SpiceJet expects 20 new aircraft in 2019, mostly Boeing 737 MAX

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New Delhi - The Indian low-cost operator SpiceJet expects to add 20 new aircraft to its fleet this year, of which are mostly Boeing 737 MAX Family jets.

With the arrival of its new generation Boeing jets, the Indian budget carrier SpiceJet plans to add new international destinations in China and Russia up to eight hours from India.

The Gurgaon-based carrier recently added Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) to its network as the ninth international destination.

In the third quarter of the last year, the airline added 12 new aircraft to its fleet - nine Boeing 737 MAX and three Bombardier Q400 bringing its fleet size to 74 aircraft (including ten MAXs).

The all-Boeing jetliner operator has huge orders in its backlog. SpiceJet expects more than 250 new aircraft over time and nearly 200 of them are Boeing 737 MAX 8s which will be configured to accommodate 189 passengers.