Indian carrier SpiceJet has announced it was the airline that placed a firm order for 42 Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets previously listed on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website as being for an unannounced customer.
SpiceJet announced its order on March 12 at the India Aviation 2014 trade airshow in Hyderabad. Boeing values SpiceJet’s order for 42 737 MAX 8s at $4.4 billion at list prices.
“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 started operations, have vindicated our choice by their endurance, reliability and cost effectiveness,” said S.L. Narayanan, group CFO for The Sun Group, which owns SpiceJet.
“The induction of [the] Boeing 737 MAX will further modernize our fleet, improve customer experience, and ensure that we operate the most efficient fleet well into the future,” adds Narayanan.
According to Boeing, development of the 737 MAX is on schedule, with firm configuration of the aircraft achieved in July 2013.
The first flight of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 is scheduled to occur in 2016, with deliveries to customers beginning in 2017. Already a market success, the 737 MAX has accumulated orders for more than 1,800 aircraft to date.
Including the March 12 announcement, SpiceJet has ordered 90 jets directly from Boeing. Its orders include the Boeing 737-800, Boeing 737-900ER and now the Boeing 737 MAX.
To date, SpiceJet has taken delivery of 31 of the aircraft it has ordered from Boeing.