Posted on: 12 March 2014 by Mark Howells
Boeing and SpiceJet have announced an order from the airline for 42 737 MAX 8s, a deal which was previously listed as unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website.
“SpiceJet greatly values the ties we have built over the years with Boeing. The 737NGs, the mainstay of the fleet ever since SpiceJet started operations, have vindicated our choice by their endurance, reliability and cost effectiveness,” commented S.L. Narayanan, Group CFO for the airline’s parent company, The Sun Group. “The induction of the Boeing 737 MAX will further modernise our fleet, improve customer experience, and ensure that we operate the most efficient fleet well into the future.”
“The order is a tremendous endorsement of the 737 MAX’s unsurpassed fuel efficiency,” declared Dinesh Keskar, senior vice-president of Asia Pacific and India sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The capabilities of the 737 MAX supports SpiceJet's mission to become India's preferred low-cost airline.”
The deal increases the orderbook for CFM International's LEAP-1B engines, the powerplant section of the overall order being valued at $1.1 billion at list price.