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User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2807 posts, RR: 11
Posted (15 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2949 times:

I will be travelling to Mexico for a well deserved vacation, from the 30 of July to the 7th of August. I will first fly to Guadalajara and then on to Mexico City. I know there is a nice airplane viewing area on the 2nd floor of GDL's Airport. However, I think it has been reduced since my first trips there when I was a kid.

I have never been to Mexico City, so I'd like your help in this matter. Is there any nice spots around the airport where you can take pictures? Are they safe? and how do I get there? Is there any places around the maintenance complexes of such airlines as AeroMexico, Mexicana and the now defuct Taesa which are worth visiting. I think there was a nice restaurant inside Taesa's maintenance place if I'm correct?

I will be traveling on AeroMexico's MD-80's and 757's for my trip, however, I am still undecided on which airline to fly from GDL to MEX. I want to fly something else other than Mexicana and AeroMexico just to make it more exotic. I have called around and most airlines seem to be offering the same exact fare on that route, so it's just a matter of chosing who to fly.

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Who should I take? Aerolineas Internacionales sounded tempting but they don't fly that route.

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I once flew AeroCalifornia back in 1988 when I was a kid so I'd like to fly them again. I would like to fly on one of their small DC-9-10's though, not the 30 version.

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What is Aviacsa like? Is there service as nice as their happy face aircraft demonstrate it?

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And, although, I don't think they fly that route yet, I wouldn't even consider flying Allegro. I'd think their planes would be really cramped up with seats, since they are mostly a charter airline that just started scheduled service after the demise of Taesa.

I think thats about all my choices, correct? Well, thanks in advance for any advise.

Best Regards,

Apolo Diaz  

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User currently offlineLeoDF From Mexico, joined Aug 1999, 359 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (15 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2887 times:

Plane spotting: It sucks! One of the best places in Mexico City es un puente peatonal, como a 500 metros del aeropuerto.. En frente de un Mc Donald's, everything and everywhere else, it is forbidden!! Maybe inside the terminal as you are a passenger, you'll have no problem there...

A. De Leo

Lloyd Aereo Boliviano
User currently offlinePlanenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2877 times:

Hola Latinplane!
Glad to here that you'll be coming to the megaopolis of the world.

The best place for spotting at MEX is the pedestrian overpass that crosses Circuito Interior. After you climb the steps, you can see over the fence and onto the threshhold of the main runway where nearly all aircraft line up for take off. You can also get some pics of planes landing (in late afternoon. between 5pm and 7pm, you see alot of the jumbos arriving from Europe including KL, LH, IB and BA 747s, AF A340, and depending on which day, an SU IL-96).

To get there: turn right after leaving customs and entering the throng of people waiting for arriving flights. Continue all the way passed Salas D, E, and F., passed Aeromexico domestic check-in, and exit the far end of the building (turn right after the vending machines and go outside). Continue along the sidewalk until you get to the Terminal Area metro station and then turn left and walk down the road to the pedestrian overpass.

WARNING: Be aware of pickpockets and other touts, and do not take your luggage or other big items with you, and keep your camera concealed until you get to your spot. Use the storage lockers across from arrivals, its only NP$2.

The next best place to spot is if you have a room at the Marriott Hotel right across the street from the terminal building. Request a room facing the terminal building and you have full view of the entire airfield.

For your GDL-MEX flight, I recommend MX on the F-100.

-Aerolineas Internacionales doesn't fly the route, and I don't recommend them as their flights are chronically delayed and usually don't operate every single day.

-AVIACSA has two daily flights, both with old 727s, they always seem to arrive and depart on time.

-Allegro doesn't fly the route either.

-I've never flown Aero California but they seem trustworthy and efficient and have a minor hub at MEX with service to GDL. I'm almost sure that they operate the DC9-30s on the route though (I could be wrong).

User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2807 posts, RR: 11
Reply 3, posted (15 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2879 times:

Gracias, Leo DF and Planenutz.

I hope to get a glimpse of that Aeroflot flight that comes in. Though, I think they only fly there once a week. Were does that plane come from and what is it's final destination? I'd would think Havana or maybe Miami are stops before they get to Mexico.

Anyway, where are all of you Mexican aviation fans? It seems like you guys are out of the country vacationing because I hardly see any of you guys here anymore.
If you'd like to meet and talk about planes and stuff I would be happy to do so while I'm there.

I really love talking about airlines in Latin America, hence my name: Latinplane. Maybe I'll do my thesis on that subject. I'll start studying Aviation Administration in spring. Can't wait!!!!

Anyway, just e-mail me if you guys are interested.


User currently offlinePlanenutz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 2873 times:

The facts about SU flt 342: The Sunday flight is an IL-92, the Tuesday flight is a 767. The flight stops at Miami, Shannon, then continues to SVO.

Other interesting things to see: AR 747-100, CU A320, and LAB 727-200.

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