Pow­er­ing In­dian car­ri­ers

Di­nesh Keskar, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Sales, Asia Pa­cific and In­dia, Boe­ing, claims that they are a dom­i­nant player in the wide-body air­craft mar­ket in In­dia.

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Boe­ing has pro­vided the 777s and the 787s, which are op­er­at­ing with Air In­dia right now, and Jet Air­ways has been op­er­at­ing 777s for over a decade, said Di­nesh Keskar, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Sales, Asia Pa­cific and In­dia, Boe­ing. “Air In­dia Ex­press flies the smaller air­craft, which is the 737. SpiceJet has also been fly­ing these air­craft and has closed a big or­der with us. Even Jet Air­ways has bought 75 B737-8 MAX air­craft on or­der and they op­er­ate over 89 737s cur­rently,” he re­vealed.

Keskar re­cently closed one of the big­gest deals in avi­a­tion his­tory in In­dia with SpiceJet. Speak­ing on the deal, he elab­o­rated, “SpiceJet has added 100 new 737 MAX-8 air­planes to its ex­ist­ing or­der of 55. The new or­der of 100 air­planes is worth $11 bil­lion, which will be de­liv­ered be­tween 2018-2024,” he said. He re­vealed that the or­der in­cluded ad­di­tional pur­chase rights of 50 more air­craft. “This means that the or­der of 155 air­craft is firm, com­mit­ted through signed con­tract and pay­ment. The air­line might buy the ad­di­tional 50 air­craft de­pend­ing on how the busi­ness and mar­ket are go­ing, and this way the air­lines usu­ally pro­tect their fu­ture by hav­ing ad­di­tional op­tions,” ex­plained Keskar.

Ac­cord­ing to him, SpiceJet is se­cur­ing its fu­ture till 2024, and Jet Air­ways will look at do­ing some­thing similar. “We are ex­pect­ing Jet Air­ways to or­der ad­di­tional air­craft as well. Air In­dia just took the de­liv­ery of its 23rd Dream­liner, and they have four more to go. They also have three 777s to be or­dered, which have not yet been de­liv­ered. I am sure the na­tional car­rier would look at the MAX air­craft for fu­ture use,” said Keskar.

The wide-bod­ied air­craft would not di­rectly aid in the RCS scheme. How­ever, the feed from smaller ci­ties would planes, and will have some im­pli­ca­tions

When asked about if Boe­ing would be play­ing a part in the Re­gional Con­nec­tiv­ity Scheme launched by the Ministry of Civil Avi­a­tion, he said, “The wide-bod­ied air­craft are meant for long-haul sec­tors, and hence would not di­rectly aid in the RCS scheme. How­ever, the feed from smaller ci­ties to big ci­ties would fur­ther fly in these planes, and will have some im­pli­ca­tions in RCS.”

Di­nesh Keskar Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent

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