Airlines Jet Airways takes delivery of first 737 MAX
- Boeing, Jet Airways
Indian carrier Jet Airways has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8. The efficient jet is the first of 150 737 MAX airplanes for the airline.
With the delivery, Jet Airways is the first Indian carrier to fly the improved 737 aircraft. It was the first of altogether 150 737 MAX airplanes. Jet Airways ordered 75 aircraft each in 2015 and earlier this year.
Naresh Goyal, Chairman of Jet Airways said: "The new 737 MAX is a critical element to our future growth strategy and we are proud to become the first airline in India to introduce this brand new airplane to our customers [...] The 737 has been the backbone of our dynamic fleet for many years and we are excited to leverage the superior capabilities of the new 737 MAX. The improved economics and efficiency as well as the passenger pleasing features of the MAX will enable us to strengthen our position as India's premier airline."
Jet Airways already operates with several versions of Boeing´s Next Gen 737 series. The carrier currently flies with two Boeing 737-700s, 67 Boeing 737-800s and four Boeing 737-900s.
Boeing´s new MAX series is powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines and delivers improved fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. To date, Boeing has received more than 4,500 orders from 99 customers worldwide.
"This milestone delivery adds yet another chapter in our long and successful relationship with Jet Airways," added Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president, Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "Jet Airways continues to demonstrate their leadership in a highly competitive market and I am confident that these new 737 MAX airplanes will enable the airline to successfully achieve long-term growth going forward."
Jet Airways is India´s second-largest airline after Indigo. It has been founded in April 1992 and has its headquarters at Mumbai, India. The fleet consists of over 100 aircraft, including eight Airbus A330, 13 ATR 72, 73 Next Gen Boeing 737 and 10 B777-300. Hubs have been established in Mumbai and Delhi. Secondary hubs are in Bangalore and Chennai. In 2017, the airline employed over 16,000 people.
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