SpiceJet to lease more Boeing 737 NG planes to expand capacity
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July 2, 2019 - by Rhik Kundu for livemint.com
- The 30 737 NG planes that were earlier operated by Jet Airways are being added to SpiceJet's fleet on short-term leases
- SpiceJet, which has 13 737 MAX planes, faces a delay in the delivery of the remaining 142 of those planes scheduled over the next few years
MUMBAI: No-frills carrier SpiceJet Ltd will lease more Boeing Co.'s 737 NG (Next Generation) planes and continue to expand capacity even if the Chicago-headquartered company's troubled 737 MAX fleet remains grounded till the year-end, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.
SpiceJet, which has 13 737 MAX planes, faces a delay in the delivery of the remaining 142 of those planes scheduled over the next few years. The current fleet of 737 MAX jets has been grounded since mid-March.
Boeing had in May told SpiceJet, one of the biggest buyers globally of the 737 MAX, that the grounded jets would be back in the air in July. However, the plane is now expected to remain grounded much longer, according to reports...