Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Aeromexico orders Boeings

Aeromexico placed a provisional order for 90 Boeing 737 MAX jets and 10 Boeing 787s worth $11 billion. Each 787 will use two GE Aviation GEnx engines, and each MAX aircraft will be powered by two LEAP engines made by CFM International, GE Aviation's joint venture with France's Safran. The estimated total list price for the engine orders is $2.65 billion. (Sources: AP, Reuters, ATW Daily News, Dayton Business Journal, 07/25/12) Gulf Coast note: Composite fan platforms and cases for the GEnx are made by GE Aviation in Batesville, Miss., and turbine ignitions components, sensors and harnesses for the GEnx are made in Jacksonville, Fla. GE Aviation is building engine parts facilities near Hattiesburg, Miss., and Auburn, Ala.; Airbus is building an assembly line for A320s, which compete with the 737, in Mobile, Ala.; GE Aviation competes with Rolls-Royce to power the 787. Rolls-Royce airliner engines are tested at its outdoor facility at Stennis Space Center, Miss.