Mexicana Plans Return to Service February 14

Mexicana de Aviacion’s revival plan now expects to return the carrier to revenue service Feb. 14 with a fleet of six operational Airbus A320s and one spare. The much-delayed return of Mexicana took its first solid step forward last week when the airline operated two maintenance certification flights. The revival continued this week with the completion Jan. 25 of a third maintenance flight and the recertification of Mexico City International Airport as the carrier’s hub airport, and will include the certification of Guadalajara Jan. 26 and the first recertification flight Jan. 28. Destinations planned for the first day of operation are Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami and San Antonio in the U.S., Havana, Cuba, and Guatemala City, Guatemala. An expansion plan still under discussion forecasts a fleet of 19 aircraft. Although the number of destinations is still being debated, a source says Mexicana is focused on building its presence in key city-pairs, with as many as four daily flights serving the higher-yield markets. Certain destinations, including El Salvador, Toronto and Washington, should, however, return before the summer schedule.

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 6:37pm - by Jose