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SpiceJet plans to fly new overseas destinations with Boeing 737-8 MAX planes

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

will look at flying to new international destinations as well as provide free onboard its more fuel-efficient 737-8 MAX planes, according to the

The no-frills airline, which has inducted its first 189-seater MAX aircraft, Friday said the plane can fly non-stop to Singapore, (Qatar), Kuwait, (UAE), (Saudi Arabia), (Malaysia), (Iran), Salalah (Oman) and (China), among other destinations, from various Indian airports.

"With a one-stop, the aircraft can easily fly up to Finland, Norway, Morocco, and Amsterdam," the said.

SpiceJet, which has made a turnaround after being on the verge of collapse in 2014, placed an order for up to 205 MAX 8 planes last year and has inducted the first one into its fleet.

The aircraft is equipped with Satcom that would enable the to provide internet on once the requisite approvals are in place.

said the airline plans to give onboard the MAX flights and the details are being worked out.

B 737 MAX planes burn up to 14 per cent less fuel than older 737 planes. "Lower cost and lesser days out of service results in up to USD 4 million savings," the airline said in a statement.

plans to use the 737 MAX to expand and standardise its fleet while focusing on increasing their international and regional presence. "Delhi-Hong Kong, which would be SpiceJet's eighth international destination, will be exclusively serviced by the 737 MAX," it said.

Singh said the new planes would enable it to open new routes as well as reduce fuel and engineering costs, and emissions.

"The 737 MAX will dramatically reduce noise pollution and Passengers will benefit from a large number of premium seats and, for the first time in India, internet on board," he said here.

The aircraft can fly up to around 19 per cent more than 737-800. SpiceJet's first MAX plane has been named 'Chilli'.

Currently, SpiceJet has a fleet of 37 737 MAX and NG jets and 23 Q-400s. On an average, the airline daily operates 416 flights to 57 destinations, including 8 international ones.

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First Published: Fri, October 12 2018. 16:35 IST