Date
15 December 2017
Jet Airways is expanding its fleet amid rapid growth in India's airline passenger numbers. Photo: Bloomberg
Jet Airways is expanding its fleet amid rapid growth in India's airline passenger numbers. Photo: Bloomberg

Boeing bags major order from India’s Jet Airways

India’s Jet Airways on Monday confirmed an order for 75 Boeing 737 planes, in a deal worth about US$8.25 billion at list price.

The order, previously listed on Boeing’s books under an undisclosed client, was unveiled at the Dubai Air Show.

It involves the purchase of 737 Max 8 narrow-body jetliners, an upgraded version of Boeing’s best-selling aircraft.

Naresh Goyal, chairman of Jet Airways, said his firm is expanding its fleet as India’s domestic airline passenger numbers are set to double over the next seven to eight years, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Boeing plans to introduce the 737 Max from 2017.

Separately, Boeing said it sees scope for selling as many as 100 more P-8 maritime patrol aircraft to various countries over the next ten years.

The sales could unfold over the next 10 years, Fred Smith, director of global sales for Boeing surveillance planes told reporters at the Dubai Air Show.

With the plane now in service with the US and India, more customers are taking a look, according to Fred Smith, director of global sales for Boeing surveillance planes.

“We are seeing an uptick in demand because people had taken a wait-and-see attitude,” the Journal quoted Smith as saying at the Dubai Air Show.

The P-8 is based on the 737 jetliner and adds a host of sensors and the ability to deploy weapons to find and attack its targets.

Australia is slated to receive its first P-8 next year after placing an order for eight of the planes, with options for four more, last year.

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