According to a news report I read earlier today, a final agreement might not be reached on time for an announcement during Farnborough though. It is possible that the announcement will be made at a later date.
|Quoting g500 (Reply 2):|
I just don't see AM getting Airbuses anytime soon
I, too, feel very inclined to say this order has Boeing written all over it, but it is also true we should never say never, as stranger things have happened. I personally think the A320NEO is going to be a formidable plane, and it will be available earlier than the 737MAX. On the other hand, the A359 could be very attractive to AM
as a potential 77E replacement. Again, I think the MAX and the 789 will take this order, but my point is that this contest is not over yet. AM
would not be the first carrier to have a mixed Airbus/Boeing fleet. The source contacted by Bloomberg also mentioned that the order could be split, which is very interesting, so let's wait and see.
|Quoting TeamInTheSky (Reply 3):|
DL invested in AM and part of the deal is to build an MRO at MEX (I believe). Does anyone know if this MRO is to service a certain type of aircraft? Or does it not matter (whether Airbus or Boeing)?
That is a very good point TeamInTheSky. I was checking the original news release from August of 2011, and there is no mention of what types of aircraft will be serviced at the new facility. Btw, the facility will be in "Mexico", but not necessarily MEX
My guess is that the facility will basically service 737NGs, but I could be wrong.
|Quoting Mexicana757 (Reply 4):|
I predict 60 737MAX, and 10 789s to replace the 777s and few extra to open new long haul flights in Europe and Asia. Would be nice to o see the 737MAX 9 ordered by them.
Sadly, I think 10 widebodies is too much. AM
already has 7 788s on order to replace their 767s on a 1-to-1 basis. AM
only has 4 77Es, so I would imagine they are looking for 6-7 widebodies larger than the 788s at the most to replace those 77Es. I hope I am wrong though; I would definitely love to see AM
grow its widebody fleet to more than 15 aircraft in the aggregate.
While we are on the subject, if AM
ends up ordering more than just 4, that would be a signal that AM
is considering adding more frequencies to profitable destinations like MAD
, adding more capacity on routes currently served by 767s (and which are slated to be served with 788s), or launching new destinations (maybe AM
is thinking about returning to FCO
with more capable and more efficient planes).
As I said earlier, I think the widebodies that will be ordered would replace the current 4 77Es. This means these planes would be used initially to MAD
. I am no expert in terms of technical specs of the 787 and A350 family, but it is my understanding that the 789 has great range (greater than the 788), so operating 789s might give AM
the possibility to fly nonstop to and from NRT
. I suppose the A359 is going to have capabilities more or less similar in terms of range to those of the 789, but please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. On the other hand, the 787 is narrower than the 777, so I wonder if in terms of cargo to PVG
and GRU AM
would be better off ordering the A359 or waiting for the 777-800X. I would love to hear everyone's ideas.
As for the narrowbodies, I think the bulk would be 738s or A320s, but I would not be surprised to see some -900s or 21s as well. AM
could sure use a bigger narrowbody with better range. I am not sure if the mix would also include the smaller -700s and 19s or not.
|Quoting AM744 (Reply 8):|
Delta has Airbuses and Mexico already has a talent pool versed in flying and maintaining A320s. Ex-MX pilots may even find themselves flying NEO's for AM.
Yes, I think there are many reasons -yours included- why a potential Airbus or split order is not totally out of the realm of possibilities.