Mexico City, Mexico–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–July 6, 2006–Boeing and Aeromexico, the global airline of Latin America, announced today that Aeromexico formalized the order of three B 787 Dreamliner aircraft, positioning itself as the first Latin American airline to include as part of their fleet this aircraft, with state-of-the-art efficiency and comfort.
As part of this integral fleet renovation effort, the airline will lease the three B 787 airplanes from International Lease Finance Corp (ILFC), which currently has orders for 20 additional B 787s. The delivery of the three airplanes for Aeromexico will take place at the beginning of 2010. Aeromexico is also negotiating with Boeing the acquisition of two additional B 787s for 2011.
The B 787 is an aircraft built almost entirely with compound materials. This new generation aircraft, provides approximately 30% less fuel consumption per seat, increases by close to 20% the load capacity and generates maintenance savings of approximately 40%, compared to the B 767 it is replacing. Additionally, the B 787 provides greater speed and range, while offering a new cabin atmosphere to passengers, with larger seats, bigger windows and greater humidity level.
The Boeing 787 is part of the 200- to 300-passenger class of aircraft, designed to cover routes of between 3,500 and 8,500 nautical miles (6,500 to 16,000 km). Thanks to the 787, airlines will be able to offer point-to-point non-stop flights with greater comfort to more destinations around the world.
In addition to having large-sized characteristics in a medium sized airplane, the B 787 will fly at a speed of Mach 0.85, which is as fast as the fastest commercial airplanes today, while consuming much less fuel. Another characteristic of this aircraft is that it will be able to fly with either one of two types of engines: General Electric or Rolls-Royce. The Dreamliner production will begin in 2006. The first flight is planned to take place in 2007, while the certification, delivery and service launch is projected for 2008.
With this announcement, and the recent incorporation of two B 777 airplanes to service their routes to Sao Paulo, Madrid and Paris, Aeromexico renews its commitment to growth within long haul service markets, confirming its brand positioning as the global airline of Latin America.
“With the order of the three B 787 aircraft, the airline has given a new impulse to its modernization strategy, with the objective of improving its operational efficiency in order to maintain a leadership position in Mexico and Latin America, as much in the quality of equipment as in the service it lends to its passengers,” said Andres Conesa, Aeromexico’s CEO.
Mike Bair, General Vice-president of the Boeing 787 program, said “Thanks to the similarity of speed and capacity of mission, as well as to its common cockpits, the combination of B 787 and B 777 will provide Aeromexico with an optimal level of flexibility in long haul routes.”
Steve Hazy, President and CEO of ILFC pointed out, “The B 787 will provide Aeromexico with the ability to offer their passengers a comfort level as never before seen and a great operational efficiency.” He was also proud to point out that since 1977; they have placed orders for a total of 698 aircraft to Boeing.
This acquisition confirms the ambitious fleet modernization strategy for Aeromexico, which also includes the substitution, within narrow body MD 80 to B 737-700 aircraft, and within wide body from B575 to B 737-800, as well as the substitution of the B767 for the B787 and B777, which represents for Aeromexico a short and long haul common fleet by 2010.
Consorcio Aeromexico, S.A. de C.V., was created on January 24, 2006 in substitution of the Cintra S.A. de C.V. partnership, and is the owner of Aerovías de Mexico (Aeromexico), Aerolitoral, as well as of 50% of Aeromexpress, Seat and Alas of America. It also maintains its shareholder participation in SABRE and ITR.
Aeromexico, Mexico’s leading airline, with a fleet of 70 Boeing 777, 767, 757, 737 and MD80 aircraft, operates close to 300 daily flights to 32 cities in the Mexican Republic, 12 destinations in the United States, two in Europe and three in South America, from it’s operational center at the Mexico City International Airport.
Aeromexico is a founding member of the global airline alliance partnership Skyteam, a dynamic and competitive group of ten airlines of excellence, including Aeroflot, Air France, Alitalia, Continental, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM, Korean Air and Northwest. Skyteam offers frequent flyers mile accrual and redemption benefits, connecting flights and an extensive nine hub network, a total of 684 destinations, 15,207 daily flights and 391 frequent flyer lounge facilities, providing service to 343.6 million travelers worldwide, with multiple departure and connection options.
For more information and complete flight schedules from all U.S. gateways served by Aeromexico, please visit Aeromexico’s web site at http://www.aeromexico.com/usa, or call (800) 237-6639
Aerolitoral started operations in 1991 with 27 Fairchild Metro III/23 airplanes, distinguishing itself as the most important regional airline in Mexico. It established its operational bases in Monterrey, N.L., Guadalajara, Jal. and Chihuahua, Chih.
Due to the need to satisfy the increasing market demand and with the objective to provide greater comfort to its passengers, in 1977 it acquired SAAB 340 B airplanes, with capacity for 33 passengers and in 2004 incorporated to its fleet modern ERJ 145 50-seat regional jets
Currently, Aerolitoral fleet is comprised of 16 SAAB 340B airplanes and 11 Embraer 145 LR jets, which allows the airline to service over 200 daily flights to 29 destinations in the Mexican Republic and 3 in the United States.
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