Boeing and New Delhi-based SpiceJet celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first Next-Generation 737-900ER (Extended Range) airplane. With this delivery, SpiceJet becomes the first India-based airline to operate the 737-900ER. SpiceJet originally announced its decision to purchase five 737-900ERs and five 737-800s at the 2006 Asian Aerospace Air Show in Singapore.
“We are proud to be the first Indian airline to operate the 737-900ER,” said SpiceJet board director Bhulo Kansagra. “With its reliability, low operating cost and passenger comfort, the 737 provides value that is unmatched and supports our mission of being India’s preferred low-cost airline.”
All of the airplanes will be equipped with performance-enhancing Blended Winglets, which improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions by up to four percent.
“The 737 plays an integral role in meeting the needs of India’s rapidly growing aviation market,” said Dinesh Keskar, vice president of Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with this valued customer as it expands its operations and serves its passengers.”
SpiceJet, one of India’s newest start-up private carriers, operates an all-Boeing fleet and uses a single-class seating configuration on its short- and medium-haul flights within India. SpiceJet began service in May 2005 with three leased Boeing 737-800s and today operates more than 86 daily flights to 14 destinations.
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