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Name: AEROCALIFORNIA
7JetSet7 Code: AEX
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: LATIN AMERICA
City: LA PAZ
Country: MEXICO
Employees 2000
Web: aerocalifornia.com.mx
Email: aero11@aerocalifornia.uabcs.mx
Telephone: +52 61 212 26655
Fax: +52 61 212 53993
Sita: HDQDGJR
Background
(definitions)

Click below for data links:
AEX-OCT04
AEX-OCT04-A

ESTABLISHED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1982. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL, & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER AND CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
CALLE HIDALGO ESQUINA CON SEDAN
23000 LA PAZ
BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR, MEXICO

US OFFICE:
1960 EAST GRAND AVE, STE 1200
EL SEGUNDO, CA 90245, USA

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 1996: TO AUGASCALIENTES, CIUDAD JUAREZ, CUIDAD OBREGON, CIUDAD VICTORIA, COLIMA, CULIACAN, LORETO, GUADALAJARA, HERMOSILLO, LAX, LOS CABOS, LOS MOCHIS, TIJUANA, LA PAZ, MANZANILLO, MATAMOROS, MAZATLAN, MEXICO CITY, TENIC, MONTERRY, PUEBLA, SAN LUIS POTOSI, TORREON, AND TUCSON.

2,000 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 1,000 FC & 800 MT).

2 DC-9-31'S (47166, 214), EX-SARO, "C" CHECKS BY COOPESA (COO), INCLUDING STRIP AND PAINT.

AUGUST 1996: 2 DC-9-30'S (JT8D-7B), EX-SARO.

NOVEMBER 1996: COLLINS CONTRACT FOR WXR-700, FWD-LOOKING WINDSHEAR RADAR, ON 7 DC-9-30'S.

JANUARY 1997: 2 DC-9-32'S (47648; 47666), EX-(VAU).

APRIL 1997: CURRENT FLEET IS 16 DC-9'S.

MAY 1997: CODE SHARE WITH (AAL), TO (DFW), (ORD), AND (LAX).

JULY 1997: NEW ROUTES LORETO-ALBUQUERQUE, MAZATLAN-PHOENIX, PUERTO VALLARTA-(DFW), & PHOENIX, SAN JOSE DEL CABO-(SFO).

SEPTEMBER 1997: APPROVAL FOR SERVICE TO (DFW), (SFO), & (LAX), TO TORREON, ZIHUATANEJO, (SFO) TO MAZATLAN/PUERTO VALLARTA, & (DFW) TO AGUASCALIENTES, CHIHUAHA ROUTES.

1 DC-9-32 (48151), EX-(AMX).

JANUARY 1998: PLANS TO ADD (DFW) & MAZATLAN-CHIHUAHUA-(DFW), & SAN LUIS POTOSI-AGUASCALIENTES-(DFW), IN EARLY /98.

FEB 1998: DC-9-32 (47553) "C" CHECK AT AVTEL SERVICES.

APRIL 1998: 1,800 EMPLOYEES (*FLT).

JUNE 1998: CODE SHARE WITH CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL (CDI) TO VANCOUVER, CANADA.

JULY 1998: (DOT) OK'S CODE SHARE WITH DELTA (DAL).

INCDT: DC-9-14 (45702) OVERRAN ON LANDING AT TEPIC (NAYARIT) IN HEAVY RAIN, = ALL 98 OK (MINOR DAMAGE).

SEPTEMBER 1998: DC-9-32, EX-CONTINENTAL (CAL), ABS HUSHKITS, INTERGLOBAL LEASED (930-48113, XA-TNT).

APRIL 1999: 1,800 EMPLOYEES (*FLT). SITA: HDQDGJR.

CODE SHARE WITH AMERICAN (AAL), MONTERREY-(ORD), AND ACAPULCO-(DFW).

DECEMBER 1999: 1 DC-9-32 (47765), EX-CONTINENTAL (CAL), AIR ONE FINANCE 7 YEAR LEASED.

APRIL 2000: 2,000 EMPLOYEES (*FLT). SITA: HDQDGJR.

(aero11@aerocalifornia.uabcs.mx).

JULY 2000: DC-9-32 (47765) RETURNED TO (PSS), LEASED TO LEGEND (LEG).

SEPTEMBER 2000: 1 DC-9-32 (47514), EX-SPIRIT (SPR), LEASED FROM INTERGLOBAL (IGI).

OCTOBER 2000: 1 DC-9-32 (926-48112, XA-ADA), (PLM) LEASED.

NOVEMBER 2000: CULIACAN-(LAX).

1 DC-9-32, EX-(SPR), INTERGLOBAL LEASED (214-47131, N941ML).

MARCH 2002: 2,000 EMPLOYEES (*JPA).

(T: (112) 26 655). (FAX: (112) 53 993).

July 2002: 1.26B RPK; 59.4% LF; 1.11M PAX; 3.22M FTK; 2,000 employees.

March 2003: (T: +52 612 266 55).

Parent organization/shareholders: Privately held (100%).

Mexico's 3rd largest airline, serving a domestic network of 30 cities and 2 international destinations in USA.

June 2003: 2,000 employees (*JPA).

(T: +1 (800) 841-1008). (FAX: +1 (310) 322-7980).

July 2004: ACCDT: DC-9-14 (47043, XA-BCS) skidded off runway on takeoff from Mexico City in heavy rain = 4 PAX with minor injuries of 4/52 and airplane was written off (W/O).

October 2004: 3 DC-9-32's (47673; 47791, ex-Midwest (MWX), Interglobal leased.

April 2006: Aero California (AEX) is Mexico's 3rd largest airline, serving a route network of 32 cities in Mexico and the USA, operating >200 flights/day. (AEX) also does maintenance and overhaul of airplanes, engines and components.

(IATA) Code: JR - 078. (ICAO) Code: SER - AEROCALIFORNIA.

Parent organization/shareholders: Privately held (100%).

Main Base: La Paz (LAP).

Domestic, Destinations: Aguascalientes; Chihuahua; Ciudad Juarez; Ciudad Obregon; Ciudad Victoria; Colima; Culiacan; Durango; Guadalajara; Hermosillo; La Paz; Leon/Guanajuato; Loreto; Los Mochis; Manzanillo; Matamoros; Mazatlan; Merida; Mexico City; Monterrey; Puebla; Puerto Vallarta; San Jose Cabo; Tampico; Tepic; Tijuana; Torreon; Veracruz; & Villahermosa.

International, Destinations: Los Angeles.

Mexican authorities grounded Aerocalifornia (AEX) for 90 days, because of safety concerns after inspections showed serious deficiencies. The transport ministry said Aerocalifornia (AEX) operations were suspended after inspections showed it had failed to make improvements ordered under a review 15 months ago. After the first inspection, the airline had grounded a third of its fleet and was "cannibalizing" parts from those airplanes to keep the rest operating, the transport ministry said.

(AEX) has been Mexico's third or fourth largest airline for many years. With a network of 23 cities and 15% of the domestic market, it operated a fleet of 29 DC-9's, some nearly 40 years old. 11 were already grounded or cannibalized.

June 2006: Aerocalifornia (AEX) said it would resume flying 5 of its 29 airplanes shortly. The airline was forced to ground its fleet on April 2nd following a two week review by the Transportation Department.

August 2006: Resumes operations with 5 DC-9-30s.

November 2006: (Telephone: 01-(800) 237-6225).

DC-9-32 (48112, XA-ADA), returned to service - see photo.

July 2007: MD-83 (49235, N934AS), ex-Alaska Airlines (ASA), Interglobal (IGI) leased.

July 2008: The Mexican government suspended Aerocalifornia (AEX) for failure to pay outstanding fees, according to a Communications and Transport Ministry statement cited by Dow Jones. Aerocalifornia (AEX) owes MXP259.6 million/$25.8 million in fees dating back to 2005.

Ceases operations.

Fleet:
(definitions)

Click below for photos:
AEX-DC-9-32
AEX-DC-9-32 NOV06

July 2008:

4 DC-9-14 (JT8D-7) (7-45714, /66 XA-RXG, EX-(TWA); 15-45702, /66 XA-SYQ, EX-(DAL); 29-45743, /66 XA-CSL, EX-(EAL); 45-46736, /66 XA-LMM, EX-(TWA); 88-47043, /67 XA-BCS, EX-(XTI). 47043 W/O 2004-07. 85Y.

6 DC-9-15 (JT8D-7A) (64-45785, /66 XA-RRY, EX-(SWS); 90-45786, /67 XA-AGS, EX-(SWS); 125-47059, /67 XA-RNQ, EX-(AMX); 139-47085, /67 XA-GDL, EX-(AMX); 224-47122, /67 XA-RKT, EX-(AMX); LAC). 85Y.

3 DC-9-31 (JT8D-7) (265-47166, /68 N8943E; 306-47214, /68 N8956E), EX-(EAL), (IGI) LSD, EX-(SEV), "C" CHECKS BY (COO), INCL STRIP AND PAINT. (779-47673, XA-), EX-(MWX), INTERGLOBAL LSD. 104Y.

5 DC-9-32 (JT8D-9) (154-47039, /67 XA-TAF; 395-47230, /68 XA-SWG; 397-47283, /68 XA-SYD; 450-47236, /69 XA-SWH, EX-(ALI); 642-47553, /71 XA-TBQ, EX-(BMA). 104Y.

2 DC-9-32 (JT8D-9A) (761-47648, /75 XA-THB; 772-47666, /75 XA-THC), EX-(ALM) & EX-(VAU). 104Y.

1 DC-9-32 (JT8D-15) (930-48113, /79 N12514), EX-(XTI)/(CAL), ABS HUSHKIT, (IGI) LSD 1999-08. 104Y.

1 DC-9-32 (JT8D-17) (1017-48151, /81 XA-TFO), EX-(AMX).

1 DC-9-32 (JT8D-9) (214-47131, /67 XA-ADK), (IGI) LSD 2000-11, EX-(KLM)/(SPR). 104Y.

1 DC-9-32 (JT8D-9A) (619-47514, /71 XA-ACZ), EX-(MTH)/(SPR), (IGI) LSD 2000-09, 104Y.

2 DC-9-32 (JT8D) (781-47680, XA-, 2005-03; 835-47740, XA-, 2005-02), EX-(MWX), INTERGLOBAL LSD. 104Y.

0 DC-9-32 (JT8D) (900-47765), EX-(CAL), (PSS) 7 YR LSD 1999-12, RTND 2000-07, LST (LEG). 104Y.

2 DC-9-32 (JT8D) (908-47791, XA-; 915-47794, XA-), EX-(MWX), INTERGLOBAL LSD.

1 DC-9-32 (JT8D-15) (926-48112, XA-ADA - SEE PHOTO), (PLM) LSD 2000-10, RTS 2006-11 with "www.aerocalifornia.com.mx" TITLES. 104Y.

1 MD-83 (1234-49235, N934AS), EX-(ASA), INTERGLOBAL (IGI) LSD 2007-07.

Management:
(definitions)

RAUL ARECHIGA ESPINOZA, CHAIRMAN, DIRECTOR GENERAL & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

ENRIQUE MENDEZ F, SENIOR VP OPERATIONS.

FERNANDO MARTINEZ, SENIOR VP TELECOMMUNICATIONS.

ALEXANDER GEORGELOS, SENIOR VP ADMINISTRATION.

GONZALO GLORIA, VP SALES & MARKETING.

CAPTAIN ROBERTO COTA, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS, (flight_ops@aerocalifornia.uabcs.mx).

WALTER WESSINGER, DIRECTOR 3RD PARTY MAJOR MAINTENANCE. (w.wessinger@balandra.uabcs.mx).

JORGE DESENTIS RODRIGUEZ, ENGINEERING MANAGER,
(flight_ops@aerocalifornia.uabcs.mx).

MILLER GONGORA, MANAGER MAJOR MAINTENANCE.

JOHN FOLEY, CHIEF MAINTENANCE CONTROL.

 
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