AM and the Long haul Fleet!!!
I just flew the TOdo Jodido, uuuppps, I mean XA-TOJ
's B767-200 to Madrid and guess what??? Yes, the flight was packed. No seats empty and when I arrived at AM
's ticket counter in Mexico City, I was offered a roundtrip domestic ticket on AM
which of course I rejected. I told them that if they offer me money, I will stay, but they manage to find a family that was sent on the next flight that day (I was on AM001 MEX
which left at 5:50pm and next flight was AM003 at 9:00pm). Thank god I didn't accept the roundtrip ticket, because I had an Easy Jet flight to catch. While waiting for the Easy Jet counter to be opened I was looking at AeroMexico's check in counter (next to Easy Jet) and saw that flight AM004 MAD
was delayed two hours. After I got my boarding pass, I went to the AM
counter and started chatting with an AM
staff. He was telling me that most of the times this flight is delayed because of the lack of equipment AM
has to replace an aircraft that is delayed or broken and they even had to cancel one flight not long ago because the airplane had an oil leak an was diverted to JFK
(airplane never got to MAD
). Then I realized that AM
just increased from 8 to 9 frequencies the MAD
run, which makes it very difficult for the 5 B767's to have a good on-time performance if they are flying more hours every day. It is amazing that AM
has full flights each day to MAD
and they don't get another B767 to compensate the runs and to increase frequencies. If it was because of money I will not complain, but I don't think they are not able to get a second hand B767's, because they are getting new B73G's. Even the guy next to me on the flight, who was from Valencia, told me that AM
is always full and he holds a Y class ticket on IB
in case needs to travel with one day notice or less; and he comes to Mexico 5 or 6 times a year.
Hope this time they get the 6th B767 (doesn't matter if it is 200 or 300) but they could benefit of the strong performance of the European routes.