Jet Airlines orders Dreamliners

Boeing and Mumbai-based Jet Airways have announced that Jet placed an order worth $1.5bn for 10 787-8 Dreamliners in December 2006, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2011.

Jet Airways currently operates a fleet of 46 Classic and Next-Generation Boeing 737-400/-700/-800/-900 airplanes. The airline will take delivery of its first of 10 777-300ERs in April.

According to Boeing, 38 airlines have logged 471 orders for 787s and commitments worth more than $70bn at current list prices since the aircraft's launch in April 2004.

Jet Airways, with an average fleet age of 5.3 years, has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world. The airline plans to extend its international operations to North America, Europe, Africa, China and Asia in the coming years with the introduction of twin-aisle aircraft into its fleet in 2007.