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AeroMexico - 50 Years To The Big Apple  
User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2716 posts, RR: 14
Posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 9908 times:




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Aeronaves de Mexico, the Grandfather company of today's AeroMexico inagurated its Mexico City - New York Idlewild service on December of 1957. Bristol Brittanias were ordered fresh from the factory to launch this coveted international service, the first in the company's ambtious internation expansion plan. In 1961 it would proceed to take over bankrupt Guest Aerovias de Mexico's routes to Europe, Central, and South America.



On the 20th of November 1960, Aeronaves de Mexico enters the jet age with its brand-new DC-8 on the Mexico City - New York route. At the same time, Eastern Airlines, AeroMexico's biggest American arch-rival also inagurates its DC-8 service from New York to Acapulco via Mexico City.



AeroMexico advert gueared to Mexican businessmen: Mexico City - New York in just less than 4 hours via its DC-8 with Double Doppler Navigation System.




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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFN8APnvek4

Watch Eastern Airlines commercial to Acapulco

1974 - To compete against Eastern Airlines on the JFK-MEX-ACA run, AeroMexico places a daily DC-10 service on the JFK-MEX route that terminates in Acapulco.








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While Pan Am had been flying to Mexico from MIA since its early history, in 1986 it goes head-to-head with AeroMexico launching its own 747 service on the JFK-MEX run. The photo above depicts Pan Am's 747-100 landing in MEX.


AeroMexico Logo Late-1980s.


AeroMexico Logo 1990s. Notice that AeroMexico dropped its classic orange color in favor of its original blue like the one used on its original Britannia!




AeroMexico celebrates 50 years of reliable service between New York's John F. Kennedy's airport and Mexico City's Benito Juarez International. While the once legends of Eastern Airlines and Pan Am are now gone, AeroMexico has endured till this day flying to The Big Apple. A flight that for 50 consecutive years reported a profit on its accounting books.




Sources:

http://mexaero.bravejournal.com/entry/26600

http://www.edcoatescollection.com/ac5/ROW%20Civil%20A/restcivila.html

www.aeromexico.com

Original Author and memorabilia belonging to: Manuel Ruiz Romero, Fernando Morlette, Rodrigo March y Hugo Gutièrrez

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User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4748 posts, RR: 45
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 9840 times:

Very intersting historical - interesting that it was timed for 3hrs50mins...


Some see lines, others see between the lines.
User currently offlineLV-ARG From Argentina, joined Sep 2001, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 9825 times:

Nice Britannia there  bigthumbsup 

User currently offlinePzurita1 From Greenland, joined Sep 2002, 1392 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 9817 times:

In those years (1958), a first class round trip to NYC flying AM was: U$276.2. That would be equivalent to pay US$1,978 today according to www.measuringworth.com Seems as there is no big difference with current prices.


Next flight: IAH-DBX-MRU-ANT
User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6177 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9780 times:
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Fantastic historical Latinplane, you've outdone yourself.


MGGS
User currently offlineJuventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 9754 times:

Good one LatinPlane. That DC10 picture is georgous. Airlines flying DC10s and 747s between JFK and MEX. Who would have known...

User currently offlineGhost77 From Mexico, joined Mar 2000, 5217 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 9736 times:



Quoting Latinplane (Thread starter):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFN8APnvek4

Watch Eastern Airlines commercial to Acapulco

Awesome stuff!!!! How we don't get to see this things these days??? Really nice creativity there.... it makes me wanna go to ACA NOW!!!!

g77



Ricardo Morales - flyAPM - ¡No es que maneje rapido, solo estoy volando lento!
User currently offlineMX77W From Mexico, joined Apr 2007, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 9671 times:



Quoting Juventus (Reply 5):
Airlines flying DC10s and 747s between JFK and MEX. Who would have known...

I Know!!! To think now they send 737's and A318's (MX)... jeez louise!!! I remember the good ol' days of the DC-10, I was lucky enough to fly the MEX-JFK-MEX route a couple of times when I was very young on the DC-10... Great Airplane and Great Service!

Thanks for the Post Latinplane

Regards,

MX 77W



When Will MX Fly to Europe??? I guess '09 is the year!!!
User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7569 posts, RR: 43
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9652 times:



Quoting MX77W (Reply 7):
think now they send 737's and A318's (MX)

Yes. I agree. I hope there will be a day in the not so distant future when AM flies to JFK with 787s.



Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
User currently offlineMarcus From Mexico, joined Apr 2001, 1790 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9645 times:

"Courtesy French Wines in coach".......boy times have changed!

I remember flying on AM's DC-10 from TIJ to GDL and to MEX back in the day.



Kids!....we are going to the happiest place on earth...TIJUANA! signed: Krusty the Clown
User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26426 posts, RR: 76
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9617 times:



Quoting EddieDude (Reply 8):

Yes. I agree. I hope there will be a day in the not so distant future when AM flies to JFK with 787s.

LAX would be even better  Wink



Mangeons les French fries, mais surtout pratiquons avec fierte le French kiss
User currently offlineAviateur From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1352 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9604 times:

Neat. I flew aboard an Aeromexico DC-10 from JFK to MEX in April, 1982. It was an all-coach configuration, I remember.


PS



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25117 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9586 times:

One notable aircraft that AM operated to JFK -- the very first DC-8 built, the one that made the first flight May 30, 1958. It was later converted from a DC-8-10 to a DC-8-50 and was used to certify that model. After 3 years with Douglas it was refurbished and served with 6 airlines, including 12 years with DL. AM was the last operator from 1979 to 1982 when it was retired to the desert and never flew again although it survived relatively intact until about 2001 when it was finally scrapped. The first DC-8 deserved to be restored for display in a museum.


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More on the history of DC-8 "Ship One":
http://www.dc-8jet.com/0-ship-one-history1.htm


User currently offlineTimz From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 6813 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 9581 times:

Wasn't that DC-8 the one that set the airliner distance record, around 1962? (Tokyo to Miami nonstop.)

User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25117 posts, RR: 22
Reply 14, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 9569 times:



Quoting Timz (Reply 13):
Wasn't that DC-8 the one that set the airliner distance record, around 1962? (Tokyo to Miami nonstop.)

No, that flight was made by this DC-8-53 in February 1962:


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It was registered N9608Z when it made that flight. Related excerpt from another forum:

The DC-8-50's payload/range capabilities were demonstrated between February 20 and 23 1962 when DC-8-53 N9608Z, named "Pacific Pacer" and operated in a promotional Douglas livery, flew Seattle/Tokyo direct with a 41,000lb payload, then Tokyo/Miami direct in 13hrs 52mins. Some 10,000lbs of fuel remained aboard the aircraft upon shutdown in Miami.


User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6177 posts, RR: 30
Reply 15, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 9478 times:
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CO also flew an F,C,Y configured DC-10 EWR-MEX I sure wish to see more AM's T7's on routes to the US


MGGS
User currently offlineFyano773 From Mexico, joined Mar 2004, 784 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 9440 times:



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 12):
One notable aircraft that AM operated to JFK -- the very first DC-8 built, the one that made the first flight May 30, 1958. It was later converted from a DC-8-10 to a DC-8-50 and was used to certify that model. After 3 years with Douglas it was refurbished and served with 6 airlines, including 12 years with DL. AM was the last operator from 1979 to 1982 when it was retired to the desert and never flew again although it survived relatively intact until about 2001 when it was finally scrapped. The first DC-8 deserved to be restored for display in a museum.

I remember my flight MEX-TIJ on AM DC-8 on 12/1979 when I was a boy.

In addition to JFK and domestic routes, the DC-8 was assigned to PTY, BOG, CCS and many other places. I agree that the 1st DC-8 deserves to be displayed like the 1st 707.

Fyano


User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2716 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (6 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 9330 times:



Aeronaves de Mexico DC-8 at John F. Kennedy.


 Smile LatinPlane


User currently offlineRICARIZA From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2391 posts, RR: 26
Reply 18, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9296 times:

Excellent Latinplane.. Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS AeroMexico.. one of my favorites airlines and my favorite livery....!!!! (The silver one)

A little contribution; AeroMexico commercials:

Punctuality:






Check first, you might get lucky:




Great business class:




"Futbol, Divine passion" Mexico's team travels in AeroMexico to France' 98 World cup:




Pre-boarding pass, AeroMexico, "change the concept of flying":



I miss ACES, I am proud of AVIANCA & I am loyal to AMERICAN
User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17063 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9295 times:

Wow, what a great historical latinplane, really interesting!!!


Work Hard, Fly Right
User currently offlineJuventus From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 2835 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 9287 times:



Quoting RICARIZA (Reply 18):

Thanx a lot for posting those youtube videos. The first commercial with the priest and the classe premier "great business class" are really funny. I remember those days when Aeromexico use to have commercials.


User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7569 posts, RR: 43
Reply 21, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 9238 times:

The Checa Primero (the mismatch couples) ad is very current. It is being shown in television and in movie theatres. It is funny, but definitely the first two (the punctuality ones) are the best.

Too bad punctuality is not a virtue of AM these days... both a TSA agent in LAX and the manager of the duty free shop at T5 in LAX mentioned to me some days ago that AM was always late in both landing and departing. I don't know if that is something happening in all routes, but certainly seems to be a problem in MEX-LAX.



Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
User currently offlineUSADreamliner From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 9159 times:

I'm surprised that other latin american carriers started flight to New York years before aeromexico. Like aerolineas argentinas and avianca.

User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2716 posts, RR: 14
Reply 23, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 9131 times:



Quoting USADreamliner (Reply 22):
I'm surprised that other latin american carriers started flight to New York years before aeromexico. Like aerolineas argentinas and avianca.

Yes, and since you are Argentine, perhaps you should also put some time and effort to dedicate one to Aerolineas Argentinas service to New York.


 Smile LatinPlane


User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6177 posts, RR: 30
Reply 24, posted (6 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 9124 times:
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Quoting Latinplane (Reply 23):
Yes, and since you are Argentine, perhaps you should also put some time and effort to dedicate one to Aerolineas Argentinas service to New York.

Great answer, Latinplane, subtle but to the point. I'll have you know, I'm Argentine too, as well as Mexican



MGGS
25 Post contains links and images Latinplane : Thank god that I've stepped foot Argentina and really experienced for myself the genuine-friendly culture of the Argentine people, but like one perso
26 Post contains images LatinPlane : The last two got cut off for some reason. LatinPlane
27 AR385 : Just read it. Thanks for the tip. Pathetic if you ask me.
28 AR385 : Just read it. Thanks for the tip. Pathetic if you ask me.
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