India's newest airline Akasa Air has taken the delivery of its Boeing 737 MAX.

The startup airline took the delivery of the aircraft during a recent event in Seattle, Washington. It is the first of a total order by Akasa Air for 72 of the jets, 18 of which are expected to be delivered by March 2023. The remaining 54 aircraft will be delivered over the course of the next four years.

First announced during the 2021 Dubai Airshow, the order for the 72 737 MAX aircraft includes the 737-8 and the high-capacity 737-8-200. It is estimated to be worth around USD $9 billion.

“This is indeed a symbolic milestone in the journey of Akasa Air, bringing us one step closer to the process of obtaining our Air Operator’s Permit (AOP) and leading to our commercial launch. While we are extremely happy with this achievement, we want to keep ourselves focused on the task of delivering on our vision to transform India’s air transportation ecosystem, support the nation’s economic growth engine and help fellow Indians chase their dreams,” said Vinay Dube, Founder, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Akasa Air.

“We are grateful to Boeing and Griffin for their trust in us and supporting us early in our journey. I, along with our team, are looking forward to receiving our first aircraft in Delhi early next week as it arrives from Seattle,” Dube added.

"We are honored to deliver the first 737 MAX to Akasa Air, India’s newest airline focused on making air travel inclusive and affordable for all," said Stan Deal, Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO. "Flying an advanced, environmentally progressive 737 MAX fleet with greater fuel efficiency and lower operating costs will enable Akasa Air to profitably serve the Indian market while passing those savings on to its passengers."

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