We already know that Jet Airways has a pending order with Boeing for 75 of the 737Max-8 aircraft, a newer, more fuel-efficient version of the bestselling 737 aircraft. This order was put on the books in 2013, and Boeing started delivering these planes last year. They will be delivering the first of these planes to Jet Airways this year in the second half of the year. They will be the first Indian customer to receive the 737Max. The 737 is Boeing’s best selling aircraft, and they recently made a world record delivering the 10000th aircraft to Southwest.
Jet Airways plans to use these planes to replace some of their earlier planes still in service, and over a period of time also for new routes which a plane like this could open up. For instance, there is chatter about the airline exploring opening routes such as Bangalore to Hong Kong and Mumbai to Nairobi with this aircraft.
But in a market with competition ordering 400 aircraft, you can’t help but keep expanding to keep up in the battle for marketshare, or just protect your turf. So, it has been known for a while that Jet Airways has been exploring a second order of 75-100 Boeing 737Max narrowbodies to top-up the earlier one and grow.
Last evening, the airline has confirmed that they have entered into an agreement to buy another 75 Boeing 737Max aircraft. We don’t know yet which variant is the order for, and customers usually have the opportunity to swap the variants in good time.
Jet Airways is one of the two all-Boeing narrow-body fleet operators in India, with competition such as IndiGo, GoAir, Vistara and Air India operating the Airbus A320 family aircraft.
I’d fully expect a new product inside the 737Max as well, although I hope there is enough space left for passengers to fold their knees in the back of the bus! But, bottomline is, there are a lot more planes coming and that means a lot more destinations opening up in the future.
What do you think of the newest Jet Airways order to Boeing?