First delivery of 737 MAX to Jet Airways. (PRNewsfoto/Boeing)
Jet Airways took delivery of the firsts of 150 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes, setting it up to be the first Indian airline to fly the jet.
"The new 737 MAX is a critical element to our future growth strategy," said Naresh Goyal, chairman of Jet Airways. "The 737 has been the backbone of our dynamic fleet for many years, and we are excited to leverage the superior capabilities of the new 737 MAX."
Jet Airways is India's second-largest airline with a fleet of nearly 120 airplanes serving more than 60 destinations across 15 countries across Asia, Europe, North America and elsewhere.
The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating more than 4,500 orders from 99 customers worldwide. The 737 MAX features ARINC 791 compatible provisions, installation, and activation for the Ku-band high bandwidth antenna.
The family of airplanes is powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines and includes design updates such as Boeing's Advanced Technology winglet that will result in less drag and optimize performance, especially on longer-range missions. Together, these improvements reduce fuel use and CO2 emissions by at least 14 percent compared to today's Next-Generation 737s – and by 20 percent more than the single-aisle airplanes they replace.