- 19 Oct 2012
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Plane maker Boeing has booked its first order for its fuel-efficient 737 Max aircraft from India, following Jet Airways' decision to acquire 50 such planes.
Boeing and Jet recently concluded a purchase agreement for the 737 Max-8, sources said. The 737 Max is expected to enter service in 2017.
At list price, the deal for 50 planes is valued at $5 billion ($100.5 million for each plane) but, typically, airlines secure discounts when placing orders.
Jet is still negotiating the contract for the aircraft engine and has not formally announced its order.
“For now, the airline has decided to order the 737 Max. Financing options will be decided closer to the delivery date,” a source said. Emails sent to both Jet and Boeing remained unanswered at the time of going to press.
The 737 Max competes with Airbus A320neo. While Airbus has bagged orders from IndiGo (150 A320neo) and GoAir (72 A320neo), Boeing so far had not been successful in selling the 737 Max in India.
Source : Jet becomes first Indian airline to order Boeing 737 Max planes - Rediff.com Business