Boeing whets Jet's interest in 747-8 aircraft

Published on Mar 20, 2006 08:40 PM IST

US aircraft manufacturer Boeing said it was in talks with Jet Airways for selling its most modern 450-seater airplanes.

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US aircraft manufacturer Boeing on Monday said it was in talks with Jet Airways for selling its most modern 450-seater 747-8 airplanes.

"We are negotiating (the deal) with Jet Airways. We expect orders from them for 747-8, which is our latest airplane. Air-India is also interested in the same aircraft, but it will take time for A-I to place another order," Boeing Commercial Airplanes senior vice president (sales) Dinesh Keskar told reporters in Mumbai.

The yet to be launched 747-8 programme is touted as Boeing's answer to rival Airbus' A380 aircraft.

In 2005, Boeing had bagged orders for 98 airplanes including a firm order for 68 aircraft from Air-India, valued at Rs 35,000 crore.

Jet Airways and SpiceJet too had placed firm orders for 30 Boeing aircraft in 2005.

Boeing, which had last year forecast that Indian carriers will buy 492 aircraft for about $36 billion over the next 20 years, will revise its outlook in June this year, Keskar said.

Asked about Boeing's $100 million investment in the country to set up maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility, Keskar said the company was scouting for a partner for the project.

"We are looking for a partner. We have A-I, Jet Airways, and SpiceJet here. Perhaps we will tie up with somebody for the MRO facility. We are negotiating that with all the stakeholders, nothing has been finalised," he said.

The US aerospace firm has received proposals from six Indian states to set up the MRO facility.

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