Flyingdutchboy From Netherlands, joined May 2000, 96 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2838 times:
Mexicana Airline Leaves Star Alliance
Mexicana de Aviacion, Mexico's second-largest airline, said Thursday it will leave the global airline partnership Star Alliance.
Mexicana's departure was the result of a decision to end its code-sharing contract with UAL Corp.'s United Airlines under a new business strategy that may include a future partnership with another carrier.
"We now have the freedom to look for the best option," company spokesman Adolfo Crespo said in an interview. "A lot of companies have approached us, so we'll look for the best choice to increase our destinations."
The board of Star Alliance, the world's largest airline partnership with 14 carriers not including Mexicana, agreed at a meeting in Germany to maintain code-sharing and related joint-services between Mexicana and all Alliance members except United.
Mexicana and Star Alliance said in a joint press release that the Mexican airline will also continue offering airport VIP lounge access to frequent flyers of the other 13 airlines. They will also be able to accrue miles or redeem awards on Mexicana flights to 59 destinations across the Americas, mostly Mexico and to 17 cities in the United States.
Mexicana's membership in Star Alliance will be formally terminated March 31. Its code-share contract with United, established seven years ago, will expire Dec. 31.
Having recently revamped its fleet with Airbus aircraft, Mexicana operates close to 60 airplanes, including 10 manufactured by Boeing Co.
The company, which controls about a quarter of the commercial airline traffic between the United States and Mexico, expects to announce details of its new business strategy early next year.
Mexicana's main competitor is sister company AeroMexico. Both airlines form part of state-controlled holding company Cintra, which plans to privatize both carriers when market conditions improve.
Alvaro From Mexico, joined Feb 2001, 239 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2593 times:
Mexicana.com has also confirmed the news:
MEXICANA AIRLINES AND STAR ALLIANCE AGREE TO TERMINATION
OF MEMBERSHIP EFFECTIVE MARCH 31st, 2004
Mexico City, November 13, 2003.- All members of the Star Alliance in a meeting of its Alliance Management Board have today mutually agreed that Mexicana Airlines' membership will end March 31, 2004.
In a joint statement, both Mexicana Airlines and the other members of the alliance express their commitment to maintain the current Star Alliance product offering including frequent flyer and lounge access benefits to their customers until the set date.
Mexicana de Aviación
Public Affairs Office
Tel.: (52-55) 54-48-32-96
Fax: (52-55) 55-23-22-66
There are no further press releases.
Whatever´s going on, Im sure MX is planning something special.
En Mexicana cumplimos 85 años de hacerte sentir el placer de volar sin limites