I think the little 787 order is also very weak. AM must try new things...
Yes, 9 788s and 10 789s is too small of a long-haul fleet for an airline with the scale of AM. If PEK comes to fruition, and BCN and GIG return, the fleet will be again spread too thinly. Maybe a follow-on Dreamliner order is in the works?
the best Latin American airline product.
Okay, that is a bit of a hyperbole. AM is not that great. The catering in J in U.S.-MEX flights is appalling. On board service (whether long-haul or short-haul, whether J or Y) is hit-or-miss. Sometimes flight attendants are very friendly and aiming to genuinely please, sometimes they are just arrogant and lacking in motivation and knowledge of important aspects of their job. Based on trip reports and hearsay, I would say AV Colombia has probably the best product in the region.
On a separate note, when does new MEX airport open?
If a certain populist candidate gets elected as president, perhaps it might not open at all. Having said that, completion of the airport is already delayed.
There is that needless immigration and customs processing while on transit. And to add insult to injury, the Mexican authorities get a bit fussy with flights arriving from South America, be them from SCL, EZE GRU, LIM or BOG and, at least when I transited there, were checking with dogs pretty much everything that walked off from these flights. Thanks, but no thanks. I'll pass. And somehow cheeky considering the country's own involvement in certain trades..
I agree that immigration and customs for international-to-international pax is needless. However, I wonder to what extent it is due to shortsightedness on the side of Mexican authorities, and to what extent it results from pressure from the U.S. Remember there is a very deep high-level national security coordination between the U.S. and Mexico's militaries, interior authorities, etc., so I would not be surprised that certain domestic policies are actually the result of conditions imposed by the U.S.
On the subject of drugs, a substantial part of the Mexican drug situation has to do with shipments of drugs originating in South America transiting through Mexican airports, highways, ports, etc. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that pax arriving at MEX from the Caribbean, Central America and South America have to go through those extra hoops. When CCS-MEX flights existed, there were numerous arrests all the time involving drug trafficking, and those drugs did not originate in Mexico. I agree it seems that GRU, EZE and SCL should get different treatment vis-à-vis BOG, LIM, etc., but it is what it is.