India could be big market for Boeing's newest 737

Staff writerMarch 14, 2014 

Indian airlines could provide a big boost for Boeing's order book if the company lands new orders it is discussing with several Indian air carriers.

The Chicago-based Boeing Co. already announced a $4.4 billion order from India's SpiceJet earlier this week for 42 737 Max airliners.

And sources in the aviation community report Boeing is close to sealing a deal with rival Jet Airways for $5 billion for 50 of the updated twin-engine planes.

Meanwhile, the company is reportedly talking with Indian Airlines about a similar order for the workhorse jets.

The 737 Max is the latest version of the best-selling 737. The updated plane, due to enter service in 2017, has improved engines, better aerodynamics and uprated interiors.

The plane's fuel efficiency is planned to be 14 percent better than the best existing airliners in its class.

All Boeing 737s are built in Boeing's Renton plant.

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