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Boeing 737 MAX Back in Indian Skies

by Ajay Prakash
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SpiceJet has restarted commercial services using the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. With the passenger traffic regaining its pre-COVID volumes, airlines have brought all of their aircraft out of hibernation.

All airlines have now announced new routes on the domestic sectors to cash in on the winter domestic tourism, which will peak in December. A firm government’s policy for opening up for international tourists remains elusive.

SpiceJet Puts Boeing 737 MAX Back Into Service

Earlier this week, SpiceJet reached a settlement with Boeing related to the compensation to be paid to the airline for grounded B737 MAX aircraft. Either of the company has not disclosed the actual amount of the compensation. SpiceJet has thirteen (13) B737 MAX aircraft, which have been grounded for the past thirty-three (33) months.

SpiceJet undertook a 1-hour test flight on Saturday (November 19) between Delhi and Jaipur. The aircraft overflew Jaipur and landed back in Delhi. Later in the afternoon, a SpiceJet scheduled flight between Delhi and Varanasi operated using a B737MAX aircraft. Unlike many other airlines, SpiceJet did not announce the return of this aircraft back into Service.

Large B737 MAX Order From Akasa Air

India’s new startup airline, Akasa Air, ordered seventy-two (72) Boeing 737 Max fuel-efficient aircraft. The deal was signed on November 14, 2021, at the Dubai Air Show and is valued at USD 9 billion. Boeing will supply these aircraft over the next couple of years and enable the airline to start operations by the summer of 2022.

Akasa Air and Boeing Agreement Signing Event

Akasa Air and Boeing Agreement Signing Event, Photo Boeing via www.prnewswire.com

Akasa Air also placed an order worth USD 4.5 billion on CFM International for its LEAP-1B engines. The deal was signed between Vinay Dube, Chief Executive Officer, Akasa Air, and Stan Deal, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President, and Chief Executive Officer, last Wednesday (November 17). Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft is back in action in India.

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