Modi Trump meet: United States President Donald Trump during a joint press conference alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House Rose Garden lauded Indian airliner SpiceJet for creating jobs in the country with its $22-billion order for Boeing planes. He said, “I was pleased to learn of an Indian airline’s (SpiceJet) recent order of 100 new American planes, one of the largest orders of its kind which will support thousands of American jobs.” Not just President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence also praised SpiceJet during the US-India Business Council meeting that was attended by SpiceJet Chairman and Managing Director Ajay Singh. While addressing the 42nd annual gala of the US- India Business Council (USIBC), Pence praised Indian companies including SpiceJet for creating tens and thousands of jobs in America.
During the meeting, VP Mike Pence stated that he was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit India. Pence further added that he accepted the invitation and he is looking forward to visiting the office of SpiceJet whenever he comes to India. While praising the company he said, “I know that American companies are going to continue to give India’s aviation industry the wings it needs to soar. And let me just take the opportunity, as the President did yesterday, to say thank you to SpiceJet for investing and believing in American workers and American businesses.” Mike Pence was gifted a SpiceJet aircraft model for US President Donald Trump by SpiceJet Chairman and MD Ajay Singh.
Singh in his statement about SpiceJet’s order, said, “We have placed a large order for the Boeing 737 MAX, in fact, the biggest ever placed by an Indian airline with Boeing. The new planes start to join the fleet in the middle of 2018 and with that our operating cost will further go down.” According to the $22 billion order placed by SpiceJet, planes would be manufactured in the US. The order was placed in January 2017 and SpiceJet is committed to buy 737 MAX 10 planes worth $4.7 billion (Rs 30,317 crore) from Boeing Co. Singh further added, “As per the US Department of Commerce, it creates 1,32,000 high-skilled, high-paid American jobs within the US.”