Aeromexico adjusts capacity guidance for 2013

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Aeromexico expects systemwide capacity to grow by about 4.5% in 2013, as it tweaks its fleet plan to phase out more Embraer 145 aircraft.

The carrier will grow domestic capacity by about 1% to 3%, and international capacity by about 5% to 7%, says Aeromexico's chief executive Andreas Conesa in an earnings call today.

This would result in about 4.5% growth in systemwide capacity for 2013, he adds.

The SkyTeam carrier expects to close 2013 with 115 in-service aircraft, one aircraft fewer than what it had at the end of 2012. Conesa says the airline has decided to retire three additional E-145s in 2013, which will result in the carrier phasing out nine of the type in 2013. By end-2013, it will operate 29 of the type compared to 38 in end-2012.

Conesa says the carrier is retiring additional E-145s as it takes advantage of lease flexibility on the aircraft.

Aeromexico has previously said it aims to replace the E-145s with larger Embraer 170, 175 and 190 aircraft.