$372 million Boeing order for Aeromexico

Aeromexico has placed an order worth $372 million for six of Boeing’s next-generation 737s as part of the airline’s ongoing fleet modernisation programme.

The airline, the largest in Mexico, has ordered three 737-700s and three 737-800s which are scheduled for delivery in 2006.

All the new aeroplanes will feature Boeing’s Blended Winglets, upward-swept wing extensions that can also be retrofitted to existing aircraft.

The 8-ft, carbon graphite winglets allow an aeroplane to extend its range, carry more payload and save on fuel. Boeing says they are particularly beneficial at hot, high altitude airports like Mexico City where they can improve performance.