Delta Air Lines, in conjunction with its partner AeroMexico, will bring customers flying through its hub in the Twin Cities a new option to reach Mexico City and beyond, subject to government approval. In addition, Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport uniquely offers connections to more than a dozen cities in the U.S and Canada not available over other Delta hubs.
Service will be aboard Delta’s Airbus A319 aircraft with seating for 12 in First Class, 18 in Delta Comfort+ and 102 in the main cabin.
The new service will operate on the following schedule beginning June 8:
- Flight departs MSP at 8:50 a.m. and arrives in MEX at 1:01 p.m.
- Flight departs MEX at 2 p.m. and arrives in MSP at 6:14 p.m.
On a combined basis, Delta and AeroMexico offer more than 160 daily flights between the U.S. and Mexico.
Delta’s Minneapolis/St. Paul hub offers approximately 400 departures every day, connecting Minnesota to the world and moving Delta customers with ease across the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, including Tokyo-Haneda Airport, the business traveler’s preferred airport located near central Tokyo. Earlier in 2018, Delta announced new service to Seoul-Incheon airport in conjunction with partner Korean Air to begin in April 2019. Additionally, Delta announced proposed service from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Shanghai to begin in 2020 subject to government approval.
Top Copyright Photo: Delta Air Lines Airbus A319-114 N344NB (msn 1766) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 935516.
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AeroMexico has made this announcement:
This has been one of the most challenging years in the last decade for the domestic aviation industry. The industry has lost $1.6 billion pesos at an operating profit level in the first six months of the year. While AeroMexico has continued to deliver an operating profit, the Company has delivered a net loss so far this year. Furthermore, with fuel prices at more than 80 dollars per barrel and overcapacity in the market, the operating environment remains complicated.
Consequently, AeroMexico has made the decision to restructure its fleet and network demonstrating, as it always has done, a rational and disciplined approach to growth. The company will retire from operation three Embraer 170s and two Boeing 737-700s (top), and given its fleet flexibility strategy, moving forwards, the Company can reduce or grow capacity rapidly.
As a result of this capacity reduction, AeroMéxico will make various changes to its network, including the suspension of the following routes during 2019: Mexico City to Boston, Washington Dulles and Portland; Monterrey to Las Vegas, Tijuana, Merida and Veracruz; and Guadalajara to Cancun and San Jose, California.
These changes imply that AeroMexico’s seat offering will remain flat in 2019 compared to 2018, the first time since 2009 that the airline will not grow.
The airline will continue with its customer-focused investment strategy by guaranteeing a world-class experience through service, product and technology initiatives.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by AeroMexico): AeroMexico Boeing 737-752 WL XA-GOL (msn 35785) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104828.
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AeroMexico Connect flight AM 2431 operating from Durango, Mexico to Mexico City on July 31, 2018 with Embraer 190 XA-GAL (above) crashed while attempting to takeoff from Durango and overran the runway and burned. The 99 passengers and four crew members were able to exit the burning aircraft. The aircraft is destroyed.
The flight was attempting to takeoff in heavy rain. Downdraft?
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49 people were hospitalized.
Two people, including one crew member, are in critical but stable condition.
AeroMexico issued this updated statement:
We deeply regret the events of this Tuesday evening involving flight AM 2431 from Durango bound for Mexico City.
This is a very difficult day for passengers, pilots, flight attendants, families, and loved ones of all those affected by this accident; as well as for our Aeromexico family and Mexico at large.
During a press conference the CEO of Grupo Aeromexico, Andres Conesa, expressed, “Our heart is with those affected and their families. We are deeply saddened and moved by this incident, and we would like to reiterate, first of all, that the Grupo Aeromexico family extends its support, thoughts, and prayers to those affected and their families. We are doing everything in our power to assist them.”
Aboard the aircraft were 88 adult passengers, nine minors, two infants and four crew members, as well as two pilots and two flight attendants. At present time no human losses have been reported thanks to the prompt action of the crew and passengers. The safety of our passengers is our first priority. Our more than 14,000 employees are wholly committed to the well-being of passengers and their families.
The aircraft involved was an Embraer 190 with registration XA-GAL, manufactured in 2008 and has been operated as part of our fleet since 2014.
At the moment, our priority is to address the needs of those affected and their families by taking the following actions:
- Providing attention and care for passengers and crew in nearby medical facilities.
- The Aeromexico Emergency Response Team is already in the accident zone and is focused on assisting passengers and their families.
- We have made free transportation available to relatives of affected passengers in Durango. To this end, a telephone helpline has been established at +52 (55) 51 33 40 59 in Mexico and 1 866 205 4084 from abroad.
We are closely collaborating with the relevant authorities, particularly with the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGAC), to establish the cause of this accident.
On behalf of the company, Andres Conesa especially thanked the crew for their professional actions, along with the Federal and State authorities, whom from the first minute have supported the rescue and assistance efforts. Moreover, he also thanked the employees for their professionalism and prompt response, as well as other airlines that have expressed their solidarity.
Lastly, we would like to reaffirm that we are focused 100% on doing everything in our power for the well-being of passengers and their families.
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Top Copyright Photo: AeroMexico Connect Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW XA-GAL (msn 19000173) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 942978.
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AeroMexico on November 1, 2018 is planning to commence a new route linking its Mexico City hub with Barcelona, Spain. According to Airline Route, the new route will operate three days a week with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.
Copyright Photo: AeroMexico Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner XA-AMR (msn 36844) LHR (Rolf Wallner). Image: 941805.
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AeroMexico reported a net loss of $722 million pesos ($40.1 million) for the first quarter 2018.
Grupo Aeromexico’s first quarter 2018 revenue reached $16.3 billion pesos, a 15.4% year-on-year increase.
During the quarter, the Company incorporated two aircraft into its fleet under operating lease agreements and one under a finance lease agreement.
As of March 31, 2018 Grupo Aeromexico’s operating fleet comprised 130 aircraft.
Copyright Photo: AeroMexico Boeing 737-86J WL N377AR (msn 37753) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 941616.
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AeroMexico added its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 (XA-MAG, msn 43704) on February 23, 2018.
The pictured XA-MAG is the first of up to 90 737 MAX airplanes.
In 2012 Aeromexico placed an order for up to 90 MAX airplanes, including the MAX 8 and the larger MAX 9 variant. The two models offer the airline the flexibility to fly between approximately 160 and 190 passengers on flights of about 3,550 nautical miles (6,570 kilometers), both with better operating costs and passenger experience.