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Lineas Aereas Azteca Adds US Cities

Fri Sep 21, 2001 10:02 pm

Great news!. Let's wish LAA best of luck in their expansion.

Starting in December, LAA will serve both El Paso and Albuquerque from Mexico City and Albuquerque from Chihuahua.

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Sept. 20, 2001, 9:36PM

Azteca Airlines unveils expansion plans
Copyright 2001 Houston Chronicle

MEXICO CITY -- While airlines in Mexico and the United States are laying off workers and even considering bankruptcy following the one-two punch of an economic slowdown and last week's terrorist attacks, startup Azteca Airlines is in an expansion mode.

On Thursday, the airline announced it plans to increase the routes it flies in Mexico, add U.S. routes and buy up to six new Boeing 737s in the next six months. Each of those airplanes costs $48 million.

Beginning in December, Azteca will fly to El Paso from Mexico City, and Albuquerque from both Mexico City and Chihuahua.

Those routes have no nonstop competition, said Marcos Shuster, general director of the regional air carrier. The Mexican airline will also begin flying from Mexico City to Guadalajara, Chihuahua and Cancun. The airline began offering service in June, and, although it is based in Mexico City, most of its flights have been out of the border city of Tijuana.

Currently it flies from Tijuana to Mexico City, Guadalajara, Zacatecas, Uruapan and Morelia using its fleet of four Boeing 737s. Despite the slowdown, sales are exceeding expectations this month, said Eduardo Laris, a vice president of marketing and strategic planning with the airline.

While airline executives expected an occupancy rate of 25 percent in September, 35 percent of the carrier's seats have been booked.

The airline has not been as severely affected by last week's events because for now it does not fly between the United States and Mexico and thus did not have to cancel its flights, Shuster said at a news conference in the company's hangar at the Benito Juarez International Airport.

Azteca was founded by Leonardo Sanchez just months after Mexican airline Taesa went bankrupt last November. The company purchased Taesa's hangars and ground equipment.


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RE: Lineas Aereas Azteca Adds US Cities

Sat Sep 22, 2001 12:35 am

Excellent news indeed. I've been waiting to hear how LAA is doing, and I'm glad they were not as affected by last week's events.

Thank you for the information and keep us updated if you see any more news.

Do you know which airlines in Mexico are considering bankruptcy or in trouble?

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RE: Lineas Aereas Azteca Adds US Cities

Sat Sep 22, 2001 1:42 am

Well, im only waiting they fly to MTY, it seems it isn't a good destination for them  Sad, anyway I think LAA is expecting too much and they probably will fail. And having a 35% of ocupation is for me a dangerous number in order to make an expansion.

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RE: Lineas Aereas Azteca Adds US Cities

Sat Sep 22, 2001 1:47 am

Good to hear that Lineas Aereas Aztecas is entering the US market, the best thing about their expansion is that they have no competition on the flights they will be adding so thats good for them. Happy to hear they didn't get as affected due to Last Tuesday's attacks.
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RE: Lineas Aereas Azteca Adds US Cities

Sat Sep 22, 2001 1:52 am

Yeah, it's great news to hear some post-Sept 11 expansion news!

Best of luck to Azteca!
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RE: Lineas Aereas Azteca Adds US Cities

Sat Sep 22, 2001 5:39 am


As Far As I Know Azteca start flying MTY in the first days of this month... There were all charter flights.. but soon they will start to operate as a normal route..

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