Mexicana - currently under bankruptcy protection
|Mexicana was founded in 1921 making it the fourth oldest airline in the world and is currently the world's most modern fleet.
Just 8 years after its founding (1929), the company was taken over by Pan American Airlines and the following year became the first international airline to unite two foreign destinations: Brownsville in the USA and Guatemala City, stopping off at Veracruz, Minatitlán, Ixtepec and Tapachula on the way.
After enjoying a long period of success, 1967 saw the airline almost go out of business, however, after an abrupt change in administration and the introduction of new commercial strategies, the following year the company once again became a 100% Mexican-owned company.
The late 70s saw Mexicana handle over 3 million passengers per year for the first time, it also became the largest fleet in Latin America, at that time comprising 19 Boeing 727 jets. Nowadays the fleet also includes several models of the Airbus collection.
In 1982, the federal government bought 54% of the company stock but it soon (1990) returned to the private sector , later forming an alliance with United Airlines in the mid-90s. Then, in the year 2000, the company transported over 6 million passengers and became a member of the Star Alliance group, expanding its destination portfolio to over 800 through its new code-share routings.
The company also entered a code-share alliance with Copa Air in February of 2003 and in November of the same year ended its membership in the Star Alliance.
The company was acquired by the Mexican hotel group, Grupo Posadas., in 2005, and the same year it launched its 'budget' airline: Click Mexicana .
In 2007, the company was awarded 'Best Mexican and Latin American Business Class service' for the third consecutive time by the World Travel Awards team, additionally, Mexicana was also voted the best airline for the 10th consective time (also in the Latin American category). It was also awarded 'Best Airline Web site.'
Mexicana increased its number of international routes in November of last year, adding Mexico City - Orlando & Mexico City - Sao Paolo to its destination portfolio, thus increasing its international destinations to 25; 13 in the USA. It also offers 24 national destinations (see below for details).
On January 17, 2009., the company launched its first transatlantic flight: Mexico City - London. Initially there will be 2 frequencies per week, and on February 17, this will be increased to 4 per week.
Base: The International Airport of Mexico City – Miguel Hidalgo
Fokker F-100 (Click Mexicana )
IATA Code: MX
ICAO Code: MXA
Aeromexico destinations in Mexico:
ACAPULCO / AGUASCALIENTES / CANCUN / CHIHUAHUA / CIUDAD JUAREZ / CULIACAN / DURANGO / GUADALAJARA / HERMOSILLO / IXTAPA - ZIHUATENECO / LA PAZ / LEON / LOS CABOS / MAZATLAN / MERIDA / MEXICO CITY / MONTERREY / PUEBLA / PUERTO VALLARTA / REYNOSA / TIJUANA / TORREON / VILLAHERMOSA
Aeromexico destinations abroad:
ATLANTA / CHICAGO /
LAS VEGAS /
LOS ANGELES /
NEW YORK /
SAN DIEGO /
MANAGUA (NICARAGUA) / SAN PEDRO SULA (HONDURAS)
BUENAS AIRES (ARGENTINA) / LIMA (PERU) / SANTIAGO (CHILE) / SAO PAOLO (BRAZIL)
BARCELONA & MADRID (SPAIN) / PARIS (FRANCE) / ROME (ITALY)
NARITA (JAPAN) / SHANGHAI (CHINA)