Indian budget carrier SpiceJet has announced an order for 30 Next-Generation 737-800s with winglets, confirming its new order in the presence of U.S. President...

Indian budget carrier SpiceJet has announced an order for 30 Next-Generation 737-800s with winglets, confirming its new order in the presence of U.S. President Obama late last week.

SpiceJet had declared its intent in July to purchase more Boeing 737-800s. This order was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing’s orders and deliveries website and Boeing values the deal at about $2.3 billion at list prices. SpiceJet currently operates a fleet of 24 Boeing 737-800s and 737-900ERs.


“SpiceJet is already operating a sizeable fleet of 737-800s and 737-900ERs and the new order underscores the airline’s confidence in the airplane,” says Dinesh Keskar, vice president of Boeing International and president of Boeing India.

“We are extremely satisfied with the Next-Generation 737 ‒ an airplane that is reliable, allows for greater efficiency in maintenance and supports the business plan for low-cost carriers,” says Neil Mills, chief executive officer of SpiceJet. “The aviation sector in India is recovering and business and leisure travel is on the rise. With the addition of the new 737s, it will help us expand SpiceJet’s domestic network as well as support the launch of our international destinations.”

Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet finalized an order for another 30 Boeing 737-800s on November 8, 2010

Boeing will deliver SpiceJet’s Next-Generation 737-800s with the all-new 737 Boeing Sky Interior, which offers modern, sculpted sidewalls and window reveals and larger stow bins as standard.

The Boeing Sky Interior is the latest in a series of improvements to the Next-Generation 737 family. The next to come is a package of performance improvements that will reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions by 2 per cent, making the aircraft 7 per cent more efficient than the first Next-Generation 737s delivered. Performance improvements to the airframe and engine are beginning certification test soon, and will be fully in service by early 2012.

To-date more than 125 customers have placed orders for more than 5,600 Next-Generation 737s. Unfilled orders for the Next-Generation 737 exceed 2,100 airplanes valued at more than $160 billion at average list prices.