Boeing delivers first 737 MAX to Jet Airways

Boeing [NYSE: BA] has announced the delivery of the first 737 MAX airplane to Jet Airways, making Jet Airways the first Indian carrier to fly the new and improved 737 airplane, the company said.

This delivery marks the first of 150 737 MAX airplanes the Mumbai-based airline has on order with Boeing, following two separate orders for 75 jets placed in 2015 and earlier this year.

Jet Airways is India´s second-largest airline with a fleet of nearly 120 airplanes serving more than 60 destinations across 15 countries across Asia, Europe, North America and elsewhere.

The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating more than 4,500 orders from 99 customers worldwide.

The family of airplanes is powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines, and includes design updates such as Boeing´s Advanced Technology winglet that will result in less drag and optimize performance, especially on longer-range missions. Together, these improvements reduce fuel use and CO2 emissions by at least 14 percent compared to today´s Next-Generation 737s — and by 20 percent more than the single-aisle airplanes they replace.