Boeing 777-9 Makes India Debut at Wings India 2024

NEW DELHI, January 12, 2024 — Boeing [NYSE:BA] has unveiled its cutting-edge widebody 777-9 jet in India for the first time, marking its presence at Wings India 2024 in Hyderabad. As a strategic partner for the airshow, Boeing is set to showcase the latest addition to its leading widebody family, known for its exceptional fuel efficiency and status as the world’s largest twin-engine jet.


Air India, as part of its comprehensive 2023 order, is set to receive 10 of these advanced 777-9s, aligning with the carrier’s strategic plans to fortify its fleet and cater to the escalating demand for international air travel in the rapidly expanding South Asian market. Boeing has already secured over 450 orders for the 777X family, encompassing passenger models such as the 777-8 and 777-9, along with the 777-8 Freighter.


Ryan Weir, Boeing’s Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing for India, expressed enthusiasm about introducing the state-of-the-art 777-9 to India. He stated, “The 777-9 will become the flagship of many airlines around the world.”


At Wings India 2024, Boeing is set to emphasize its commitment to nurturing an Aatmanirbhar aerospace ecosystem in India through an interactive exhibit featuring cutting-edge technologies, services, top-tier sustenance, and training capabilities. Boeing aims to engage with customers and industry partners on India’s aviation sector growth trajectory, emphasizing local manufacturing, alliances, and engineering and research expertise.


Salil Gupte, President of Boeing India, reinforced the company’s dedication to India’s civil aviation growth, saying, “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.”


During the airshow, Boeing will provide commercial market insights and offer experiential opportunities. Highlights include:


– The 777-9 flight test airplane arrived in Hyderabad on January 16 and will be on static display for Wings visitors from January 18-19.

– Boeing will showcase the immersive 777X passenger interior display.

– Air India Express will host static and flying displays of its 737-8, featuring a ‘Kalamkari’-inspired tail design, unique to the traditional weaving pattern known to Hyderabad.


As part of its investment strategy to support India’s civil aviation industry growth, Boeing has collaborated with GMR Aero Technic to establish a Boeing Converted Freighter line in Hyderabad. Additionally, Boeing has inaugurated a Global Support Center in Gurgaon and committed a $100 million investment in infrastructure and pilot training programs to address India’s escalating demand for pilots in the next two decades.


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