Atcboy73 From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1100 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1560 times:
Johnboy, I was wondering the same thing. Well not about the sweat shop. Why Guadaljara? If they can do three times a week to Guadalajara then you would think they could do at least the same number to Mexico City.
P.S. I suck at spelling and never realized how many a's there were in Guadalajara, tehehehehe.
Kwbl From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 441 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1537 times:
Guadlajara is Portland's "sister city". I don't know if that really factored into it. The main push seems to be there are some economic / business ties between these 2 cities. Plus, connections or one-stop service is available to Mexico City whereas if the flight were NS to MEX, then a connection to Guadlajara would not be as feasable.
Searpqx From Netherlands, joined Jun 2000, 4343 posts, RR: 11 Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1526 times:
Guadalajara was likely chosen because a larger percentage of the local (Central/Southern WA and OR) immagrant and migrant population comes from that part of Mexico, as well as cultural/business ties between PDX and GDL. Its actually a pretty smart move, since that same population would otherwise go through SEA and at least one other (LAX) connection/stopover.
"The two most common elements in the universe are Hydrogen and stupidity"
FATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 5739 posts, RR: 16 Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days ago) and read 1508 times:
Don't forget that Alaska announced LAX-GDL last month. I would think that route had been expected to attract Portland-area travellers on a PDX-LAX-GDL routing. I wonder how heavily the PDX traffic figured into the decision and what adjustments AS will decide to make.
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
Rojo From Spain, joined Sep 2000, 2417 posts, RR: 10 Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1495 times:
Nike does have a factory in Guadalajara and the majority of Nike operations in this Country are in Guadalajara, although they have small offices here in Mexico City. I can tell you this because my brother's girlfriend works for Nike and she travels to Portland once a month. Although the decision of Mexicana's new service between PDX and GDL instead of MEX is because of the large Mexican immigrant population that lives in the Portland area with family ties in Guadalajara and the states of Jalisco, Nayarit and Colima.
Kwbl From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 441 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1447 times:
The official announcement was just made. The flights will be on 319s and operate Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. They will go NS to GDL then onto either Mexico City or Morelia. They will arrive in PDX at noon and depart at 1:30. There are now 6 int'l carriers at PDX (including cargo): Lufthansa, Mexicana, Air Canada Jazz, Cargolux, Korean, & Air China so it's at least becoming a better place for spotters!
Johnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2534 posts, RR: 7 Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1409 times:
Well, I must admit I was being a bit facetious when I spoke about a sweat shop. My point was that this flight was probably more for the immigrant population all along, yet this fact is glossed over in the gushing business announcement.
Not the stuff of which Chambers of Commerce are made of, i'm afraid.