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Formed and started operations in 2005. A K A "(ABC) Aerolineas." Low cost carrier (LCC), scheduled & charter, domestic, regional & international, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
Ignacio Longares No 102
Ignacio 2 MC2 Col Paque Industrial
Toluca, 50200 Edo de Mexico, Mexico
Mexico was established in 1821, covers an area of 1,958,201 sq kms, its population is 101 million, its capital is Mexico City, and its official language is Spanish.
June 2005: (ABC) Airlines intends to operate as a low-cost carrier (LCC) under the InterJet (AAE) brand starting in 2005-12 using 7 A320-200's, ex-Volare Airlines (VLR). It is owned by the Aleman Group, which formerly had substantial broadcast interests and now is investing in telecom, transportation and tourism.
At Paris Air Show, $1.2 Billion, 10/10 orders (April 2007) A320-200's.
November 2005: Interjet (ABC Aerolineas) (AAE) of Mexico is now planning to start operations on December 1st with an inaugural flight on the Toluca - Guadalajara - Monterrey route. (AAE) also plans to serve Cancun. The 1st 2 airplanes, A320s, are completing maintenance at Air France (AFA) in Toulouse. With the arrival of the other 4 A320-214's during 1st Quarter 2006, (AAE) will expand its network to include Acapulco, Chihuahua, Hermosiilo, Merida, & Veracruz.
Mexico's InterJet (AAE) confirmed its A320 order, agreeing to 10 firm buys and 10 options. Deliveries of the single-class, 150-seat airplanes will begin in 2nd-quarter 2007. "The A320 is without a doubt the reference in the low-cost market," Interjet (AAE) President Miguel Aleman said. The start-up Low Cost Carrier (LCC), wholly owned by ABC Aerolineas SA de CV, will commence operations in December from Toluca with 7 used A320s.
2 A320-214's (1132, XA-IJT; 1162, XA-INJ), deliveries.
February 2006: Interjet (AAE), a Mexican start-up, concluded a (CFM56-5B) deal. The Interjet (AAE)'s engine deal for its order of 10 A320s is valued at $120 million at list prices. (AAE) also holds 10 A320 options. Interjet (AAE) operates 3 (CFM)-powered A320s on domestic routes and plans to have a fleet of up to 30 airplanes in the next 5 years.
3 A320-214's (1244, XA-IJA; 1259, XA-ITJ; 1322, XA-ACO), deliveries.
March 2006: A320-214 (1308, XA-ALM), delivery.
September 2006: Mexican low-fare start-up Interjet (AAE) has captured 8% of total domestic traffic and 14% of traffic in city-pairs in which it competes in just 7 months, according to (CEO) Jose Luis Graza Alvarez, who spoke at the World Low Cost Carriers (LCC) Conference in London.
Launched last December after a 12-month planning period, Interjet (AAE) operates a point-to-point network from Toluca Airport, located some 50 km outside Mexico City, using 7 ex-Volare (VLR) A320s. It has ordered a further 10 A320s from Airbus (EDS) with 10 options. It will take 4 next year, 4 in 2008, and the remaining 2 in 2009.
Alvarez said the carrier avoided Mexico City International Airport because it is far too congested for the quick-turn, high-utilization operation he wanted to create. As it is, Interjet (AAE) achieves 25-minutes turns and averages 11 hours of daily airplane utilization, operating 14 routes to 13 destinations. Monthly boardings have tripled in its first eight months of operation to 150,000 in July, and it achieved "above breakeven" load factors in June and July.
(AAE)'s airplanes are configured for just 150Y economy seats and the single-class cabin offers a generous 34 inches seat pitch. Sectors average 1.3 hours flying time. In a country in which 85% of tickets are sold through travel agents, Interjet (AAE) distributes via the Internet, a call center and selected airport and city ticket locations. Alvarez described it as a "tropicalized (LCC), offering a superior product at a much lower price."
Seats are assigned, which Alvarez called "a must, or else the whole female sector will not participate." It serves complimentary snacks and beverages provided free by vendors in exchange for advertising opportunities in the cabin. The carrier is owned by Miguel Aleman, who launched it with a $60 million investment, and it is debt free, Alvarez said.
4 more start-ups have entered or are preparing to enter the market, but at least 1 has been delayed, Gol (GOT) (CFO) Richard Lark confirmed that (GOL), which partnered to launch a Mexican (LCC), has put the project on hold. He said (GOL) decided to delay the launch in order to focus on the Brazilian market.
December 2006: Mexico's airline industry is facing a significant overcapacity situation following the emergence of several new entrants, Aeromexico (AMX) (CEO) Andres Conesa said at the (ALTA) Latin American Airline Leaders Forum. According to Conesa, Mexico currently has an average of 8 airlines competing on city-pairs of >1 million annual passengers compared to 4 in the USA. Furthermore, the top 10 busiest domestic routes have 1.8X- the number of seats required to meet demand versus 1.2 in the USA.
Aeromexico (AMX) and its regional affiliate Aerolitoral are part of Consorcio Aeromexico, the renamed Cintra, following Cintra's sale of Mexicana (CMA) last year to Grupo Posadas. Mexican new entrants, all Low Cost Carrier (LCC)s, include Volaris (VLS) and InterJet (AAE) based at Toluca Airport outside Mexico City, Alma in Guadalajara, Avolar (AVL) in Tijuana and Viva Aerobus (VVS) in Monterrey. Additionally, Mexicana (CMA) subsidiary Click (AEB), the former Aerocaribe, operates as an (LCC). Conesa said he expects a shakeout, with only a few new entrants surviving. "It's hard to think they can all remain," he said.
January 2007: Mexican Low Cost Carrier (LCC) Interjet (AAE) converted 10 A320 options into firm orders, which Airbus (EDS) has tacked onto its 2006 order book. The options were part of an order placed at the 2005 Paris Air Show. The Toluca-based airline celebrated its 1-year anniversary in December, and carried >1 million passengers in its 1st 12 months of operation.
June 2007: Interjet (AAE) of Mexico took delivery of its 1st new 150-seat, single-class A320. The A320 is powered by (CFM56-5B4/Ps). The Low Cost Carrier (LCC) has +19 more A320s on order.
2 A320-214s (3149, XA-UHE; 3160, XA-VAI), deliveries.
August 2007: InterJet (AAE) is looking to launch service between Cancun and Guatemala City, which would be its 1st route outside Mexico.
October 2007: A320-214 (3286, XA-MXM), delivery.
November 2007: A320-214 (3312, XA-TLC), delivery.
April 2008: Interjet (AAE), recently approached Aviacsa (AEJ) with a speculative offer, but was rejected by (AEJ). See details in the attached "AAE-2008-04-AEJ-OFFER."
June 2008: Interjet (AAE) is a low-cost domestic start-up carrier based in Mexico, linking Toluca and 12 Mexican cities. Plans for a growing number of major cities.
(IATA) Code: 4O. (ICAO) Code: AIJ - (Callsign - ABC AEROLINEAS).
Parent organization/shareholders: Aleman Group (100%).
Main Base: Toluca Lic Adolfo Lopez Mateos International Airport (TLC).
Domestic, scheduled destinations: Acapulco; Cancun; Ciudad del Carmen; Guadalajara; Monterrey; Tampico; Toluca; Tuxtla; & Veracruz.
International scheduled destination: Guatemala City.
2 A320-214s (3508, XA-XII; 3514, XA-JCV), deliveries.
October 2008: Mexican low cost carriers Volaris (VLS) and Interjet (AAE) are planning aggressive expansion as they try to take advantage of opportunities created by consolidation in Mexico's dynamic domestic market. Aerocalifornia (AEX), which was Mexico's 4th largest carrier, ceased operations in July 2008. Interjet (AAE) quickly bought all 50 slots of (AEX) at the Mexico City International Airport. (VLS) has similarly been adding capacity at Aerocalifornia (AEX)'s base in La Paz. (VLS) is the largest carrier at its home base of Toluca, and CEO, Enrique Beltranena says (VLS) will continue to focus exclusively on Toluca, even if slots at Mexico City airport do become available. He cites the costs there are too high and turnaround times are too long to support low-cost operations.
SEE ATTACHED ARTICLE - - "AAE-NEWS-2008-10."
November 2008: In September, Interjet (AAE) carried 192,517 passengers (+29%), 6th highest of all Mexican carriers.
December 2008: 2 A320-214s (3667, XA-ZIH; 3690, XA-ABC), deliveries.
May 2010: A320-214 (2227, XA-MLR), Aviation Capital Group (CGP) leased.
June 2010: A320-232 (3374, XA-BIC), (CIT) Group (TCI) leased, ex-(XA-MXL).
December 2010: Mexico's aviation safety rating was raised to Category 1 by the USA (FAA) just four months after the agency downgraded the country to Category 2 for being "unable to fully comply with all of the international safety standards" set by (ICAO).
The (FAA) said a November review of Mexico's civil aviation authority led it to conclude that the nation now complies with (ICAO) standards. "Mexico has made significant progress," the agency stated, adding that the (FAA) "will continue to provide technical assistance to support and maintain the changes the civil aviation authority has made."
The (FAA) never explicitly explained where Mexico had fallen short, saying broadly that a Category 2 rating means a country "is deficient in 1 or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record keeping or inspection procedures."
The change is meaningful for Mexican airlines, which were barred from adding service to the USA or code sharing with USA carriers while the country was rated Category 2.
January 2011: SuperJet International (SJI) (a joint venture (JV) between Alenia Aeronautica, a Finmeccanica Company, and Sukhoi Holding (SSJ)) signed with Interjet (AAE) a contract for the purchase of 15 long range Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) airplanes in the 98 seat configuration, plus 5 options. Based on the price list, the overall order has a value of US $650 million. The 1st deliveries are scheduled for the 2nd half of 2012.
Along with the order, (SJI) announced the execution of a “SuperCare” Agreement with Interjet (AAE) for the after-sales support of its fleet of new Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 airplanes over 10 years duration. Since its Entry Into Service (EIS), the Interjet (AAE) SSJ100 fleet will be supported by (SJI) with this tailored after-sales solution.
The Agreement is a comprehensive “per-flight-hour” program developed by (SJI) specifically for SSJ100 airplane operators. This innovative life cycle solution has been designed to maximize airplane availability to operators and minimize their maintenance and administrative associated costs. With this new milestone, the Sukhoi (SSJ) Superjet SSJ100 finalizes 170 firm orders. The first deliveries to the launch customers Aeroflot (ARO) and Armavia (ARZ) are scheduled for the first quarter of 2011. The Sukhoi (SSJ) Superjet SSJ100 Program represents the most important industrial partnership between the Russian Federation and the rest of the world in the civil aviation sector. SEE ATTACHED - - "AAE-2011-01-SSJ-100-A/B."
February 2011: 2 A320-214s (1747, XA-KNG), (CIT) Group (TCI) leased, ex-(6Y-JMI), and (2048, XA-FOG), (ILF) leased, ex-(N141LF).
April 2011: Interjet (AAE) and Airbus (EDS) are scheduled to conduct the first Jatropha-based bio-fuel flight in Mexico using an A320. The bio-fuel is made from locally sourced Jatropha plant harvested in the southern state of Chiapas. The aim of the demonstration flight and the project is to speed up the commercialization of aviation bio-fuel in Mexico.
The A320 flight is planned from Mexico City’s International Airport to Angel Albino Corzo of Tuxtla Gutierrez airport in the southern State of Chiapas, with 1 of the 2 (CFM) engines using 30% bio-fuel. The Jatropha bio-fuel has been processed by Honeywell’s (SGC) (UOP).
“The test flight is the realization of a 2 year ambition for (AAE) to develop a production chain for renewable bio-fuel, with the purpose of creating a Mexican platform for sustainable aviation bio-kerosene,” said Miguel Aleman, (AAE) President.
“(EDS), (AAE) and the many stakeholders involved in making today’s flight a reality, have taken an important step towards establishing an aviation bio-fuel solution that is both commercially viable and environmentally sustainable,” said Paul Nash, (EDS) Head of New Energies.” This flight serves as evidence that our sector is serious about its commitment to achieve carbon neutral growth by 2020, and a -50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050 compared to 2005 levels.”
The project is being supported by Mexico’s Secretariat of Communications & Transportation (SCT), Airports and Auxiliary Services (ASA), the State of Chiapas, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), (CFM) and (EDS) to ensure the bio-fuel meets all specification for flight without any changes to the aircraft or engines. CO2 life cycle studies show that Jatropha has the potential to reduce the overall CO2 footprint by up to -80% over standard aviation kerosene.
(EDS) has developed a road map working towards making alternative fuel and bio-fuel technology a reality for aviation, while exploring all types of sustainable alternative fuels to find sustainable and local bio-fuel solutions for local communities.
May 2011: Aveos signed a 5-year contract with ABC Aerolineas (InterJet) (AAE) to repair and overhaul all components on its fleet of 24 A320s, including access to an inventory pool and placement of main base stock in Toluca, Mexico.
November 2011: Air Lease Corporation (ALE) has signed lease agreements for 1 A320-200, leased to Interjet (AAE).
February 2012: Interjet (AAE) has introduced Mexico City - Miami services, its 2nd USA route following Mexico City - San Antonio services in December 2011. Flights will operate 2x-daily weekdays and daily on Saturdays and Sundays with (AAE)’s 150Y-seat A320s. 2 network airlines already operate the route; American Airlines (AAL) 4x-daily and Aeromexico (AMX) 3x-daily. Prior to its demise 1 and a half years ago, Mexicana (CMA) also operated the route.
The low-cost carrier (LCC), which operates a fleet of 31 A320s, serves 28 destinations, including Guatemala City and Havana. The airline serves 25 city pairs out of its Mexico City main hub, 7 domestic city pairs out of its Toluca hub, and 3 city pairs each out of its Guadalajara and Monterrey hubs.
May 2012: Interjet (AAE), the launch airline of the Sukhoi Superjet 100 in Latin America, said it will continue with plans to incorporate the airplane into its fleet, with 1st deliveries to begin by the end of the year. The announcement came in the wake of a fatal SSJ100 demonstration flight crash in Indonesia earlier this month.
(AAE) said the airplane has also been certified in Mexico by the local air transport authority (DGAC)-(SCT), as well as the European Air Safety Agency.
In January 2011, the carrier announced an estimated $650 million deal for 15 SSJ100 firm orders and 5 options.
July 2012: Interjet (AAE) has increased its commitment for the SSJ100-95 by converting five options into firm orders at the Farnborough Air Show. It now has a total of 20 SSJ100-95LRs on order. (AAE) is currently Mexico's 2nd biggest airline and operates 34 A320-200s. It plans to use the SuperJets to develop regional markets and is expected to take delivery of its 1st airplane in August.
(AAE)'s maintenance facility in Toluca received a Memo of Understanding from SuperJet International for maintaining the SSJ100 airplanes as an authorized service center.
August 2012: Mexican airlines saw a +11.2% increase in domestic boardings in the first half of 2012, to 13.2 million passengers. The five Mexican carriers that operate international services saw traffic increase +31.4% to 2.6 million passengers.
According to the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil, Grupo Aeromexico (Aeromexico (AMX) and Aeromexico Connect) led domestic boardings with a 39% market share and 5.2 million boardings, followed by Interjet (AAE) with a 22% market share and 3.2 million boardings passengers.
Volaris (VLS) was next with 2.6 million boarding passengers, up +22.7%, followed by VivaAerobus (VVS) with 1.5 million, Magnicharters (MAM) with 402,332 boarding passengers, and Aeromar (TRO) with 267,031 passengers.
On the international market, Grupo Aeromexico boarded 1.8 million passengers, Interjet (AAE) 291,357; VivaAerobus (VVS) 60,424; and Aeromar (TRO) boarded just 119 international passengers.
On August 2, Interjet (AAE) became the 1st low-cost carrier (LCC) on the important route between Mexico’s capital and the biggest city in the USA. (AAE) now operates daily between Mexico City (MEX) and New York (JFK), competing with Aeromexico (AMX)’s 27x-weekly and Delta (DAL)’s 14x-weekly operations. Further, indirect competition comes from United (UAL)’s 14x-weekly from Newark. This is Interjet (AAE)’s 3rd route to the USA after its flights to Miami, Florida and San Antonio, Texas.
September 2012: Interjet AAE) has selected the (ACSS) T³CAS integrated surveillance system for 6 A320s. Phoenix-based, (ACSS) is a joint venture of Thales (THL) and (L-3) Communications (ESM).
Thales (THL) said its T³CAS integrated surveillance platform features a traffic alert and collision avoidance system, terrain awareness warning system and a Mode S Transponder in a single line-replaceable unit (LRU).
“T³CAS will deliver Interjet (AAE) the most advanced surveillance capability for its A320s,” said Scott Duffin, Director Sales at Thales (THL). “Through its higher level of integration and technological advancement, T³CAS delivers the full suite of surveillance functions with less weight and volume of federated systems, with reduced wiring and improved power efficiency.”
October 2012: Privately-owned Mexican low cost carrier (LCC) Interjet (AAE) last year carried 6.3 million passengers, making it the 2nd-biggest airline in the booming Mexican domestic market. This gave it a 25% share of the market, beaten only by Aeromexico (AMX)/ Aeromexico Connect, which has a combined 40%. (AAE) currently operates a fleet of 35 150-seat A320s of which 14 were delivered new from Airbus (EDS). A further 6 airplanes of the type have yet to be delivered.
Domestic passenger numbers are up +8% in the 1st 8 months of this year, which is slightly below the total market growth of around 12%. As a result, Interjet (AAE)’s share has fallen slightly to around 23% of the Mexican domestic market. (AAE) has recently carried its 25-millionth passenger.
SEE ATTACHED CHART - - "AAE-2012-10 - PASSENGER GROWTH."
When (AAE) launched in December 2005, all of its routes were from Toluca, a secondary airport serving Mexico City. Services from Mexico City’s main airport began in August 2008 and the collapse of Mexicana (CMA) in August 2010 helped create further opportunities for (AAE)’s expansion at that airport. As a result, (AAE)’s top 10 routes (in terms of weekly departures) are now all from Mexico City from where Interjet (AAE) operates some 550 weekly departures (spread across 30 destinations), compared with just 52 (across 7 destinations) at Toluca.
SEE ATTACHED CHART - - "AAE-2012-10 - TOP 12 ROUTES FROM MEXICO CITY."
On (AAE)’s top 10 routes, it faces competition from Aeromexico (AMX) on all of them, from vivaAerobus (VVS) on nine of them, and from Volaris (VLS) on 4 of them.
Having firmly established itself in the domestic market, (AAE) is gradually expanding its international network. Last December (AAE) launched flights from Mexico City to San Antonio in Texas, followed by Miami (February), San Jose in Costa Rica (June), and New York (August). In July and August, Interjet (AAE) carried >50,000 passengers on its domestic services.
Interjet (AAE) launched 2 transborder routes to the USA on October 1, and now serves Santa Ana, California (SNA), Orange County’s airport famously named after movie star, John Wayne, with daily frequencies from both Mexico City (MEX) and Guadalajara (GDL), Mexico’s 2nd-largest municipality. Both southern California services are offered using (AAE)’s 150Y-seat A320s, but (AAE) only faces competition on 1 of them. AirTran (CQT) already serves Mexico City from the Orange County airport near Disneyland, also with daily frequencies.
Interjet (AAE) further expanded its presence in Cuba with 2X-weekly services from Monterrey (MTY) in NE Mexico to Havana (HAV) on October 25. (AAE), which already offers 9x-weekly frequencies to the Cuban capital from Mexico City, will deploy A320s on the new route. Monterrey is Mexico’s 4th airport to be directly linked to Havana.
The first Sukhoi SSJ100 airplane for the 1st western customer, Interjet (AAE) landed in Venice (Italy) at Marco Polo airport for the completion activities at the SuperJet International (SJI) facility.
On October 5th, the “green” airplane (95023) took off from Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) assembly plant in Komsomolsk on-Amur (Russia). It flew through the airports of Novosibirsk and Zhukovsky (Moscow Region) and landed in Venice on October 6th.
SuperJet International (SJI), the joint venture between Alenia Aermacchi (51%) and Sukhoi Holding (SSJ) (49%), is responsible for the SSJ100 completion and delivery to Western customers. The interiors’ installation, customization and painting activities on Interjet (AAE) airplanes will be accomplished at the (SJI) completion center, based in Tessera (Venice) Italy.
(SJI) is also developing the “Supplemental Type Certificate” (EASA)-(STC) which allows it to complete the airplane interior installation. (AAE) SSJ100 interiors will be marked by Pininfarina Italian Style.
“We are very proud to welcome the 1st Interjet SSJ100 in Venice — stated Nazario Cauceglia, (CEO) of SuperJet International (SJI).
The first airplane (95023) is expected to be delivered to (AAE) in March 2013. In November 2012, the 1st full flight simulator (FFS) will arrive in Venice and it will be installed at the (SJI) Training Center to enable (AAE)’s pilots (FC) to start training in January 2013.
November 2012: Interjet (AAE) started flights from Mexico City to Las Vegas. (AAE) also inaugurated 2x-weekly services on the route from Toluca (TLC), the capital of Mexico State, to Las Vegas (LAS) on November 15. (AAE), which already offers 2x-weekly flights from Toluca to San Antonio, will operate the new route using its fleet of A320s.
Internationally, it has started flights to Miami, New York (JFK), Orange County (California), and San Antonio, plus San Jose in Costa Rica, Havana in Cuba, and Guatemala City.
(AAE) has signed a purchase agreement for 40 A320neo airplanes. "(AAE)’s investment in these new airplanes, at manufacturer’s list price, is >$3.2 billion," (AAE) said. It currently operates an all-Airbus (EDS) fleet and has not yet announced an engine selection for the A320neos.
“Adding the newest airplane technology to our already young and efficient A320 fleet will allow us to operate some of the most cost-efficient and environmentally friendly equipment available in aviation,” (AAE) Chairman, Miguel Aleman Velasco said.
4O operates a fleet of 36 A320s and will take delivery of 1 additional A320 later this month. In March, it will take delivery of its 1st Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100. Including today’s order it has a backlog of 45 A320 family airplanes.
“The A320neo will help Interjet maintain our leading position in Mexico’s airline business,” (AAE) President, Miguel Alemán Magnani said.
Later, Interjet (AAE) added 10 options to its firm order for 20 Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) airplanes, and Superjet International increasingly believes the Mexican carrier holds the key to the future success of the regional airplane.
While there are 11 SSJ100s already in service, Interjet (AAE) will become the 1st Western operator to receive the airplane when it takes delivery of its 1st of the type in March 2013. It plans to take 8 more SSJ100s through the remainder of 2013 and another 11 in 2014.
“(AAE) is now considered as the top priority customer,” Superjet International (CEO), Nazario Cauceglia said at the Latin American and Caribbean Airline Association (ALTA) Airline Leaders Forum in Panama City. “This is our great chance to penetrate the Western market and we can’t lose it. We cannot fail. We must make them happy.”
He said (AAE) plans “very intensive use of the airplane,” adding, “Interjet (AAE) will help us a lot” in convincing other Western airlines to order the SSJ100. He said there is “a good, good chance” (AAE) will turn the 10 options into additional firm orders “in a reasonably short time.”
February 2013: GE Capital Aviation Services Limited (GECAS) (GEF) announced it signed a purchase-and-leaseback transaction with a new customer, Interjet (AAE) for 6 new A320s.
(GEF) delivered 2 of the A320s in December 2012. The remaining A320s are scheduled for delivery in 2013. All 6 A320s are the last from (AAE)’s order book with Airbus (EDS) signed in 2006. In November 2012, (AAE) signed a deal for 40 A320neos for delivery starting in 2018.
Interjet (AAE) operates an all-Airbus (EDS) fleet of some 37 airplanes to >30 destinations in Mexico, the USA, Central America and the Caribbean, and moved >7 million passengers in 2012.
The first Sukhoi SSJ 100 with Interjet (AAE) colors was rolled out today from the SuperJet International’s paint hangar in Venice (Italy)
SEE ATTACHED - - "AAE-SSJ 100 - 2013-02."
SSJ100 (95023), is the 1st SSJ100 to be delivered to (AAE), which is the launch customer in the western market. In total, Interjet (AAE) ordered 20 SSJ100 airplanes in a 93 seat configuration.
The livery features white and blue stripes according to the customer’s paint scheme. Activities on the airplane are undergoing to deliver the 1st (AAE) SSJ100 by spring 2013. The 2nd SSJ100 for (AAE) (95024) has also arrived in Venice to commence the completion activities.
In the meantime, the new Full Flight Simulator (FFS) is being certified at the (SJI) Training Center in Venice to enable (AAE)’s pilots (FC) to start training at the beginning of March.
June 2013: Moscow’s International Aviation Committee has issued the first export certificate for Europe to Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) for its SSJ100 airplane. The certificate is necessary to deliver the airplane to Mexico’s Interjet (AAE).
“In order to solve all technical and operational issues connected with first deliveries of the SSJ100 to Europe and customization at SuperJet International production sites and further delivery to Mexican carrier Interjet (AAE), European, Russian and Mexican aviation authorities carried out outstanding post-certification actions,” the (SCAC) said.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued its SSJ100 type certificate in February 2012. The manufacturer expects the 1st airplane to be delivered to Interjet (AAE) this month.
July 2013: Interjet (AAE) increased its offering from Mexico City (MEX) with the launch of services to 4 new destinations beginning July 8th. All of the newly launched services are offered with at least 6x-weekly frequencies using A320s and face competition from 2 or more competitors:
Mexico City (MEX) to Aguascalientes (AGU), 6x-weekly, vs Aeromexico (AMX), 29x-weekly, & Aeromar (TRO) 10x-weekly; to Manzanillo (ZLO), 7x-weekly, vs (TRO), 15x-weekly, & (AMX), 14x-weekly; to Mazatlan (MZT), 7x-weekly, vs (AMX), 20x-weekly, VivaAerobus (VVA), 7x-weekly, & Volaris (VLS), 4x-weekly; and to Torreon (TRC), 13x-weekly, vs (AMX), 27x-weekly, & (VVA), 7x-weekly.
Interjet (AAE) expanded its international offering from Mexico City (MEX) to 8 destinations, as it commenced operations on the 3,200 km route to Bogota (BOG) (its 1st S American city) on July 10th. In addition, (AAE) grew its domestic network from the Mexico City airport, with 2 new destinations. All new routes are offered with daily frequencies using A320s and face competition from at least 2 airlines:
* On July 10th, Mexico City (MEX) to Bogota (BOG) 7x weekly A320, vs Avianca (AVI) 21x-weekly, Aeromexico (AMX) 7x-weekly, COPA (COP) 7x-weekly;
* On July 15th, Mexico City (MEX) to Campeche (CPE) 7x-weekly A320, vs (AMX) 20x-weekly; VivaAerobus (VVS) 3x-weekly;
* On July 15th, Mexico City (MEX) to La Paz (LAP) 7x-weekly A320, vs (AMX) 19x-weekly; Volaris (VLS) 10x-weekly.
Interjet (AAE) expanded its offering from Mexico City (MEX) later with the launch of two new destinations on July 16. (AAE), which started three new routes in the preceding week, now also serves Reynosa (REX) and Minatitlan (MTT) with 6x- and 5x-weekly frequencies, respectively. Aeromexico (AMX) provides competition on both routes, which it operates with 32x- and 19x-weekly flights, respectively. Daily flights to Reynosa are additionally offered by VivaAerobus (VVS). (AAE) deploys A320s on both new routes.
The Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100), just passed an important milestone with the handover of the 1st airplane to Western customer, Mexican Interjet (AAE) last month. The manufacturer's next goals include higher production rates and amplified modifications.
Interjet (AAE)is considered to be a crucial client for the SSJ100 in as much as the airplane was previously only delivered to airlines in Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and SE Asia. (AAE) ordered 20 of the airplanes marketed by Superjet International (SJI), a joint venture between Alenia Aermacchi and Sukhoi (SSJ). Interjet (AAE) opted for a 93Y-seat all-economy-class configuration. The second airplane is ready for delivery now, and the 3rd is being customized at the (SJI) facilities in Venice, Italy. (SJI) (CEO), Nazario Cauceglia says Interjet (AAE) is expected to receive 8 airplanes by year-end and the other 12 in 2014.
In spite of the 1st Western export success, Alenia and Sukhoi (SSJ) are disputing the terms of the joint venture (JV). Alenia cites longstanding inefficiencies and is threatening to withdraw from the project unless these are addressed. The Russians are willing to negotiate.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) President, Andrey Kalinovsky says the company has addressed the problems that beset Aeroflot (ARO) and other customers when the airplane was introduced. According to Kalinovsky, 40 to 45% of the detected malfunctions were airframe-related, with supplier issues contributing a similar number of glitches. And operator errors were the cause of around 10% of the issues. He says the next step is to tackle the ramp-up of the assembly line.
The manufacturer aims to roll out 26 airplanes this year, double last year's production. Ten airplanes have been assembled in the first six months and 16 more are to be manufactured by year-end, says Kalinovsky, adding that the number of assembled airframes does not equal the number of deliveries. (SCAC) plans to increase the production rate to three airplanes per month by year-end. In addition to the “green” airplanes for (SJI), Sukhoi has deliveries planned to Aeroflot (ARO), Lao Central (LCA) and Sky Aviation (SKI) this year. Two ex-Armavia (ARZ) airplanes are ready to be shipped to Moskovia.
Gazpromavia (GZP), a subsidiary of Russia's gas giant Gazprom, is a new customer and will become the 1st operator of the extended-range SSJ 100. Gazpromavia (GZP) ordered 10 airplanes in 2011.
The first extended-range prototype (which began testing in February) is designed to fly 4,572 km/2,470 mi using more powerful (SaM146 1S18) engines, versus the basic version's range of 3,048 km. Kalinovsky expects the certification process will be completed by the end of July when the first production SSJ100/95 LR will be ready for delivery. The LR variant will receive a supplemental type certificate (STC) from the (CIS)-wide (AR MAK) safety agency, and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification will be sought when an order from Europe is received.
The increased output requires a realigning of the supply chain. The program will maintain two customization centers: — one for Western customers at (SJI) in Venice, the other in Ulyanovsk, Russia. The number of paint shops has recently been increased with the addition of a facility in Ostrava, Czech Republic, which belongs to Eirtech Aviation. Eirtech painted the second SSJ100 for Yakutia Airlines (SYL) in December 2012. Kalinovsky says that the companies have a long-term agreement and the Ostrava-based facility will paint all Aeroflot (ARO) airplanes. Tail No 95029 will be the first airframe to be processed and is due to be completed this month. The airplanes of other Russian and Asian clients will continue to to be painted in Ulyanovsk.
1 SSJ100 (95023, XA-JLG), delivery.
August 2013: Interjet (AAE) continued to expand its domestic network from Mexico City (MEX) with the launch of services on the 530 km route to Zacatecas (ZCL) on August 1st. Daily frequencies are offered on the newly launched route and operated using A320s. (AAE) which recently took the delivery of its 1st Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100, is unlikely to deploy the Russian-made type on the newly-launched route.
(AAE)’s 1st commercial route using the Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 will be Mexico - Torreon.
September 2013: Interjet (AAE) operated 2 Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100s on revenue flights on September 18th, marking the 1st SSJ100 commercial flights by a Western airline. The 1st SSJ100 flew a 1-hour, 17-minute flight from Mexico City to Torreon on its 1st mission, while the 2nd SSJ100 was used to operate a 62-minute flight from Mexico City to Aguascalientes for its 1st scheduled flight.
The Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company and the Superjet International sales and marketing venture are largely pinning their Western SSJ100 sales strategy on Interjet (AAE) proving the Russian regional jet can perform well in the growing Mexican market. “The SSJ100 is now flying in the Americas,” Superjet International (CEO), Nazario Cauceglia said. “The entry in service with (AAE) has opened the door to the Western market and the international aviation community has been carefully watching.”
(AAE) unveiled its 1st SSJ100 at a ceremony in Toluca in August, but it was required to perform 35 flight hours on proving flights to gain Mexican government clearance to operate the airplane on scheduled flights.
(AAE) has +18 more SSJ100s on firm order and 10 options. Its SSJ100s are configured in a 93Y-seat, single-class layout.
October 2013: Interjet (AAE) will fly SSJ100 operations from Mexico City to Campeche, Minatitlan, Zacatecas, and Mazatlan. Interjet (AAE) Superjet 100s are operating at 100% dispatch reliability.
Mexico’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation has authorized Interjet (AAE) to continue operating three international routes previously operated by Mexicana Airlines (CMA), which suspended operations under severe financial distress in August 2010. (AAE) had been awarded temporary route rights for services out of Mexico City into Miami, New York City, and San Antonio, Texas. These rights have now been extended until Mexicana (CMA) gets back in the air. Currently, the future of (CMA) is unclear.
November 2013: Where are all the Latin American low cost carriers (LCC)s? Aside from Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia, there are no (LCC)s in Latin America, and this is a region with an emerging middle class, rising trade and commerce, and a growing appetite for travel. Beyond these three countries, the traffic data shows that legacy airlines are capturing nearly all of this growth.
At latest count, Latin America only has six. They are the pioneer in the region Gol (GOT) and its fellow Brazilian carrier, Azul (AZL); Mexican carriers Volaris (VLS), Interjet (AAE), and VivaAerobus (VVS), plus Medellin-based VivaColombia (VVC). A few others have come and gone (Aires (AIR) (to (LATAM) and Webjet (WEB) to (GOL); AeroContinente Chile (CCL) and Sol, which briefly became AeroHonduras (HND), folded. The only other (LCC)s serving Latin America fly down and back from the USA or Canada.
One reason is aeropolitics. 2 of the 3 next largest Latin American markets that lack (LCC)s (Argentina and Venezuela (as well as smaller Bolivia)) are effectively closed to new entrants due to policies that favor their government-owned carriers. Those state carriers could launch (LCC)s of their own, but they have little incentive to do it.
The second answer relates to the so-called “unbalanced competition.” The next largest Latin markets that lack home-based (LCC)s after Argentina and Venezuela, are Peru, Chile, and Ecuador. (LATAM) and/or Avianca (AVI) dominate all 3 of these markets.
Juan Emilio Posada, founder of VivaColombia (VVC) and now its Chairman, is well aware of this. “There are opportunities in countries or groups of countries where no low-cost carriers (LCC)s are present,” he says, but “the smaller the market and the more concentrated the network carriers, the greater the challenge.”
Latin (LCC)s have been slower, for example, to launch cross-border flights. The grounding of Mexicana (CMA) spurred Mexico’s (LCC)s to fill its vacuum. Volaris (VLS) and VivaAerobus (VVS) have focused solely on domestic and USA markets, but Interjet (AAE) now flies to Cuba, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Colombia, as well as the USA. VivaColombia (VVC) is starting its own cross-border expansion early. It has applied for permission to fly to Panama City, Mexico City, and Cancun, and hopes to launch these routes in 2014. “International expansion has always been part of our business plan,” says (VVC)’s Posada. He foresees “more interconnected” routes within four-hours of its hub. Cross-border networks are essential in much of Latin America because the domestic markets in many countries are simply too small.
Cross-border networks are one thing, but joint ventures (JV)s are another. Here, again, Latin (LCC)s trail. Latin legacy airlines such as (LAN) pioneered the concept of cross-border joint ventures (JV)s. Clearly, cross-border joint ventures (JV)s between Latin (LCC)s still have a long ways to go.
For now, the news is more about new (LCC)s. Three independent start-ups have announced plans to launch low-cost flights from their bases in San Salvador and Costa Rica. All hope to fly by early next year. Whether they will, remains to be seen, but it shows that they realize the potential for growth in Latin America’s low-cost sector.
Interjet (AAE) has taken delivery of its 3rd Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company SSJ100 airplane. According to (SCAC) (SSJ), the 1st 2 SSJ100s have operated 580 commercial flights, for a total duration of 600 hours.
December 2013: Interjet (AAE) has begun flights between Guadalajara (GDL) and San Antonio, Texas (SAT). The 2x-weekly service launched on Friday December 6th, but will operate thereafter on Thursdays and Sundays using (AAE)’s A320s. Competition on the 1,110 km route will come from fellow Mexican low cost carrier (LCC) Volaris (VLS), who also serve the route 2x-weekly. This is now Interjet (AAE)’s 4th route to San Antonio as it already serves the Texan city from Mexico City (launched December 1st 2011), Monterrey (launched November 29th 2012) and Toluca (launched December 6th, 2012).
The fourth Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 landed in Mexico and it has been delivered to Interjet airline (AAE). The airplane (95036) was rolled out from SuperJet International’s hangar in Venice (Italy) and took off from Venice Marco Polo airport for the ferry flight to (AAE) facilities in Toluca (Mexico).
According to the recent operating data from September 18, 2013 (EIS) until November 30, 2013, the 1st 3 Interjet (AAE) SSJ100s have shown outstanding performance with >99% dispatch reliability and an average daily utilization of 9 flight hours, with a maximum utilization of 11 flight hours.
The airplanest accumulated 1,438 flight hours and 1,399 flight cycles through 7 destinations in Mexico (Mexico City, Torreon, Aguascalientes, Campeche, Minatitlan, Zacatecas, and Mazatlan).
In the meantime, the 5th and the 6th SSJ100s to be delivered to Interjet (AAE) are currently under completion at SuperJet International’s plant in Italy.
2 A320-214s (5867, XA-FUA; 5878, XA-LHG), (GEF) leased, and SSJ100-95 (95036, XA-ABM) delivery.
January 2014: Interjet (AAE)’s 4th Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100) entered into service January 15 on a flight from Mexico City airport to Torreon.
February 2014: Route Network Update for Interjet (AAE):
Interjet ((IATA) Code: 4O, based at Toluca) (AAE) network changes:
Hermosillo - Monterrey General Mariano Escobedo route was terminated on February 10, 2014.
Monterrey General Mariano Escobedo - Hermosillo route was terminated on February 10, 2014.
Tijuana - Toluca route has been cancelled.
Toluca - Tijuana route has been cancelled.
Interjet (AAE) has taken delivery of its fifth Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100, which landed in Mexico on February 2. The SSJ100 was rolled out from SuperJet International’s hangar in Venice, Italy, and took off from Venice Marco Polo airport for the ferry flight to Interjet facilities in Toluca, Mexico.
March 2014: Interjet (AAE) has become the first airline to serve the new airport serving Palenque (PQM) in the Chiapas region of Mexico. On March 13th, (AAE) began twice-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) flights from Mexico City (MEX) using its Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100s. Palenque is home to Mexico’s fourth most popular archaeological site which attracts some 600,000 tourists each year. It is expected that this new airport, with its 2,500 m runway, will help grow the number of local, but also international visitors significantly.
The sixth Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 landed in Mexico on March 16, 2014 to join the Interjet (AAE) SSJ100 fleet.
The SSJ100 (95038) was rolled out from SuperJet International’s hangar in Venice (Italy) and took off from Venice Marco Polo airport for the ferry flight to Interjet facilities in Toluca (Mexico). During its ferry flight, the airplane stopped in Keflyavik (Iceland) and Bangor (Maine, USA).
“The SSJ100 introduction into Interjet (AAE)’s fleet is going on smoothly — states Nazario Cauceglia, (CEO) of SuperJet International — This confirms SuperJet International’s commitment in the SSJ100 program and the superior performance of the airplane. The SSJ100 has all the characteristics of a small mainliner, but with very low operating costs and superior comfort.”
The five SSJ100s in service with (AAE) are confirming an excellent performance with >99% dispatch reliability and an average daily utilization of 9 flight hours, through 9 destinations in Mexico (from Mexico City to Torreon, Aguascalientes, Campeche, Minatitlan, Manzanillo, Zacatecas, Mazatlan, La Paz, and Reynosa).
“This new airplane provides the Mexican business and tourism industries with a boost in terms of competitiveness (said Mr Jose Louis Garza, (CEO) of (AAE)). Nevertheless, this new entry in the Interjet (AAE) fleet will contribute to the growth of the economy in the country, creating new jobs in the states which are part of the (AAE) network”.
So far, the airplane in service with (AAE) accumulated almost 4,000 flight hours, as part of a total of >40,000 flight hours accumulated by all the SSJ100 airplanes in service world wide.
In the meantime, the seventh SSJ100 is currently under completion at SuperJet International’s plant in Italy and is almost ready to be delivered to the customer soon.
Interjet ordered 20 SSJ100 plus 10 options in the 93-seats (34 inch pitch) configuration. The exclusive and comfortable interior are designed by Italian Company Pininfarina.
The SSJ100 is developed and built by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) (SSJ), in partnership with Alenia Aermacchi. It incorporates the most modern Western technology and systems together with high standards of comfort available in the 100-seat segment.
May 2014: Interjet (AAE) has introduced 2 further destination from its main hub at Mexico City (MEX). On May 22nd, (AAE) began operating 12x-weekly, Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100 flights on the 310 km route to Leon/Guanajuato (BJX). Competition is provided by Aeromexico (AMX), who operates the route 41x-weekly. On the same day, Interjet (AAE) also began 12x-weekly A320 flights on the 365 km route to San Luis Potosi (SLP). Competition on this route is provided by Aeromar (TRO) (32 weekly flights) and Aeromexico (AMX) (27 weekly flights). This summer, Interjet (AAE) will be serving 44 destinations non-stop from Mexico City, 36 in Mexico and eight spread across Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala and the USA.
June 2014: Iberia (IBE) and Interjet (AAE) signed a code sharing agreement linking 80 Iberia (IBE) European cities with 24 Mexican cities on the Interjet (AAE) map. This is (AAE)’s 1st code sharing agreement and links it to (IBE)’s routes in Spain, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Iberia (IBE) operates 2x-daily, Madrid - Mexico City.
July 2014: Interjet (AAE) SSJ100 displayed at Farnborough Airshow - - SEE ATTACHED - - "AAE-SSJ-100-2014-07."
October 2014: Interjet (AAE) chose October 23rd as the launch date for their new 12x-weekly service connecting Monterrey (MTY) in Mexico with Houston Intercontinental (IAH) in Texas. (AAE) will operate a mix of its 150Y-seat A320s and 93Y-seat Superjet 100s on the 663 km route which is already served by United Airlines (UAL) (55x-weekly), Aeromexico (AMX) (13x-), and fellow Mexican (LCC) VivaAerobus (6x-) (VVS).
December 2014: SEE ATTACHED - - "AAE-2014-12 SSJ100 1ST YEAR OPS."
February 2015: Interjet ((IATA) Code: 4O, based at Toluca) (AAE) has approved the firming up of options for an additional 10 SSJ100-95s Russia's "(RU) Aviation News" reported. The move follows talks between (AAE)'s board and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) (Moscow Zhukovsky) executives late last year and, according to Interjet (AAE) (CEO), Jose Luis Garza, will culminate in an agreement being signed in Venice, Italy later this year.
(AAE) operates 11 of the type on flights throughout Mexico as well as to Houston International and San Antonio International in the USA.
Meanwhile, Garza says his airline would consider developing Havana International into a regional hub but only once USA sanctions against the communist island are lifted. "It's only a dream now, 1st of all, the problem with lifting the economic embargo in Cuba must be solved," Jose Luis Garza told "(RIA) Novosti." "But the creation of a transcontinental hub there [in Cuba] is a very interesting idea."
After more than fifty years, the USA President Obama administration has signalled its intent to resume direct bilateral ties with Cuba, broken off 2 years after Fidel Castro overthrew Fulgencio Batista's regime in 1959.
With the prospect of a Cuban economic boom on the horizon, longterm ally, Russia says it has already held talks with Abu Dhabi's strategic investment firm, Mubadala, regarding the construction of an new intercontinental hub airport on the island. Should the project go ahead, Russia would contribute USD200 million.
“We are deeply involved in these negotiations,” Russian trade and industry minister, Denis Manturov told the United Arab Emirates (UAE)'s "National" newspaper. “Cuba is developing a transport hub from the seaport and a railway to the airport. They have only 1 international airport and they are planning to use 1 of the ex-military bases to build a big airport hub for Latin America.”
The paper claims Russia’s involvement in the project is part of a move by President Vladimir Putin to effectively write off about USD32 billion of Soviet-era debt, Cuba still owes. Under Moscow's new terms, Cuba must now repay Russia USD3 billion over a 10-year period.
March 2015: News Item A-1: Interjet (AAE) has expanded its domestic network in Mexico with the addition of a new 2x-weekly (Mondays and Saturdays) service on the 2,461 km sector between Tijuana (TIJ) and Acapulco (ACA). (AAE) will use its 93y-seat Sukhoi Superjets on the routes, which is already served by Volaris (VLS) with 2x-weekly flights. This brings to 7 the number of destinations that Interjet (AAE) serves from Tijuana. It is also (AAE)’s 3rd route to Acapulco as it already serves the resort area with 10x-weekly flights from both Mexico City and Toluca.
News Item A-2: Mexican low-cost carrier (LCC) Interjet (AAE) is asking the USA Department of Transportation (DOT) for permission to operate flights between Mexico City and Miami, New York and San Antonio, Texas, flights the carrier operated until its authority “unintentionally” lapsed earlier this month.
News Item A-3: Interjet (AAE) has firmed 10 Sukhoi (SSJ) Superjet SSJ100 options valued at $350 million.
(AAE), the only Western airline to operate the SSJ100, has 12 SSJ100s in service with a 13th delivered and ready to join the active fleet soon. With the newly firmed options, Interjet (AAE) will take delivery of +17 more SSJ100s to eventually have 30 in its fleet.
(AAE) said its SSJ100s operate with 99% dispatch reliability. “The Superjet SSJ100 is a really good product [and] we are very satisfied with its superior performance and the reduced operating costs,” Interjet (AAE) (CEO), Jose Luis Garza said. “The SSJ100 is perfectly suitable for domestic mid-density routes as well as several short-haul international ones.”
April 2015: Interjet (AAE) has taken delivery of its 14th Sukhoi Superjet SSJ100. SuperJet International plans to deliver an additional 7 SSJ100s by the end of 2015. 4 of them are currently under completion at its hangar in Venice.
The SSJ100s are operated in the domestic Mexican market and on new routes to Houston and San Antonio (Texas). Interjet (AAE) ordered 30 SSJ100 in the 93-seats (34 inch pitch) configuration.
The SSJ100 is developed by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company (SCAC) (SSJ), in partnership with Finmeccanica-Alenia Aermacchi. The airplane incorporates the most modern Western technology and systems, optimized power and efficiency, together with high standards of comfort available in the 100-seat segment.
(AAE), which also operates Airbus A320 family airplanes, flies the SSJ100s from Mexico City and Toluca to various domestic destinations. In October 2015, it plans to start operating SSJ100s to the USA.
May 2015: SSJ100-95B (95066, XA-PPY), delivery.
July 2015: SSJ100-95B (95053, XA-BVM), ex-(I-PDVY)
August 2015: Amadeus has signed with Interjet (AAE) to provide its Altéa Reservation Information Technology (IT) platform. Interjet (AAE) will use Altéa to enhance its international expansion and consolidate growth in all markets.
February 2016: Interjet (AAE) on February 18 returned to the Californian market with the launch of daily A320 flights from Guadalajara (GDL) to Los Angeles (LAX). The 2,103 km route is already served by Volaris (VLS) (18x-weekly flights), Aeromexico (AMX) (14x-weekly), Alaska Airlines (ASA), American Airlines (AAL) and Delta Air Lines (DAL) each with daily flights.
Interjet (AAE) had previously served Santa Ana (flying to John Wayne Airport in Orange County) in California between October 2012 and October 2014, operating flights from both Guadalajara and Mexico City.
March 2016: Interjet (AAE) has added Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to its USA network with the launch on March 3 of a 12x-weekly service from its main base at Mexico City (MEX). The 1,508 km route will be flown by (AAE)’s Superjet SSJ100s and will face direct competition from American Airlines (AAL) (5x-daily flights) and Aeromexico (AMX) (11x-weekly flights).
April 2016: Interjet (AAE) on April 7 launched its 4th route to Havana (HAV). It now operates 2x-weekly flights from Merida (MID) to the Cuban capital, a sector length of 781 km. The service will be flown by (AAE)’s SSJ 100s and faces no competition. This is (AAE)'s fourth route to Havana (it already operates to Cuba from Cancún, Mexico City and Monterrey) but only its 2nd route from Merida.
Traffic figures for Merida Airport show that international traffic at the airport was up +43% in March to 15,175, while domestic traffic was up +19% to 144,290.
May 2016: News Item A-1: Interjet (AAE), fresh from launching 2 new USA routes, on May 5 began daily flights to Lima (LIM) in Peru from its Mexico City (MEX) base. The route is already served by Aeromexico (AMX) (2x-daily), Avianca (AVI) and (LAN) Airlines, with the last 2 both operating daily flights.
Interjet (AAE) will use its A320s on the route, which at 4,242 km is easily the longest it operates. Previously, the longest sector flown by (AAE) was the 3,364 km route from Mexico City to New York (JFK).
Peru becomes the (AAE)’s seventh country market joining Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Guatemala, and the USA. This summer Interjet (AAE) will serve 47 destinations non-stop from Mexico City, up from 43 last summer. (AAE)’s complete network will comprise 74 routes this summer, flown using its 40 A320s and 20 Sukhoi SSJ 100s.
News Item A-2: Interjet (AAE) has launched its 2nd route to Los Angeles (LAX) in California. On May 19, the Mexican carrier began daily flights on the 3,404 km route from Cancún (CUN). Competition will be fierce as the route is already served by three USA carriers; United Airlines (UAL) with 17x-weekly flights, Delta Air Lines (DAL)with 8x-weekly flights, and Virgin America VUS) with 5x-weekly.
Interjet (AAE) launched its 1st service to Los Angeles from Guadalajara on February 18, 2016. (AAE) now operates 14 routes between Mexico and the USA involving a total of 8 USA airports. Apart from Los Angeles, (AAE) also serves Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston Intercontinental, New York (JFK), Las Vegas, Miami, Orlando Sanford, and San Antonio.
January 2017: Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) technical teams have been in Mexico since late December conducting repair work on 11 Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft grounded by Mexican airline Interjet (AAE), the only SSJ100 operator in the Americas.
A Sukhoi Civil Aircraft spokesperson said the aircraft were grounded because of “technical problems with a stabilizer node.” The grounding affected half of (AAE)’s fleet of 22 SSJ100s; (AAE) has +8 more SSJ100s on order.
The repair work is covered under warranty, according to Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ), which expects all 11 SSJ100s to be back in service “by the middle of January.”
Interjet (AAE) grounded the 11 aircraft following inspections on its SSJ100 fleet prompted by Russian aviation authorities. Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) said in December it had identified a minor fault in the tail stabilizer of an SSJ100.
According to (SSJ), all SSJ100s in operation worldwide have been inspected and were either cleared to continue service or temporarily taken out of service for the necessary repairs.
The Sukhoi Civil Aircraft spokesperson said Interjet (AAE)’s SSJ100 stabilizer nodes will be inspected weekly going forward.
* Later, Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SSJ) completed repairs on all 11 Sukhoi Superjet 100s (SSJ100s) that were grounded by Interjet (AAE).
(AAE) grounded 11 out of 22 SSJ100s at the end of December 2016 after (SSJ) identified a minor fault in the tail stabilizer of 1 aircraft during inspections. At the end of last year, (SSJ) experts were sent to Mexico to perform all required maintenance.
The 1st 6 aircraft were returned into service by January 9. The troubleshooting procedure was agreed with Russian aviation authorities and carried out under the control of Mexican aviation authorities. “Owing to concerted joint efforts with (AAE)’s specialists, within just 2 weeks all 11 aircraft have been restored and returned to operation,” (SSJ) President Kamil Gaynutdinov said.
“Thanks to the joint work done with the manufacturer, the process was carried out in a shorter time than initially considered, which will allow Interjet (AAE) to operate with its entire fleet of 70 aircraft on >300 daily flights,” (AAE) (CEO) José Luis Garza said.
June 2017: Mexico’s federal consumer attorney’s office Profeco has fined 5 airlines for charging fees on customers’ 1st checked bags on flights from Mexico City to the USA and Canada.
The fines, imposed on Mexican airlines Aeromexico (AMX), Interjet (AAE), Volaris (VLS) and VivaAerobus (VVS), as well as New York-based JetBlue Airways (JBL), total MXP22.4 million/$1.4 million.
Profeco said the airlines violated provisions of Mexico’s consumer protection law and civil aviation regulations. The federal agency also said the sanctioned airlines were found to have “engaged in misleading advertising, discriminatory acts, abusive clauses in their membership contract and other practices that violate the rights of passengers.”
Profeco said it is keeping open potential proceedings against United Airlines (UAL) and American Airlines (AAL) for the same infringement, and will resolve the matter regarding the 2 USA airlines in coming days.
The fines were levied on the same day new provisions of Mexican consumer protection and civil aeronautics laws went into effect. Under the civil aviation law, passengers have the right to transport, for free, 1 checked bag weighing up to 25 kg/55 lbs and up to 2 pieces of hand luggage of not more than 10 kg each on national and international flights originating from Mexico.
Profeco said airlines are required to inform passengers of their Civil Aviation Act rights, which stipulate the baggage allowances, when purchasing their tickets.
Aeromexico (AMX) received the largest fine (MXP6.3 million), followed by Interjet (AAE) (MXP5.1 million), Volaris (VLS) (MXP4.5 million), VivaAerobus (VVS) (MXP 4.2 million) and JetBlue (JBL) (MXP2.3 million).
September 2017: Interjet (AAE) will install Wi-Fi on its new Airbus family aircraft deliveries, supplier Panasonic Avionics announced during the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) Expo in Long Beach, California.
(AAE) plans to take delivery of the 1st connected aircraft (an Airbus A320neo) in November, according to Panasonic. These aircraft will also feature overhead In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) monitors.
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4 ORDERS A320-214 (5867, XA-FUA; 5878, XA-LHG), (GEF) LSD 2013-12. 150Y.
7 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/2) (707, /97 XA-ROA; 1132, /99 XA-IJT, 2005-11; 1162, /00 XA-INJ, 2005-11; 1179, /00 XA-MTY, 2005-12; 1244, /00 XA-IJA, 2006-02; 1259, /00 XA-VTA, 2006-02; 1308, /00 XA-ALM, 2006-03; 1322, /00 XA-ACO, 2006-02), EX-(VLR), (GAX) LSD. 150Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (2227, XA-MLR), (CGP) LSD 2010-05. 150Y.
19 +1 ORDER A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (3149, /07 XA-UHE; 3160, /07 XA-VAI; 3286, /07 XA-MXM; 3312, /07 XA-TLC; 3508, /08 XA-XII; 3514, /08 XA-JCV; 3667, /08 XA-ZIH; 3690, /08 XA-ABC). 150Y.
3 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (1747, /02 XA-KNG, 2011-02; 3304, /07 XA-VIP, 2010-10; 3374, /08 XA-BIC, 2010-06), (TCI) LSD. EX-(6Y-JMI). 150Y.
4 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (1780, /02 XA-VFI; 2048, /03 XA-FOG, 2011-02; 2189, /04 XA-SOB, 2010-11; 3123, /07 XA-ILY, 2010-10), (ILF) LSD, EX-(N141LF & N213MX). 150Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (2539, XA-KNO), (ALE) LSD. 150Y.
3 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/3) (4235, /10 XA-DOS; 4304, /10 XA-ING; 4411, /10 XA-SUN), (AEVE) LSD 2011-00. 150Y.
2 A320-214 (5653, XU-IUA; 5665, XA-JMA), EX-(D-AUBX & D-AVVA). 150Y.
2 A320-232 (CFM56-5B4/3) (4730, /11 XA-BIO, 4733, /11 XA-ECO), 2011-07. 150Y.
1 A320-232 (CFM56-5B4/3) (4924, /11 XA-MTO), 2011-11. 150Y.
0 A320-233 (1400; 1523), NTU.
40 ORDERS (2017-11) A320neo:
22 +8 ORDERS SUKHOI SUPERJET 100 (SSJ100-95) (SAM146) (95023, 2013-07; 95024; 95028; 95036, VT-ABM, 2013-12; 95037; 95041; 95066, XA-PPY, 2015-05; 95053, XA-BVM, 2015-07), 98 PAX - - SEE ATTACHED - - "AAE-SSJ-100-2011-01," 93Y.
1 DASSAULT FALCON 2000 (CFE738-1-1B) (149, /01 XA-MAV), 2009-01. EXEC.
MIGUEL ALEMAN VELASCO, CHAIRMAN.
MIGUEL ALEMAN MAGNANI, PRESIDENT.
JOSE LUIS GARZA ALVAREZ, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (firstname.lastname@example.org).
JOSE LUIS RAMIREZ MAGNANI, DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE.
BENJAMIN MEJIA ORTIZ, VP OPERATIONAL SAFETY, SECURITY & QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA).
FRANCISCO ARIAS GUZMAN, IN-FLIGHT SERVICES MANAGER.