Thursday, January 18, 2024

Akasa Air orders 150 more Boeing 737 MAX jets

The Boeing Company announced Thursday that India’s Akasa Air has placed a follow-on 737 MAX order, confirming 150 more jets in its order book.

The purchase of 737-10 airplanes and an additional 737-8-200 jets was announced at the Wings India 2024 airshow.

Akasa Air will use the 737 MAX family to expand its domestic and international network in the coming years. Since launching operations in 2022, the airline has captured approximately 4% of India’s domestic market, serving 18 destinations with a fleet of 22 737 MAX jets.

“We are excited to announce this historic order for 150 new Boeing airplanes, increasing our total orders from Boeing to 226 jets,” said Vinay Dube, Akasa Air founder and CEO. “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.

The new aircraft will provide Akasa Air with added capacity and range on new and existing routes while reducing fuel use and carbon emissions by 20% compared to older-generation airplanes.

As Akasa Air looks to expand its network in India and South Asia, Boeing’s 2023 Commercial Market outlook forecasts the delivery of 2,705 new commercial airplanes over the next 20 years for the region, of which nearly 90% will be single-aisle jets.

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