By Juan Pedro Sanchez Zamudio
Aeromexico and Volaris strengthen fleets with the addition of new aircraft
During this month, two of Mexico’s largest airlines announced the incorporation of new planes into their fleets, taking the next step towards returning to the fleet and to pre-Covid-19 passenger numbers as the busy summer travel season starts.
As part of its fleet plan – and the massive changes the airline has undergone over the past decade – Aeroméxico received its first Boeing 737 MAX 9 late last month. The first two landed in Mexico City in the early morning hours of May 29.
The planes have been specially configured for Aeroméxico with 181 seats, 16 in Premier Class, 18 in AM Plus and 147 in Economy Class. Commercial operations for these new aircraft began this month.
In a press release, the Mexican carrier said that thanks to innovation in its fins, engines and other components, the new MAX 9 will consume up to 16% less fuel, they will emit 16% less CO2 per passenger per compared to other planes of a similar category and have a range of over 6,000 km.
With the arrival of these MAX 9s, Aeroméxico plans to conclude this month with a fleet of 108 aircraft: eight Boeing 787-8, 10 Boeing 787-9, 33 Boeing 737-800, seven Boeing 737 MAX 8, three Boeing 737 MAX 9, and 47 Embraer E-190.
Last April, Aeroméxico signed agreements to increase its fleet with 24 new models of Boeing 737-800 and 737-9 MAX, as well as 4,787-9 Dreamliners, which will be incorporated between 2021 and 2022.
Volaris, the super-low-cost Mexican airline that operates flights to Mexico, the United States and Central America, has received its own Airbus A320neo, the 88th to join its fleet, with the aim of strengthening its reactivation strategy on the internal market. The airline took delivery of the plane at the end of last week.
In a press release, the Mexican low-cost carrier clarified that the new aircraft will begin operations on June 20, serving routes between Mexico City and Cancun in addition to Mexico City and Monterrey, increasing offers from 13 to seven. frequencies respectively.
Volaris is currently the largest airline – measured by the total number of seats offered – in the Cancun market, as well as the second largest in Mexico City and Monterrey. To date, the company has transported around 90 million passengers between the three destinations and operates 47 routes from the capital, 20 to Cancun and eight to Monterrey.
The neo-type aircraft – short for new engine option – will also reduce fuel consumption and pollutant emissions by around 16%. In this way, Volaris strives to maintain its sustainability strategy as a fundamental part of the business model.
During the year 2021, Volaris will receive nine planes in addition to those it had planned to receive previously and will close the year with a hundred planes, positioning itself as the first airline in Mexico with an eco-friendly fleet. efficient, one of the youngest in North and South America.