Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet has finalised an order with Boeing for 42 narrow-body B737 MAX airliners.
The 42 new aircraft, valued at US$4.4 billion at list prices, boosts the number of planes SpiceJet currently has on order from Boeing up to 90. In addition to the B737 Max, the order includes the B737-800 and B737-900ER, which seat 189 and 212 passengers in a single-class configuration respectively. The carrier has taken delivery of 31 airplanes from Boeing so far.
“SpiceJet greatly values the ties we have built over the years with Boeing. The Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, the mainstay of the fleet ever since SpiceJet began operations, have vindicated our choice by their endurance, reliability and cost effectiveness,” said S.L. Narayanan, group CFO for The Sun Group, which owns the low-cost airline.
According to Boeing, development of the new B737 MAX is on schedule, with the first flight expected in 2016 and customer deliveries to begin in 2017. The aircraft has accumulated more than 1,800 orders to date.