Monday, July 02, 2018

Jet’s new 737 MAX 8 completes maiden flight

Mumbai: Jet Airways, which inducted the the 737 MAX 8 — the latest variant of the Boeing 737 single-aisle aircraft — last week, started its first commercial flight from Mumbai to Hyderabad on Sunday as a critical part of its strategy to enhance operation reliability and reduce costs.

The aircraft, first of Jet’s 225 next-generation planes with new interiors and upholstery, will also operate on the Delhi, Goa, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Mangalore, Thiruchirapally and Abu Dhabi sectors this month.

The aircraft was delivered to Jet Airways at Boeing’s Washington-based Renton facility on June 19.

The MAX, an upgrade to the Boeing 733-300 – the world’s most-produced commercial jet airplane of all time — has been re-engined with the more efficient CFM International LEAP-1B. The aircraft is 40% more silent than other aircraft types and has improved aerodynamics, with split scimitar winglets increasing its fuel efficiency to up to 15%.

The airplane has been a favourite with Jet Airways ever since the airline commenced operations in 1994 with the 737-300s. Jet Airways CEO Vinay Dube said, “The 737 MAX is critical to our strategy. It will also enable us to meet our strategic ambitions of growth, enhance operational reliability and reduce costs.”
02/06/18 aditya anand/The Hindu