SMBC’s first MAX 8 delivered to Aeromexico

Aircraft lessor SMBC Aviation Capital has received its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft (MSN 43706), which has been delivered to Mexican carrier Aeromexico.

The airline has 10 aircraft signed on a purchase and leaseback basis. The aircraft has been specifically designed for Aeromexico, says SMBC, with the cabin interior featuring an overall redesign of seat ergonomics including increased seat widths, an increase of the cocktail table and meal tray areas and the inclusion of an integrated tablet holder. Lighting is also another key focus with new in-seat lighting effects designed to better define passengers’ personal space.

Andrés Conesa, CEO of Aeromexico, said: “Our goal is to offer a premium passenger experience. This means that the design of our cabin interior must support our ethos of overall passenger well-being by providing our customers with the latest and newest advancements in passenger comfort, not just for our long-haul aircraft but also across our short and medium-haul fleet.

“We are committed to offering a state-of-the-art fleet adding Boeing 737 MAX airliners and Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and this delivery is an important step on that journey. We look forward to continuing to work with SMBC Aviation Capital to achieve our goals.”

Peter Barrett, CEO, SMBC Aviation Capital, added: “We continue to invest in new technology aircraft, which now make up 22% of our fleet, meaning that we have one of the youngest fleets in the market with an overall weighted average age of 4.5 years. Having a younger, more fuel-efficient fleet will be an increasingly important factor in the years to come as airlines look to renew their fleets in order to improve efficiencies.

“Aeromexico is one of SMBC Aviation Capital’s longest airline customer relationships and we look forward to continuing to support the company’s fleet renewal plans in the years to come.”


Written by: Mark Thomas

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