Aeroméxico, Mexico's largest airline,
has ordered two more Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners and 10 more Next-Generation 737-700s.
This Dreamliner order brings to five the number of 787s Aeroméxico plans to acquire. In June the airline announced plans to lease three
787-8s from International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC) with deliveries scheduled to begin in early 2010, making it the first Latin American
airline to incorporate the mostly composite airplane into its fleet. The two new 787s are scheduled for delivery in 2011 while the 10 new
737-700s are scheduled to deliver in 2010. The 787 carries a list price of $148 million to $158 million; 737-700s have list prices of $54 million
to $64 million. Both orders previously were attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Orders and
order follows Aeroméxico orders earlier this year for six Next-Generation 737s and the recent deliveries of two
777-200ERs on lease from ILFC. The twin-aisle 787s and 777s are part of Aeroméxico's continued fleet renewal plan and will be used on
routes to Europe, South America and Asia, replacing Boeing 767s coming off of leases. The 777s and 787s will provide long-range,
point-to-point capability and flexibility to respond to changing capacity demands.
“The speed and flight deck commonality of the 787 and the 777 will allow Aeroméxico to adjust its long-distance routes - such as between
Mexico and Japan - according to capacity demands, while the new 737s will continue to drive down costs with reduced fuel and
maintenance costs,” said Andres Conesa, Aeroméxico chief executive officer.
To date, Boeing has received a total of 455 orders and commitments for the 787.
advanced 787 will use 20% less fuel per seat than today's airplanes of comparable size, will provide air carriers with
significantly more cargo revenue capacity and will present passengers with innovations including a new interior environment with higher
humidity, wider seats and aisles, larger windows and other conveniences.
All 16 of the 737s ordered this year will come with Blended Winglets - eight-foot-long wing tip extensions that reduce fuel consumption by
approximately 4% and increase the aircraft's range. These performance-enhancing winglets improve the airplane's performance at
hot, high-altitude airports like Mexico City, and help reduce engine maintenance costs by reducing engine wear. They also contribute to
the airplane's noise performance by lowering the engine thrust required at takeoff.
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