Vector From Brazil, joined Apr 2000, 214 posts, RR: 9 Posted (10 years 1 month 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2516 times:
Aeromexico close to buying 15 50-seat regional jets - Air Transport Intelligence news, Mary Kirby - 4/11/2003
Aeromexico plans to announce an order for 15 50-seat regional jets in the next 30 days for use by its regional affiliate Aerolitoral, as the carrier sees economic recovery on the horizon.
The airline is currently reviewing bids from Bombardier and Embraer, Aeromexico sales and distribution manager Anthony Batista tells ATI today at the Interline Sales and Marketing Conference (ISMC) in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
"As we look at the future, Aeromexico sees a need for about 15 regional jets," says Batista. "We will likely start taking delivery of the aircraft by the first or second quarter of 2004."
The regional jet order coincides with Aeromexico’s studies the role its regional affiliate. "Aerolitoral will be integrated to the point where all commercial actions will be done by Aeromexico," says Batista. "Aerolitoral, in a sense, in name will cease to exist. A decision about repainting the aircraft has not been finalized, but Aeromexico marketing folks are looking into it."
Aeromexico, meanwhile, is planning to expand its own mainline services to the USA, adding Boston in the first quarter of 2004. "We are in the final stage of working out the details to make sure we are profitable" ahead of the Boston service, says Batista.Aeromexico posted breakeven results in the third quarter, with July and August proving particularly robust. "Things are getting better. We see a trend now. We expect November and December to be good months," says Batista. "We see the economy turning around."
Aeromexico is also undergoing a fleet renewal. The carrier is taking delivery of new Boeing 737-700s and intends to run the aircraft on several USA-Mexico routes, replacing Boeing MD-80 services. It also is phasing out its McDonnell Douglas DC-9s.
"We currently operate some DC-9s in Mexico, but they cannot be operated past the year 2004 due to noise rules," says Batista. "The aircraft will be phased out in September 2004. If they were leased, they will be going back to the lessors. If they are owned, they will be sold."
Britmex From Mexico, joined Nov 2000, 207 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2437 times:
Actually that means good news for many people, pilots will be hired directly by Aeromexico. Until now, most apiring AM pilots should fly for some years in AeroLitoral`s SAAB`s until they have enough seniority to be F.O.`s in the MD-80`s. Also, should AeroLitoral disappear, most of its cabin crews would automatically go to AM. What I`m wondering is what may happen to SAAB`s, they are good for some thin routes, like Guerrero Negro, Monclova, Tepic and other small cities with not enough traffic to support big jet`s operations.
Anyway, things are improving and that`s good. I`ll rush to finish my flight training.
Mexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 2998 posts, RR: 29 Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2324 times:
Good to hear that AM is getting regional jets. Will the 15 new regional jets replace the Saab 340s or will they still be operating them along with the Saab 340s? Sad to see Aerolitoral name disappear. Oh well.
Ghost77 From Mexico, joined Mar 2000, 5165 posts, RR: 52 Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 7 hours ago) and read 2150 times:
I'm glad AeroLitoral will disappear!!! AM should have done this 3-4 years ago!!! It's going to be nice to see those Saab 340s in AM cs.
Good to hear that AM is getting regional jets. Will the 15 new regional jets replace the Saab 340s or will they still be operating them along with the Saab 340s?
Mexicana 757 - Well, afaik, SLI got 25 aircraft in their fleet. 24 Saab340s and 1 Metro III Fairchild looks like December it's going to be the last month for the last Metro... they will take another Saab340.
In first places, I think AM will go for the ERJ 135.... they will order 15 and probably replace 15 Saab 340s... and maybe next order could be another 15 EMB 145... to make 30.... expand new routes... specially if Aerolitoral become AM I guess new regional flights will be open at MEX... I can see a daily CVJ-MEX / TLC-MEX and more internal exotic but very profitable destinations.....
Can you imagine an EMB 135 in AM's cs!!!! It's going to be great....!!!
Also according to justplanes.com... Aeromar (Thursday, Nov 6, 2003)
The Mexican airline is in talks with Embraer about a replacement for its fleet of ATRs. Aeromar is considering the Embraer 145 and 170.
I was told VW was considering on bringing the ATR72 to their fleet.... the EMB 170 it's just to big for them... but 145 would be great so see it also in their fleet!!!
Good news for our aviation...
Ricardo Morales - APM
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