SpiceJet announced that it has placed an order with Boeing for 42 Boeing 737 Max 8 jets. The order is valued at $4.4 billion. The Indian airline announced the planned addition to its fleet on Wednesday at the 2014 India Aviation fair.
The Boeing 737 Max is built with advanced CFM International LEAP-1B engines, present in the previous Boeing Next-Generation model, designed to increase fuel efficiency and cut down on operating costs.
The aircraft manufacturer completed configuration of the new Boeing 737 Max in July 2013 and plans to start delivering the aircraft to customers beginning in 2017. Boeing has already received 1,800 orders of the new model from a number of carriers.
SpiceJet, India’s third largest airline, currently operates 350 daily flights to 46 Indian and 10 international destinations. The airline has ordered 90 Boeing jets to date and has taken delivery of 31 jets.
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