SpiceJet has unveiled its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft at a grand ceremony at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport. The company had signed a $22 billion deal with Boeing for up to 205 aircraft in 2017 and this is the first aircraft delivery from that mega order. In line with SpiceJet's tradition of naming its airplanes after spices, the new 737 MAX has been christened 'King Chilli'. All SpiceJet MAX equipped with Satcom to enable internet on board services.
The 737 MAX is the most environmental friendly aircraft. It uses up to 14% less fuel than older 737s. The new CFM Leap engine, made from ultra-light and ultra-strong carbon blades, increases fuel efficiency of the MAX by 12%, the all-new advanced technology winglet increases fuel efficiency by 1.8% and the new tailcone by another 1%. The new jet has 40% lesser noise footprint translating into a quieter and silent cabin. The nitrogen emissions of 737 MAX has been reduced by 50%.
SpiceJet is among the first private companies that stepped into the Indian aviation sector.