Air India has been a Boeing customer since 1960, when it acquired the 707 jetliner. By 1962, Air India had earned the distinction of becoming the world’s first all jet airline. The 707 allowed Air India to quickly expand its network overseas. Since then, India’s international flag carrier has continued to enlarge its fleet with Boeing airplanes such as the 787 Dreamliner, the 777 200LR, 777-300ER and Next-Generation 737-800.
At a January, 2006 ceremony at Air India headquarters in Mumbai Boeing and Air India signed an order agreement for 68 Boeing commercial jets, the single largest commercial airplane order in India’s civil aviation history, with a value of more than $11 billion at list prices.
The order for (27) 787-8s, (15) 777-300ERs, (8) 777-200LRs and (18) 737-800s will allow the airline to upgrade its fleet and expand operations in all of its market segments—the Gulf, Europe, Asia-Pacific and US.
Deliveries of the jets began in November 2006. Air India’s fleet will have the most modern, most efficient airplanes—including Boeing’s new, state-of the-art 787 Dreamliner. With its new airplanes, Air India plans to start a range of new services including non-stop India-US and India-Australia flights.
Other Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ customers in India include SpiceJet, Jet Airways, Air India Express and Blue Dart Aviation.
In 2010, Boeing and SpiceJet announced an order for 30 Next-Generation 737-800s worth about $2.3 billion at list prices.
The Indian Ministry of Defence (MOD) operates two 737-200 airplanes. It also operates three Boeing 737-Boeing Business Jets that it ordered in 2005.
On January 1 2009, the Government of India selected Boeing to provide eight P-8I long-range maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft to the Indian Navy. The P-8I is an India-unique variant of the P-8A Poseidon that Boeing is developing for the U.S. Navy.
In June 2011, India’s Ministry of Defence signed an agreement with the U.S. government to acquire 10 Boeing C 17 Globemaster III airlifters. The deal is the largest defense contract to have been signed by the Indian government with the United States.
Boeing Defense, Space & Security has a rich portfolio of products and services on offer to India, such as AH-64 Apache attack helicopters, CH-47F Chinook heavy-lift helicopters and weapons. The Boeing portfolio also extends to unmanned systems, security solutions, services and support, and network-centric operations systems.