It is always interesting to discuss the situation of the Mexican aviation industry in regards to the Asian market. I am bound to enjoy this topic very much, and I just hope it stays in the forum long enough. Therefore, please allow me to share the considerations appended bellow with you all:
1.- JAL, since the beginning of its operations to MEX
in 1972, has had a great trouble in order to set foot in our market. Originally, they had a 3 x weekly frequency which was brought down to the current 2 x weekly, short after the introduction of the 742 service to MEX
in 1995. JAL has also tried to withdraw from MEX
on different occasions, but thanks to some government to government negotiations it has been prevented from doing it.
has now managed to preserve its Mexico flights and achieve decent pax and cargo loads. However, due to a ridiculous agreement with Aeromexico, by which a big chunk of the revenue coming from the MEX
v v sector is taken by AM
, JAL is not keen to further expand its operations in our market, unless the rules of the game change. Furthermore, JAL would never get fifth freedom rights out of any U.S. west coast city into MEX
and beyond to the south as it has always wanted.
3.- MAS began flights to MEX
in October 1992 using a 744 combi 2 x weekly on the KUL
v v with full fifth freedom rights on every sector. In 1994 the combi was replaced by a full pax 744, due to very strong transpac demand out of LAX
. Once MH
Â´s rights on the MEX
sector were removed, in September 1998, the poor long haul loads ex MEX
prompted the termination of the service in December of the same year. MAS never had a true chance to create a strong presence in the Mexican market, which is a shame, as it is a wonderful and appealing product.
4.- Mexico has traditionally neglected the tremendous importance of the Asian market, both politically and economically. I donÂ´t see any Mexican carrier venturing itself across an ocean plagued with outsized sharks. At this time, I have to concur with our friend Ryanairr when he says... " AM
/MX flying to Asia... feasibility, business sense wise... a true suicide !