In a filing to Mumbai's Stock Exchange, India's largest full service carrier Jet Airways disclosed that they are purchasing an additional 75 737 MAX aircraft, to be added to its already 150 aircraft strong orderbook for the type. The airline didn't say which type will be acquired. With 225 outstanding orders, Jet Airways is now the forth-largest customer for the MAX, after Southwest (280), Flydubai and Lion Air (both 251).
A statement from the airline suggest the aircraft will be used to meet rising passenger demands in the upcoming years, passenger numbers were 20% higher in 2017 than they were in 2016. India is projected to become one of the largest aviation markets in the coming decade but faces major issues when it comes to airport facilities, i.e. the world's busiest single runway airport is in Mumbai with nearly 50 Million passengers last year.
But while airports are facing capacity constraints, Indian airlines continue to introduce new aircraft to the market with Jet Airways taking delivery of their first 737 MAX and the first of such type in India last week (Read more here).