago.

Delivery of aircraft from the first order are due to start as of mid-2018. The carrier currently operates a mixed fleet of 113 aircraft, including Boeing 737s, 777s, Airbus A330s and ATR-72s.

Jet is looking to further increase its domestic market share as well as expanding certain international routes. The airline is launching flights from Chennai in India to Paris, France as of 29 October. It is also starting flights connecting Bengaluru to Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and Mumbai to London, UK.

The carrier’s plans emerged during the launch of the Chennai–Paris route, where CEO Vinay Dubey talked about the airline’s aim to bid for routes in the country’s ambitious regional connectivity scheme.

Dubey is reported to have said the airline had not yet decided what type of planes to order but that the order would be in addition to the first batch of B737s. “We are planning a 10% capacity addition in the future. There will be narrow-body planes and ATR planes,” he said, according to The Times of India newspaper.


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