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Akasa Air places order for additional 150 Boeing 737 MAX, ET Infra


HYDERABAD: India’s youngest low-cost airline Akasa Air on Thursday formally placed additional order for 150 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft at the Wings India 2024 Air show being held at Begumpet, Hyderabad.

“We are excited to announce this historic order for 150 new Boeing airplanes, increasing our total orders from Boeing to 226 jets. In addition to supporting our rapid domestic expansion, the efficiency and economics of these new airplanes position Akasa to launch international routes in the coming months,” said Vinay Dube, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Akasa Air.

Akasa Air’s previous order with Boeing comprised 76 Boeing 737 MAX.

Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia at the inaugural session of Wings India 2024, highlighted that the growth of the Indian market will result in a fleet size of more than 2,000 aircraft in the next 10 years.

“Today India has become the largest purchaser of aircraft in the world after the US and China,” said Scindia.

The Boeing 737 MAX series of narrow-body commercial aircraft are a new series of planes which are competing with Airbus’ A320neo series in order to grab a sizeable chunk of the third largest domestic civil aviation market in the world.

“The efficiency and versatility of the 737-10 and 737-8-200 will support Akasa Air’s expansion to meet soaring demand for air travel in the region for many years to come.” said Stephanie Pope, Boeing Chief Operating Officer.

  • Published On Jan 18, 2024 at 12:57 PM IST

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