Grupo Aeromexico, S.A.B. de C.V. (AeroMexico) (Mexico City) announced today it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with the Boeing to purchase up to 100 next generation aircraft worth close to $11 billion U.S. dollars. This intention to buy represents the largest investment by a national company in the aviation industry in Mexico.
The order includes 90 narrow body 737-8 MAX jet airliners with CFM International LEAP-1B engines, and ten wide body Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, with General Electric GEnx-1B™ engines. This major order will make Grupo Aeromexico the first Latin American carrier to operate this type of aircraft.
The addition of these new aircraft is part of the carrier’s ongoing fleet renewal program as it intends to maintain one of the youngest fleets in the industry worldwide. The modern comforts featured by this next generation of jet airliners will offer customers a more pleasant travel experience.
It is important to note that this order for 100 aircraft is in addition to the package of 20 new and wholly owned acquisitions the carrier announced in 2011 including ten Embraer 190 airplanes and ten Boeing 737-8 NG jet airliners, plus the nine Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners whose first delivery is scheduled for Summer 2013. Delivery of the Boeing 737-8 MAX will begin in 2018.
In other news, AeroMexico has added its first Embraer ERJ 170 for AeroMexico Connect. Eventually the newer ERJ 170s will replace the older ERJ 145 regional jets. Former Republic Airlines ERJ 170-100SU N806MD (msn 17000019) was delivered on June 15, 2012 as XA-ACP. It was followed by XA-ACQ (msn 17000042, ex N821MD) on July 9, 2012. The new type entered revenue service on July 7, 2012 from Mexico City to Acapulco, Campeche, Oaxaca and Veracruz.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. AM already operates a large 737NG fleet. Boeing 737-852 EI-DRC (msn 35116) completes its final approach into Miami International Airport.