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Mexicana Long Haul To EZE: Part 2  
User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 793 posts, RR: 2
Posted (4 years 8 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 18686 times:

Continued from:
Mexicana Long Haul To EZE: Part 1 (by SR117 Nov 21 2009 in Trip Reports)

After a few wonderful days in Buenos Aires it was time to return to Mexico. I won't go into any of that "Paris of South America" silliness as Buenos Aires is not Paris and Paris is not Buenos Aires, I think B.A. has more than enough charm and personality to be considered a city with its own special flavor. Here are a few shots of the wonderful city



Is the Argentine flag winking at me?

































Gainza - Agote / Ingenieros Arquitectos


Nov 11th 2009
MX 1694
EZE-MEX
22:25-05:20
B767-300 XA-MXC

Check in at Mexicana's counters was actually very quick as we had no baggage to check in. The guy at check in was very friendly and answered all of our questions, he even went to the back office to get a ticket jacket when we asked if he had any.





Mexicana Check-In at Ezeiza



Ezeiza isn't spectacular but the check in area is pretty nice, there was a bit of a queue for immigration but the delay wasn't too bad. Once that was done we headed to the very crowded American Express Lounge for some nibbles and drinks before going to our departure gate where I snapped a couple of shots.







Boarding was again a bit delayed, however, as the flight wasn't too full we were done with boarding very fast.

We had the same seats as on the previous MEX-EZE flight but seat pitch seemed to be tighter on this bird (XA-MXC), on the bright side of things, the reading light and FA call button worked.

This time around the amenity kits and headphones were already in the seat pockets in front of us. The captain welcomed us and explained our route in detail and settled us in for the 9:15 flight to Mexico City.

Despite the decreased seat pitch, the seat aligned with the windows in such a way that made leaning up against the wall much easier, this was gonna be a comfy flight.   

My only complaint was the pesky fellow in the back, he was one of those "foot creepers", you know the kind ! They put their feet up on the airplane wall next to the window but their foot invariably ends up creeping up on your back and whatnot   , once he figured he was poking my ribs he at least had the decency to use a pillow as a barrier so he thankfully got the idea.

Departure afforded us a beautiful view of Buenos Aires at night after looping and turning to the north. It was almost midnight and I was exhausted from a day of walking and sightseeing, but was nonetheless looking forward to what the meal had in store.

Having been burned by the chicken before, this time around I went for the pasta. My friend politely asked the FA to elaborate a bit beyond "chicken" on the choices but she replied with a coy "I don't really know"   .



Fearfully, I uncovered my meal to discover a slightly burnt pasta dish. It certainly didn't look terribly fancy but it tasted quite allright, in fact, I dare say, it was tasty. Which goes to show you, if I think overcooked burnt pasta is tasty, then pray tell, how horrible was my chicken and rice on the MEX-EZE flight to deserve such low marks.



Our pasta carbonara like concoction was accompanied by an olive salad of sorts and a cake, the sides were quite good as well although the olive salad was way too heavy on the pickled onions.



After the meal the FA's came round with another beverage round, I asked for another shot of whiskey from the FA and, bless her heart, she practically gave me the whole bottle   .

Is that a double or a triple?

Thanks to the exhaustion, the nice meal and the shot of whiskey I was knocked out for more than 2 hours and awoke just in time for me to watch the latest installment of Harry Potter, by this time we were off the coast of Peru, dealing with occasional chop and dodging some high and scary looking moonlit clouds, even managed to spot a shooting star. Always amazing to watch the celestial spectacle that quietly unfolds by simply looking outside the window.

After Potter was done, I dozed off once again and woke up for breakfast service. They served the same sandwich and fruit dish as the MEX-EZE flight, but this time we had an additional salami sandwich   it was actually great !. The only lackluster part was the fruit salad, just look at that piece of orange, it looks like it jumped off the empire state building and landed on my fruitbowl, and that pineapple looks like it has seen better days, still, it tasted fine, and I'm still alive so I guess it's OK.



Cabin was prepped for landing and we actually made it on the ground about 10 minutes early. MEX was still mostly sleeping and we deplaned into a mostly deserted terminal.





Here it must be said that connecting at MEX's terminal 1 is a confusing mess, it's not really a difficult thing, it's just made difficult by the lack of adequate direction and the counter-intuitiveness of the whole thing. I used to work at MEX and even I found it hard to know exactly what to do and what direction to take.



Nonetheless, formalities were completed quickly and we had about 2 hours to go before our flight to LAX. After another nice visit to the MX lounge to freshen up we headed to the boarding area where I was pleasantly surprised to see the Oneworld logojet outside our assigned gate.

Nov 12th 2009
MX 900
MEX-LAX
08:00-10:00
A320





Boarding took place until about 10 minutes before departure, once again I see a trend here   . The gate agent actually got a bit snappy with an asian lady who was wondering why boarding had not started.

Once the process had begun, all passengers were subjected to an additional search of their carry ons, although the search itself seemed quite superficial.

The crew gave us a warm welcome on board the spotless A320, looked like quite a new build, the seat pitch also seemed great, we had seats 16A and C with the middle seat empty which made the flight all the more comfortable.







Pushback was around 15 minutes late and we joined the usual morning queue out of MEX.

Departure was beautiful and scenic as we turned south and then east, giving us a view of the volcanoes and mountains surrounding Mexico City.







The captain warned us of turbulence during the flight and seemed to have the seatbelt sign on for quite a quill, as a result, service was delayed for quite a bit although the turbulence never truly materialized.

Mexicana's new branding

Service started until about 1.5 hours into the flight, and shockingly, we had a choice of 2 hot meals on this breakfast flight ! The choices were eggs or chilaquiles, for those of you who are unfamiliar, chilaquiles are a traditional mexican breakfast consisting of fried tortillas bathed in either green or red salsa, usually topped with cheese and cream, and accompanied by refried beans.







The chilaquiles were very good and really hit the spot. It was funny to see though that by the time the trays were being cleared, we were almost an hour away from LAX.

Isn't my forehead sexy?



I should point out that the crew on this flight was probably the best of the 3 flights I had on mainline Mexicana. There was no shortage of smiles and they looked genuinely happy to serve.

By now the long trip was taking its toll and it was so easy to doze off given the comfy seats and good recline, when I woke up we were flying over San Diego County and preparing for our descent into LAX.

This time around we did not make up time and arrived at the gate with a 10 minute delay. Finally back to LAX ! Thankfully, immigration and customs at TBIT were almost deserted and did not take more than 10 minutes. Not bad at all.

The Verdict


Crew: The crews provided very consistent service throughout the flights, they were invariably polite and reasonably efficient, that said, they could do with a bit more enthusiasm, they're not bad by any means, however, with the exception of the last flight, you never got the impression that they gave more than they had to or that they deviated much from the script.

Food and Drink: With the exception of the MEX-EZE flight, catering was acceptable/good, however, it seems that MX's product seems much more impressive on the short flights as MX provides a full hot meal and an open bar whereas its competitors offer only buy on board food and drink. On the other hand, MX's meals seem rather unimpressive on the long haul sectors: they could definitely do well by providing a slightly better quality meal, proper silverware (AM provides metal silverware and a real liquor glass in longhaul coach) and a generally higher standard offering for their flagship long haul routes.

Equipment: Once again we see a better product being offered on short haul vs long haul. MX's narrowbody airbus fleet is very comfortable for short/medium haul flights, seat pitch is excellent and the IFE provided on the newer airbuses is competitive. On the long hauls though, those 767s may be comfy, but they are very long in the tooth, and it shows. With the A330 they are offering a much better product with regards to IFE, however, with a 3-3-3 configuration, I'm not sure they sound like such a tempting alternative.

Ground Staff: Mostly great service received by the ground staff, with the exception of some rotten apples observed in Mexico City. Service at both Los Cabos and Buenos Aires was great.

MEX Hub: Connecting at MEX's Terminal 1 is not a tempting proposition, although this is not really Mexicana's fault, the airport is simply showing its age and all the patchwork done through the years has made things worse in many cases. On the bright side, despite the confusing transfer, once you nail down the procedure, it's not really that cumbersome. It would help MX a LOT to simply show a video on its airplanes or have a section of their Magazine dedicated to instructions for connecting passengers.

On time performance: Of 4 flights taken with Mexicana/Mexicana Click, none started boarding on time, only one arrived early, and two arrived within 15 minutes of scheduled arrival. Something that Mexicana definitey needs to work on.

Overall: I'd certainly fly with Mexicana again, they offer a very good product on short/medium haul flights, the long haul product is OK, but some polish could make things much more enjoyable, as it stands, the only advantage they offer over US carriers on long haul is the generous seat pitch and the free alcohol, I certainly hope they can improve on that !.

Thanks a lot for reading, questions or comments are welcome.

Ricardo

[Edited 2009-11-21 02:59:09]

17 replies: All unread, jump to last
 
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6714 posts, RR: 78
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 18531 times:

Hi Ricardo,

another enjoyable report with many great pictures from Buenos Aires. I really need to visit Argentina.

Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
Fearfully, I uncovered my meal to discover a slightly burnt pasta dish. It certainly didn't look terribly fancy but it tasted quite allright, in fact, I dare say, it was tasty. Which goes to show you, if I think overcooked burnt pasta is tasty, then pray tell, how horrible was my chicken and rice on the MEX-EZE flight to deserve such low marks.

Wow, that chicken must have been worse than the one Air Canada served on my FRA-YYC flight in May.

Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
After another nice visit to the MX lounge to freshen up we headed to the boarding area where I was pleasantly surprised to see the Oneworld logojet outside our assigned gate.

Lucky guy!

Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
The chilaquiles were very good and really hit the spot.

Good stuff, nice to see they serve that kind of food.


PH

[Edited 2009-11-21 04:11:21]


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User currently offlineArdian From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 541 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 18362 times:

Great trip reports! Love the pictures, they really look great! I didn't know that MX uses 9 abreast seating in their A330's; that's indeed very cramped!

User currently offlineVingt20cent From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 18018 times:

Thanks for this great trip report!

Now living in Mexico, I have flown Mexicana several times and I have found them a hit or miss. God forbid that you need to call MX's customer service ~ they have one of the worst customer service departments. They often don't have answers - the answer usually has been "I can't don't that" or "I don't know." They are infamous for canceling flights, and not informing the customers. Instead, you have to call, argue and re-book.

But once you are on their flights, I have found the service quite good! The FAs are usually quite attentive.

I agree, that T1 is quite a mess. If you don't speak Spanish - good luck! Once you get off your aircraft, you have no idea what to do - where to go! And the waiting rooms, just weird.

V.


User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 793 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 17357 times:



Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 1):
another enjoyable report with many great pictures from Buenos Aires. I really need to visit Argentina.

I think you certainly should ! It is a very interesting corner of the globe, there are flavors from many places and the result is very nice to see.

Quoting Vingt20cent (Reply 3):
They often don't have answers - the answer usually has been "I can't don't that" or "I don't know." They are infamous for canceling flights, and not informing the customers. Instead, you have to call, argue and re-book.

I don't know what your experience has been like in Mexico... but as a life long citizen, I think that is a bit in tune with what customer service is like in Mexico, front line employees are not really given much decision making powers when helping out customers, working for United and working for AeroMexico made me realize that both companies gave vastly different powers to their employees so that they could make customers happy, while AM was of course concerned with satisfaction, everything always needed the approval of a supervisor and whatnot. I am thinking that Mexicana is probably not unlike AeroMexico in that sense...

Cancelling flights though, that, along with a not so stellar on time record seem to be particular Mexicana issues.

Quoting Vingt20cent (Reply 3):
I agree, that T1 is quite a mess. If you don't speak Spanish - good luck! Once you get off your aircraft, you have no idea what to do - where to go! And the waiting rooms, just weird.

Things might be improving soon.. MEX is currently upgrading T1 to separate incoming passengers from international flights so that they funnel straight into immigration. Hopefully that should make things much easier for connecting passengers.


User currently offlineCsavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1362 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 17284 times:

Great trip report. My wife and I booked our trip to JFK-Guatemale City via MEX on Mexicana in January - great deal. Can't wait to try their product.


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User currently offlineVingt20cent From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 88 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 17216 times:



Quoting SR117 (Reply 4):
I don't know what your experience has been like in Mexico... but as a life long citizen, I think that is a bit in tune with what customer service is like in Mexico, front line employees are not really given much decision making powers when helping out customers, working for United and working for AeroMexico made me realize that both companies gave vastly different powers to their employees so that they could make customers happy, while AM was of course concerned with satisfaction, everything always needed the approval of a supervisor and whatnot. I am thinking that Mexicana is probably not unlike AeroMexico in that sense...

Cancelling flights though, that, along with a not so stellar on time record seem to be particular Mexicana issues.

Thanks for the insight - it helps to understand a bit of the infrastructure of the system. As frustrating as it may become, I have started to become accustomed to the service. When dealing with the front line staff, I have definitely improved my Spanish! jajaja

And yes, their cancellation of flights is infamous. It's happened to me on 3 occasions - and most recently, when I called Mexicana they tried to re-book me on a flight that was going to leave in 30 minutes - and I was still at home. When I explained that to the rep, she replied with "so what would you like me to do?" At that point, I just had to laugh ~ what else could I do? Getting angry at her wouldn't help the situation. Eventually, I spoke to a supervisor and got things worked out. Just hate getting to the point of having to ask for a supervisor. . .

Quoting SR117 (Reply 4):
Things might be improving soon.. MEX is currently upgrading T1 to separate incoming passengers from international flights so that they funnel straight into immigration. Hopefully that should make things much easier for connecting passengers.

Oh that's good to hear! I find it particularly interesting that passengers have to get their hand carry luggage re-scanned when walking thru air-side of the terminal from int'l to domestic. I haven't flown AM for a while, so can't really comment on them, nor their terminal (flying on AM during X'Mas).

Regards.


User currently offlineAmax1977 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 16623 times:

Wonderful TR. I loved every part of it.

Can I ask you what kind of camera you used? Very clear pictures.

Cheers,
Amax


User currently offlineAM744 From Mexico, joined Jun 2001, 1773 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 15322 times:

Excellent trip report SR117. Thanks for sharing.

Quoting SR117 (Reply 4):
front line employees are not really given much decision making powers when helping out customers

I feel training is lacking too.

Quoting Vingt20cent (Reply 6):
And yes, their cancellation of flights is infamous. It's happened to me on 3 occasions

I feel your pain. I lost nearly a day's worth at GUA for a suspiciously cancelled flight. DGAC needs to take a hard look on that issue.

All in all, I find MX product to be good, specially when everything goes as expected.


User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 793 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 14482 times:



Quoting Amax1977 (Reply 7):
Wonderful TR. I loved every part of it.

Can I ask you what kind of camera you used? Very clear pictures.

Thanks for the kind words ! Took most pics with a Nikon D60, highly recommended  Wink

Quoting AM744 (Reply 8):
I feel training is lacking too.

I sort of feel the same philosophy with AeroMexico and Mexicana, in the sense that neither people on the ground nor Cabin Crew go beyond what they are supposed to do or show much personality. It makes me a bit sad as I think service could be much better on Mexican carriers.

Quoting AM744 (Reply 8):
I feel your pain. I lost nearly a day's worth at GUA for a suspiciously cancelled flight. DGAC needs to take a hard look on that issue.

Seems cancellations and on-time performance are not MX's strength.. It seems a bit cultural within the company as boarding delays were never acknowledged and only once did a captain apologize for the delay in boarding.

Thanks again for the comments
Ricardo


User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2122 posts, RR: 30
Reply 10, posted (4 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 14429 times:



Quoting SR117 (Reply 4):
I think you certainly should ! It is a very interesting corner of the globe, there are flavors from many places and the result is very nice to see.

While my post may not be 100% on topic, I agree that EZE is an awesome city. I went in 2005 and have been itching to go back ...

Excellent impressions of the city.

Did you eat well ?



Bonjour Chef!
User currently offlineXA744 From Mexico, joined Mar 2004, 734 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (4 years 6 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 13230 times:

Hola Ricardo, wonderful second part of your TR and fantastic pics of B.A. you are presenting us here with !!!

The Nikon D60 camera kit seems to be the perfect companion for any traveler willing to document her/his trip in a beautiful and semi-pro way... Your pics are so sharp and vivid !!!... Many thanks for the quick sightseeing of such a fantastic city !!! I myself was in Buenos Aires some 10 years ago and enjoyed my stay there dearly... Can't wait to go back one of these days !!!... Hopefully AM or MX marketing fellows throw in a nice deal around the southern hemisphere´s fall this year...  yes 

Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
Ezeiza isn't spectacular but the check in area is pretty nice

Wow, judging from your pics, EZE looks gorgeous to me... 10 years ago, when I visited Argentina, the whole airport was in miserable conditions, especially the boarding gates !!!

Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
I asked for another shot of whiskey from the FA and, bless her heart, she practically gave me the whole bottle .

Oh man, this where Mexicana stands out... Yes, I have always been pampered when requesting a second round of booze.... Make it double, I always say, but then, the lady FA makes it triple !!!...  drunk 


Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
the spotless A320, looked like quite a new build

Something that hits me... I see no headrest covers on the seats in coach of your Bus... Have not flown MX recently. Is the company now cutting expenditure on this particular and important issue ?...  worried 

Ricardo, once again, all the best in 2010 !!!

Looking forward to reading another TR from you in the very near future... Happy flying !!!

Best regards



No matter how you fly...just never get your wings clipped !
User currently offlineghost77 From Mexico, joined Mar 2000, 5215 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 11899 times:

I've flown MX lately and I think their service is superb. Thankfully I haven't got a cx flight or something recently. All bad things happen to me, IDK for what reason, with UsAirways.

I just flew last thursday AM, paid 250usd for a MEX-GDL one way, and I just got miserable peanuts and a very small drink!
AM is flying very low. Just like MX did in 2006/7 after being privatized in December of 2005.

MX and AM need to work far more. LA and JJ are way ahead!

g77



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8484 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (4 years 3 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 11334 times:
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Hi Ricardo,

Nice report and pictures, did enjoyed reading about the new Oneworld carrier.

Food presentation looks like it could do with improvement, otherwise, looked ok.

Thanks for sharing.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5074 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 10736 times:

Very cool report. I was going to write on my recent EZE-MEX-EZE flight, but decided that yours is far superior! I have some other MX flights and will concentrate on writing one of those.

Quoting SR117 (Thread starter):
Here it must be said that connecting at MEX's terminal 1 is a confusing mess, it's not really a difficult thing, it's just made difficult by the lack of adequate direction and the counter-intuitiveness of the whole thing. I used to work at MEX and even I found it hard to know exactly what to do and what direction to take.

= But, I LOVE it  . It is sort of like my love for Timbiriche ... you know you don't want to like it, but you just can't stop liking it secretly. Sort of like watching "Soy Un Desastre" video where the scene happens over and over ... and you're like WTF?  . Transfering @ MEX is like old-school ... sort of like NBO ... or what BOM/DEL used to be. And, the counter-intuitiveness is awesome ... I especially like clearing immigration to then go walk through random passageway separated from the other passage (near the gates) endlessly to the end of the terminal past the gates you need to be at ... then to be thrown back through a door ... and having to trek back all the way you started. Classic  .

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 793 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (4 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 10550 times:

Quoting ghost77 (Reply 12):
MX and AM need to work far more. LA and JJ are way ahead!

Thanks for the comments tocayo !!

I definitely agree with you. Both MX and AM's premium cabins are much much behind technologically speaking. MX has more of an excuse as they're relatively new to the long haul product. However, AeroMexico's Clase Premier is honestly starting to lag a bit too much (Clase Premier Report Here). I didn't think of it too much back in February when I took the flights but a couple of weeks ago I flew with Delta to NRT in BizElite and it really made AM's product look bad, 40+ selections on the AVOD on DL vs 5 on AM's 767 dig-e players (and even the 777 isn't much better.. only 8 movies offered), a choice of 4 main meals on DL vs 2 on AM where not even a menu was offered, choice of 3 pre arrival meals on DL vs 1 choice on AM. Even with nice cabin attendants they really can't make up for such a poor hard product, you get the impression that AM really doesn't have the cash to provide a worthy premium product and that's definitely not a good thing, and when you even look bad compared to DL (we're not even talking about KE, SQ or NH) that's even worse.

But enough ranting   Fortunately Y is not bad at all with either carrier, as soon as MX upgrades its A330s to 2-4-2 they should be offering quite a competitive long haul product. For short hauls MX is great and much better than AM when it comes to catering.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 14):
Very cool report. I was going to write on my recent EZE-MEX-EZE flight, but decided that yours is far superior! I have some other MX flights and will concentrate on writing one of those.

Thanks a lot ! Well, do at least give us a hint of how it went   Always good to hear reports on MX.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 14):
It is sort of like my love for Timbiriche ... you know you don't want to like it, but you just can't stop liking it secretly.

Well I guess it does have a certain masochistic charm, like transferring at Washington-Dulles. I think you can only properly savour the backwardness when you have 2-3 hours to spare though  
Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 14):
I especially like clearing immigration to then go walk through random passageway separated from the other passage (near the gates) endlessly to the end of the terminal past the gates you need to be at

Yes !! If you don't pay attention you can easily walk past the nondescript corridors and end up landside. Especially since everybody at the airport seems clueless. I'm quite sorry for the poor Korean guy who doesn't speak spanish that has to go through the whole thing : )

Thanks again for the comments guys.

Ricardo


User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1221 posts, RR: 17
Reply 16, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 7170 times:

Hi Ricardo - I thought a comment on this great trip report was well overdue from me. Thanks for a great report about your travels back in 2009 on a carrier that sadly is no longer with us. RIP Mexicana. I was only lucky enough to see their new colours once before they went under - and that was the cute little 762 at LGW.

Has there been any developments in terms of restarting MX or is that never going to happen now?

B.A looks like a fantastic city to explore with your camera. Great shots.

Thanks again. Palmjet



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User currently offlineSR117 From Mexico, joined Jun 2000, 793 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (2 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6239 times:

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 16):
Hi Ricardo - I thought a comment on this great trip report was well overdue from me. Thanks for a great report about your travels back in 2009 on a carrier that sadly is no longer with us. RIP Mexicana. I was only lucky enough to see their new colours once before they went under - and that was the cute little 762 at LGW.

Hey Palmjet, thanks a lot for the comment, and funny thing, I'm replying exactly 2 years after taking that EZE-MEX flight. Nice to take a trip down memory lane.

Indeed sad that MX did not make it to 90 years old. They really picked a bad moment to make their big expansion and their labor problems didn't help at all.

With regards to restructuring MX it looks quite unlikely at this point, there are possible investors but there seems to be pressure from incumbent carriers to leave things as they are and not to allow them to come back. Even if they did come back it's just a different market today, things would not be like they used to.

Ricardo


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