ok, Rlwynn you seem to judge a situation on a very shallow viewpoint. Of course Mexico is a country with many poor people (according to some sources it is more than 50% of the 102 million inhabitants) however the other half (more than 40 million) is a huge market as big as a single European country (like France) and even many of the poor people can afford a ticket to Tijuana or any other border city. Believe me, after 6 years as an AM
flight attendant I have met the most unlikely characters in a passenger aircraft, including Huichol or Mixe people who need additional help filling their passport control forms...and those people could have a US visa.
The fact that Lufthansa operates 11 frequencies to MEX
should tell something. There also serious plans for a MEX
flight before the year ends. While some European carriers are scaling back operations in other Latin American countries, they are increasing frequencies to MEX
. Just look at what IB
is doing, they are bringing their new flagship, the A340-600 while BA
, KLM, LH
, and AF
are bringing 747-400`s. I have sometimes tried to book a flight to FRA
(paying normal fare) and they are always full. The same happens with our own Aeromexico 767`s which BTW have new seats far more confortable than any other I have tried in a 747.
is being reorganized as an airline. Even some managmement positions are being made redundant while flight crews training is being refocused to be more customer friendly. Plans for the future include new routes and frequencies to Europe including the Boeing 777. Also AM
is refocusing itself as an international carrier and is slowly dropping internal services like LMM or MAM.
Regarding the main topic, I can only say that having an all Airbus fleet is one of the most brilliant moves ever made by MX
including the one made with the all 727 fleet. Having a standarized fleet will pave the way for future A330 orders. Just remember that while DC-10`s looked impressive in MX
colours they lost money without the right routes to place these aircraft. Just for the record even American carriers have scaled back their fleets, being the 777 the biggest acft for AA
use 747`s for Asian operations.
The 747 may have been a great acft but remember that they were an important weight in both Pan Am and TWA demise.
just wishing I have the resources to start Aero Virgen