Aeromexico and Icelandair have today welcomed into their fleets their first Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
Mexico’s global airline plans to use the more fuel-efficient and longer-range MAX jets to expand its network across the Americas. It will eventually receive 90 of the aircraft.
In 2012, Aeromexico placed an order for up to 90 MAX aircraft, including the MAX 8 and the larger MAX 9 variant.
The two models offer the airline the flexibility to fly between approximately 160 and 190 passengers on flights of about 3,550 nautical miles (6,570 kilometers), both with better operating costs and passenger experience.
Aeromexico chief executive officer (CEO), Andrés Conesa said: “We are very proud to be one of the first airlines in Latin America operating this aircraft, which allows us to provide operational efficiencies that translate into multiple benefits for our clients, both in terms of their experience on-board and the options they have to reach their destination.”
Aeromexico, the largest airline in Mexico, operates one of the most technologically-advanced fleets in the region. It is a leading operator of the 787 Dreamliner.
Meanwhile, Icelandair also received delivery of the airline’s first 737 MAX aircraft as the Icelandic carrier seeks to grow and renew its fleet and enhance its transatlantic operations.
The MAX, a new and improved version of Boeing’s 737 aircraft, will join Icelandair’s fleet of Boeing 757 and 767 jets in serving destinations throughout North America and Europe.
Icelandair placed an order for 16 737 MAXs in 2013, including the MAX 8 and larger MAX 9 models. Both aircraft offer airlines exceptional performance with lower seat-mile costs and more range (up to 3,515 nautical miles or 6,510 kilometers) to open new routes profitably.
Icelandair president and CEO, Björgólfur Jóhannsson said: “The arrival of the new aircraft represents a milestone, the start of the renewal of our fleet which is an exciting undertaking for Icelandair.
“The MAX will be an excellent addition to our fleet of Boeing 757’s and 767’s and increase both flexibility and capacity for the growth of our network, through added frequencies and new destinations.”
The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating more than 4,300 orders from 93 customers worldwide.