Thursday, June 15, 2017

SpiceJet may order Boeing 737 Max-10s at their Paris launch

Mumbai: Low fare carrier SpiceJet is likely to place an order for the Boeing 737 Max 10 planes at the aircraft's debut at the Paris Air Show later this month, thus becoming one of its launch customers globally.

The Max 10 is the latest, longest version of the narrowbodied Boeing 737 Max series of planes, competitors to Airbus'A320 family. The 180-seater aircraft type is the most popular airliner in the world. The 737 Max 10 is a direct competitor to the Airbus A321neo, which SpiceJet's rival and A320 flier IndiGo is expected to upgrade to at a later date.

Apart from SpiceJet, Irish low fare carrier Ryanair and Indonesia's Lion Air are said to be planning orders of the planes. Full service carrier Jet Airways has also been said to be mulling a purchase. When asked, a senior executive at Jet didn't confirm the same.

The aircraft are slated to be pressed into commercial service in two and half years.

"We are in discussions with Boeing for the Max 10s," SpiceJet chairman Ajay Singh told ET in an interview.

A person close to the development pegged SpiceJet's order number at below 50. Singh, when asked, didn't elaborate.
15/06/17 Anirban Chowdhury/Economic Times