SpiceJet has unveiled itself as the buyer behind the $4.4bn order for 42 737 MAX 8 aircraft, which was previously listed as unidentified on Boeing’s orders and deliveries list. "The capabilities of the 737 MAX supports SpiceJet's mission to become India's preferred low-cost airline. We are very proud to be partners with SpiceJet and a part of the airline's continued success with the addition of the 737 MAX," said Dinesh Keskar, SVP of Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Aircraft. Development of the 737 MAX is on schedule with firm configuration of the aircraft achieved in July 2013. First flight is scheduled in 2016 with deliveries to customers beginning in 2017.