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Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Tue Jul 15, 2003 2:09 am

Today Monday July 14th, Mexicana will start flying from Monterrey (MTY) and Guadalajara (GDL) to Cuernavaca (CVJ)

Flights to/from Monterrey will be operated by AeroCaribe (QA) on a DC9 and flights to/from Guadalajara will be operated by Mexicana (MX) on an F100.

MX7582 CVJ MTY 0630 0755 Daily
MX7583 MTY CVJ 2155 2320 Daily

MX 528 CVJ GDL 0710 0820 Tuesday - Saturday
MX 529 GDL CVJ 2000 2110 Monday - Friday

Introductory fares for these flights start from:
CVJ-MTY $105 USD + Tax (One Way)
CVJ-GDL $91 USD + Tax (One Way)

I'm still wondering if this flights will be successful, since they don't end in Tijuana or any other border city, but hope that Mexicana did a very good market research before starting these flights!!! What do you think???
 
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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Tue Jul 15, 2003 4:57 am

I agree, this is kind of a weird flight. An uncle of mine is an F100 first officer, when I asked him what he thought about the new route he chuckled and he told me he'd like to see other new flights with the Fokker instead of Guadalajara/Cuernavaca, like flights to more important cities in Mexico or Denver or Los Angeles. I guess he thinks of the CVJ flight as just another small town (and airport) to flight to. And it's not precisely gonna be a very appreciated flight for the crews. Since MXA crews are based at Mexico City, they're gonna have to drive to MEX to sign the start of their work day, then take a company van all the way to CVJ (!!!) for the 7:10am departure to GDL. Talk about having to wake up early. He didn't tell me about the GDL/CVJ leg, but I assume it will be the same... taking a company van to MEX and then drive home.

By the way, have you seen CVJ? I think it's gotta be one of the least known difficult approaches in Mexico. The airport is completely surrounded by high mountains, and the best it has is a VOR/DME-A approach, with the VOR in a different location (TEQ - Tequis), so a lot must be done visually with very difficult terrain. And if you're arriving from MTY, you have to fly through Mexico City's airspace and then make the dive towards CVJ. The arrival from GDL should be simpler. I guess the route will be GDL/MLM/TLC and off to TEQ for the instrument approach (or maybe a completely visual approach to avoid flying all the way to TEQ?).

Although many people can seriously doubt the fate of this new flight, it can't be bad to see that Mexicana is flying to new destinations, and not only in Mexico. They've recently started Portland, OR service, and I think they're still looking into Philadelphia and Charlotte (am I right?).


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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Tue Jul 15, 2003 5:08 am

AM

Yes your right. They will start, Washintgon Dulles,
Charlotte, Philadelphia (reopen) and Detroit.

In Canada, they will open Calgary this year and
also they might start a Quito flight that has been
put on the back burner.

I also have an Uncle in MX, but mine is in XOLA where
the decisions are made.

Good luck
 
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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Tue Jul 15, 2003 6:14 am

AM
You are right, Cuernavaca should be a very difficult approach... I keep saying that every time I go to the airport. I haven't flown from CVJ, but since my cousins own a house in Santa Fe, near the Alpuyeca Toll and a few Kilometers away from the airport, I will sure fly from CVJ one day knowing that I have place to sleep nearby (if flights last).

It will be interesting to see how MX's and QA's crews like the flight. Does anyone know where QA crews are based???

About MX new international destinations, it is weird that MX wants to start IAD and CLT, since IAD is already served by Mexicana (MX3020 / MX3021) on a codeshare with UA Metal and CLT will be served by Mexicana on a codeshare with US Metal when US starts flights to Mexico City in October (US628 / US629). I remember that US already applied for rights to fly Mexico City-PHL-Mexico City starting next year, so with US joining Star Alliance by the end of the year, it will be another MX codeshare. So I guess Mexicana wants to have one flight and let the *A partner have another one to better serve those destinations...

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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Tue Jul 15, 2003 6:44 am

Rojo:

I strongly agree with you.
I would also like to add:

If MX and QA are succesful in positioning CVJ as an alternate and CHEAP option to MX), Mexico">MEX, they might have a chance with this route.
I remember having said that CVJ is smaller in term of inhabitants and output to QTO or PBC, cities with limited services to MTY or GDL. However, CVJ has the chance to be a cheap alternative to MX), Mexico">MEX.

However, their prices are not that cheap. U$210+TX means, aprox. $2,856... which is not a real bargain compared with mainline services MX), Mexico">MEX-MTY $3,200.

On how they will fill those planes, I also remeber saying that Aerolíneas Internacionals had full flights because all flights were heading to the border (TIJ, CJS or REX)... The question would be if MTY or GDL will be enough to fill those planes. A partial answer has been given by the a/c used and frequency.

Aerolíneas Internacionales had one daily flight in a727 to both cities. This means CVY-MTY had a capacity of 1.050 seats a week, and so GDL.
MX and QA are downgrading capacity. In the case of MTY, it will be served by a daily DC9. Hence a mere 770 seats per week. GDL will be served by a 5weekly F100, only 505 seats per week: 50% less than Aerolíneas Internacionales.

So, given the airfare and the reduction of available seats, it is concluding that MX and QA are not focusing anymore to the same market untapped by Aerolíneas Internacionales.

What do you think?

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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Tue Jul 15, 2003 7:07 am

More MX news:

MX reinstated Guadalajara - San Antonio nonstops this past week, 3x weekly via Airbus. This route was last operated nonstop sometime in the mid-80s. It was flown into the early 70s with Comets.

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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Tue Jul 15, 2003 7:20 am

>>If MX and QA are succesful in positioning CVJ as an alternate and CHEAP option to MX), Mexico">MEX, they might have a chance with this route<<

No matter how cheap these flights are (and, as Pedro said, they're not too cheap either), I don't think they'll get any passengers who would otherwise fly out of MX), Mexico">MEX (keep in mind that in order to make it to the CVJ-MTY flight you would have to leave Mexico City around 4:30 A.M.)

Maybe if the flights left CVJ a little bit later...

Also, does anyone know why QA is operating this route as well as MX), Mexico">MEX-AUS? Wouldn't it make more sense for MX mainline to operate both? I really don't know how much MX might save by leaving these flights to QA.

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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Tue Jul 15, 2003 11:03 am

Más noticias sobre Mexicana.

MX operated a B757 on an extra flight to YUL today. Does anyone knows what that flight was for?

Muchas Gracias

 
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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Tue Jul 15, 2003 11:13 pm

Pedro:

I really don't understand MX, why not focus in the ethnic market just like Aerolineas Internacionales and also focus in the business market by having one stop flights to TIJ or LRD??? They know this market very good and the ethnic market pays high fares, since they aren't price sensitive because they don't have access to technology like the internet to compare fares. Hope they realize this and extend the flight to a border city... there are many people in the towns surrounding Cuernavaca that migrate to the US or who have family working in the US.

JOSE:

About QA operating the route, MX wanted QA to operate both routes, since they are using QA to test new destinations because of the lower operational costs, the problem was that there is no real presence of QA in GDL, there was no other place to send the airplane after the CVJ-GDL leg and they wanted both flights to overnight in CVJ in order to use airplanes that otherwise will be parked (look at the schedules). The only possibility was to fly the CVJ-GDL with MX mainline in order to continue using the F100 on another MX route from GDL (after the early arrival) and CVJ-MTY with QA to keep using the DC9 on another QA route served from MTY, like MTY-VER which leaves at 8:30 in the morning as MX7538.
I will assume that MX will evaluate the performance of the flights during the next three months and make the proper changes or even cancel the flights if they don't have a certain load factor.
 
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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Wed Jul 16, 2003 11:08 am

Rojo:

I believe Aerocaribe's bases are Merida and Cancun, with CUN as the Jetstream fleet base. I've never really known for sure, though. I don't know if Mexico City has become a new crew base now that they are adding new DC-9 flights from there.

Quebecair727:

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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Wed Jul 16, 2003 12:45 pm

AM:
I think that QA is now just flying the DC-9 fleet, all the Jetstream´s and F-27 are not longer in service. Correct me if I am grong.

Saludos
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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Thu Jul 17, 2003 12:39 am

Hola Pablo,

Wow... that is a surprise. I just checked schedules on the internet and it seems you're right. I checked the CUN/CZM flights, which used to have several Jetstream roundtrips after the F-27s were gone, and instead there are only 2 DC-9 flights. That route says a lot, if there are no J32s there, I guess they're completely gone. So now Aerocaribe has an all-jet fleet... cool!

Saludos,
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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Thu Jul 17, 2003 1:16 am

Yes Aerocaribe is now an all jet airline.

I think it's a stupid move, as with returning the J32EP because those were appropiate planes to fly the CUN-CZM air bridge.

Today, we only have 2 or 3 flights a day on this route and capacity has almost doubled.

I think there they operated at the most 10 flights a day from CUN-CZM with Jetstreams, times 19 seats each one had totals 190 seats available everyday. Today with 3 flights a day times 110 seats or so, totals 330 seats available!

It sucks!!! The only good thing is commonality on their fleet!

But another thing comes to my mind... What will happen with their facilities at Merida and CZM???

Saludos!

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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Thu Jul 17, 2003 1:30 am

Finally they started this new service! I hope AeroCaribe and Mexicana to stay for a long time in CVJ. Which I think they will......!

Fares:
Just checked out the fares between MX), Mexico">MEX-GDL and CVJ-GDL with MX, and I saw there are only 10 usd of difference.

MX), Mexico">MEX-GDL - (1049 pesos) 105 usd + tax (one way)
CVJ-GDL - (949 pesos) 5 usd + tax (one way)

I think there's no bargain for the people living at Mexico City, so it will be the same if you fly from MX), Mexico">MEX or CVJ to Guadalajara., so we could say that the only persons who'll fly this route will be locals from Cuernavaca.

Also remember A. Internacionales fares of the CVJ-BJX of (299 pesos) 29 usd + tax (one way) and also the CVJ-GDL was (499 pesos) 49 usd + tax (one way). There's a lot of difference between Mexicana and Aerolineas Internacionales fare, but I think this route still

Fleet:
It's also evident Mexicana got no aircrafts to cover both routes..... (lack of Fokker's) so that's why they decided to put AeroCaribe as the airline flying into MTY. I was told that maybe in the near future they could suspend the CVJ-MTY service with AeroCaribe and trade it with Mexicana.

Cuernavaca Airport:
Mexicana and AeroCaribe took so long to take this routes because of the airport lack of mainteinance.... first Mexicana wanted to cover both routes with the A319/A320 but they didn't because of Cuernavaca's runway and it's poor mainteinance, CVJ's runway didn't permit the operation of aircrafts with engines on the wings (because of the rocks and other stuff you might find while takeoff or landig) that's why they choose the F100 and DC9. If you remember, AeroCaribe had no problems with the B727.

Rojo and Pzurita1, said that this routes won't be succesful because they are not ending at a border city, but you might think in the possible connections. You can't connect if you fly to MTY but you do have possibilities to take more flights in GDL. The first flight GDL-TIJ is at 7:10 a.m. I was told MX was thinking on the possibility to change this flight to an hour later in order to give more options to connect, people from Cuernavaca and Mexico City who fly to GDL on the first flight and it's final destination is TIJ.

Finally I think there will be a third airline soon in Cuernavaca which is AeroMexico. They will fly a direct route CVJ-TIJ with MD80s.

The crews...... I'm very sorry for the F100 pilots and F/As who'll have to sign at MX), Mexico">MEX, take a van from the company and drive all the way to CVJ. It will take a long time.... and It will be a very exhaused trip for the crews but MX and QA will paid their crews since the first sing at MX), Mexico">MEX.

NAVEGA,
I really want to see this new MX routes! Glad to see they are thinking on opening MX), Mexico">MEX-Calgary before ACA. Also it's good to see more routes to the US! And finally I think Quito will be a nice addition. Also I would like to see La Paz and Buenos Aires back, but probably we have to get more 757s and 767s... they need more aircrafts in their fleet.

Another fleet movement, two more Fokker's will leave MX's fleet. So they will be flying with 8 only. MX just add 2 more A320s... XA-TXT and N447MX, that makes 27...., so they almost get to 30 as they planned to end this year.

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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Thu Jul 17, 2003 6:57 am

AEROMEXICO Will start NON STOP CVJ-TIJ on Aug 21.....

This will be a Home Run
 
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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Thu Jul 17, 2003 7:10 am

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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Thu Jul 17, 2003 7:16 am

If you don't mind my asking, is it common for Mexican domestic flights to make multiple stops?
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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Thu Jul 17, 2003 8:08 am

Hmmmm most flights from TIJ arrive and leave packed so I would guess this new flight (if true) could have a chance depending on the loads.........but then again I don't see the a big market for Tijuana-Cuernavaca flights.

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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Thu Jul 17, 2003 9:21 am

Aer Lingus:

Yes, it is common, for example: MEX/GDL/SJD/LAX, MEX/MTY/CUU/HMO/TIJ, MEX/GDL/CUL/TIJ, MEX/GDL/HMO/PHX...
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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Fri Jul 18, 2003 2:06 am

Flying in and out of TIJ you can take the "guajoloteros" flights with multiple stops from here to MEX or you can also take a direct flight TIJ-MEX......the same goes for destinations such as GDL and MTY........the load/economic reasons for these multiple stops flights I don't know them.

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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Fri Jul 18, 2003 3:32 am

The loads for the "Guajoloteros" are very good and that is why most Mexican airlines have them. The economics are a little bit tricky and the airlines has to monitor the inventory of fares very good in order to be profitable. The good thing of the "Guajoloteros" is that they provide airline service to cities that otherwise would not support a non-stop service. This means an airline can have one flight on the following route:

MEX-MTY-HMO-TIJ

and sell seats for the following pairs of cities
MEX-MTY
MEX-HMO
MEX-TIJ
MTY-HMO
MTY-TIJ
HMO-TIJ

by doing this, the airline has a bigger chance of filling the aircraft than if they had a non stop flight between each pair with its own inventory of fares.

Airlines like Southwest do this with their airplanes, but they give a different flight number to each leg with its own inventory of fares (although you have to consider that they have the market to fill each flight separately). Airlines like UA, AA or CO have most of their flights from / to one of their hubs, so they don't need to send a "Guajolotero".

About the loads of the "Guajoloteros", here are JR flights for tomorrow, judge by yourself:

FRI 18JUL03 MEXICO CITY /TIJUANA *JR
1 MEX1TIJ 0935 1145 JR 304 C0 Y0 B0 M0 Q0 T0 K0 L0 S0 D9S B
2 MEX1TIJ 0950 1200 JR 416 C7 Y1 B0 M0 Q0 T0 K0 L0 S0 DC9 B
3 MEX2TIJ 0900 1145 JR 206 C0 Y0 B0 M0 Q0 T0 K0 L0 S0 D9S B
4 MEX1TIJ 1055 1255 JR 406 C1 Y0 B0 M0 Q0 T0 K0 L0 S0 D9S B
5 MEX2TIJ 1035 1320 JR 810 C1 Y1 B1 M1 Q0 T0 K0 L0 S0 DC9 B
6 MEX2TIJ 1120 1410 JR 422 C0 Y1 B1 M0 Q0 T0 K0 L0 S0 DC9 B
7 MEX2TIJ 1200 1445 JR 604 C0 Y0 B0 M0 Q0 T0 K0 L0 S0 DC9 B
8 MEX1TIJ 1900 2100 JR 404 C0 Y0 B0 M0 Q0 T0 K0 L0 S0 DC9 B

 
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RE: Mexican Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Fri Jul 18, 2003 5:50 am

Rojo:

Where do you find the load factors for the routes listed above? I assume that the 0 next to the class code mean that there is no seats available on the flights?

By the way, did you guys know that Allegro is flying scheduled service in and out of Toluca (TLC)? I thought I read somewhere that AeroMar had abandoned their sole TLC-MTY service.

http://www.allegroair.net/TLC.htm

So what's happened to Aerolineas Internacionales? I guess this means that the airline is no more. What happened to their fleet; is it still sitting in CVJ?


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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Fri Jul 18, 2003 7:07 am

Hi guys,
Well yup MX and Qa start today but there is now high loads to mty or gdl from here, Aeromexico personnel came here and saw very poor conditions and backed out for those flight but in august a direct flight to TIJ is bound to start, so this for sure will be a big hit! i heard it on the news the other day, so hopefully i will have the pleasure to fly over my house here, since i live in Cuernavaca!!!!!!!

On July the 7 th the first crews left for Seattle for the B737-700 training, i hope to start my training soon!

Thanks and bye.
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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Fri Jul 18, 2003 7:29 am

Latinplane,

That's right! It means no more seats left in that class!

About TLC and AeroMar, yes I was there 2 days ago, I spot Allegro's flight out of TLC and also I saw that AeroMar's check in counters dissapeared!!  Sad .

Also I saw that a B727 was serving that day the flight.... what it amazed me it's that I saw around 100 people flying so, probably they have good loads... this far LL got almost 7 months serving TLC!

Javo,

Good luck in SEA! Lucky you! I wish I could also fly the new 737s in AM.... but... probably in a few years....

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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Fri Jul 18, 2003 8:09 am


ghost77

Thanks for the info. Did you take pics? BTW, I admire the great quality pics of yours.

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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Fri Jul 18, 2003 11:51 am

Hi everyone,

As Rojo said, the loads on "Guajoloteros" are extremely good. I sometimes took the flight Rojo described (MEX-MTY-HMO-TIJ) which is actually an Aviacsa flight leaving MEX at 21:27, normally flown by a wingleted 727. I only took the flight to get to MTY and mainly because the departure time suited me when I had a lot of work. Every single TIME I took this flight, the plane was 100% full, not one seat left. I had some fun ocurrences on these flights. . .on one ocassion, we had to take a transport to the aircraft while boarding at MEX because it was parked on a remote stand; as soon as we got to the aircraft and the boarding started, a couple of "campesinos" (peasants) rushed inside the plane and took the first two seats available, as if it was a "pesero". The FA immediately requested their boarding passes and tried to redirect them to their assigned seats, but they were claiming that they had won those seats and were not moving anywhere. The situation went on until the captain came in and politely but firmly asked them to move or he could not take off. They reluctantly agreed.

On another one of these flights, the purser announced over the PA that the meal service was to begin. . .as soon as the cart came out of the galley, around ten people stood up and started to from a line to receive their food. One of them was already taking money out of his pockets to pay; the purser went on the PA again and with a fatherly tone explained that the food would be brought to their seats and that the cost was included in the ticket.

I guess I was immpressed but then saddened to realize the level of ignorance of some of my fellow countrymen. . .not to say it is their fault, it isn't at least in most cases. But where else would you find this but in Mexico?
 
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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Fri Jul 18, 2003 12:42 pm

>>I guess I was immpressed but then saddened to realize the level of ignorance of some of my fellow countrymen. . .not to say it is their fault, it isn't at least in most cases. But where else would you find this but in Mexico?<<

Something similar happened to me on an Azteca MEX-GDL-TIJ flight: when disembarking, one of the campesinos in the rear of the aircraft thanked the flight attendant at the door with a handshake: all the people who disembarked after hinm followed his example and did the same thing.

It was really funny watching the poor flight attendant shaking about 25 people's hands.
 
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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Fri Jul 18, 2003 4:17 pm

Latinplane,

Yes, I did took some pictures at TLC of LL B727 even better it was XA-TRR!  Smile

But, unfortunately I didn't snap a picture of Global Air - Grumman I... YES, the same company of the B737-200 where everything started! But I definetly want to go back to get that Grumman!

And Thank You very much for your comments! Keep searching for my pictureS!
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RE: Mexicana Will Start Flying To Cuernavaca Today

Tue Jul 22, 2003 1:09 pm

LOL!

There's an old movie of la india maria when she comes to work to the U.S.
and flies on AeroMexico. As the F/A comes around with her cart serving food she ask "pollo o carne" and maria replies "unas quesadillas de huitlacoche" (don't know what it is) as she hands her some pesos,the F/A laughs and responds "solo tenemos pollo o carne" and maria then replies in typical indian humble fashion "Hay pos mejor pala otra, no me alcansa."

And it's not just something that only occurs in Mexico. I work in the trade show business and due to my bilingual skills my co-workers hand me down many international accounts, especially from Latin America. Last show I had some native indians from Ecuador that were sponsored by their government to come and exhibit their handmade products. They became quite an attraction at our expo and received many stares, for their short little bodies and typical derby hats made them stick out from the rest of the crowd. Very friendly humble people without a clue of any evils of this world, but they were so much trouble to work with, not because they were rude or mean in any way, but because they were so raw. I had many situations with them; as I was showing them around the convention center I realized that they had never used an elevator in their lives, so I had to take the time to show them how to use one. I noticed that they were getting dizzy as their blood rushed to their heads while going up and down, so I stopped. While they were in the States they also wanted to go to sightsee in New York, but they thought that traveling between Los Angeles and New York was like traveling between Guayaquil and Quito. They didn't get it, and to be perfectly honest, it kind of frustrated me, but perfectly understanding their situation, I was very patient with them. I think it's very important to try to help these people in any way possible.

Back to the subject. On the flights back to Mexico (specially during the holidays) the migrants take with them everything but the kitchen sink with them, and on the way back they try to bring back as many Mexican products as they can, but not in luggage bags, instead using cardboard boxes tide around with rope around them. My dad always said; if you don't know how to tie a knot with a rope, then you're not Mexican! Of course, I always failed to learn how to do it!!!


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