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LONDON — Indian carrier Jet Airways took delivery of the first Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. This is the first plane to join the airline of a massive order of 150 planes.

Jet Airways becomes the first Indian carrier to operate the MAX, which according to Boeing, will deliver double-digits to the airline in fuel efficiency and improvements.

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“The new 737 MAX is a critical element to our future growth strategy, and we are proud to become the first airline in India to introduce this brand new airplane to our customers,” said Naresh Goyal, Chairman of Jet Airways.

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“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,” he said.

Massive MAX Order For Jet Airways

This delivery represents the beginning of the airline’s fleet modernization program, which will see a total of 150 Boeing 737 MAXs joining into the fleet over the next few years.

Jet Airways placed two separate orders of 75 planes each in 2015 and earlier this year.

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The Indian carrier is a big Boeing customer. It is the country’s second-largest airline, operating to 60 destinations across 15 countries.

“This milestone delivery adds yet another chapter in our long and successful relationship with Jet Airways,” said Dinesh Keskar, Boeing’s SVP, Asia Pacific/India Sales.

“Jet Airways continues to demonstrate their leadership in a highly competitive market, and I am confident that these new 737 MAX airplanes will enable the airline to achieve long-term growth going forward successfully.”

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Up to date, the Boeing 737 MAX program has scored 4,500 orders from 99 customers worldwide.

The 150 737 MAXs that Jet Airways will receive over the next 5-10 years will be helpful to its growth strategy not just on the domestic front, but more on the more international perspective.

Thanks to the range the MAX 8 has to offer, Jet Airways will operate further into Europe, Asia and beyond.