Aeromexico to receive first 787 in August

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Aeromexico expects to receive its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner in mid-August, after changes to the grounded aircraft type's battery design were recently approved by US authorities.

The delivery timeline, provided by the SkyTeam carrier's chief executive Andreas Conesa in an earnings call today, does not deviate from the initial schedule that Aeromexico had expected before the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grounded the 787 fleet worldwide following problems with the aircraft's batteries.

The agency approved Boeing's improved battery design on the 787 on 19 April, and is expected to issue a new airworthiness directive to clear the twinjet's return to commercial service.

Conesa says that once Aeromexico has complied with civil aviation procedures in Mexico, the carrier expects to operate its first 787 commercial flight in October.

The carrier will take delivery of three 787-8s by end-2013, in line with earlier expectations before the grounding.

Aeromexico has said previously it plans to operate its first 787-8 to London Heathrow, which it began flights to in December 2012 with Boeing 767 aircraft. The airline's executives have said it will operate subsequent 787s to Paris, New York John F, Kennedy and Tokyo Narita,

Aeromexico has orders for nine 787-8s and six 787-9s, as well as options for another four 787-9s.