The Aeromexico Fleet In 2022: An All-Boeing Airline
Now, in 2022, the Aeromexico fleet stands at over 100 plane – or 103 to be exact (not less than on the time of this text’s publication). Whereas many full-service airways world wide function a mixture of each Airbus and Boeing jets of their mainline fleets, Aeromexico appears to be one of many few non-budget airways to be all-Boeing. That is demonstrated by its two-type fleet of Boeing 737s and 787s. At present, let’s see what else makes the Aeromexico fleet particular.
Earlier than we totally soar in, we should always notice that this text’s focus is on the mainline fleet of Aeromexico. Which means we received’t be discussing the airline’s regional subsidiary, Aeromexico Join, which has a complete of 43 Embraer ERJ-190 plane. Whereas flying underneath the model Aeromexico Join, the technical and authorized identify for this regional operator is Aerolitoral.
Boeing 737 fleet
However in the case of the airline’s mainline narrowbody fleet, we see that it presently has 85 jets with a mean age of practically seven years – all of those are Boeing 737s. Nevertheless, regardless of the narrowbodies all being one kind, there is a bit more variety in 737 variants. The breakdown of the 85 737s is as follows:
- 5x 737-700s with a mean age of practically 18 years
- 36x 737-800s which common simply over 10 years
- 32x 737 MAX 8s that are roughly three years previous
- and 12x 737 MAX 9s, that are about one and a half years of age
If we look at the breakdown and the common age of those variants, we are able to see that the general 737-fleet age is quite deceiving. In actuality, this assortment of Boeing 737s is both considerably previous, or considerably new, because the -700s vastly pull down the common whereas the MAX jets skew issues in the wrong way. Even throughout the “older” -700 and -800 sub-fleets there’s fairly a little bit of age variety, with the youngest -800s being simply 5 years previous whereas its oldest -800s being 16 or 17 years of age.
A giant step in modernizing its narrowbody fleet, the 737 MAX jets have been ordered in 2012. This was an order for 60 MAX 8s and 9s, with reconfirmation rights for a further 30. On the time, the order was valued at greater than $6 billion at printed checklist costs. Sadly for Boeing, this order wouldn’t stay in its authentic state. Certainly, on account of the pandemic and ensuing Chapter 11 chapter proceedings, the airline reduce its 737 MAX order in half, going from 60 to 30.
Commenting on the change to the order, Aeromexico’s CEO, Andreas Conesa, commented that the “transaction” gave the airline flexibility to finish different negotiations whereas placing it on a “robust path” to exit Chapter 11. On the opposite aspect of the transaction, Boeing said the next:
“Aeromexico is a valued Boeing buyer, and we’re happy to succeed in an settlement that can permit the airline to regulate its order guide to fulfill its enterprise wants in the course of the journey restoration forward. We’re honored that Aeromexico has reaffirmed its dedication to each the 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliner because the provider builds its future fleet.”
After this order alteration, Aeromexico entered into a brand new long-term plane lease settlement with Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) to take supply of as much as 12 new Boeing 737 MAX plane.
18 Boeing 787s
Shifting up in dimension, the Aeromexico widebody fleet presently consists of 18 787 Dreamliners having a comparatively youthful common age of six years. This additional breakdown to the next:
- 8x 787-8s with a mean age of eight years
- and 10x 787-9s which common practically 5 years
Acquired to interchange the airline’s Boeing 767-200ER and 767-300ER fleets from 2014, the airline obtained its very first Boeing 787 (a -8 variant) again in 2013. These early jets have been acquired by way of a lease settlement, with the primary -8 coming from Worldwide Lease Finance Company (ILFC). Aeromexico would go on to put an order for quite a lot of -9s as nicely.
Naturally, the airline makes use of these plane for its longest flights. Regardless of Aeromexico having a fleet comparable in dimension to Dutch airline (and fellow SkyTeam Alliance member) KLM, the provider solely has operations in three continents: North America, South America, and Europe. Thus, we discover the airline’s Dreamliners flying to the next cities: London, Amsterdam, Paris, and Madrid in Europe, and Sao Paulo, Santiago, and Buenos Aires in South America. It additionally seems that Aeromexico deploys the 787 on one North America route: Mexico Metropolis to New York JFK. Whereas Aeromexico operates service between these cities thrice per day, the 787 is barely used on two out of the three each day flights.
Sadly, Aeromexico is one more airline caught up in Boeing’s Dreamliner supply delay. Whereas it seems just like the US planemaker is as soon as once more capable of ship 787s to prospects after a 15-month-long pause, it is going to take Boeing a while to get all of its now-built-but-undelivered widebodies ready and prepared for its eagerly ready prospects.
Within the case of Aeromexico, ch-aviation knowledge signifies that the airline is anticipating to obtain 4 extra Dreamliners – all of those being the longer 787-9. Two of those plane seem to have already been constructed. BOE Household Flights knowledge exhibits that these two plane are as follows:
- XA-SSS (MSN 62148, Line Quantity 1079), which had its first flight in January 2021 and has been saved in Victorville since October 2021.
- and XA-RRR (MSN 62147, Line Quantity 1067), which had its first flight in November 2020 and was moved to Victorville in August of 2021
As we’ve seen by way of our fleet deep dive articles, fairly a number of airways are ready for 787s. These embrace carriers like Lufthansa, Qantas, Korean Air, WestJet, and plenty of extra. With American Airways just lately receiving the primary “post-delivery-halt” 787, hopefully it received’t take Boeing too lengthy to get all of its already-built Dreamliners inspected, ready, and flown out of storage.
Whereas its pure for any airline to retire and part out older plane, Aeromexico determined to take away one among its Dreamliners from the fleet. Possible a results of the pandemic and extreme journey restrictions, the Aeromexico 787-8 registered N961AM was transferred from the airline over to Comlux Aruba after a number of months of storage at Phoenix Goodyear airport (GYR). With a brand new operator based mostly in a special nation, the jet took on the registration P4-787 and has its house bases said as each Buenos Aires and Madrid.
Since Comlux is a VIP constitution service, we might have anticipated a big change within the seating configuration of P4-787. Nevertheless, the plane’s new operator seems to have merely eliminated a number of seats, transferring from 211 economic system seats to 205 seats. The 32 enterprise class seats, which Comlux calls “govt,” seem to have remained intact and unchanged. And it’s not simply the plane’s inside that has largely stayed the identical. Certainly, its exterior has largely remained the identical as nicely, sporting Aeromexico’s largely white fuselage and darkish blue tail (in addition to the purple line that runs from the entrance to the center). It’s fairly clear that Comlux has merely eliminated the Aeromexico wordmark from the entrance of the plane, in addition to the Aeromexico emblem on the tail.
In 2021, this former Aeromexico jet set a world document for longest flight ever recorded. Photograph: Comlux
This ex-Aeromexico jet has gone into the document books since leaving the full-service airline. The truth is, on March twenty sixth, 2021, the jet set a world document for the longest flight ever recorded. The jet spent a large 20 hours and 19 minutes within the air, departing Seoul in South Korea and flying to Buenos Aires, Argentina. In keeping with Flightradar24.com, the flight had an ideal circle distance of 19,483km.
Days after the achievement, Easy Flying reached out to Comlux and CEO Andrea Zanetto, who confirmed that the flight was for personal purchasers and wasn’t only a check. Zanetto additionally confirmed the aircraft had six pilots on rotation with one engineer to regulate the aircraft. The Comlux CEO stated that he was thrilled to undertake the problem of providing luxurious over such an ideal distance and identified that connecting Seoul and Buenos Aires is probably the longest route an plane can take.
Amusing incident over Amsterdam
A number of months earlier than the record-setting flight of an ex-Aeromexico Dreamliner, an Aeromexico 787 service from Amsterdam to Mexico was caught up in an amusing state of affairs. It was on January seventeenth that the pilot of the flight requested ATC for permission to fly over Amsterdam to get a pleasant view. The radio recording could be discovered within the authentic article (and within the embedded YouTube video under) however listed below are the highlights:
Pilot: Is there any likelihood that we are able to make a visible flight over Amsterdam at 4,000?
ATC: Flyover Amsterdam at 4,000 toes?! Affirm [this is what] you need?
After having the request denied, the pilot responds, “Okay, nicely, I used to be considering as a result of it was close to the airport,” to which ATC responds, “sure, however then the entire of Amsterdam will get up,” including “subsequent time it’s important to go to Amsterdam when all the things is open.”
Earlier this 12 months we reported that Aeromexico was able to emerge from chapter proceedings. This main step, mixed with a shortly recovering market, will hopefully put the airline and its 100+ plane again to work shortly.
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Sources: Planespotters.web, BOE Household Flights, FlightRadar24.com, PR Newswire