Jet switches 787-8 orders to -9s and may take 737-8s: reports

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India’s Jet Airways is reportedly finalising an order for 50 Boeing 737-8s and has changed its order for 10 Boeing 787-8s to the larger -9 variant.

Indian media reports indicate that Jet has concluded an agreement with Boeing for the 737 order, which could see the aircraft being delivered from 2018 to 2021. They add that the airline has advised the civil aviation ministry of the order, but neither Boeing nor Jet has announced the deal.

The airline did not respond to enquiries when Flightglobal Pro contacted it for confirmation.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Online Fleets database shows that Jet operates a fleet of 54 737NGs, and has 39 737-800s still on order.

Jet has also modified its orders for 787s, with Boeing’s orders and deliveries website now showing that the carrier has 10 orders for the larger -9 variant, compared with its original order for 10 -8s placed in December 2006.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Online database shows that the aircraft will be delivered in 2016 and 2017 – nearly two years later than originally planned for the 787-8s.

The carrier has not announced if the aircraft will be fitted with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 or General Electric GEnx engines.

In an interview with Flightglobal Pro last year, Boeing’s senior vice-president of Asia-Pacific and India sales indicated that Jet was considering to change the order to 787-9s.

The orders are expected to be confirmed by the airline once the deal for Etihad Airways to buy a 24% stake in the Indian carrier is completed. Etihad recently received clearance from India’s Foreign Investment Promotion Board and is gaining other necessary approvals from relevant regulatory authorities.