Both Airbus and Boeing scored big deals at the 2015 Dubai Airshow, with the majority of sales being in the single-aisle aircraft segment.
Jet Airways announced an order for 75 B737 MAX 8s – the largest in the Indian carrier’s history, as part of its replacement strategy to operate a younger and more efficient fleet.
“Incorporating the latest design and technology features, the highly efficient 737 MAX will allow us to drive our operational efficiency and reaffirms our commitment to providing a best-in-class full service travel experience to our guests,” said Naresh Goyal, chairman of Jet Airways.
“This order is an endorsement of our confidence in the long-term prospects of the Indian aviation sector, which reflects the positive forecast for the country’s economy and offers tremendous potential for growth and development.”
As part of the deal, Jet Airways will convert its existing order for 25 Next-Generation 737s to 737 Max 8s, as well as adding an additional 50 aircraft to the order.
Signing the agreement: Kim Soo Cheon, president & CEO, Asiana Airlines and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus president and CEO
Meanwhile, Asiana Airlines also reiterated its confidence in Airbus’ single-aisle segment by placing a firm order for 25 A321neo aircraft.
The narrowbody aircraft will join Asiana’s existing fleet of A320 Family aircraft, and be deployed on the airline’s regional and domestic services. It will also be operated by low-cost subsidiary Air Busan, and following the progressive retirement of older aircraft, become the primary single aisle type for the airline.
“The finalisation of our latest order with Airbus will ensure that we will continue to operate the most efficient aircraft the industry has to offer in all size categories,” said Kim Soo Cheon, president & chief executive, Asiana Airlines.
“The A321neo will bring a 20 per cent reduction in fuel consumption and increased flying range. And for our passengers the aircraft will enable us to offer the very highest standards of service and comfort on even our shortest routes.”