SpiceJet and Boeing sign a deal for 40 737 MAX airplanes

SpiceJet and Boeing

SpiceJet and Boeing sign agreement for 40 737 MAX airplanes

On June 19, India’s low cost carrier SpiceJet and American aircraft manufacturer Boeing signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 40 737 MAX airplanes.

The deal is valued at US$4.74 billion at current list prices. It includes 20  pieces of 737 MAX 10, and will convert 20 of the airline’s 737 MAX 8 airplanes of its current order to 737 MAX 10s. SpiceJet will take delivery of its first 737 MAX in 2018.

With this order, SpiceJet aims to expand its operational fleet to 100 aircraft by 2020. It currently operates 35 Next-Generation 737s and 19 Bombardier Q400s.

A press release by the airline states that the entire 737 MAX family will be the most profitable single-aisle airplanes, enabling SpiceJet to offer the lowest seat costs to its passengers. The MAX 10 includes features such as the latest technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines, advanced technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior and large flight deck displays.

Ajay Singh, the chairman and managing director at SpiceJet says, “As a Boeing 737 operator and current customer of the 737 MAX, we are proud to be a part of the launch of the 737 MAX 10 and to be the first airline in India to order the newest version of the 737, which will enable us to maximise revenue on our dense routes while having a lower unit seat cost. With the introduction of our 737 MAXs next year, we will be able to further expand our network, while keeping our costs low for our customers.”

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SpiceJet and Boeing sign agreement for 40 737 MAX airplanes

SpiceJet and Boeing sign agreement for 40 737 MAX airplanes

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SpiceJet and Boeing sign agreement for 40 737 MAX airplanes

SpiceJet and Boeing sign agreement for 40 737 MAX airplanes

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SpiceJet and Boeing sign agreement for 40 737 MAX airplanes

SpiceJet and Boeing sign agreement for 40 737 MAX airplanes

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SpiceJet and Boeing sign agreement for 40 737 MAX airplanes

SpiceJet and Boeing sign agreement for 40 737 MAX airplanes

Boeing’s new 737 Max 9 completes first flight

Boeing 737 Max 9

Boeing’s new 737 Max 9 aircraft successfully completed its first flight last week, ahead of the aircraft’s expected service entry in 2018. The aircraft was officially rolled out last month.

The second variant in Boeing’s 737 Max line behind the Max 8, the Max 9 completed a two-hour-48-minute flight from Renton Field in Washington during which tests on flight controls, systems and handling qualities were performed. The 737 Max 9 is now set to undergo comprehensive flight-testing between now and its launch next year.

“The Max 9’s first flight is another milestone that continues the programme’s strong track record of progress,” said Boeing Commercial Planes president and CEO, Kevin McAllister. “The Max family of airplanes offers more value than any other competitor and its strong market acceptance is reflected in over 3,700 airplanes on order from 86 customers around the world.”

According to Boeing, the 737 Max is its fastest-selling aircraft. The Max 8 is due to begin delivery in the second quarter of this year, with Norwegian the first airline to fly it internationally. Meanwhile Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air is set to be the launch customer for the Max 9.

Offering a capacity of 220 passengers (16 more than the Max 8), the Max 9 has a reported operational range of 3,515 nautical miles (6,510 kilometres).

Both the Max 8 and 9 will be followed by the smaller Max 7 and the higher capacity Max 200 in 2019.

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Boeing’s first 737 Max 9 rolls out

MAX 9 Paint Roll Out

Boeing has debuted its first 737 Max 9 aircraft, the second variant in its 737 Max line behind the Max 8, with a 2018 date currently set for it to enter service. The aircraft is now set to undergo systems checks, fuelling and engine runs on the flight time before flight testing commences in the next few weeks.

The 737 Max 9 has been developed with a maximum capacity of 220 passengers – 16 more than its precursor – and has an operational range of 3,515 nautical miles that Boeing says “will open up new destinations in the single-aisle market”.

Speaking about the rollout, Keith Leverkuhn, vice president and general manager of Boeing’s 737 Max programme, said: “The 737 Max team continues to do a fantastic job getting us to these important milestones right on schedule. Our primary focus is delivering an aircraft that has the legendary reliability our 737 customers depend on, plus the optimised flexibility and range capability they desire.”

Indonesian low-cost carrier Lion Air is currently set to be the launch customer for the 737 Max 9. Back in 2011, the airline confirmed an order for 201 737 Maxs and 29 next-generation 737-900ERs, estimated to have been worth US$21.7 billion.

Meanwhile Boeing’s 737 Max 8 is due to begin delivery in the second quarter of this year, which Norwegian will be the first airline to fly internationally. Both the Max 8 and Max 9 will be followed by the smaller Max 7 and higher-capacity Max 200.

Boeing says its 737 Max series is its fastest-selling aircraft, with more than 3,600 orders from 83 customers so far.

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