Boeing 777-9 to Make India Debut at Wings India 2024
- The world’s largest and most fuel-efficient twin-engine jet to be on display at Wings India 2024
- As the strategic partner for the airshow, Boeing’s interactive exhibit to emphasize commitment and investments to advance aerospace innovation in India
New Delhi, January 12, 2024 - Boeing’s [NYSE:BA] new widebody 777-9 jet will touch down in India for the first time, as the aerospace company brings the newest member of its market-leading widebody family to Wings India 2024 in Hyderabad. Based on the most successful twin-aisle airplane ever, the 777, and with advanced technologies from the 787 Dreamliner family, the 777-9 will be the world’s largest and most efficient twin-engine jet.
Air India will receive 10 777-9s, as part of the carrier’s substantial order placed in 2023, aimed at bolstering its fleet strategy and meeting the growing demand for international air travel in the rapidly expanding South Asian market. Boeing has booked more than 450 orders for the 777X family, which includes the 777-8 and 777-9 passenger models and 777-8 Freighter.
“We welcome the opportunity to introduce the state-of-the-art 777-9 to India and look forward to its induction in our customers' fleets over the coming years. The 777-9 will become the flagship of many airlines around the world,” said Ryan Weir, Boeing vice president, Commercial Sales and Marketing for India.
At Wings India 2024, Boeing will underscore its commitment to fostering an Aatmanirbhar aerospace ecosystem in India with an exhibit showcasing cutting-edge technologies, services, top-tier sustenance, and training capabilities. Boeing will engage with customers and industry partners on the growth trajectory of India’s aviation sector strengthened by local manufacturing, alliances, and engineering and research expertise.
“Our dedication to bolstering India's civil aviation growth remains unwavering, providing efficient aircraft, top-notch services, and innovative solutions in line with the Aatmanirbhar Bharat vision.” said Salil Gupte, president, Boeing India. “We are excited to reinforce our commitment to India's aerospace industry and showcase our leading products and services at Wings India 2024.”
Boeing will provide commercial market insights in addition to offering these experiential opportunities during the airshow:
- The 777-9 flight test airplane is expected to arrive in Hyderabad on January 16 and will be on static display for Wings visitors from January 18-19.
- Boeing will showcase the 777X passenger interior in an immersive display.
- Air India Express will host static and flying displays of its 737-8, providing attendees with an up-close look at features including a 'Kalamkari' inspired tail design, which is unique to the traditional weaving pattern known to Hyderabad.
Among its investments aimed at bolstering the growth of India’s civil aviation industry, Boeing has partnered with GMR Aero Technic to establish a Boeing Converted Freighter line in Hyderabad and established a Global Support Center in Gurgaon. Additionally, Boeing has committed a $100 million investment in infrastructure and pilot training programs to support India's growing demand for pilots in the coming two decades.
About Boeing India
Boeing is focused on delivering value to Indian customers with advanced technologies and is committed to creating sustainable value in the Indian aerospace sector – developing local suppliers and shaping academic and research collaborations with Indian institutions. Boeing has strengthened its supply chain with more than 300 local companies in India and a joint venture to manufacture fuselages for Apache helicopters and vertical fin structures for the 737 family of airplanes. Annual sourcing from India stands at approximately $1 billion. Boeing currently employs more than 6,000 people in India, and more than 13,000 people work with its supply chain partners. Boeing’s employee efforts and country-wide engagement serve communities and citizenship programs to inspire change and make an impact on more than 1.3 million lives. Learn more at www.boeing.co.in