Boeing and SpiceJet celebrated the delivery of the carrier’s first 737 MAX 8. The airline plans to use the 737 MAX to expand and standardize its fleet, while leveraging the super-efficient jet to reduce fuel costs per airplane by $1.5 million a year.
“We are excited to take delivery of our very first 737 MAX 8,” said SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh. “The induction of our first MAX is a huge milestone in SpiceJet’s journey. These new airplanes will enable us to open new routes, while reducing fuel and engineering costs, as well as emissions.
The 737 MAX will dramatically reduce noise pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Passengers will benefit from a large number of premium seats and, for the first time in India, broadband internet on board.”
This is the first of up to 205 737 MAX airplanes SpiceJet has announced with Boeing
SpiceJet’s new 737 MAX airplanes arrive at a time when India’s commercial aviation market continues to grow at significant rates. According to industry data, domestic air traffic in India has grown about 20 percent in each of the past four years with an upward growth trajectory going forward.