Aeromexico has committed to buying 100 single- and twin-aisle Boeing airplanes—a combination of 737 Maxs and 787 Dreamliners—in an agreement that will fuel the airline’s expansion beyond the end of the decade, the Chicago-based airframe maker announced today. The commitment by Mexico’s largest airline includes a mix of ninety 737 Max 8s and 9s, as well as ten 787 Dreamliners, seven of which it expects to take over the next three years.
Aeromexico will begin daily service later this month between Mexico City and Washington, D.C., as part of a careful expansion in the U.S. by the publicly traded Mexican flag carrier.
In reaction to last week’s move by the U.S. FAA to restore Mexico’s aviation safety rating to Category 1, Aeromexico plans to re-establish code share flights with U.S. partner Delta Air Lines as of December 11. All told, the airline expects to offer 45 daily flights that share the Delta Air Lines code.
Embraer and Aeroméxico Connect signed a long-term Parts Pool Program services contract to support their growing fleet of Embraer ERJ 145s and E190s. With this agreement, the company becomes Embraer’s largest Latin American customer in the program. The agreement covers more than 500 part numbers for Aeroméxico Connect’s ERJ 145 and E190 fleet and includes landing-gear overhauls for the ERJ 145s.
The 255 pilots flying for Mexican regional airline Aerolitoral ended a two-day strike on December 2 after agreeing to a 5.5-percent salary increase. Although the settlement appeared to differ little from a rejected offer that included a 0.3-percent benefits improvement, government intervention and promises of further unidentified perks helped parent company Cintra convince the striking pilots to return to work.
Brazilian jet manufacturer Embraer has secured a so-called provisional certification from the FAA for the Embraer 170, allowing launch customer US Airways to begin proving runs with the airplane before it wins full FAA certification, now scheduled for next month. The announcement came just weeks after Brazil’s CTA granted similar certification for the 70-seat jet.