Boeing and SpiceJet announced yesterday that the new carrier has placed a $630 million order for 10 737-800 aircraft, with options for a further 10 737 passenger jets.
The aircraft, scheduled for delivery from 2006, will fly domestic routes in India.
“Boeing’s willingness to work closely with us to meet all of our needs is an example of Boeing’s superb commitment to its customers,” commented SpiceJet Board Director Bhulo Kansagra. “The superior operating economics of the Next-Generation 737 are especially important in light of continued rising fuels costs.”
Royal Airways, formerly known as Modiluft, plans to launch SpiceJet in May with three leased Boeing 737-800s. Based in New Delhi, the airline is one of India ‘s newest start-up private carriers.
The 737 aircraft family is currently the world’s best-selling commercial jet, with more than 5,500 ordered by 220 customers.