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Mexican Magnicharters (GMT) Grounded!  
User currently offlineDavid_mx From Mexico, joined Nov 1999, 209 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2191 times:

Hi all!

I'm in the middle of a business trip, and I found out via elnorte.com that Mexican Authorities (in this case the Communications and Transport Department/Secretary) grounded Magnicharters because their economic problems and of course lack of maintenance, I heard by good friend of me (owner of a travel agency) that Magnicharters urged them to bring more passengers to their service.

There is no coincidence the SCT is doing this just when the vacation period will start, they will be grounded probably 3 months (Jun, July and Aug) who is the beneficiary of this situation? Just speculation of course...

I flew a couple times with them and well one flight was with the ex-cruzeiro one, mfd on 1974... interesting experience if you tell me, I never traveled in a vehicle that was built years before I was born... but to be fair, they had one of the best service in mexico, on board and and at the airport...

Please let me know your comments about this... and I truly hope they go back in business soon.

Best regards,

David

[Edited 2008-06-10 19:41:33]

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User currently offlineAM744 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 1773 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1998 times:



Quoting David_mx (Thread starter):
There is no coincidence the SCT is doing this just when the vacation period will start, they will be grounded probably 3 months (Jun, July and Aug) who is the beneficiary of this situation? Just speculation of course...

Exactly my thoughts. While Magnicharters could be cutting some corners regarding its debts or even maintenance, it wouldn't be the first time government agencies in Mexico are driven by political and economic interests rather than the safety or well being of the citizens, which almost always come second.


User currently offlineAdriaticus From Mexico, joined May 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1869 times:

This is not as new as it may sound; the maintenance, training issues of Magnicharters, as well as disciplinary actions to be taken by the DGAC, have been the gossip of the day in CANAERO and other aviation-related meetings for several months already. Magnicharters definitely had a chance for putting itself in track with reference to maintenance...

Either way, better safe than sorry; by clipping their wings for the high season (let's see how high goes this year, given the recession in the USA, high oil prices and fuel surcharges) the DGAC is, at least statistically, acting for the benefit of relatively more potential pax.

Let's wish them well.
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User currently offlineDavid_mx From Mexico, joined Nov 1999, 209 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1800 times:



Quoting Adriaticus (Reply 2):
This is not as new as it may sound; the maintenance, training issues of Magnicharters, as well as disciplinary actions to be taken by the DGAC, have been the gossip of the day in CANAERO and other aviation-related meetings for several months already.

I truly understand your point, and this makes me wonder, why wait? If you find maintenance problems, training deficiencies, etc for months, then, why not act lets say three months ago, to make them be ready to come back to the high peak season. No matter how "low" it could be, this will be the "less worse" time of the year for them.

I am on the side that we need more transparent decisions in our government, for example, when we hear about the FAA or JAA warning on airlines, many times in specialized reports we find the exact causes of the sanction or grounding (example Southwest with their maintenance issue and AA with the MD80 wiring). I heard the press conference of the DGAC chairman, and to be honest, it lacks transparency, he even says that the DGAC is not a financial analyst but they do determine that their financial situation is a contributory factor to their decision... that is completely contradictory...

We as public always hear vague descriptions and never get the details (I'm not asking for every single detail), but still don't raise our voices and demand the end of this suspicious timing at the SCT.

Just my 2 cents worth opinion

David


User currently offlineXA744 From Mexico, joined Mar 2004, 734 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1701 times:



Quoting Adriaticus (Reply 2):
Either way, better safe than sorry; by clipping their wings for the high season (let's see how high goes this year, given the recession in the USA, high oil prices and fuel surcharges) the DGAC is, at least statistically, acting for the benefit of relatively more potential pax.

Yeah, right, now you got me going into town to the bus depot for my Mexico City " Yellow Arrow " tickets...

... No more wings for me my friend !!!...  frown 

Best regards



No matter how you fly...just never get your wings clipped !
User currently offlineAM744 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 1773 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1617 times:



Quoting David_mx (Reply 3):
am on the side that we need more transparent decisions in our government, for example, when we hear about the FAA or JAA warning on airlines, many times in specialized reports we find the exact causes of the sanction or grounding (example Southwest with their maintenance issue and AA with the MD80 wiring). I heard the press conference of the DGAC chairman, and to be honest, it lacks transparency, he even says that the DGAC is not a financial analyst but they do determine that their financial situation is a contributory factor to their decision... that is completely contradictory...

Right on. DGAC is probably doing its job, but then again, was AM investigated when they broke a couple of DC9s a few years ago? Was MX investigated when the landing gear of a couple F100s broke? Interestingly enough, they were both owned by the government at the time.


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