Private airline SpiceJet on Thursday unveiled its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft at Indira Gandhi International airport here. The airline had signed a 22 billion dollars deal with Boeing company for up to 205 aircraft in 2017 and this is the first aircraft delivery from that order.
In line with SpiceJet's tradition of naming its airplanes after spices, the new 737 MAX has been christened 'King Chilli'.
Speaking on the occasion, SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh said the new state-of-the-art aircraft are equipped with Satcom that will offer internet on board services at the earliest once regulatory and government approvals are in place. The aircraft can fly up to 3500 nautical miles which is approximately 19 per cent more than 737-800 enabling the airline to fly to newer destinations, Iran and other countries.
The 737 MAX burns 14 per cent less fuel than older 737s. The new CFM Leap engine, made from ultra-light and ultra-strong carbon blades, increases fuel efficiency by 12 per cent, the all-new advanced technology winglet increases fuel efficiency by 1.8 per cent and the new tailcone by another 1 per cent. The new jet has 40 per cent lesser noise footprint translating into a quieter and silent cabin. The nitrogen emissions has also been reduced by 50 per cent.
For SpiceJet's full fleet of up to 205 airplanes, the MAX will emit up to 750,000 fewer metric tonnes of CO2 and save up to 240,000 metric tonnes of fuel per year, which translates to more than 317 million dollars in cost savings annually. Lower cost and lesser days out of service results in up to 4 million dollars savings.
Mr Singh said Delhi-Hong Kong, which would SpiceJet's eighth international destination, will be exclusively serviced by the new aircraft.
The new MAX can fly non-stop to Singapore, Doha, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Kuala Lumpur, Tehran, Salalah, Kunming (China), Krabi among other international destinations from various international airports in India. With a one-stop, the aircraft can easily fly up to Finland, Norway, Morocco, London and Amsterdam.
Civil Aviation Secretary Rajiv Nayan Choubey congratulated the Spicejet on the new induction. Dinesh Keskar, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific and India, Boeing Commercial Airplanes was also present on the occasion.
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