Boeing Markets Latest 7E7 Jet in India
NEW DELHI, Feb 2 Asia Pulse - US aircraft maker Boeing will soon start talks with Indian carriers to market its latest aircraft, the '7E7', which is due for launch in 2008, as it strives to cash in on the fast-growing Asian aviation market.
Unveiling the company's strategy for the 200-300 seater aircraft, Boeing Senior Vice President (Sales) Dinesh Keskar said on Wednesday the new aircraft would be positioned as a replacement for the Boeing '757' and '767' as well as Airbus A310 and A330 aircraft.
"We are planning to show it to all the airlines. Not only Air India and Indian Airlines, but also Jet Airways and Air Sahara. But, these will be very preliminary talks," Keskar said here.
Deliveries and commercial flight of the '7E7' is expected to start in 2008. It would be available in three types- the 200-seater '7E7', 300-seater 7E7 SR and 250-seater '7E7 Stretch'.
Keskar claimed the new aircraft was 20 per cent more fuel efficient and could carry 40-60 per cent more cargo than those produced by Airbus.
Boeing's 18 737-800 aircraft were selected by Air India in November 2003 as part of a 28-aircraft acquisition deal worth over Rs 100,000 million.
It was, however, left out of an earlier Indian Airlines board decision, which recommended purchase of 43 Airbus aircraft for over Rs 100,000 million.