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Akasa Air Orders 150 Boeing 737-MAX Jets

Akasa Air Orders 150 More Boeing 737 MAX Jets For Domestic and International Expansion

  • India’s fastest-growing airline nearly triples 737 order book to meet rising demand.
  • All-737 operator adds 737-10 to its single-aisle fleet and additional 737-8-200s

India’s Akasa Air made waves at the Wings India 2024 airshow. The carrier has confirmed an order for 150 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, boosting its domestic and international network growth prospects.

Akasa Air is an exclusive Boeing 737 operator. The latest Akasa Air order includes the 737-10 airplanes and 737-8-200 jets. Adding these fuel-efficient jets marks a significant commitment to advancing the airline’s service capabilities and environmental goals.

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The details of this latest transaction were initially undisclosed. The order was finalized in December 2023 and listed as unidentified on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries.

Supporting Akasa Air’s Rapid Expansion

After launching operations in 2022, Akasa Air has claimed roughly 4% of the Indian domestic airline market. The carrier currently serves 18 destinations with its 22 737 MAX jets fleet, achieving effective market penetration and operational growth.

This aircraft order aligns with Akasa Air’s strategy of establishing a larger footprint in India’s aviation market. The airline plans to use the 737 MAX to deliver an enhanced flight experience for its passengers.

“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, Akasa Air founder and CEO. “The lower carbon emissions of the 737 MAX family allow us to remain focused on sustainable operations, while also providing our environmentally conscious passengers with a more comfortable way to fly. Sustainability is at the core of our business, and we strive for more opportunities to reduce our impact to the environment.”  

Akasa Air’s 737 MAX Order Focuses on Fleet Efficiency

Both 737 MAX variants will provide Akasa Air with added capacity and range on new and existing routes. They also reduce fuel use and carbon emissions by 20% compared to older-generation airplanes.

“This milestone demonstrates the strength of our partnership with Akasa Air and is a testament to the capabilities of the 737 MAX family to further the airline’s operational priorities,” said Stephanie Pope, Boeing Chief Operating Officer. “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.”

Boeing’s 2023 Commercial Market Outlook forecasts delivery of 2,705 new commercial airplanes in India and South Asia over the next 20 years. Nearly 90% will be single-aisle jets.

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