Mexican airline commits to buying 100 Boeing jets

The first SC-made Dreamliner.
The first SC-made Dreamliner.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Mexico's largest airline has committed to buying up to 100 single-aisle and twin-aisle airplanes in an expansive move, Boeing announced Wednesday.

Boeing officials say the planes will be a combination of 737 MAXs and 787 Dreamliners. The commitment by includes up to 90 737 MAXs and ten 787s, worth $10.8 billion at average list price when all aircraft are firmed.

Boeing officials said they, "[look] forward to working with Aeroméxico to finalize the details, at which time the airplanes will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website as a firm order."

"This order represents the largest investment program for a domestic airline in Mexican commercial aviation history and a major step forward in consolidating Grupo Aeromexico's international leadership position," said Grupo Aeromexico Chief Executive Officer Andres Conesa.

"We are announcing our medium and long-term fleet plan supported by our partners, Boeing and General Electric that will allow us to maintain a flexible structure to grow according to market conditions."

"Aeromexico has earned its place as Mexico's leading airline with a commitment to performance. We are pleased to build on our 50-year partnership with Aeromexico and provide the most fuel-efficient fleet in Mexico," said Ray Conner, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

"The 737 MAX and the 787 Dreamliner provide unmatched passenger comfort and fuel efficiency allowing Aeromexico to expand their fleet, open new routes and serve new long-range markets – continuing their legacy of airline leadership."