Aeromexico still expects 787 deliveries this year

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Aeromexico still plans to receive three Boeing 787s this year, despite the aircraft being grounded for more than five weeks.

The carrier anticipates that its first revenue 787 flight will occur in the fourth quarter, instead of the third quarter as originally planned, said executives during an earnings call on 14 February. Aeromexico's chief executive Andres Conesa and chief financial officer Ricardo Sanchez Baker participated in the call.

Aeromexico's first 787 delivery is scheduled for August but a delay is expected.

"Certainly [delivery] will be delayed," said executives, though they added that Boeing has not provided them with an updated timeline.

Aeromexico will initially fly the 787 to London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle and New York John F. Kennedy (JFK). It will shift Tokyo Narita flights to the aircraft from Boeing 767s in 2014, said executives. Later deliveries will be used on routes to Buenos Aires and Santiago, Chile.

"We plan to allocate not the first planes to Asia because the performance of the engines of the fourth or fifth planes will be better," said executives. "We'll have additional thrust that will allow us under certain conditions to fly nonstop between Mexico City and Narita."

All of Aeromexico's flights between Mexico City and Tokyo stop in Tijuana.

The carrier has orders for nine 787-8s and 10 787-9s. The latter is scheduled to enter flight testing later this year.