Boeing has received a new order for 737 MAX jets from a new, yet to launch Indian-based airline Akasa Airlines.

In an announcement from Boeing during the Dubai Airshow, Akasa Air will build its fleet with an order of 72 737 MAX planes worth around USD $9 billion based on list prices.

As part of the order, Akasa Air will get two variants of the 737 MAX – the -8 and the higher capacity -8-200.

In a statement, Akasa Air CEO Vinay Dube said: We are delighted to partner with Boeing for our first airplane order and thank them for their trust and confidence in Akasa Air's business plan and leadership team. We believe that the new 737 MAX airplane will support our aim of running not just a cost-efficient, reliable and affordable airline, but also an environmentally friendly company with the youngest and greenest fleet in the Indian skies."

"We are honored that Akasa Air, an innovative airline focused on customer experience and environmental sustainability, has placed its trust in the 737 family to drive affordable passenger service in one of the world's fastest-growing aviation regions," said Stan Deal, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO. "The 737 MAX, with its optimized performance, flexibility and capability, is the perfect airplane to establish Akasa Air in the Indian market and ensure it effectively grows its network."

Akasa Air plans to use its soon to be delivered 737 aircraft to mee the growing travel demand in India. The new Indian-based carrier plans to start operations during the summer of 2022.

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