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Jet Airways Chairman Naresh Goyal (centre), Director Anita Goyal (fourth from left) and Boeing and Jet Airways officials

Jet Airways takes India’s first MAX, makes new order

The Indian airline has become the first carrier in India to fly the improved 737. And now it has upped its total for the MAX again, to 225.

Just days after Jet Airways celebrated the delivery of its first 737 MAX aircraft from Boeing in Mumbai last week, it has now made a further order for another 75 of the aircraft type, worth almost $10 billion, taking its total on order to 225.

The carrier, which calls itself India’s premier international airline, becomes the first airline in India to fly the new and improved 737, which according to the manufacturer delivers a double-digit improvement in fuel efficiency and improved comfort for passengers.

“The new 737 MAX is a critical element to our future growth strategy and we are proud to become the first airline in India to introduce this brand new airplane to our customers,” proclaimed Naresh Goyal, chairman of Jet Airways.

“The 737 has been the backbone of our dynamic fleet for many years and we are excited to leverage the superior capabilities of the new 737 MAX,” the chairman continued.

“The improved economics and efficiency as well as the passenger-pleasing features of the MAX will enable us to strengthen our position as India’s premier airline.”

Flights from Europe
Jet Airways is India’s second-biggest carrier with a fleet of 119 aircraft serving 66 destinations in 15 countries. In Europe this includes Amsterdam, Milan, Paris, London and, from this coming November, Manchester.

The fleet comprises Boeing 777-300 ERs, Airbus A330-200/300, Next Generation Boeing 737s and ATR 72-500/600s. Last week’s delivery was the first of what is now 225 MAX planes that the airline has on order with Boeing, following two separate earlier orders for 75 jets each, placed first in 2015 and then earlier this year.

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