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Sacramento Receives International Service  
User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2807 posts, RR: 11
Posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1748 times:

California’s state capital will become the states 7th international gateway as Mexicana starts new service from GDL. The flight will be operated 4x a week with Airbus A320 equipment. Great news for Sacramento, Aloha airlines recently announced its intention to fly nonstop from Honolulu.

MX962 MEX 1815-1920 GDL 2005-2150 SMF
MX963 SMF 0815-1400 GDL 1440-1550 MEX

I believe that Fresno should be next to receive international service from GDL, but only on weekend basis to develop the route. People in this area of the state need to travel 3-4 hours by car to reach either LAX or the bay area for Mexico bound flights. Aloha or Hawaiian have also expressed interest in serving Fresno and with its new modern terminal building, Fresno International Air Terminal should be ready to handle the new routes.

In other news, AM's service from Hermosillo to Ontario has been downgraded to AeroLitoral Saab equipment. Apparently, it did not have enough success to warrant MD-80s, however, AeroMexico continues flying MD-80s on the GDL-ONT route on Fri, Sat, and Sun.

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 Smile LatinPlane

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User currently offlineCx340 From Mexico, joined Sep 2000, 609 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1634 times:

Great news. I hope MX's service works.

About AM flights from Hermosillo, I have to say that I was at HMO yesterday, and it trully has become an AM hub. For the hour or so I was there, there were at least 4 Am MD-80s at the ramp at any given time, with service to MEX, GDL, MTY, PHX, and I don't remember where else. There are also a bunch of Aerolitoral turboprobs (I actually arrived in one from TUS). But they are badly in need of a new and bigger terminal, as the current one is old, crowded, small and smelly.

User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6006 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1613 times:


Thanks for posting the flight times. I posted the newspaper article about the service last week but didn't know the schedule.

Sacramento has campaigned long and hard for international service to both Mexico and Canada. I expect SMF-YVR will not be far behind.

Fresno Yosemite Interntional may be able to support service about 3 to 4 times per week to start. There is more than family and vacation travel between FAT and Mexico. For example, Fresno agricultural companies also serve as the importer of many Mexico ag products. I know of a number of companies around Fresno that broker Mexican produce around the US to fill in during non-growing seasons in the US.

Fresno came close to gaining Mexico service in the past. Authority for service from Fresno to Guadalajara, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Hermosillo and Tijuana was granted to Aeromexico about 5 years ago.

Speaking of FAT's concourse expansion, it's filling up fast. Both new ground level gates and 3 of the 4 new jetways are already claimed. The 4th jetway will be a shared gate but already has flights planned when it opens in July. The 2 expansion gate positions may need jetways installed a lot sooner than originally planned. Several of the original ground level gates will also be available as some carriers are moving to the new gates.

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
User currently offlineMX-757 From Mexico, joined Dec 1999, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1563 times:

Hey, this are great news, seems like Mexican airlines are doing better than I expected since 9/11.

It's good also to see Mexicana starting it's fleet replacing, as you know they are replacing the 727's with A320 and A319. I think Mexicana is doing better than AeroMexico in terms of expansion.

By the way, do you know something about MTY-JFK AeroMexico service? is it still operating? MD80?

Hey, hi Apolo (Latinplane) how are doing? I'd like to keep in touch with you buddy! see ya.

User currently offlineAM From Mexico, joined Oct 1999, 600 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1513 times:

How does FAT's terminal look like right now? Have they built a second floor?

I spent some time at FAT while I was on vacations in California 4 years ago this summer. The check-in area looked very nice, but the gate area only had a ground level. I saw no jetways back then, so I guess AA's MD80s and DL's 727s were boarded the old fashion way. An Eagle Saab and a SkyWest Embraer departed for LAX while I was there.

"... for there you have been and there you will long to return."
User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2807 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1486 times:

Hi FATFlyer

Yes, I also agree that the airport should be able to handle at least a 3x weekend international route, particularly to GDL. My sister and her family live up there, but they usually tend to drive down here to catch a flight.

Recently, I also read an article about the expansion of alternative airports to LAX due to its inability to expand. To my surprise, Bakersfield was also on the list as an alternative. I have seen pictures here of back in the days when Bakersfield actually had 737 service. Hope that we can see those landing at Bakersfield again. Maybe even Palmdale/Lancaster will be getting air service sometime soon.

By the way, which Hawaiian airline was showing interest in FAT? Was it Aloha? I'm confused since I know that Hawaiian already serves FAT thru code-share agreement with American Eagle, I believe?

Hola Ricardo,

Glad to hear from you again. So do you like your new town? How's the studies going? I tried e-mailing you once but I think the e-mail address was wrong because I got a mailer-demon returned. You can e-mail me or better yet, my ICQ # 102530874.

Hola Bernardo,

If you want to look at the new terminal project for FAT, here's the link: http://www.flyfresno.org/improvements.html

And here's the most recent picture of the terminal:

 Smile LatinPlane

User currently offlineFATFlyer From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6006 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1439 times:


That picture of FAT is a few months old. You can find a current shot at the FAT webcam. It requires a plug-in that you can download for free.

There is also an interior model picture at:

Fresno was mentioned as a possible new service site during the Aloha/Hawaiian merger reports. Looking at the remaining west coast cities that the 2 can still stake out, I expect that FAT will announced in the next year or so. My guess would be with the merger dropped, Aloha's 737s make more sense for the market than HA's 767s.

I saw the talk about Bakersfield as an alternate for Southern California also. BFL is preparing to build a new terminal. Construction is scheduled to go out to bid later this year.

Actually, for a while the planners for the Calif High Speed Rail System considered stations at the airports in Bakersfield, Fresno and Visalia to provide relief for both Northern and Southern California airports. But the current rail plan is now for downtown stations for Fresno and Bakersfield.

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness." - Mark Twain
User currently offlineMX-757 From Mexico, joined Dec 1999, 113 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1406 times:

Hey Apollo, I don't use ICQ anymore, do you got MSN or something.
Anyways, your email address is still latinplane@aol.com?

User currently offlineLatinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2807 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (14 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1373 times:


Yes it is. I have AOL instant messanger. I don't know if that is compatible with MSN. Try it out, username is Latinplane.

 Smile ME

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