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25 Boeing 717s leased to Mexicana Click
Boeing and Mexicana Group have announced a lease agreement for 25 Boeing 717-200s to be used by its MexicanaClick operation.
Under a multi-year arrangement, MexicanaClick will begin receiving the 717s from Boeing Capital Corporation in March, making Mexicana the first North American 717 operator outside the US. Boeing Capital is the world's largest lease provider of the type.
Click's 717 fleet will be configured to carry 104 passengers with 20 in Mexicana Elite class, with two-by-two seating, allowing all passengers to enjoy either aisle or window seats, and 84 in tourist class where the five-abreast, wide leather seats will appeal to travellers.
In addition to the aeroplanes, Boeing through its Commercial Aviation Services group will provide training for flight crew, cabin crew and maintenance staff as well as spare parts provisioning. In total this approach represents a comprehensive Boeing solution to Mexicana Group's fleet renewal needs.
"With these 25 aeroplanes, we give a strong boost to MexicanaClick and a better way to improve the passengers' experience and the airline's operating efficiency to maintain its leadership both in quality of equipment as well as onboard services," said Manuel Borja, Mexicana Group director general.
The Boeing 717 has distinguished itself in service to nine airlines on four continents. Designed for quick turnaround, high-frequency and short-range markets (up to 1,500 nautical miles), the 717 offers big-jet passenger comfort with the lowest noise and emissions in its class. The Rolls Royce-powered 717s will replace Fokker 100s operated by the airline.
"At a time when economic conditions pose challenges to airline operators and travellers, the 717 offers a wealth of value - greater fuel efficiency, lower maintenance costs, a modern flight deck and spacious interior," said Tim Myers, Boeing Capital Corp. vice-president for structured financing. "We're pleased to join forces with Mexicana to bring the 717 to the region."
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