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India's SpiceJet places US$4.4 billion order for 42 Boeing 737 MAX planes

NEW DELHI--Indian budget airline SpiceJet has placed an order for 42 Boeing 737 MAX planes in a deal worth US$4.4 billion, the companies announced in a joint statement on Wednesday.

Delivery of the single-aisle planes will begin from 2017 as the cash-strapped SpiceJet seeks to win new customers in the vast but fiercely competitive Indian market.

“The induction of Boeing 737 MAX will further modernize our fleet, improve customer experience, and ensure that we operate the most efficient fleet well into the future,” said S.L. Narayanan, chief financial officer of SpiceJet's parent, Sun Group.

The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding on the deal on Wednesday at an air show in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, according to the Press Trust of India news agency.

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