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CMA-1929-02 - FORD TRIMOTOR
CMA-2010-01 ONW MEMBER
FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1921. PRIVATIZED IN 1989. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER AND CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
XOLA 535, 11TH FLOOR, PISO 30
PO BOX 12-813
03100 MEXICO CITY, (DISTRICT FEDERAL), MEXICO
The population of Mexico City is 20 million.
Mexico was established in 1821, covers an area of 1,958,201 sq kms, its population is 110 million, its capital city is Mexico City, and its official language is Spanish.
February 1929: In February 1929, after eight years of operation, Pan Am (CEO), Juan Trippe took over Mexicana (CMA) and opened (CMA)’s first international route from its base in Mexico City to Brownsville, Texas via Tuxpan and Tampico.
The first flight drew a crowd not only for its famous pilot (FC) but for its new airplane. It was piloted by Charles Lindbergh, shown here (SEE PHOTO - - "CMA-1929-02 - FORD TRIMOTOR") in the cockpit of the three-engined, nine-passenger Ford Trimotor, built in 1927. This was an historic day as this Ford Trimotor 4-AT, serial number 10, made the first commercial flight between Mexico City and the USA. It also later flew the first commercial flight over the Canadian Rockies. Not only was it flown by Lindbergh, but Amelia Earhart also flew this particular Trimotor.
Mexicana (CMA) was 89 years old, when it ceased operations on August 28, 2010 after filing for bankruptcy.
OCTOBER 1995: TO LOS ANGELES (LAX), SEATTLE (SEA), SAN JOSE, SAN FRANCISCO (SFO), DENVER, DALLAS/FORT WORTH (DFW), SAN ANTONIO, CHICAGO (ORD), NEW YORK, BALTIMORE, PHILADELPHIA, TAMPA & MIAMI (MIA). REGIONALLY TO GUATEMALA, HAVANA, SAN JOSE, AND SAN JUAN.
JAVIER ESPRIU JIMENEZ, REPLACED AS PRESIDENT, BY FERNANDO FLORES.
7,040 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 843 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 1,328 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), 1,077 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
3 727-200'S SOLD TO LUFTHANSA (DHL).
DECEMBER 1995: APPROVAL FOR DENVER (DEN), & NEW YORK, USING 737-300, OR A320, BOTH 156 PAX.
MARCH 1996: CODE SHARE WITH AEROPERU (PER), NEWARK TO LIMA, & ON TO BUENOS AIRES (A320, 156 PAX).
DOING "C" CHECK, ON MAGNICHARTER (MAM) 737-200 (XA-SWL).
APRIL 1996: ACAPULCO, MEXICO CITY, MONTREAL (A320, 156 PAX)
OCTOBER 1996: EVALUATING POSSIBLE +2 757-200'S, (ILF) LEASED, EX-ATA AMERICAN TRANSAIR (AAT).
NOVEMBER 1996: 2 757-200'S, EX-ATA AMERICAN TRANSAIR (AAT), (ILF) 3 YEAR LEASED (PW2040) (24964; 24965), +1 IN 1997.
MARCH 1997: 727-200 ADVANCED (JT8D-17) TO AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS (ARG), PAC HOLDING LEASED.
APRIL 1997: OSCAR AGUELLO, SENIOR VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING; HECTOR COBO, VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING; & JORGE JACOME ARIMDA, MAINTENANCE MANAGER.
5,840 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 1,872 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 1,033 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
1 727-200 ADVANCED (JT8D-17), EX-SERVIVENSA (SVV).
MAY 1997: 1ST QUARTER CINTRA PROFITS +3.3%: +8% PASSENGERS (PAX).
+2 727-200. LOOKING FOR +2 757-200'S.
JUNE 1997: 2 NEW 757-200'S LEASED (N755MX, N758MX). DAMAGE TO FLIGHT DECK WINDOWS BY VOLCANIC ASH.
AUGUST 1997: CINTRA, HOLDING COMPANY, WHICH CONTROLS MEXICANA(CMA) & AEROMEXICO (AMX), REPORTS 2ND QUARTER = +29.7% PROFITS, BUT 1ST 6 MONTHS = -26.8% TO +952 MILLION PESOS (1.3 BILLION PESOS).
CODE SHARE WITH UNITED AIRLINES (UAL), FROM DENVER (DEN), HONOLULU (HNL), LOS ANGELES (LAX), SAN FRANCISCO (SFO), SEATTLE (SEA), TO MAZATLAN, PUERTO VALLARTA, AND SAN JOSE DEL CABO.
PLANS TO ADD 1 757-200, & 2 A320'S. 4/7 HUSHKITS FROM FEDEX (FED).
SEPTEMBER 1997: NEW ROUTES, MONTERREY - CANCUN/HUATULCO, GUADELAJARA - IXTAPA/ZIHUATANEJO. MORELIA - DURANGO. PUERTO VALLARTA - CHICAGO (ORD). ZACATECAS - GUADALAJARA.
OCTOBER 1997: 5,825 EMPLOYEES.
EXPANDS UNITED AIRLINES (UAL), STAR ALLIANCE CODE SHARE, WITH AIR CANADA (ACN), & LUFTHANSA (DLH).
1ST 6 MONTHS = +$56.9 MILLION. DOMESTIC MARKET SHARE = 33%. 68.6% LF (LOAD FACTOR) FOR 1ST 9 MONTHS.
NOVEMBER 1997: 3 ORDERS (AUGUST 1998) 757-200'S, (ILF) LEASED. ALSO, PLANS TO LEASE A 767 IN EARLY 1998. 2 A320'S (V2500) (280/467) EX-AIRWORLD, ORIX (OXA) LEASED.
DECEMBER 1997: CANCUN - CHICAGO.
2 757-200'S, SUNROCK (SNR) LEASED. 1 767-300ER, EX-SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS), (GUI) LEASED.
FEBRUARY 1998: UNITED AIRLINES (UAL) CODE SHARE, ZACATECAS - DENVER (727-200, 156 PAX).
MARCH 1998: USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) OK'S CODE SHARE WITH AEROPERU (PER), TO LOS ANGELES (LAX). APPLIES TO (DOT) FOR ZACATECAS - OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA (727-200, 156 PAX).
APRIL 1998: (DOT) OK'S ACAPULCO, & PUERTO VALLARTA, TO TAMPA. ALSO, CODE SHARE WITH CONDOR (CDF), TO 3 USA POINTS & TO FRANKFURT.
6,579 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 856 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 719 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
OSCAR ARGUELLO, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING. HECTOR COBO, SUB-DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING. RAFAEL DE LA VEGA NUNEZ, MAINTENANCE MANAGER.
MAY 1998: 727-281 (20876), RETURNED TO AVENSA (AVN).
JUNE 1998: OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - GUADALAJARA - MEXICO CITY (A320).
ARMANDO FURIO, QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER. JESUS NAVARO, 3RD PARTY MAINTENANCE MANAGER.
CINTRA 1ST QUARTER = +$4 MILLION (+$65 MILLION).
1 F 100 (TAY 650-15), (GEH) LEASED.
JULY 1998: NEW NONSTOPS, CHICAGO TO SAN LUIS POTOSI, AND ON TO GUADALAJARA, AND LEON. ALSO, GUADALAJARA, TO SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS. ZACATECAS - OAKLAND.
727-200 (QA401) RETURNED TO LESSOR. +2 F 100'S FOR TOTAL 12.
SEPTEMBER 1998: 2 757-200'S DELIVERIES. 2 F 100'S (11266; 11339) EX-SEMPATI (SEM), (GPA) 5 YEAR LEASED.
OCTOBER 1998: CODE SHARE WITH LUFTHANSA (DLH) TO FRANKFURT.
PLANS TO JOIN STAR ALLIANCE (SAL) IN 1999.
1997 = +$119 MILLION (NET PROFIT). 1ST 6 MONTHS = 5.24 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+5.6%), 32.4 MILLION (FTK) (+8%), 3.62 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+1.2%).
JANUARY 1999: POPE FLIES TO USA ON NEWLY DELIVERED MEXICAN AIRLINES (CMA) 757-200.
FEBRUARY 1999: SIGNS CONTRACT WITH LUFTHANSA (DLH) CONSULTING, TO UNDERTAKE A TURNAROUND MANAGEMENT PROJECT OVER 3 YEARS, BY IMPROVING ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE WITH EMPHASIS ON SHORT- & MEDIUM-TERM COST REDUCTIONS, & TRAINING OF 4,000 MEXICAN AIRLINES (CMA) EMPLOYEES IN SERVICE QUALITY.
CODE SHARE WITH AIR CANADA (ACN), TO CHICAGO AND TORONTO, MONTREAL, OTTAWA, & WINNIPEG.
MARCH 1999: CINTRA, PARENT GROUP OF MEXICANA (CMA), AND AEROMEXICO (AMX), 4TH QUARTER = +$68.6 MILLION (-$264,000). 1998 = +$41.9 MILLION (-80%); MAINTENANCE COSTS WERE +19.2%;, FUEL COSTS -9.6%: 2.68B (RPK) TRAFFIC, +5.4% (ASK) CAPACITY , 7.8 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX). 1998 = 6.41 BILLION (RPM) (+3.5%), 662.9 MILLION (FTM) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+3.6%).
AT END OF 1998 = 6,404 EMPLOYEES, 54 AIRPLANES,
PLANS TO HUSHKIT 10 MORE 727-200'S IN 1999, FOR 6 MORE YEARS OPERATIONS.
APRIL 1999: JORGE JACOME, ENGINEERING MANAGER, TAKES NEW POSITION IN STRATEGIC PLANNING, ON LUFTHANSA (DLH) CONSULTANCY ADVICE. REPLACED BY BENJAMIN LIRA.
(DOT) OK'S CHIHUAHUA TO EL PASO. CODE SHARE WITH AIR CANADA (ACN), FROM PUERTO VALLARTA, CANCUN, ACAPULCO, GUADALAJARA, & MEXICO CITY, TO MONTREAL, TORONTO, QUEBEC CITY, WINNIPEG, CALGARY, AND VANCOUVER.
6,354 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 886 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 1,451 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 719 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
RETURNED 1 727-287 TO LESSOR (22604, XA-TGP).
MAY 1999: CINTRA 1ST QUARTER = +$56 MILLION (+$4.5 MILLION) (NET PROFIT).
JUNE 1999: CINTRA PLANS TO PRIVATIZE BOTH MEXICANA (CMA), AND AEROMEXICO (AMX), MAYBE BY SEPTEMBER 1999.
PLANS FOR ACAPULCO TO BUENOS AIRES (757 EXTENDED TWIN ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS).
1998 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC (RPM) (BILLION):
41 AIN 7.68; 42 ELA 7.55; 43 GIA 7.09; 44 PIA 6.82; 45 AMX 6.66; 46 FIN 6.66; 47 GUL 6.59; 48 ARG 6.56; 49 PAL 6.50; 50 CMA 6.41.
JULY 1999: TO JOIN STAR ALLIANCE (SAL) IN JULY 2000. HAS CODE SHARE WITH UNITED AIRLINES (UAL), AIR CANADA (ACN), & LUFTHANSA (DLH).
MEXICANA (CMA) CURRENTLY FLIES 7 MILLION PASSENGERS/YEAR, WITH SERVICES TO 29 DOMESTIC CITIES, 11 USA, 2 CANADA, 3 CENTRAL AMERICA, 3 IN SOUTH AMERICA, AND 2 IN THE CARIBBEAN, WITH 54 AIRPLANES.
AUGUST 1999: MANAGER SWAP: JOSE LUIS BALDERAS, NOW QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER; MARTIN SUCHIYA, LINE MAINTENANCE MANAGER.
757-200 (PW2040) (27351) EX-AEROPERU (PER), (ILF) 66 MONTH LEASED.
SEPTEMBER 1999: PARENT COMPANY, CINTRA, ERNESTO MARTENS, CHAIRMAN IS REPLACED BY JAIME CORREDOR, EX-FINANCE MINISTER.
THE GOVERNMENT IS TO PRIVATIZE 13 AIRPORTS: CIUDAD JUAREZ, CHIHUAHUA, CULIACAN, MAZATLAN, DURANGO, MONTERREY, REYNOSA, TAMPICO, ZACATECAS, SAN LUIS POTOSI, ZIHUATANEJO, AND ACAPULCO.
727-200 (22604) RETURNED TO PEGASUS (PSS), LEASED TO ALLEGRO (AEG). 1 757-200 (PW), EX-AEROMEXICO (AMX). 1 757-200 (RR) TO NATIONAL (NAB).
OCTOBER 1999: JUAN DIEZ-CANEDO RUIZ, GENERAL DIRECTOR, CINTRA.
CINTRA DECIDES TO SELL GOVERNMENT'S 63% STAKE.
1ST 9 MONTHS CINTRA = +$118 MILLION (-$30 MILLION). MEXICANA (CMA) 1ST 9 MONTHS = 8.99 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+11%), 47.07 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-.5%), 5.87 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+5.2%).
DECEMBER 1999: LEON - DENVER.
757-200, EX-CONDOR (CDF), LEASED. 1 A320 (361), EX-ONUR AIR (ONU) & 1 A320 (369), EX-TRANSASIA (FSH) (V2500), 5 YEAR LEASED.
JANUARY 2000: 2 727-200 RETURNED TO GECAS (GEH). 757-236 (374-45980) RETURNED TO LESSOR UKHTA LTD.
FEBRUARY 2000: 6,000 EMPLOYEES.
MARCH 2000: 1999 = 11.99B RPK (+11.7%); 63.94M FTK (-.8%); 7.85M PAX (+5.7%).
1 757-200 (RB211-535E4) (25133) RETURNED TO PEGASUS (PSS), LEASED TO NATIONAL (NAB).
APRIL 2000: 6,354 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 886 FC, & 1,451 CA).
MAY 2000: 1 ORDER (3/01) 757-231 (PW2037) (952-30044), (ILF) LEASED (WAS TO HAVE BEEN LEASED TO TACV - CABO VERDE (TCV)).
JUNE 2000: IN 7/00, TO JOIN STAR ALLIANCE.
PLANS TO REPLACE ITS 727'S, & F 100'S, WITH A319/A320'S, AND MAY ADD 767'S. 1 A320 (V2500) (332), EX-TRANSASIA (FSH), (ASG) 5 YEAR LEASED.
JULY 2000: ALONG WITH BRITISH MIDLAND (BMA), JOINS STAR ALLIANCE.
GUADALAJARA - LAS VEGAS (727-200, 2/WEEK).
1999 = 11.99B RPK (+11.7%); 63.94M FTK (-.8%); 7.85M PAX (+5.7%); 6,354 EMPLOYEES (-.8%).
OCTOBER 2000: GOVERNMENT ORDERS PARENT COMPANY CINTRA TO SELL MEXICANA (CMA) AND AEROMEXICO (AMX).
1 A320-231 (V2500) (373), EX-TRANSMERIDIAN (TAL), AFT TRUST 5 YEARS LEASED (N304ML). 2 ORDERS (11/00) A320'S (291) (V2500), EX-AIR 2000 (ATZ), ORIX (OXA) LEASED (292).
NOVEMBER 2000: PLANS 3/01 SERVICE TO ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA, VIA GUADALAJARA (A320, 150 PAX).
2 A320-231'S (291, N291MX; 292, N292MX), ORIX (OXA) LEASED.
JANUARY 2001: SELLS 727-2A1 (21600) TO GECAS (GEF).
FEBRUARY 2001: ARMANDO FURIO, ENGINEERING DIRECTOR. JORGE JACOME, DIRECTOR SHOPS, INCLUDING PROPULSION.
MARCH 2001: 2000 = 13.21B RPK (+10.2%), 66.23M FTK (+3.6%), 8.53M PAX (+8.6%).
APRIL 2001: GUADALAJARA - HAVANA.
MAIN BASE: MEXICO CITY (BENITO JUAREZ INTNL).
JORGE JACOME, ENGINEERING MANAGER; ARMANDO FURIO, MAINTENANCE MANAGER; & ERNESTO MORENO, MANAGER REPAIR SHOPS.
MAY 2001: IN 11/01, TO CHICAGO (MIDWAY). IN 7/01, TO SANTIAGO, AND TO SANTIAGO DE CUBA.
1 A320-231 (415, N415MX) TRITON (TIA) LEASED.
JUNE 2001: FY 2000 = -$33M. 1ST Q = 3.16B RPK (+2.7%), 16.48M FTK (-2.7%), 2.05M PAX (+2%).
727-200 (QD556) RETURNED TO LESSOR. 1 A320-231 (405, N405MX), DELIVERY IN RETROJET COLORS. 1 A320-231 (428, N428MX), TRITON (TIA) LEASED.
JULY 2001: IN 8/01, ZACATECAS - OAKLAND (A320, 2/WK).
80TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!! CELEBRATES BY PAINTING 757-2Q8 (836-29380, N380RM) IN ITS ORIGINAL "COMPANIA MEXICANA DE AVIACION" COLORS. REST OF THE FLEET NOW WEARS SPECIAL "80 ANIVERSARIO" STICKERS.
AUGUST 2001: TO LONDON HEATHROW (LHR) VIA CHICAGO (ORD) BY STAR ALLIANCE CODE SHARE WITH UNITED AIRLINES (UAL) WITH A320 TO CHICAGO (ORD), & (UAL) 777 (ORD) TO (LHR).
OCTOBER 2001: FACED WITH WORST CRISIS IN LATIN AMERICAN AVIATION HISTORY, THE HEADS OF 11 MAJOR AIRLINE MEMBERS, OF THE LATIN AMERICAN AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION (AITAL) INCLUDING: (ACE); (AVI); (AMX)/(CMA); (LAV); (AVN); (SEZ); (COP); (LAN); (TAC); (VAR); & (VSP), MET IN MIAMI TO SEEK SOLUTIONS, AND POSSIBLE HELP FROM GOVERNMENTS.
RETIRES 4 727-200'S AND REDUCES WORKFORCE INCLUDING -110 FLIGHT CREW (FC). PREPARES FOR (ETOPS) OPERATIONS OF 757'S & 767'S TO EUROPE. 2 ORDERS A319'S (CFM56) (1618; 1634), GECAS (GEH) LEASED.
NOVEMBER 2001: TO CANCUN - SANTO DOMINGO.
6,580 EMPLOYEES. SITA: MEXDGMX.
727-2A1 (21346) RETURNED.
DECEMBER 2001: TO SAN SALVADOR (727-200, 4/WEEK).
2 727-200'S LEASED TO AEROSUR (REO). 1 A319 (CFM56) (1618), GEF 5 YEAR LEASED.
JANUARY 2002: NEXT MONTH, MIAMI TO SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (DAILY).
2001 = 12.52 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (-5.2%); 59.61 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT (-10%); 8.11 MILLION (PAX) (-5%).
2001 TOP 50 WORLD AIRLINES - TRAFFIC (BILLION) (RPM):
1 UAL 116.60; 2 AAL 106.15; 3 DAL 97.60; 4 NWA 73.11; 5 BAB 64.24; 6 AFA 59.54; 7 CAL 58.76; 8 DLH 56.76; 9 JAL 50.77; 10 USA 45.93; 11 SWA 44.50; 12 SIA 42.76; 13 QAN 42.14; 14 ACN 41.49; 15 KLM 35.76; 16 ANA 33.16; 17 CAT 27.81; 18 TII 27.43; 19 IBE 25.64; 20 KAL 23.73; 21 ALI 22.45; 22 MAS 22.29; 23 AMW 19.06; 24 VAA 17.65; 25 VAR 16.02; 26 CHI 16.00; 27 EAD 14.37; 28 SAS 14.26; 29 ANZ 13.54; 30 SAA 12.70; 31 SVA 12.56; 32 BEJ 12.39; 33 ASA 12.23; 34 JAS 10.06; 35 THY 9.35; 36 AMX 8.51; 37 PAL 8.36; 38 GIA 8.15; 39 CMA 7.99; 40 ELA 7.79; 41 GUL 7.65; 42 PIA 7.24; 43 AIN 7.10; 44 TAP 6.43; 45 EGP 5.53; 46 OLY 5.24; 47 AUL 5.06; 48 FIN 4.93; 49 IND 4.52; 50 CQT 4.51.
3 727-200'S SOLD TO MEXICAN FEDERAL POLICE (PDF). A319 (CFM56) (1634), (GEF) 5 YEAR LEASED.
FEBRUARY 2002: TO NEWARK.
MARCH 2002: GUADALAJARA - CHICAGO MIDWAY (MDW) (757, 3/WEEK); MORELIA - (MDW) (757/A320, 3/WEEK); ZACATECAS (757/A320, 2/WEEK). TO LAREDO (F100, 2/WEEK).
APRIL 2002: 6,714 EMPLOYEES.
MAIN BASE: MEXICO CITY - LIC BENITO JUAREZ INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (MEX).
HUB: CANCUN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CUN).
OWNERS/SHAREHOLDERS: CINTRA (99.95%).
MAY 2002: 5th anniversary of the Star Alliance (SAL): (ACN); (ANZ); (AUL); (BMA); (CMA); (DLH); (LAL); (SAS); (SIA); (TII); Tyrolean; (UAL); & (VAR).
2 A319'S (1706; 1750), BOULLIOUN (BOU) LEASED.
July 2002: 2001 = -$94.02 MILLION (+$11.82 MILLION): 13.39 BILLION (RPK) (-5%); 68.2% LF; 8.7 MILLION (PAX) (-4.7%); 62.16 MILLION (FTK) (-10.1%); 6,567 EMPLOYEES (-3.5%). 1st 6 months = 5.2 BILLION (RPK) (-19.5%); 3.46 MILLION (PAX) (-16.9%); 24.56 MILLION (FTK) (-22.6%).
Plans to lease 16 A320's to replace its remaining 727-200's. 3 727-264's (1754-22676, XC-OPF; 1778-22763, XC-NPF; 1780-22764, XC-MPF), sold to Policia Federal Preventia.
August 2002: In 2002-12, to Vancouver (A319, 5/week).
September 2002: Parent, Cintra 2nd Quarter = -710 Million Peso/-$71.5 Million (-69 Million Peso): the bad results due to the effects of 9/11 and currency devaluation.
727-264 (22156) sold to Aerosur (REO).
October 2002: 1 A319-112 (588), (ILF) leased.
November 2002: Code share with Southern Winds (SOW) to Cancun, and Mexico City.
2 727-264's (22661; 22662), sold to Mexican Air Force (MXA).
December 2002: 1 A319-112 (CFM56), 1429, N429MX) Boullioun (BOU) leased. 2 A319-112's (1866, N866MX; 1872, N872MX), (ILF) leased. A320-231 (225, N225RX), Orix (OXA) leased.
January 2003: Next month, code share with COPA (COP), Mexico City - Cancun - Panama City.
727-264 (22413, XA-MEL) sold to Mexican Federal Police. A319-112 (1882, N882MX), (ILF) leased. Canceled 2 A320 orders.
February 2002: A319-112 (1925, N925MX), delivery.
March 2003: San Antonio - Puerto Vallarte. Austin/San Antonio - Cancun, Austin - Mexico City. Code share with Air Canada (ACN), Mexico City - Caracas. In 2003-05, Morelia - Guadalajara - Portland, Oregon (A319, daily nonstop).
Cintra 2002 = -$149.5 Million (-123.4 Million). Mexicana (CMA) 2002 = 11.14 Billion (RPK) traffic (-11.1%); 7.38 Miollionj (-8.9%); 48.96 Million (FTK) (-17.9%).
April 2003: 6,567 employees.
May 2003: 1 order (2004-03) A319 & 1 order (2003-06) A320-231 (430), ex-Cyprus Airways (CYP), both (ILF) 5 year leased. Final flight of its last 727 airplane.
June 2003: In 2003-07, Monterrey/Guadalajara - Vancouver (2/week).
A320-231 (447, N447MX), (ILF) leased.
July 2003: 6,580 employees. SITA: MEXDGMX.
September 2003: 2002 Cintra = -$170.4 Million (-$146.8 Million): 2002 (CMA) = 11.74 Billion (RPK) (-10.7%); -3.5% (ASK); 63.8% LF (-5.2); 7.8 Million (PAX) (-8.7%); 49 Million FTK (-17.8%).
2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC (RPK) (Billion):
46 (THY) 16.59; 47 (ATZ) 16.30; 48 (LTU) 16.10; 49 (JAA) 15.90; 50 (HAP) 14.40; 51 (JMA) 13.97; 52 (PAL) 13.52; 53 (AMX) 13.31; 54 (AIN) 13.25; 55 (FIN) 12.79; 56 (BER) 12.73; 57 (ELA) 12.54; 58 (TPR) 12.08; 59 (MON) 11.86; 60 (GUL) 11.84; 61 (CMA) 11.74; 62 (COR) 11.47; 63 (TAP) 11.38; 64 (LAN) 11.14.
October 2003: 10 orders (2004-10) A318 (CFM56), GECAS (GEF) leased.
November 2003: Next month, Mexico City - Buenos Aires (4/week).
Mexicana (CMA) will convert its subsidiary, AeroCaribe (AEB) into a low-fare carrier, without affecting the level of service.
Will become the 1st airline member to exit the Star Alliance (SAL) after it notified United Airlines (UAL) (a founding member of Star (SAL)) that it is not renewing its 7-year code share and frequent flier cooperation agreement which expires 2004-03.
4 767-300ER's ex-Scandinavian Airlines (SAS).
December 2003: Mexico City - Buenos Aires (767-300ER).
January 2004: In 2004-04, code share with American Airlines (AAL) on 500 flights/week and will join each other's frequent flyer programs.
February 2004: Signed a code sharing agreement with Iberia Airlines (IBE) covering 30 destinations in Mexico from Mexico City and Cancun and a dozen others in the USA & Canada, as well as 34 destinations in Spain, 31 elsewhere in Europe, and 6 in Africa and the Middle East.
727-264 (22412) sold to Mexican Airforce (MXG).
April 2004: 6,660 employees. SITA: MEXDGMX.
Implemented the Sabre WiseVision sales expansion system and the Sabre TransVision traffic flow analyzer.
Mexicana Airlines (CMA)'s President, Fernando Flores is being transferred to lead Aeromexico (AMX) after the resignation of Arturo Barahona.
767-33AER (491-25535, N535AW), ex-Avianca (AVI), Ansett Worldwide(AWW) leased. A320-231 (225) returned to Orix (OXA).
May 2004: Denver - Liberia. Denver - Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, scheduled charters for SunTrips. In 7/04, Mexico City - New York (JFK) (A319).
As it receives its A318's will transfer F 100's to Aerocaribe (AEB) to replace DC-9's.
727-225F (831-20383, XA-RLV), delivery for La Mexicana de Carga operations, JODA leased. A319-112 (1598, XA-UAQ "Vancouver"), CIT (TCI) leased.
July 2004: 2003 = 11.76 Billion (RPK) (+.2%); 63.5% LF; 7.99 Million (PAX) (+2.5%); 48.83 Million (FTK) freight (-.3%).
August 2004: 727-264 (22409) sold to Aerosur (REO).
September 2004: 727-264 (22158) sold to Aerosur (REO). A319-112 (588, N588MX) returned to CIT (TCI).
October 2004: Parent, Cintra received government approval to merge Aeromexico (AMX) and Mexicana (CMA) into a single carrier, and also Aerocaribe (AEB) with Aerolitoral into a single carrier, in order to sell both new airlines to 3rd parties.
1st of 10 A318's (GEF) leased.
November 2004: Next month, Sacramento - Cancun; - Los Cabos. In 2005-01, Sacramento - Morelia.
2 A318-111's (2328, XA-UBQ; 2333, XA-UBR), (GEF) leased.
December 2004: Andres Conesa, Chairman, Cintra.
Las Vegas - Los Cabos (A319, 3/week).
A318-111 (2358, XA-UBS) delivery. A320-231 (357, XA-UCZ), ex-Thomas Cook (JMA), Kawasaki Leasing leased.
January 2005: Subsidiary, Lineas Aerea Mexicana de Aerea ceased operations.
February 2005: Broadens its codeshare with Iberia Airlines (IBE), whereby (IBE) will place its code on Mexicana Airlines (CMA) flights from Mexico City to Oaxaca & Merida, while (CMA) will begin codesharing on (IBE)'s flights between Madrid and both Malaga and Santiago de Compostela.
Interline e-ticketing with American Airlines (AAL).
A318-111 (2394), (GEF) leased.
April 2005: Mexicana (CMA) plans to transform its regional subsidiary Aerocaribe (AEB) into Mexico's first low-cost airline to be renamed "Click Mexicana," starting in 2005-07 with 3 F 100's (11384; 11390; 11400), ex-Mexicana (CMA), eventually growing to 10 airplanes. Operations from Mexico City to Saltillo, Nuevo Laredo, San Luis Potosi, Oaxaca, Zihuatanejo, Huatulco, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Villahermosa, & Merida. Isaac Volin Bolok, CEO.
2 A320-214's (2347, XA-UDT; 2248, XA-UDU), Iberia Airlines (IBE) leased.
May 2005: 2 757-2Q8's (24965; 26332) returned to (ILF), 24965 leased to Fischer Air (FIH), for Poland operations.
June 2005: 6,500 employees (-.9%) (including 857 Flight Crew (FC); & 1,450 Cabin Attendants (CA)).
Japan Airlines and Mexicana Airlines reached a codeshare agreement based on connections in Los Angeles that will expand (JAL)'s network in Mexico to four cities and provide Mexicana with access to Tokyo and Osaka. Subject to government approval, the accord will come into effect October 30. Implementation of a frequent-flier program partnership also is being discussed and will be put into effect once its scope and terms are finalized.
July 2005: A318-111 (2523, XA-UBW), (GEF) leased.
August 2005: Japan Airlines (JAL) and Mexicana Airlines (CMA) reached a codeshare agreement based on connections in Los Angeles that will expand (JAL)'s network in Mexico to four cities and provide Mexicana (CMA) with access to Tokyo and Osaka. Subject to government approval, the accord will come into effect October 30. Implementation of a frequent-flier program partnership also is being discussed and will be put into effect once its scope and terms are finalized.
September 2005: A318-111 (2552, XA-UBY), (GEF) leased.
October 2005: Iberia Airlines (IBE) decided not to participate in the privatization of AeroMexico (AMX) and Mexicana (CMA), citing unfavorable market conditions. According to AFX in Madrid, Iberia Chairman Fernando Conte previously expressed concern over the ability of the two airlines to compete with their current business structure against emerging low-cost carriers. He also was not satisfied that foreign investment would be kept to 25%. However, according to Reuters, Spain's Globalia, which owns Air Europa (ARE), is interested in bidding for the airlines.
A318-111 (2575, XA-UBZ), (GEF) leased.
November 2005: Mexicana de Aviacion (CMA) announced the launch of direct service between Mexico City and Miami aboard A319s. (CMA) is adding 1 daily flight from Guadalajara to Los Angeles. The airline is also adding 2 additional weekly flights from Zacatecas to Los Angeles. (CMA) which temporarily discontinued nonstop service from Cancun to Los Angeles announced it will not resume the nonstop service at this time.
Cintra SA, Mexico's state-owned airline company that has managed AeroMexico (AMX) and Mexicana (CMA) since the mid-1990s and is attempting to privatize them, said that only two bidders remain in the running for the government's shares in the airlines, according to media reports. Hotel operator Grupo Posadas and Grupo Xtra, a holding company run by a Mexican businessman, are the only remaining bidders from 10, including Iberia (IBE) and Icelandair (ICE), that were approved in August. Cintra will spend the next week evaluating the offers and the government can reject both bids if it chooses. One bidder will not be allowed to purchase both airlines.
December 2005: Cintra SA said its shareholders unanimously approved the sale of Mexicana (CMA) and low-cost airline Click (AEB) to the Grupo Posadas hotel company for $165 million plus the assumption of $294 million in debt and $997 million in airplane lease obligations in the first stage of Mexico's long-anticipated airline privatization. Posadas also will take a 50% stake in other airline units including ground services and cargo, the Associated Press reported. The largest hotel operator in Mexico, Grupo Posadas also has hotels in the USA, Argentina and Brazil. Its brands are Fiesta Americana Grand, Fiesta Americana, Fiesta Inn, Caesar Park, Caesar Business and The Explorean.
Cintra, the state holding company for AeroMexico (AMX) and Mexicana (CMA), made the announcement as it said it will postpone the sale of AeroMexico (AMX), the larger of the two carriers, until next year. Grupo Posadas also bid on 75% of AeroMexico (AMX) while Grupo Xtrta SA bid for all the shares of both airlines. However, Cintra said both bids were too low.
Mexicana (CMA) earned 105.7 million pesos/$10 million in the third quarter ended September 30, down -85% compared to income of +693.3 million pesos in the year-ago period net of a +299 million peso special gain. Revenues were basically flat at 4.9 billion pesos while operating expenses rose +6.3% to 4.08 billion pesos driven largely by a +37% jump in fuel expense. Operating profit declined -18.5% to 333.6 million pesos. For the first nine months, Mexicana (CMA)'s net profit fell -17.5% to +118.1 million pesos from 143.3 million pesos.
Mexicana (CMA) inaugurated nonstop service from Mexico City to Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI). The airline now operates a daily flight using an A318. With the addition of (BWI), Mexicana (CMA) provides non-stop service to 14 cities in the United States.
Mexicana (CMA)'s operating fleet numbered 64 airplanes at mid-year.
January 2006: AeroMexico (AMX) and Mexicana Airlines (CMA) plan to end service from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), according to media reports. AeroMexico (AMX), which has served (DFW) since 1994 and operates one flight per day to Mexico City, will cease operations February 5. Mexicana (CMA) will leave (DFW) January 10. It flew once daily to Guadalajara, four times per week to Morelia and thrice-weekly to Zacatecas. AeroMexico (AMX) code shares with Delta Air Lines (DAL) and was hurt by the latter's withdrawal from (DFW) last year.
Cintra SA, Mexico's airline holding company, is changing its name to Consorcio Aeromexico, according to media repots. Cintra sold Mexicana (CMA) and its Click (AEB) Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) to hotel company Grupo Posadas last month, but opted to retain AeroMexico (AMX).
Mexico City Airport's new second terminal will be finished by (ICA), Mexico's largest construction company, under a new MXN1.9 billion/$180.2 million contract, Reuters reported. The work will run through August.
A319-112 (2662, XA-UER), CIT Group (TCI) leased.
February 2006: Mexican airport operator Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (GAP)'s shares jumped more than +30% as the government began selling 85% of its stock in the company. (GAP) operates 12 airports in Mexico, including Guadalajara, Tijuana and Puerto Vallarta.
The action represents the largest privatization in Mexico and highlights a government plan to privatize the airport industry, which until now has operated on long-term concessions handed out by the government.
Mexicana (CMA) will inaugurate nonstop service from Guadalajara to Bakersfield on Apr 1st. The airline will operate 3 flights a week, departing Guadalajara on Wed/Fri/Sat and Bakersfield on Thu/Sat/Sun, operating with an A318.
Mexicana (CMA) will inaugurate nonstop service from Guadalajara to Fresno on Apr 1st. The airline will operate 5 flights a week, daily except Mon/Tue, operating with an A318.
March 2006: Mexicana Airlines (CMA) extended its (V2500) Select agreement to cover its 26 A320s and six spare engines.
April 2006: Worldspan said Mexicana Airlines (CMA) chose to adopt its Rapid Reprice solution for repricing airline tickets when itineraries change.
May 2006: Mexicana Airlines (CMA) will return to Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) on July 1 with two daily flights using an A318 to Mexico City, re-establishing the carrier at (DFW) after a six-month absence. Mexicana (CMA) pulled out of the airport in January. (DFW) said the new service will inject more than +$60 million into the North Texas economy. Mexicana (CMA) will be the first airline eligible to receive support from the airport's expanded Air Service Incentive Program established to attract new service.
Mexicana (CMA) concluded negotiations with DVB Bank for a seven-year, $75.5 million loan secured in part by 10 A320s. It will provide prepayment of part of the airline's debt with BNP Paribas Bank.
1 A319, Aviation Capital Group (CGP) leased.
June 2006: Mexicana (CMA) inaugurated nonstop service from Mexico City to New York (JFK). The airline now operates a daily flight using the A319. Mexico City to Fresno Yosemite International Airport (the first foreign carrier to provide international flights from the US airport), using an A318, 100 seat.
767-3P6ER (244-24349, N957PG), Pegasus (PSS) leased.
July 2006: Qantas (QAN) and Mexicana (CMA) signed a codeshare agreement effective August 1. Qantas (qan) will codeshare on 237 Mexicana (CMA) weekly services to Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara and San Jose del Cabo from Los Angeles (LAX) and San Francisco (SFO), while Mexicana (CMA) will codeshare on Qantas (QAN) flights from (LAX) to Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and from (SFO) to Sydney.
1 order (2007-05) A320-200, (ILF) 10 year leased. A320-214 (1229, XA-MXD), Iberia Airlines (IBE) leased.
August 2006: Mexicana (CMA) is the leader in the USA-Mexico market with an extensive domestic network and routes across the border to the USA and Caanada, plus routes to cities in Central and South America.
Employees = 6,690 (including 821 Flight Crew (FC); & 1,473 Cabin Attendants (CA).
(IATA) Code: MX - 132. (ICAO) Code: MXA (Callsign - MEXICANA).
Parent organization/shareholders: Grupo Posada (100%), a hotel chain.
Owns: Click Mexicana (formerly AeroCaribe) Mexico's first Low Cost Carrier (LCC) (100%).
Alliances: Aeromar; Aeromexico (AMX); Air Canada (ACN); Air New Zealand (ANZ); All Nippon Airways (ANA); American Airlines (AAL); Avianca (AVI); Copa Airlines (COP); Iberia Airlines (IBE); Japan Airlines Domestic (JAS); Japan Airlines International (JAL); LAN Cargo; Lufthansa (DLH); Scandinavian Airlines (SAS); & Varig Airlines (VAR).
Main Base: Mexico City Lic Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX).
Hubs: Cancun International airport (CUN); & Guadalajara airport (GDL).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Acapulco; Aguascalientes; Cancun; Chetumal; Ciudad del Carmen; Chihuahua; Ciudad Del Carmen; Ciudad Juarez; Ciudad Obregon; Ciudad Victoria; Colima; Coazumel; Culiacan; Durango; Guadalajara; Guerrero Negro; Hermosillo; Huatulco; Ixtapa/Xihuatanejo; Leon/Guanajuato; Manzanillo; Matamoros; Mazatlan; Merida; Mexicali; Mexico City; Minatitlan; Monterrey; Morelia; Nuevo Laredo; Oaxaca; Piedras Negras; Poza Rica; Puebla; Puerto Escondido; Puerto Vallarta; Queretaro; Reynosa; Salina Cruz; Saltillo; San Jose Cabo; San Luis Potosi; Tampico; Tapachula; Tepic; Tijuana; Torreon; Tuxtla Gutierrez; Uruapan; Veracruz; Villahermosa; & Zacatecas.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Baltimore; Barcelona; Bogota; Buenos Aires; Caracas; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Frankfurt; Guatemala City; Guayaquil; Havana; Las Vegas; Lima; Los Angeles; Madrid; Miami; Montreal; New York; Oakland; Ontario; Panama City; Phoenix; Portland; Sacramento; San Antonio; San Francisco; San Jose; San Salvador; Santiago; Sao Paulo; Toronto; & Vancouver.
September 2006: Rockwell Collins signed a three-year contract to provide repair and overhaul support for Mexicana Airlines (CMA) at its Dallas and Atlanta service centers.
Mexicana de Aviacion (CMA) struck a deal with ground workers to cut labor costs by -26%, according to a release cited by Dow Jones. The carrier is attempting to cut its overall expenses by -25% and also is negotiating with its pilots (FC) and flight attendants (CA). The union representing the latter, reportedly threatened to strike if there is no agreement by September 15.
October 2006: Mexicana (CMA) will operate seasonal winter service from Zacatecas to Denver from December 1st through January 31st. The airline will operate 2 flights a week, departing Zacatecas on Fridays & Sundays and Denver on Mondays & Saturdays, using an A320.
2 767-3P6ER's (23764, XA-MXE; 24349, XA-MXC), ex-Lloyd Aereo Boliviano (LAB), Pegasus (PSS) leased.
November 2006: Mexicana Airlines (CMA) reached a cost-cutting agreement with its pilots (FC) that the carrier said will lower expenses by $50 million annually. Reuters reported that the more than 800 pilots (FC) agreed to benefit cuts, including lower overtime pay and a shortening of vacations, in exchange for pay raises in each of the next four years. The wage increases will be calculated by taking the rate of inflation and adding one percentage point.
December 2006: Penauille Servisair signed a three-year deal with Mexicana (CMA) for provision of ground handling services at Miami International.
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 eight airlines competing on city-pairs of more than 1 million annual passengers compared to four in the USA. Furthermore, the top 10 busiest domestic routes have 1.8 times 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.
A320-214 (566, XA-MXF), Pembroke Capital (PEB) leased.
January 2007: Mexicana de Aviacion (CMA) signed a new labor agreement with its ground workers that it said will yield -$20 million in annual savings and improve customer service.
The accord, which amends rules that had been in place for 15 years, will run through 2009, and give workers inflation-indexed raises plus 1% this year and each of the next two years.
It will provide for more flexible working conditions, including shorter working days and permitting workers to perform multiple functions, something that previously was not allowed. For example, a single staff member will be able to check in passengers, sell tickets, collect excess luggage fees and perform other functions at one counter, which the airline said will cut down on passengers having to stand in line multiple times to conduct different transactions. The agreement also will let the airline staff its Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facilities so more mechanics (MT)are on hand during peak periods.
Mexicana (CMA) CEO, Emilio Romano and Miguel Angel Yudico, Secretary General of the National Union of Transport, Manufacturing, Aviation, Service and Similar Workers, signed the agreement at the offices of the Mexican Labor Ministry following several months of negotiations.
"This agreement was achieved through dialogue and the trust shared by both parties, whose overriding objective was to find the best way of making the company viable in the long term," Romano said. Yudico added, "The union is standing by its commitment to ground workers by acknowledging that the best way to protect their collective contract is by ensuring they have the necessary flexibility and productivity to guarantee them a secure and stable source of employment in the long term."
Mexicana noted that it is currently in negotiations with its flight attendants (CA) and "is confident that an agreement will be reached soon."
March 2007: Starts Monterrey - Los Angeles using A320s and Culiacan - Los Angeles, using A318s/A319s.
2 A319-112s (1630, XA-MXG, 3/07; 1673), (ILF) leased.
April 2007: A319-112 (1742, XA-MXI), (ILF) leased.
May 2007: A319-112 (1805, XA-MXJ), (ILF) leased, and A320-214 (3123, N213MX), (ILF) leased.
June 2007: 757-2Q8 (29380, N380RM), returned to (ILF), leased to Eos (EOS).
July 2007: Mexicana Airlines (CMA) announced the elevation of CFO, Manuel Borja to CEO, replacing Emilio Romano, who held the position since March 2004. Borja, who will take over July 16, held a similar position at hotel operator Grupo Posadas, which acquired Mexicana (CMA) from state-controlled holding company Cintra in late 2005. Chairman, Gaston Azcarraga said, "The 18-month period of stable, ordered transition following the acquisition of the company that we agreed would be spearheaded by Emilio Romano has come to an end. This change in upper management is intended to meet the challenges of a highly competitive market and create greater value for our clients and stockholders." VP Corporate Finances, Gerardo Barrera will succeed Borja as CFO, and Click Mexicana (AEB) CEO, Isaac Volin Bolok will add the role of VP Corporate Commercial, Mexicana (CMA) said.
The Carlyle Group, a private equity firm, reached a definitive agreement to acquire (ARINC) from its current shareholders, which include more than a dozen major airlines and Boeing (TBC). (ARINC), which generates more than >$900 million in annual revenue, specializes in transportation communications technology, and its Air Traffic Control (ATC) support systems are used by carriers and airports throughout the world. Primary shareholders in the 77-year-old company based in Annapolis, include American Airlines (AAL), United Airlines (UAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), Continental Airlines (CAL), Northwest Airlines (NWA), US Airways (AMW)/(USA), Air Canada (ACN), Air France (AFA)/(KLM), Lufthansa (DLH), British Airways (BAB), Mexicana (CMA), Swiss International Air Lines (CSR), TACA (TAC), FedEx (FED), Hawaiian Airlines (HWI), and Philippine Airlines (PAL). (AAL) said it would receive $194 million from the sale of its stake and (UAL) expects $125 million. Other carriers did not immediately disclose expected proceeds and (ARINC) did not release financial details. The company said the transaction is expected to close in the third quarter subject to regulatory approval. "This is an important step in the evolution of (ARINC)," Chairman & CEO, John Belcher said. "We have worked very hard to find a partner, who shares our vision and believe that Carlyle's international presence, financial resources, and expertise in the aerospace, defense and communications sectors will be instrumental in the continued expansion of our business." Carlyle Managing Director & Head Global Aerospace & Defense, Peter Clare said, "We believe that (ARINC) is well positioned to capitalize on several favorable macro trends in both its commercial and government market segments." (ARINC) earned net income of +$10.2 million in 2006, a +14.3% decrease from +$11.9 million in 2005. Its annual revenue has risen steadily this decade, increasing +72.7% from $532 million in 2000 to $919 million last year.
September 2007: Lufthansa (DLH) Technik (LTK) signed a Total Component Maintenance agreement with Mexicana (CMA) covering more than >250 part numbers for its 47 A320 family airplanes.
October 2007: Mexicana (CMA) submitted a takeover bid for AeroMexico (AMX), valued at MEX2.17 billion/$199 million, topping recent bids made by the Saba family and Banamex. AeroMexico (AMX) is controlled by state holding company Consorcio Aeromexico, which is 62% owned by the Mexican government. Consorcio, previously known as Cintra SA, sold Mexicana (CMA) to Grupo Posadas in 2005, but retained AeroMexico (AMX). Bids for the latter, from the Saba family and Banamex, the Mexican arm of Citigroup, remain on the table, with Banamex raising its bid to MEX1.76 billion, slightly exceeding the Sabas' latest offer of MEX1.74 billion. Mexicana (CMA) Chairman, Gaston Azcarraga said combining the country's two largest airlines is in the best interest of the carriers and consumers. "Merging these two companies into one single aeronautical group, will boost their profitability, enabling them to offer reliable transportation alternatives at an attractive price, and guaranteeing job stability for their employees in the long term," he said. "What we are proposing, is a restructuring of the market that will ensure the survival of these two flagship airlines. We want to strengthen them, and we know how to." Mexicana (CMA) said it submitted documentation with its bid, that shows the "domestic market cannot support two flagship airlines," adding: "Faced with growing competition, the best option for the country and users, is a strong aviation group, complemented by more competitive, better-structured low-cost airlines. The number of airlines in the country has doubled since 2001, and the joint market share of Mexicana (CMA) and AeroMexico (AMX) has dropped -47% percentage points since 1990." In the first half of 2007, the two carriers' combined share of the domestic market, fell to 53% from 65%, and is expected to drop below 50% by year end, Mexicana (CMA) said. Low Cost Carriers (LCC)s could see their market share "increase to as much as +36%, once they receive delivery of 25 new airplanes, for which orders have already been placed." "The domestic aviation industry is facing a critical phase, and we estimate the sector will incur losses close to -$500 million in 2007," Azcarraga said. He added that Mexicana (CMA) is "prepared to accept the recommendations of the Federal Competition Commission to ensure the viability of the transaction."
Mexico's Federal Competition Commission rejected Mexicana (CMA)'s bid to acquire AeroMexico (AMX), ruling that a merger of the country's two largest airlines would be unfair to competitors and "unfavorable to consumers." Mexicana (CMA) had put the highest of three bids on the table for AeroMexico (AMX), which is controlled by state holding company Consorcio Aeromexico. The regulatory rejection leaves the wealthy Saba family and Banamex, the Mexican arm of Citigroup, in an apparent bidding war for the carrier, although Mexicana (CMA) insisted that it would forge on with its bid. Banamex, earlier this month, raised its bid to MEX1.76 billion/$163 million, but the Saba family later boosted its bid to MEX1.8 billion. Mexicana (CMA)'s offer is valued at MEX2.17 billion, but the Competition Commission said that the "transaction would create an entity with significant power in the passenger air transport market, with the ability to unfairly displace competitors and impose prices and conditions unfavorable to consumers." Mexicana (CMA) responded that it would use available "legal resources . . . to preserve our right to acquire" AeroMexico (AMX). Noting that its bid is clearly higher than rival offers, it said a merged carrier would have a 53% domestic market share, that would drop to less than 50% in 2008, and that formidable Low Cost Carrier (LCC) competition would prevent it from becoming a monopoly player. In a statement, Mexicana (CMA) said it could combine the carriers "without affecting consumers . . . To the contrary, [a merger] will foment competition in the national market and strengthen Mexican aviation in the international market."
Shortly after, bidding for AeroMexico (AMX) intensified as both the Saba family and Banamex boosted their rival offers for the carrier and Mexicana (CMA) urged stakeholders not to dismiss its bid, despite a rejection by regulatory authorities on antitrust grounds. Father and son, Alberto Saba Raffoul and Moises Saba Masri, increased their bid to MXN1.89 billion/$174.7 million, while Banamex, the Mexican arm of Citigroup, said the group of investors it is leading, have upped their bid to MXN1.85 billion. But Banamex claimed that its bid actually was more valuable, because in addition to cash, it is including tradable warrants linked to the future value of the carrier, that it said would be worth more than >$42 million in three years. Banamex additionally said it would invest $240 million in the airline within three months of finalizing a purchase. AeroMexico (AMX)'s board said in a statement, that both bids are "reasonable from a financial point of view" and urged stakeholders to make a decision. AeroMexico (AMX) is controlled by state holding company Consorcio Aeromexico, which is 62% owned by various Mexican government agencies. Mexicana (CMA), which saw its bid rejected by the Federal Competition Commission, said in a statement that AeroMexico (AMX)'s board also should have issued an opinion on its offer, which the board declined to do. It said AeroMexico (AMX) shareholders should keep an open mind and that "the resolution by the Federal Competition Commission isn't a final judgment." It has appealed the agency's ruling, but it is unclear what legal recourse Mexicana (CMA) has to stay in the bidding.
Finally, Mexico's government agreed to sell its 62% stake in AeroMexico (AMX) to a group of investors led by Banamex, the Mexican arm of Citigroup, for MXN2.7 billion/$249 million, following an intensifying bidding war. Banamex prevailed over the Saba family, whose final bid of about MXN2.72 billion was rejected because it came in 2 minutes past Wednesday's 5 pm deadline. Banamex's final bid arrived just before the deadline. "We lost," conceded Moises Saba Masri, who has been critical of the government's handling of the process. Banamex appointed Jose Luis Barraza, Chairman of AeroMexico (AMX). Barraza has been President of business development organization, Consejo Coordinador Empresarial, and previously was VP Economic Development for the state of Chihuahua. "We are going to inject $240 million of fresh capital into the company to start to expand routes, frequencies and [acquire] more planes," he said. Banamex has said its investment group includes 14 members. The owners of Grupo Modelo, which produces Corona beer, are believed to be involved. Back-and-forth bidding by Banamex and the Sabas drove up the cost of Mexico's second-largest airline. Competition began in August with the Sabas' offer of about $100 million, well below the eventual sale price. AeroMexico (AMX) rival Mexicana (CMA) was sold to an investment group led by Grupo Posadas in late 2005 for $165.5 million. Assumption of liabilities brought the total value of that deal to $1.46 billion. It is not clear what liabilities Banamex will be taking on, but Moises Saba pointed out that inheriting the carrier's debt was a factor when his family made their initial bid. The remaining 38% of AeroMexico (AMX)'s stock, which is publicly traded, jumped in per-share value by more than >30% as the bids escalated in recent days.
November 2007: Mexico's flag carriers AeroMexico (AMX) and Mexicana (CMA) have seen their share of the domestic market decline from 84% to 50% since 2000, Mexicana (CMA) Chairman, Gaston Azcarraga said at the (ALTA) conference in Cancun. Azcarraga, who also is Chairman of the airline's parent company Grupo Posadas, noted that the country is served by 14 domestic airlines - - "that's where the problem starts," he told attendees - - and that "if this industry is going to make a profit, eventually it has to come through consolidation." Mexicana (CMA) tried to help that process along by bidding for AeroMexico (AMX) last month, but the competition authority rejected its bid.
Turning to Mexicana (CMA), Azcarraga noted that the airline's flight attendants (CA) average just 59 hours of flying a month. "How can you be successful in any industry if part of your workforce works [only] 59 hours a month?" he asked. The carrier has taken the flight attendant (CA) union to court over the issue. It won the first round but lost the second on appeal. It expects its counter-appeal to be upheld. He also said that Grupo Posadas got into the airline industry "by chance more than anything." He called the industry "exciting, but extremely, extremely complicated."
Mexicana (CMA) and Amadeus announced that the airline signed a preliminary agreement to adopt the full Altea Customer Management Solution to manage its reservations, inventory and departure control. Mexicana CIO, Santiago Ontanon pegged the value of the investment at around $40 to $50 million out of $100 million the airline has committed to invest in Information Technology (IT) systems over five years. He said at the ALTA Airline Leaders Forum that the carrier began its search for a new reservations system around the time it was privatized in 2005. He described the exercise as a "very interesting [and] very difficult process," during which Mexicana (CMA) talked to virtually every supplier, including low-cost new entrants and traditional res system providers. Adoption of Altea will enable the airline to "leapfrog" competitors and differentiate itself in the market, Ontanon said. In addition, he noted that half of the carriers with which it has alliances, use at least one component of Altea. Mexicana (CMA) itself uses the Amadeus e-commerce platform. The switchover is expected to be completed in about a year upon conclusion of a final contract. "As one of Latin America's leading airlines, we are delighted that Mexicana (CMA) is opting for Amadeus technology to underpin its growth," said Amadeus VP Airlines Europe, Arnaud Debuchy.
A320-232 (3304, XA-MXK), CIT Group (TCI) leased.
January 2008: A320-214 (1229, XA-MXD), returned to Iberia Airlines (IBE). A320-214 (3374, XA-MXL), CIT Group (TCI) leased.
February 2008: 2 757-2Q8s (29442, N762MX; 29443, N763MX), returned to (ILFC) (ILF) and leased to Eos (EOS). A320-214 (2248, XA-UDU), returned to Iberia Airlines (IBE).
March 2008: A320-231 (430), returned to (ILF), leased to Amsterdam Airlines (AMZ).
April 2008: Mexicana (CMA) will start four-times-weekly, Mexico City - Calgary on June 1 aboard an A319.
The Indian government announced the signing of aviation services agreements with Mexico and Chile.
Mexicana (CMA) accepted the formal invitation to join the Oneworld (ONW) alliance, giving the group 11 members and a second Latin American foothold; (LAN) Airlines joined in 2000.
Iberia (IBE) will be the sponsor carrier for Mexicana (CMA) and its Click Mexicana (AEB) subsidiary as it targets 2009 membership. "For Mexicana (CMA), joining Oneworld (ONW) will strengthen its competitive offering and its financial position. For Oneworld (ONW), adding Mexicana (CMA) will expand the alliance's network in Mexico and Central America, and enable it to build further on its positions as the leading airline grouping, serving Latin America and the leading Spanish-speaking alliance," the parties said in a joint statement.
Mexicana (CMA) and Click (AEB) will add 26 new destinations to the Oneworld (ONW) network: 24 in Mexico, Bakersfield, and Edmonton. It also is the largest non-USA airline at Los Angeles International. Oneworld (ONW) then will serve more than >130 airports in Latin America and nearly 700 destinations globally with a combined fleet of 2,350 airplanes.
"In the three years that Iberia (IBE) and Mexicana (CMA) have been working closely together as bilateral partners, we have come to know that in Mexicana (CMA), we have colleagues with whom we can really do business - - partners who can add real value to one another," (IBE) Chairman & CEO, Fernando Conte said. American Airlines (AAL) will assist (IBE) in bringing Mexicana (CMA) into Oneworld (ONW) compliance.
Mexicana (CMA) (46) and Click (AEB) (22) serve 63 destinations in 11 countries. The mainline operates a fleet of 30 A320s, 20 A319s, 10 A318s, and two 767s, while (AEB) flies 18 F 100s on 115 daily flights. In 2007, privately held Mexicana (CMA) transported 9 million passengers and Click (AEB) 2.2 million.
Last year, Oneworld (ONW) added Japan Airlines (JAL), Malev Hungarian Airlines (HGA), Royal Jordanian (RJA), and Dragonair (DRG), following the latter's acquisition by Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT).
July 2008: 3 757-2Q8s (29380, N405JS; 29442, N459JS; 29443, N406JS), returned from (EOS). A320-231 (430, XA-TXT), leased to Amsterdam Airlines (AMZ) as (PH-AAX).
November 2008: In September, Mexicana (CMA) carried 205,831 passengers (-41%), which was the 5th highest of all Mexican carriers. Its subsidiary, Click Mexicana (AEB), even flew more with 295,794 (+90%), 2nd highest.
Mexicana (CMA) has been hit by the current industry downturn like many carriers, but it remains in "adequate" financial health and is focused on a long-term plan that includes Oneworld (ONW) entry and the launch of its first European services early next year, CEO, Manuel Borja said at the (ALTA) Airline Leaders Forum in Cancun. On January 17, Mexicana (CMA) will begin twice-weekly flights from Mexico City (MEX) to London Gatwick (LGW) aboard a 767-200ER leased from the American Financial Group. The arrival of a second 767-200 the following month will allow it to double the frequency. The airplane also will be used on a new five-times-weekly, Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) service scheduled to start December 10.
(CMA) will begin serving Madrid (MAD) from (MEX) in February, with a daily A330-300 flight. It announced the lease of two airplanes from CIT Aerospace (TCI). The A330s are new and originally were destined for XL Airways (SBE), which shut down in September, and will be leased for 10 years each. Borja said the newly arriving 767s are on lease for four years each, while the terms on the carrier's two current 767-300ERs expire in 2010. (CMA) "probably" will look to add A330s as it moves forward, as its narrow body fleet is composed entirely of A320 family airplanes.
Asked why (CMA) is embarking on a historic transatlantic expansion in this economic environment, Borja joked that "I have asked this question several times." In reality, the timing was unplanned. The CEO said that (CMA) has "a road map we have worked very hard in structuring" and that flights to (GRU), (LGW), and (MAD) were on the agenda, but unavailable owing to bilateral agreements or slot issues.
"At the beginning of this year, when we saw the opportunity, we started pushing these three fronts hoping one . . . would open at one moment, and then later the next one. Our surprise was that all the three fronts opened at the same time," he said, adding, "If you don't go forward when you have the opportunity, the opportunity isn't there anymore."
All three routes are underserved, he said. The (GRU) and (LGW) flights largely will cater to corporate customers, with a "small percentage" of leisure travelers, while (MAD) is "more of a mix." He conceded that (CMA) will post a "small" loss in 2008 but expects a "neutral" 2009.
Mexicana (CMA) CEO, Manuel Borja, who saw his company's takeover bid for rival Aeromexico (AMX) rejected by Mexican authorities last year, said he remains a "firm believer that the Mexican market should become consolidated." Speaking at the (ALTA) Airline Leaders Forum in Cancun, Borja said he was in favor of competition, but only among airlines "that have differentiating points." He said Mexico needs "different models in the market. Actual competition comes from offering different products and different solutions according to the different needs of our customers. One national airline or trunk airline, two low-cost airlines, complemented by regional airlines, is an example." He said there is "nothing coming" regarding a (CMA)/(AMX) merger but that he believes "consolidation is unavoidable in the coming years." He said six Mexican carriers have gone bankrupt recently, including Alma de Mexico this month.
CIT Aerospace (TCI) signed leases for two A330-200s with Mexicana (CMA), the first A330s for the airline. The airplanes are powered by (Trent 772B)s and will be used to launch Mexico City - Madrid service. Their delivery is scheduled for November and December.
December 2008: Mexicana (CMA) took delivery of an A330-243 (XA-MXP - - SEE PHOTO - - "CMA-A330-243-DEC08;" on lease from CIT Aerospace (TCI). A second (971, XA-MXQ) will arrive later this month. The airplanes are powered by (Trent 772B)s. They will be used to launch service from Mexico City to Madrid.
(CMA) recently unveiled a new logo and livery featuring an angled eagle's head and two shades of blue.
February 2009: Mexicana (CMA) parent, Grupo Mexicana will launch a Guadalajara-based regional airline (Mexicana Inter) designed to "complement the routes currently covered" by the mainline and its Mexicana Click (AEB) subsidiary. Mexicana Inter will operate 13 leased CRJ-200s and fill the gap on routes that are not cost-effective for its partners or that were operated by competing Low Cost Carriers (LCC)s that have failed or reduced capacity. Initial flights will be to Puerto Vallarta, Torreon, Veracruz, Monterrey, Chihuahua, and Ciudad Juarez. A timetable was not announced. CEO, Manuel Borja said the decision "comes at a time when productive investment is critical in an industry that requires smart business plans and companies willing to undertake challenges that imply growth."
A319-112 (3790, N790MX), (ILF) leased delivery.
March 2009: Airbus (EDS) Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) Network added Mexicana (CMA) (MRO) Services, a division of Grupo Mexicana de Aviacion, to its worldwide network that now has 15 members.
757-2Q8 (29442, N762MX), leased to Nordwind (NWD) as (VQ-BBU). CL-600-2B19 (7313, XA-FMI) delivery for Mexicana Inter operations, ex-(N639BR).
April 2009: Rolls-Royce (RRC) signed a long-term TotalCare engine service agreement worth more than >$350 million with the Mexicana (CMA) Group, covering 25 (BR715)-powered 717-200s operated by its low-cost subsidiary Mexicana Click (AEB).
A320-231 (467), returned to Orix (OXA). CL-600-2B19 (7414, XA-DMI), (GEF) leased for Mexicana Inter operations, ex-(N649BR).
May 2009: A320-231 (280), returned to Orix (OXA).
June 2009: 757-2Q8 (29380), returned to (ILF). CL-600-2B19 (7739, XA-HMI), (GEF) leased for Mexicana Inter operations (ex-(N677SA).
September 2009: Mexicana (CMA) and its MexicanaClick (AEB) and MexicanaLink subsidiaries officially will become part of Oneworld (ONW) on November 10, the alliance announced. Mexicana (CMA)'s network spans 67 destinations in 14 countries (including 37 in Mexico). Addition of the mainline and the two subsidiaries, which will join as affiliate members, will add 26 destinations to the Oneworld (ONW) map - - 24 in Mexico along with Oakland and Edmonton. (ONW) airlines currently serve 13 Mexican destinations. Iberia (IBE) has sponsored (CMA) during its membership process. (CMA) operates 26 A320s, 21 A319s, 10 A318s, two A330s, two 767-200s and two 767-300s. MexicanaClick (AEB) operates 24 F 100s and six 717s, while MexicanaLink flies 12 CRJ-200s. (ONW) said S7 Airlines (SBR) is "on track" to join next year.
CL-600-2B19 (7662, XA-MMI), delivery for Mexicana (CMA) Inter operations.
November 2009: Mexicana (CMA) and its affiliates officially became the Oneworld (ONW) alliance's 11th member, adding 24 Mexican destinations, Edmonton and Oakland to the (ONW) alliance's map SEE ATTACHED - - "CMA-2009-11 ONW MEMBER."
Iberia (IBE) Chairman & CEO, Antonio Vazquez, whose airline sponsored (CMA)'s entry, said the (ONW) alliance's newest member "will considerably strengthen (ONW)'s long-established position as the leading airline alliance in the Spanish-speaking world and in Latin America." (LAN) Airlines is the (ONW) alliance's other Latin American member.
All alliance benefits and services are available to (CMA) passengers on the mainline and MexicanaClick (AEB) and MexicanaLink subsidiaries. (CMA) serves 67 destinations in 14 countries. Other (ONW) members currently serve 13 Mexican airports.
"Work is well advanced in linking up Mexicana (CMA)'s Information Technology (IT) systems to those of (ONW)'s established members. This has been eased by (CMA) switching its main platform earlier this year to Amadeus Altea, which is already used by seven other (ONW) airlines," (CMA) said.
(ONW) said its global network now comprises nearly 750 airports in close to 150 countries, with airlines operating almost 2,500 airplanes on some 8,500 daily flights. Russia's S7 Airlines (SBR) is slated to become the 12th member next year.
Grupo Mexicana CEO, Manuel Borja expects that (CMA)'s membership in the (ONW) alliance will strengthen its "position considerably in an increasingly competitive marketplace" and boost international passenger traffic by +5% to +7%. "Over the past years, we have developed bilateral links with many (ONW) members, including Iberia (IBE) and American Airlines (AAL), and this has generated substantially higher revenues [from cooperation] than we ever enjoyed [when it was in the Star Alliance (SAL), which it left in 2004]," Borja said "Being a full-fledged [(ONW)] member will allow us to build those revenues still further."
(CMA) unveiled an A320 from its mainline fleet and a 717 from its regional subsidiary, MexicanaClick (AEB) that are painted in (ONW) alliance livery. A 767-200 will be receive a (ONW) livery during its next "C" check in coming months. "We will have airplanes flying in (ONW) livery on our regional, short-haul and long-haul routes," Borja noted.
"We are very happy that we could convince (CMA) to join," (ONW) Governing Board Chairman, and American Airlines (AAL) Chairman & CEO, Gerard Arpey said, reiterating that (ONW) is "and will continue to be very selective about who we invite on board." As the leading carrier in Mexico and Central America, (CMA) "more than fits the bill," he said.
SEE ATTACHED "AIRLINE BUSINESS" ARTICLE - - "CMA-NEWS-2009-11."
The (CMA) mainline operates 26 A320s, 21 A319s, 10 A318s, two A330s, two 767-200s and two 767-300s. MexicanaClick (AEB) flies 24 F 100s and six 717s, while MexicanaLink uses 12 CRJ-200s. (CMA) is looking at interim replacements, most likely A330s, for its two 767-300ERs that come off lease at the end of 2010. The A330-200s will receive new fully flat business class (C) seats next year, Senior VP Customer Service & Corporate Communications, Adolfo Crespo said.
(CMA) will not launch new long-haul routes next year, Borja said, adding that 2010 "will be a year of consolidation, after implementing a strategy of transformation." This year (CMA) launched MexicanaLink to operate on lower-density routes out of Guadalajara and plans to be using 13 CRJ-200s by year end. It also signed a contract for 25 717s to replace F 100s at MexicanaClick (AEB) and launched long-haul service to London Gatwick in January and Madrid in February.
Its busy year included the introduction of new A330s, the transfer to Amadeus Altea (Altea Res in June and Altea DCS in October) and its Oneworld (ONW) alliance membership. In terms of (ASK)s, 2010 capacity will be at 2009 levels, which are just -0.8% lower than 2008.
"We have become the largest airline in Mexico in term of (ASK)s [overtaking Aeromexico (AMX)]," Borja said. "We were already in terms of passengers carried since 2005." Passenger numbers are expected to be around 11.5 million for the full year, down just slightly from 11.7 million in 2008, despite the H1N1 influenza outbreak and the economic downturn.
"We will be in the red this year owing to H1N1 and the crisis," Borja lamented. The group was close to breakeven last year, with a -$5 million loss on revenue of about $2 billion. "We expect to break even or even make a profit next year," he predicted, noting that (CMA) could seek an initial public offering (IPO) in the future. "We are not working on it now and of course it will depend on our profitability, but yes an (IPO) is within our medium-term objectives."
A319-112 (4127, N412MX), ex-(D-AVWD).
December 2009: Mexican (CMA) has started service from Cancun to Washington Dulles and San Juan. (CMA) already connects Cancun with non-stops to Chicago, Havana, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York with plans to add Bogota, Guatemala City, San Jose (Costa Rica), and San Salvador.
The USA Air Transport Association (ATA) announced that 15 airlines have signed Memos of Understanding (MOU)s with either AltAir Fuels, Rentech or both expressing nonbinding commitment to support future biofuel supply. Air Canada (ACN), American Airlines (AAL), Atlas Air (TLS), Delta Air Lines (DAL)/(NWA), FedEx Express (FED), JetBlue Airways (JBL), Lufthansa (DLH), Mexicana (CMA), Polar Air Cargo (PAO), United Airlines (UAL), (UPS) Airlines, and US Airways (AMW)/(USA) signed with both providers. Alaska Airlines (ASA) and Hawaiian Airlines (HWI) went with AltAir only and AirTran Airways (CQT) signed with Rentech. The (ATA) said discussions with additional fuel producers "about other projects" have started. "This agreement is a significant step forward, establishing a framework for a large group of diverse carriers to negotiate a definitive fuel purchase agreement," Rentech President & CEO, D Hunt Ramsbottom said.
AltAir is working on producing some 75 million gallons of jet and diesel fuel derived from camelina oils or comparable feedstock per year at a new plant in Anacortes, Washington, USA. Rentech plans to produce around 250 million gallons per year of synthetic jet fuel derived principally from coal or petroleum coke near Natchez, Mississipi, USA with the resultant carbon dioxide sequestered and the carbon footprint potentially further reduced by integrating biomass as a feedstock. Last summer, eight airlines operating at Los Angeles International (LAX) signed a deal with Rentech for the supply of a renewable synthetic diesel fuel for use in ground service equipment (GSE).
A319-112 (4127, N412MX), Aerventure leased.
February 2010: A319-112 (4204, N204MX), delivery.
March 2010: A319-112 (4254, N254MX), delivery. 3 A320-231s (164, N164CG; 179, N971GT; 406, N406PR), Bellvue Aircraft leased.
May 2010: Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT) and Mexicana (CMA) will code share on Hong Kong - Mexico via the USA. Under the arrangements, (CAT)’s flights between Hong Kong and both Los Angeles and San Francisco will carry (CMA)’s code, and (CMA)'s flights between the
California cities and both Mexico City and Guadalajara will
carry (CAT)’s code.
A319-112 (4275, N275MX), (ILF) leased. A320-214 (3374, XA-MXL), returned to CIT Group (TCI).
July 2010: The (FAA) on July 30 determined that Mexico is not in compliance with (ICAO) safety standards, causing the agency to downgrade the nation to a Category 2 rating. The rating change means Mexican carriers cannot establish new service, although existing flights will not be affected. The downgrade follows an assessment of Mexico’s civil aviation authorities. “While Mexico has been responsive to the (FAA)’s findings and has made significant improvements in recent months, it was unable to fully comply with all of the international safety standards,” the (FAA) says. “However, under the leadership of Director General, Hector Gonzalez Weeks, Mexico continues to make progress.”
The (FAA) says it will work with the Mexican government and provide technical assistance to help restore its Category 1 rating. According to the (FAA), a Category 2 rating means a country either lacks laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with international standards, or that its civil aviation authority is deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record-keeping or inspection procedures.
Condor Airlines (CDF) and Mexicana (CMA) reached an interline agreement under which (CDF) will expand its network to 30 destinations in Mexico, California, Guatemala and El Salvador. It will offer passengers, via Cancun and Las Vegas, international connections to Los Angeles, Guatemala and El Salvador. Under the terms of the agreement, Condor (CDF) will increase its service to Havana to thrice-weekly.
Mexicana Airlines (CMA) gave more information about its restructuring, saying that creditors' protection in both Mexico and the USA will give it "time to restructure its liabilities in an orderly manner and bring its cost structure, particularly labor costs, into line with market conditions." It said it has entered into "Concurso Mercantil," or an insolvency petition, with a Mexico City district court "to ensure the continued operation of the company." It also filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in a New York City court to prevent seizure of its assets in the USA.
"The 'Concurso Mercantil' is a Mexican legal resource that guarantees the operation of companies that are unable to meet their obligations, while protecting those companies they do business with," (CMA) explained. "Similar to [US] Chapter 11, (it) grants companies a reasonable timeframe in which to reorganize themselves."
It insisted that passengers "will not be affected as part of the proceedings since [CMA] will continue to render services normally." (CMA) said that a Mexican judge will appoint an expert to oversee the reorganization proceedings.
August 2010: Mexicana Airlines (CMA) has now suspended all ticket sales but insisted it would continue to operate flights "as scheduled" to carry passengers that have already booked tickets, and Air Canada (ACN) confirmed it seized two of four airplanes that it leases to (CMA).
(CMA) filed for creditors' protection in both Mexico and the USA but had insisted it would "continue to render services normally." However, customers can no longer buy tickets for (CMA) mainline services.
Its website stated that "domestic fights continue to operate and can be purchased normally as they are operated by MexicanaClick (AEB) and MexicanaLink," domestic subsidiaries it said are "unaffected" by (CMA)'s reorganization.
Air Canada (ACN) President & CEO, Calin Rovinescu told analysts during the company's second quarter earnings conference call that (ACN) has "possession of two of the [four] planes" it leases to (CMA). "We're talking to Mexicana (CMA) about the other two," he said, adding that the (CMA)'s lease payments "were current up to the end of July."
(CMA) said it is engaged in "ongoing union negotiations in the hope of a positive outcome." It has said that severe concessions, including hundreds of layoffs, are required from its pilots (FC) and flight attendants (CA).
Later, (CMA) suspended most of its international flights, a further setback for the embattled airline following its recent move to stop selling tickets. (CMA) announced it is dropping service on 13 international routes to destinations in Europe, North America, and Latin America, effective August 9, 10 or 11. Operations will be suspended on certain days on three other routes, and a daily frequency will be cut from its Buenos Aires service. (CMA) previously said it would honor all tickets purchased before 7 pm on August 4.
(CMA) says its revenue sources have dried up, and it has had to cancel the flights to “optimize available resources and ensure that priority is given to homebound flights.” While flights “will be reduced to a minimum over the coming days,” (CMA) says it is “determined to make an effort to continue operating out of concern for passengers” already booked. “It is hoped that an agreement will be reached with union leaders and that additional resources can be obtained to secure the financial viability of (CMA),” (CMA) says.
The suspensions apply to the mainline carrier only — the Mexicana group’s other carriers, MexicanaClick (AEB) and MexicanaLink, continue to operate. However, the halting of (CMA)’s ticket sales has had “serious repercussions” for (AEB) and Link sales.
Flights from Mexico City to Madrid, London, Sao Paulo, Bogota, Montreal, Vancouver, San Antonio and San Jose, Costa Rica, are being cancelled as of August 9, as will flights from Cancun to San Jose, Zacatecas to Chicago, and the Bajio - Monterrey - Chicago flight. One of the two frequencies on the Mexico City - Buenos Aires route will be cut on the same day. Mexico City - Caracas service is being suspended August 10 and Fresno - Guadalajara on August 11. In addition, (CMA) says it is suspending only certain days on three other routes. Mexico City - San Francisco flights will not operate on August 10 and 12, with Guadalajara - San Jose, California service canceled on August 11 and 12, and Guadalajara - Chicago flights on August 10 and 12.
Later, Mexicana Airlines (CMA), which is operating under creditor protection in both the USA and Mexico, said it has restarted selling tickets via its website and ticket offices, and has "made considerable progress" in negotiations with its unions on concessions. (CMA) this month was forced to suspend mainline ticket sales and indefinitely cut 15 international routes owing to what it described in a statement as "the airline's cash flow problems and precarious financial situation."
"Dow Jones" reported that ticket sales by the airline have resumed and quoted an airline executive saying that third-party ticket sales through Amadeus would also resume shortly. But (CMA) is still in serious trouble, CEO, Manuel Borja said in a widely quoted interview on Mexican radio. "We've been operating for practically a week and a half without revenue," he said, adding that the company is "looking for" a capital injection of "between $100 million and $150 million."
(CMA) said it has offered its workers a stake in a restructured company. It said it told its pilots (FC) and flight attendants (CA) that they "would be entitled to a share of the capital stock of Grupo Mexicana, the holding for Mexicana Airlines (CMA), MexicanaClick (AEB) and MexicanaLink, and related companies such as MexicanaLoyalty and MexicanaMRO, proportionate to contributions made to the company by unions in their collective labor contracts." (CMA) added that in addition to the labor concessions, "a complementary investment group would be invited on board to provide…the capital injection it needs to continue operating and secure its financial viability. This group would also be entitled to a share of the company’s capital stock. Prospective investors are currently being sought out." (CMA) has around 8,000 employees.
Mexicana Airlines (CMA) and its pilots (FC) later reached agreement on a concessionary labor contract as part of an effort to save the struggling company, "Reuters" reported, citing media reports in Mexico. (CMA) is operating under creditor protection in both Mexico and the USA, and CEO, Manuel Borja said that it is "looking for" a capital injection of "between $100 million and $150 million."
The USA judge overseeing (CMA)'s Chapter 15 bankruptcy case said that (CMA) has not planned for its post-bankruptcy life, failing to make "cash flow projections, [arrange] debtor-in-possession financing or…[demonstrate] how it expects to be able to pay for post-petition services," according to "Bloomberg." He postponed a decision on whether to grant (CMA) a preliminary injunction to prevent creditors from seizing its assets, making its mostly-leased airplane fleet vulnerable to repossession.
(CMA) plans to return to three lessors about 40% (27 airplanes )of its fleet. (CMA) will return 12 airplanes to GE Commercial Aviation Services (GEF) and several Airbus (EDS) narrow-body airplanes to International Lease Finance (ILF). AerCap Aviation Solutions (DEA) will regain four narrow-body planes.
A Mexican consortium called Tenedora K announced it has acquired 95% of troubled Mexicana Airlines (CMA)'s holding company and will take over the airline as well as subsidiaries MexicanaClick (AEB) and MexicanaLink.
(CMA)'s pilots (FC) will own the remaining 5% of the holding company, Nuevo Grupo Aeronautico. (CMA) CEO, Manuel Borja has stepped down. The airline is not commenting. Borja had said (CMA)MX, which is operating under creditors protection in both Mexico and the USA, was "looking for" a capital injection of "between $100 million and $150 million."
"Tenedora K is a company formed by a group of Mexican businessmen as a vehicle to capitalize [(CMA), MexicanaClick and MexicanaLink], with the aim of rescuing them from the critical financial and operating situation they are in," according to a widely cited statement released by the consortium in Mexico. "Tenedora K stresses this is the first step to establish conditions that could eventually allow for a restructuring process to begin, which would require agreements on labor, operation and financial issues. Without these, it will not be possible to rescue the airlines." Hotel operator Grupo Posadas has sold its interest in (CMA), it said.
Later, Mexicana (CMA)’s new owners appeared content to close down the storied brand rather than relax demands for labor and government concessions. Although there are still many more chapters to the (CMA)’s ongoing bankruptcy, the new owners of (CMA), Click (AEB) and Link on August 27 decided to cease all operations after failing to negotiate a new contract with the mainline operation's flight attendants (CA). The investors, operating through holding company Teledora K, said they would not transfer necessary funds and instead
would “indefinitely suspend operations on all three carriers.”
Grupo Mexicana cited financial problems when it indefinitely suspended operations at its three airlines: Mexicana Airlines (CMA), MexicanaLink and MexicanaClick (AEB). "Today's decision is a painful one for the 8,000-strong Grupo Mexicana family, but we will continue seeking out ways of securing the company's long-term financial viability, so our passengers can once again enjoy the quality services they are accustomed to," a statement from the airline said. "We hope to be back in the air soon and would like to thank everyone involved in this process for their support and understanding."
November 2010: Mexicana Airlines (CMA), which ceased operations in August under severe financial distress, said the Mexican firm Capital PC has agreed to invest more than >$150 million to allow (CMA) to restart operations next month. It said tentative approval of the restructuring plan has been given by relevant Mexican authorities, but its labor unions and creditors must still approve the deal. The company filed for creditors protection in both Mexico and the USA in August, and had planned to continue operating while it restructured, but was unable to meet basic fiscal obligations or reach concessionary agreements with its workers.
"The business plan proposed by PC Capital has as its objective to begin operations in mid-December of this year and projects ordered growth and, above all, sustainability," (CMA) said in a statement. It added that former Aeromexico (AMX) CEO, Arturo Barahona Oyervides will oversee the restructuring effort.
Dow Jones reported that (CMA) plans to return to the skies operating around 30 A320 family airplanes, which would be less than half the size of its mainline fleet at the end of 2009, which included 57 A320 family airplanes as well as other types. Subsidiaries Link and Click (AEB) reportedly would remain grounded.
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 one 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.
Mexicana de Aviacion (CMA)’s latest revival plan has been approved by (CMA)’s three main unions, a hurdle that now enables (CMA) potentially
to resume service in late January. The most recent restructuring of the bankrupt carrier envisions a January 24 relaunch with a fleet of as many as 19 Airbus (EDS) narrow bodies, a slight delay but a larger fleet than intended in a plan revealed late last month. According to sources close to the deal, final details have still to be determined, but for now (CMA)’s backers, led by PC Capital, still hope to introduce service to key USA cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York, before expanding the network across North, Central and South America and to high-yield domestic destinations with as many as 40 airplanes. The fleet size is also in question, although (CMA) has access to as many as 10 Airbus (EDS) narrow bodies through a deal with its major creditor Bancomext. (CMA) is also in talks with vendors that had leased airplanes to the prebankrupt carrier, including Orix (OXA), which confirms that it left its two A320s in Mexico because of (CMA)’s possible return. Other lessors, including GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) (GEF), are also in Mexico to discuss possible new leases, although attempts to keep (GEF)’s A318s in (CMA) livery ended after the lessor decided to place the airframes with Avianca (AVI). Orix (OXA) also says its airplanes “are in great condition” and are being maintained by Mexicana MRO. That division plays a key role in the new (CMA)’s plan, which was confirmed when it was granted the equivalent of Chapter 11 protection by a Mexican court. Before this protection, several stakeholders had wanted to sell Mexicana MRO to raise much-needed liquidity for the new operator. Instead, it will now generate revenue for the company as the region’s largest Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) operation.
Details about the launch date are also under debate, and there appears to be some confusion about (CMA)’s ability to load a new schedule, which has already delayed the January 15 launch planned last month. This could further affect the January 24 launch date, depending on how quickly (CMA) can start selling new tickets. The new company may attempt to return to service just two to three weeks after the first tickets are available. Initial plans had stipulated a month's lead time. Now that union approval has been attained, (CMA)’s new investors are expected to proceed with a mass layoff and the re-employment of about 30% of the crews in the first week of January.
The investors are also talking with other finance groups, including those that proposed rival bids to the Mexican government, although the initial funding amount of $150 million for now remains unchanged. Several creditors must also be paid before the relaunch, particularly LSG Sky Chefs, although according to a source, most of the major debts, notably to airports on the initial route network, have been repaid.
March 2011: Grounded airline Mexicana de Aviacion (CMA), whose emergence from bankruptcy protection was dealt a setback this month, says it's in talks with potential new investors and hopes to return to the skies by the Easter holiday week. But fuel prices, which have risen sharply as political tensions in the Middle East and North Africa threaten oil production, add to the uncertainty surrounding the airline's chances at making a comeback. Also, fleet and route expansion plans unveiled in recent months by rival carriers, particularly Aeromexico (AMX) and low-cost carriers (LCC)s Interjet (AAE) and Volaris (VLS), promise to leave a smaller market for a slimmed down Mexicana (CMA).
"Definitely we're going to be entering a more difficult fight," Gerardo Badin, the administrator and conciliator in the airline's bankruptcy process, told reporters. "We're going to have a smaller market, but we believe that the brand, and the strength and seriousness that (CMA) has always shown, will reposition us quickly in the medium term."
Prices for jet fuel are "exactly at the limit" of those contemplated in the business model that (CMA) plans to follow if it resumes operations, Badin said. (CMA) was very close to restarting ticket sales when the private equity group, PC Capital, which had reached an agreement to acquire the airline's shares, failed last week to meet a deadline for securing funds. Badin said government authorities and the company have found five new groups of investors interested in financing (CMA)'s return, and that they hope to select a winner by next week.
The business model (CMA) plans return under has been modified partially from the one proposed by PC Capital. Rather than 32 planes, (CMA)'s fleet would comprise 46 A320s and A319s by the end of the year. (CMA) would rehire around 40% of its original workforce, focus on domestic and USA routes, and require a start-up investment of around $250 million. But a revamped (CMA) would not operate as a low-cost carrier (LCC), Badin added.
May 2011: Ivan Barona and Avanza Capital are still in the running to revive Mexicana de Aviacion (CMA) after a bid from the TG Group failed. The effort to revive (CMA) could end next month if offers from Ivan Barona and Avanza Capital fall through. The person assigned to govern (CMA)'s bankruptcy could request another extension of its bankruptcy protection, but sources say that is unlikely.
October 2011: Mexicana Airlines (CMA), which ceased operations under severe financial distress over a year ago, will offer charter flights through November 20.
Unions are expecting to get legal approval to implement a plan for 20 charter flights eventually to be performed by three of (CMA)’s A320 fleet. Crew members have agreed to be paid nothing as a way to contribute to the recovery of the ailing carrier and call the attention of would-be-investors. Mexicana (CMA) and co-sisters Mexicana Click and Mexicana Link are in desperate need of estimated $250 million to exit bankruptcy.
Nuevo Grupo Aeronautico, the holding company of the three carriers, grounded the carriers August 28, 2010, for the lack of liquidity. Later, the airlines were granted “concurso mercantil” status, which provides protection equivalent to Chapter 11 provisions in the USA.
May 2012: Mexicana Airlines (CMA), which suspended operations under severe financial distress in August 2010, may relaunch operations June 9 after Spanish hotel and air transport group, Med Atlantica acquired 95% of the bankrupt carrier’s shares.
Federal Judge, Felipe Consuelo accepted and approved the deal, based on Med Atlantica’s ability to take over the airline from major shareholder Tenedora K business group, according to the Mexican press. The company had 95% shares in holding company Nuevo Grupo Aeronáutico, which also owned subsidiaries Mexicana Click and Mexicana Link. The Mexican Airline Pilots Union (ASPA) owned the remaining 5%, which also have been purchased by the Spanish group.
(CEO) Christian Cadenas told the press that part of the share payment is due immediately and final payment is due within 14 years. The share sale is only part of the process, however, as Med Atlantica must now negotiate debt payments to creditors and the 8,600 employees who have not received wages since August 2, 2010.
The (ASPA) said that 280 pilots (FC) are being trained on simulators and in (CMA)’s parked airplanes as the carrier gears up to restart operations with nine airplanes next month. However, the airline must get an air operators certificate (AOC) from the Director General of Civil Aviation before returning to the air, as well as slots frozen in 2010.
Med Atlantica, which owns the Blue Bay hotel chain, with 18 units in 13 countries, including Mexico, also has a major stake in Air Transat (AIJ), Canada’s leading charter carrier.
(CMA) has now been fully acquired by investment group Med Atlantica that has finally taken control of the bankrupt carrier on May 11. Med Atlantica plans to resume operations in June with up to nine airplanes but it remains to be seen if that will be all that simple given the carrier has not flown since 2010.
January 2013: Whether Mexicana DE Aviacion (CMA) finally emerges from bankruptcy protection and resumes operations is the story to watch in Mexico this year. Newly inaugurated Mexican President, Enrique Pena Nieto vowed on the campaign trail to resurrect Mexicana CMA), but it remains unclear if he will make good on that promise. A bankruptcy court dismissed an investment group that had pledged to recapitalize (CMA), and although several investors have expressed interest, the court has yet to approve a new restructuring plan. Since Mexicana (CMA)'s grounding, Interjet (AAE) has emerged as the country's largest domestic carrier and, along with Volaris (VLS) and Aeromexico (AMX), it has filled the gap left by Mexicana (CMA).
(CMA), which suspended operations under severe financial distress in August 2010, is again up for sale. Bankruptcy Judge Edith Alarcón launched a new bid for local and international investors. Previous attempts to seek an investor included 30 business groups.
The bid, which will remain open until January 25, requires candidates to present a $100 million financial guarantee plus a $250 million to $300 million “verifiable” financial guarantee to acquire capital and management control over the troubled aviation group.
According to local observers, if the bankruptcy court does not attract or approve interested investors, it has three options: extending the deadline; lowering the financial guarantee amount; or liquidating the airline and associated companies.
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CMA-757-2Q8 80 YRS
1 727-225F (JT8D) (831-20383, XA-RLV), JODA LSD, LA MEXICANA DE CARGA OPS 2004-05.
0 727-264 (JT8D-17R HK) (727-281: 1026-20876 RTND (AVN). (727-264: 1416-21617 "CARACAS") (727-287: 1777-22604 RTND 1999-06). 21600 ST (GEF) 2001-03. (QD556) RTND 2001-06. 2 WET-LST (REO) 2001-12. 22156 WET-LST (REO) 2002-09. 22661; 22662; ST (MXA) 2002-11. 22413 ST MEXICAN FED POLICE 2003-01. LAST APL WFU 2003-05. 22412 ST (MXG) 2004-02. 22158; 22409; ST (REO) 2004-09.
0 757-2Q8 (PW2040) (424-24964, /92 N755MX "NO QUE NO...?;" 438-24965, /92 N758MX "VAMOS POR MAS;" 688-26332, /95 N101LF "LAS VEGAS"), EX-(AAT), (ILF) 3 YR LSD, (ETOPS) EQ'PD. 24965 RTND 2005-05, LST (FIH). 24964; RTND. 12C, 171Y.
0 757-2Q8ER (PW2040) (639-27351 /94 N764MX "CIUDAD DE MEXICO"), EX-(PER), (ILF) 66 MTH LSD 1999-08. RTND. 12C, 170Y.
0 757-2Q8 (PW2040) (688-26332, N101LF), RTND 2005-05. 12C, 170Y.
0 757-2Q8 (PW2040) (836-29380, /98 N380RM), SPECIAL /60 COLORS, (819-29442, /98 N762MX "SS JUAN PABLO II," 821-29443, /98 N763MX "CIUDAD DE MEXICO"), (ILF) 8 YR LSD. 29380; RTND 2007-06, LST (EOS). 29442; & 29443 RTND 2008-02 & LST (EOS). 29380; 29442; & 29443; RF (EOS) 2008-07. 29442; LST NORDWIND (NWD) 2009-03. 29380; RTND 2009-06. 12C, 170Y.
0 757-2Q8 (PW2037) (954-30044, /01 N765MX "GUADALAJARA"), (ILF) LSD, STORED TIL 2001-05. RTND 2006-07. 12C, 170Y.
0 757-230 (PW2030) (267-24737, /90 XA-TRA "LOS ANGELES"), EX-(CDF), (PSS) LSD 1999-12. RTND 2006-10. 12C, 171Y.
0 757-236 (RB211-535E4) (374-25133, /91, RTND 2000-01).
2 767-3P6ER (158-23764, /88 XA-MXE, 2006-10; 244-24349, /88 XA-MXC, 2006-10), EX-(TBL)/(LAB), (PSS) LSD. 15F, 18C, 182Y.
0 767-33AER (491-25535, N535AW NTU), EX-(AVI), (AWW) LSD 2004-04.
0 767-383ER (PW4060) (273-24475, /89 XA-MXB "BUENOS AIRES"), EX-(SAS), (GUI) LSD. RTND, LST (UKA). 42C, 140Y.
0 DC-10-15, RTND.
6 A318-111 (CFM5656-5B8/P) (2328, XA-UBQ, 2004-11; 2333, XA-UBR, 2004-11; 2358, XA-UBS, 2004-12; 2367; 2377; 2394, 2005-02; 2523, XA-UBW, 2005-07; 2544, XA-UBX, 2005-08; 2552, XA-UBY, 2005-08; 2575, XA-UBZ, 2005-10), (GEF) LSD. 2358; 2394; 2544; 2575; RTND. 100Y.
1 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6/P) (1429, /01 N429MX "MIAMI'), (BOU) LSD 2002-12. 12C, 108Y.
9 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6/P) (588, /96 N588MX "VANCOUVER" 2002-10; 1625, /01 N62TY "MEXICALI;" 1630, XA-MXG, 2007-03; 1673, 2007-03; 1742, XA-MXI, 2007-04; 1805, XA-MXJ, 2007-05; 1882, /02 N882MX "LOS CABOS;" 1866, /02 N866MX "CANCUN;" 1872, /02 N872MX "VILLAHERMOSA;" 1925, /03 N925MX "ZACATECAS"). (ILF) 5 YR LSD. 588 RTND (TCI) 2004-09. 1882; RTND. 12C, 108Y.
1 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6/P) (1598, XA-UAQ "VANCOUVER"), (TCI) LSD 2004-05.
4 A319-112 (CFM56-5B/P) (1618, /01 N618MX "CARACAS;" 1634, /01 N634MX "PORTLAND;" 1612, /01 N612MX "MERIDA"), (GAX) LSD 2002-02. 1634; RTND. 12C, 108Y.
2 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6/P) (1706, /02 N706MX "SACRAMENTO;" 1750, /02 N750MX "VAMOS POR TODO"), (BOU) LSD 2002-05. 12C, 108Y.
4 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6/P) (2066, /03 XA-CMA "LELN;" 2078, /03 XA-MXA "HERMOSILLO;" 2126 /04 XA-NCA; 2662, XA-UER, 2006-01), (TCI) LSD 12C, 108Y.
1 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6/P), (CGP) LSD 2006-05. 12C, 108Y.
2 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6/P) (3790, N790MX, 2009-02 - - SEE PHOTO - - "CMA-A319-2009-03;" 4275, N275MX, 2010-05), (ILF) LSD. 12C, 108Y.
1 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6/P) (4127, N412MX; 2009-12; 4204, N204MX), 2010-02), AERVENTURE LSD. 12C, 108Y.
1 A320-214 (566, XA-MXF), (PEB) LSD 2006-12.
0 A320-214 (1229, XA-MXD), (IBE) LSD 2006-07. RTND 2008-01.
0 A320-214 (2347, XA-UDT; 2248, XA-UDU), (IBE) LSD 2005-04. IN (IBE) COLORS. 2347; RTND 2007-06. 2248; RTND 2008-02.
1 A320-214 (3124, N213MX, 2007-05) (ILF) LSD.
0 A320-214 (3374, XA-MXL), (TCI) LSD 2008-01. RTND 2010-5.
1 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (164, N164CG; 179, N971GT; 406, N406PR), BELLEVUE AIRCRAFT LSD 2010-03. 164; 179; RTND. 12C, 138Y.
0 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (225, /91 N225RX), (OXA) LSD 2002-12. RTND 2004-05. LST (IND). 12C, 138Y.
21 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (252, /91 XA-MXR "NUEVA YORK;" 259, /91 XA-MXS "CIUDAD DEL CARMEN;" 260, /91 XA-MXT "MONTERREY;" 261 /91 XA-UMN "NUEVO LAREDO;" 275 /91 XA-MXU "BOGOTA;" 276, /91 XA-MXV "COZUMEL;" 280, /92 N280RX "ORLANDO;" 296, /92 XA-MXW "SAN JOSE CALIFORNIA;" 320, /92 XA-MXX "PUERTO VALLARTA;" 321, /92 XA-MXY "QUERATERO;" 353, /92 XA-MXZ "CHICAGO;" 373, /92 N3O4ML "VERACRUZ;" 347, /92 N347TM "SAN SALVADOR;" 368 /93 N368MX "OAKLAND; 369, /92 N369MX "RETRO 1960;" 415, /94 N415MX "TIJUANA;" 428, /94 N428MX "TOLUCA" 2001-06; 467, /94 N467RX "SAN FRANCISCO"), EX-(AWA); +5 ORDERS. (F-OHMH PAINTED IN STAR ALLIANCE LOGOS), (TIA) LSD 2001-05. 467; RTND ORIX (OXA) 2009-04. 280 RTND (OXA) 2009-05. 428; RTND. 12C, 138Y.
0 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (291, /92 N291ME "MORELIA;" 292, /92 N292ME "OAXACA"), EX-(ATZ), (OXA) LSD 2000-11. RTND. 12C, 138Y.
0 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (332, /92 N332MX "DENVER"), EX-(FSH), (ACG) 5 YR LSD 2000-06. RTND. 12C, 138Y.
0 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (357, XA-UCZ), EX-(JMA), KAWASAKI LSD 2004-12. RTND. 12C, 138Y.
0 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (361, /92 N351DA "MONTREAL"), EX-(ONU), (DEA) LSD & (369, /02 N369MMX "TORONTO"), EX-(FSH), 5 YR LSD 1999-12. 12C, 138Y.
0 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (373, /92 N304ML), EX-(TAL), AFT TRUST 5 YR LSD 2000-10. RTND. 12C, 138Y.
0 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (405, /93 N405MX "TIJUANA"), EX-(TSD), (IAL) LSD. RETRO /60 COLORS. RTND. LST SKY WINGS. 12C, 138Y.
1 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (430, /93 XA-TXT "HUATULCO"), EX-(CYP), (ILF) 5 YR LSD 2003-06. RTND, LST (AMZ) 2008-03. 430; LST AMSTERDAM AIRLINES (AMZ) 2008-07. 2C, 138Y.
1 A320-231 (V2500-A1) (447, /93 XA-AFC), (ILF) LSD 2003-06. 12C, 138Y.
1 A320-232 (3304, XA-MXK - - SEE PHOTO - - "CMA-2009-11 A320-232 ONW"), (TCI) LSD.
2 A330-243 (TRENT 772B) (XA-MXP - - SEE PHOTO - - "CMA-A330-243-2008-12;" 971, XA-MXQ), (TCI) LSD 2008-12.
00 F 100 (TAY 650-15) (11266; 11339; EX-(SEM) 1998-09), 11266 "SAN ANTONIO," 11339 "SAN LUIS POTOSI." 10 RTND. 11384; 11390; 11400; LST (AEB) 2005-06. 11266; 24 LST (AEB). 8C, 93Y.
12 +1 ORDER CL-600-2B19 (CRJ-200) (7313, XA-FMI, 2009-03; 7414, XA-DMI, 2009-04; 7662, XA-MMI, 2009-09; 7739, XA-HMI, 2009-06), (GEF) LSD, MEXICANA INTER OPS.
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GASTON AZCARRAGA, CHAIRMAN.
MANUEL BORJA, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), GRUPO MEXICANA RESIGNED 2010-08 (2007-07).
GERARDO BARRERA, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO) (2007-07).
ISAAC VOLIN BOLOK, CEO CLICK MEXICANA (AEB) (2005-04), & VP CORPORATE COMMERCIAL (CMA) (2007-07).
MANRIQUE PALACIOS, EXECUTIVE VP OPERATIONS.
CAPTAIN MARIANO GOMEZ AGUIRRE, EXECUTIVE VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS (MEXDIMX).
CAPTAIN MIGUEL LAVALE ROBLES, EXECUTIVE VP AIR SAFETY (MEXOKMX).
CAPTAIN JORGE FARELL CHAVEZ, CHIEF PILOT.
ANTONIO VALLE, EXECUTIVE VP E-COMMERCE & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT).
SANTIAGO ONTANON, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER (CIO) & SENIOR VP INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT).
ADOLFO CRESPO, SENIOR VP CUSTOMER SERVICE & CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS.
LUIS GRAYEB, SENIOR VP LABOR RELATIONS.
FRANCISCO CUEVAS, SENIOR VP ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE.
MELVYN ROIG, SENIOR VP ALAS DE AMERICA.
FABRICIO COJUC, SENIOR VP NETWORKING.
FRANCISCO JAVIER CHRISTLIEB MORALES, SENIOR VP CORPORATE LEGAL.
OSCAR ARGUELLO RUIZ, VP MAINTENANCE (MEXDIMX)
CAPTAIN JAVIER MARTINEZ, 757 PILOT SUPERVISOR.
CAPTAIN HERBERTO RODRIGUEZ LOPEZ, MANAGER FLTIGHT OPERATIONS.
CAPTAIN GERMAN LOPEZ REBOLLAR, 737 PILOT SUPERVISOR.
JOSE LUIS GONZALES, MANAGER QUALITY CONTROL (QC).
GUSTAVO CASTILLO, QUALITY ASSUTANCE (QA) MANAGER.
ARMANDO FURIO, MANAGER ENGINEERING.
CESAR ROMERO, MANAGER FLEET PLANNING.
ERNESTO MORENO, MANAGER REPAIR SHOPS (2001-04).
ARNALDO JIMENEZ, ENGINEERING MANAGER (AVIONICS) (1999-12).
OLIVER PENADA, QUALITY CONTROL (QC) MANAGER (1998-10).
RAFAEL DE LA VEGA NUNEZ, AIRCRAFT PROCESSES MANAGER (2001-03).
JESUS NAVARO, 3RD PARTY MAINTENANCE MANAGER.
ALBERTO GARCIA, MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE.