India’s Jet Airways has ordered 50 of Boeing’s new 737-Max jetliners and as many as 10 of the aircraft maker’s 777-300ER long range twin jets, an Australian aviation consulting firm reports.
The Wall Street Journal said the firm also is reporting the Indian carrier may also order a like number of single-aisle jets, 50, from Boeing’s European rival, Airbus. Airbus’ single-aisle plane is the A320-neo.
At list prices, the Jet Airways order could be worth more than $7 billion. The orders may be formally announced at the upcoming Paris Air Show.
If Jet Airways splits the order between Boeing and Airbus, it will follow the practice established in recent years by several other airlines including Indonesia’s Lion Air and American Airlines of dividing major orders between the two major manufacturers. That allows the airline to pit the two planemakers against one another to obtain lower prices and allows the airline to receive its enhanced fleet faster with two aircraft manufacturers both building planes.