India's low-cost airline to buy up to 205 new Boeing planes
14th Jan, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew
NEW DELHI , Jan 14: India's low-cost airline Spicejet plans to buy up to 205 next-generation Boeing planes worth $22 billion in a major deal to expand its domestic and international operations.
[caption id="attachment_2972" align="alignnone" width="1500"] Spicejet Chairman Ajay Singh (L) and Raymond L. Conner (R), Vice-Chairman of Boeing, exchange model planes at a press conference in New Delhi on January 13, 2017.
Indian airline SpiceJet said on January 13 it had agreed to buy up to 205 Boeing planes worth $22 billion in what it said was one of the largest deals ever in Indian aviation. SpiceJet Chairman Ajay Singh said the low-cost airline, which has a 13-percent share of the Indian market, was expanding both its domestic and international operations./ AFP PHOTO / Dominique Faget[/caption]
A joint statement by the two companies Friday said the planes booked at the end of 2016 include 100 new Boeing 737 MAX 8s, 42 MAXs, 13 additional 737 MAXs as well as purchase rights for 50 additional planes.
SpiceJet is India's fourth-largest airline by number of passengers carried with a market share of 12.9 percent. It flies more than 300 daily flights to 41 Indian and international destinations.
"The Boeing 737 class of aircraft has been the backbone of our fleet since SpiceJet began (in 2005), with its high reliability, low operation economies and comfort," said Ajay Singh, Spicejet chairman and managing director.
Ray Conner, a top Boeing official, said the economics of the 737 MAXs would allow SpiceJet to profitably open new markets, expand connectively within India and beyond.
India's booming economy and growing middle class have helped to make it the world's fastest-growing air travel market. The number of passengers grew 20 percent last year, and airlines are announcing flights to new destinations in the country almost every week. Domestic air passengers are expected to jump from the current 70 million to 300 million by 2022, and to 500 million by 2027.