Aeromexico has become the 14th airline in the world to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The Mexican carrier took delivery of its first Dreamliner on Friday (16 August 2013), from aircraft leasing company ILFC. In total, Aeromexico has ordered nine B787-8s, including five on lease from ILFC, plus 10 larger B787-9s.
“The arrival of Aeromexico’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner represents a milestone for the Mexican aviation history,” said the airline’s CEO, Andres Conesa. “Our customers will surely benefit from the world-class service that distinguishes Aeromexico, which we now bring on board the most modern aircraft ever built.”
Aeromexico’s 787 Dreamliners will be configured with 243 seats, including 32 flat-bed seats in first class and 211 seats in economy. The new aircraft will eventually replace the airline’s currently fleet of B767s.
“This is a great day for Mexico, Aeromexico, and for Boeing,” said Van Rex Gallard, Boeing’s vice president Sales for Latin America, Africa & the Caribbean. “The Dreamliner will provide Aeromexico with unrivalled operational advantages, large improvements in fuel efficiency and much lower costs. In addition, it is an airplane that provides significantly better environmental performance. For Aeromexico’s passengers, the Dreamliner delivers a new standard in comfort and elegance – a new flying experience.”
Aeromexico becomes the second Latin American operator of the B787, following Chile’s LAN Airlines. The UK’s Thomson Airways also received another Dreamliner last week, while Air India is expected to welcome its latest B787 on Tuesday (20 August).
Boeing has now taken orders for 930 Dreamliners from 57 customers.