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Aeromexico formalizes $6 billion Boeing order

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Nov. 6, 2012 at 9:05 am with No Comments »
November 6, 2012 10:34 am

Mexico’s largest airline, Aeromexico, today formalized an order tentatively announced last July for 60 Boeing 737 Max airliners worth more than $6 billion at list prices.

The airline also took reconfirmation rights for 30 additional 737 Max aircraft.
AeroMexico Max
Aeromexico 737 Max

Aeromexico’s order takes Boeing’s 737 Max orders to a total of 938.

“We are proud of the steps Aeromexico is taking to remain Mexico’s leading airline and one of the world’s most progressive airlines,” said Van Rex Gallard, vice president of sales for Latin America, Africa, & Caribbean for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Aeromexico has a history of leading the way for Latin America’s aviation industry and this order shows their dedication to continuous improvement in performance, customer satisfaction and efficiency.”

The 737 Max is the fourth generation of Boeing 737 aircraft. The new plane, scheduled to enter service in 2017, incorporates a higher efficiency engine, split winglets and other aerodynamic improvements to increase fuel efficiency by 13 percent, said Boeing.

The Aeromexico order is a mix of Max 8s and Max 9s. The Max 8 is the mid-sized version of the new 737. The Max 9 is the largest model in the Max lineup. All 737s are built in Boeing’s Renton plant.

Boeing claims the Max will be eight percent more fuel-efficient on a seat-mile basis than Airbus’s rival, the A320neo. That’s a prediction that Airbus says is wrong. The A320neo, says the European planemaker, will surpass the Max in efficiency.

Aeromexico operates an all-Boeing fleet for airplanes larger than 100 seats. Grupo Aeromexico, the parent company of Aeromexico, operates its main hub out of the Mexico City International Airport. In 2011 the Group transported more than 14 million passengers and offers more than 550 daily flights to cities in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Central and South America, as well as Europe and Asia.

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