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Jet Airways receives first Boeing 737-800 aircraft


MUMBAI (PTI): India’s private air carrier Jet Airways Tuesday said it has received delivery of its first Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which will be inducted in the airline’s fleet this month.

The aircraft is the first of the 11 such Boeing 737-800s, whose delivery is expected between October 2011 and March next year, Jet Airways said in a statement.

“The Boeing 737 has been an essential part of our product offering in the past and Jet Airways selected the next generation state-of-the art Boeing 737-800 aircraft because of its high degree of operational flexibility and economy,” the company’s Chief Commercial Officer Sudheer Raghavan said.

These new Boeing 737-800 aircraft will also possess better economy, given the fact that they will have over one per cent less fuel burn, compared to the airline’s fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft.

Jet Airways currently operates a fleet of 98 aircraft, which includes 10 Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, 12 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, 56 Boeing 737-700/800/900 aircraft and 10 ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft, it said.

“This plane is replete with the very latest Boeing 787 inspired shape, colour, decor and texture. The minute the guest steps onboard the aircraft, he/she is greeted by the all new Sky Interior, complete with new cove lighting and a curved cabin architecture that provides a feeling of openness and space,” he said.

The aircraft has modern, sculpted sidewalls and larger windows, combined with the effect of the light-emitting diode (LED) lighting which significantly enhances the sense of spaciousness in the cabin.

These lights are dynamic and brighter LED lighting can portray different colour schemes like a soft blue sky and a relaxing pallet of sunset colors while providing for maximum efficiency and lower maintenance costs, the official said.

Apart from it, the new aircraft has new pivot bins which provide greater capacity for storage.

These aircraft would also possess better fuel economy as they would burn one per cent less fuel, compared to the airline's fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft, the official said.

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