It seems to be in line with 9W's decision to add A333 to its portfolio. 789 has a better range than 788, and would have stronger legs for India-NA non-stops if 9W were to pursue them in future.
The carrier's 10 -8s on order are scheduled to be delivered starting 2014, Dinesh Keskar, Boeing Commercial Airplanes' senior vice-president of Asia-Pacific and India sales, tells Flightglobal.
The carrier is, however, considering converting the order to the larger -9s, he says. "If they do that, there will be a delay. The -9s, however, have better economics for them, so now they are looking at their portfolio," adds Keskar.
Besides the 10 -8s on firm order, Jet also has options for an additional 10 aircraft of the same type.