Grupo Aeromexico has agreed to lease two more new Boeing 787-8s from AIG subsidiary International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), bringing the number of 787-8s leased by AeroMexico from ILFC to five and the airline’s total fleet of the type to seven.
“The addition of these two Boeing 787 aircraft to our current fleet of five, two which were ordered from Boeing and three previously leased from ILFC, is very positive news for Grupo Aeromexico, as part of our expansion plan to service international markets,” says Andres Conesa, CEO of Grupo Aeromexico.
“These aircraft will be deployed on our long-haul routes, ultimately replacing 767 aircraft and allowing us to continue providing high-quality service while proudly representing Mexico worldwide,” adds Conesa.
“AeroMexico was ILFC’s first customer. We appreciate their confidence in ILFC over the last 38 years,” comments Henri Courpron, ILFC’s chief executive officer. “This new transaction is a symbol of the important strategic partnership between Aeromexico and ILFC.”
The two Boeing 787-8 jets, equipped with GEnx-1B engines, are scheduled for delivery in the first half of 2014.
Grupo Aeromexico, S.A.B. de C.V. is a holding company whose subsidiaries include airlines AeroMexico and AeroMexico Connect and cargo-handling company Aeromexpress.
AeroMexico operates a fleet of Boeing 777s, 767s, and 737NGs, with AeroMéxico Connect operating Embraer ERJ-145 and Embraer 190 regional jets. Grupo Aeromexico began a major two-year expansion plan in 2011, which includes the incorporation of 20 new aircraft and properties.
Grupo Aeromexico operates its main hub at Terminal 2 in Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Benito Juàrez Internacional and offers 450 daily flights to cities in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Central and South America, and Europe and Asia.
Aeromexico is a founding member of the SkyTeam alliance, which currently has 15 airline members: Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, CSA Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Kenya Airways, Korean Air, TAROM Romanian Air Transport, and Vietnam Airlines.