VS And MX Join Aeroexchange Alliance

Sat Feb 17, 2001 5:55 pm

Virgin Atlantic and Mexicana Join Aeroxchange Alliance; List of Global Affiliates Climbs to 15 for Leading E-Commerce Exchange

Aeroxchange, the leading aviation business-to-business marketplace, has signed a letter of intent for affiliate agreements with Virgin Atlantic and Mexicana Airlines, strengthening the multi-airlines e-commerce exchange to fifteen. By becoming affiliate airlines, these carriers have declared Aeroxchange to be their preferred aviation industry B2B exchange.

The affiliate agreement would include access to Aeroxchange resources, including the exchange, supply chain management, Internet procurement and system integration services. In addition, the new partners will have the opportunity to participate in the development of Aeroxchange's functionality.

``We are very excited to have Virgin and Mexicana join us and are pleased to add two highly-regarded aviation leaders to Aeroxchange's growing list of global participants,'' said R. Terrence Rendleman, Aeroxchange CEO.

Virgin Atlantic Airways serves London from 10 U.S. gateways: New York (JFK), Newark, Los Angeles, Orlando, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington (Dulles), Miami, Boston and Las Vegas. From London, the carrier serves South Africa, Greece, Japan, Hong Kong, the Caribbean, China, India and Canada, effective summer 2001.

``Aeroxchange will play an important role in our strategic plans to support our supply chain,'' said Nick Wildgoose, head of purchasing of Virgin Travel Group. ``We work closely with other airlines in our supply chain and Aeroxchange will allow us to leverage the Internet to facilitate these relationships.''

Mexicana Airlines, founded in 1921, is considered the oldest operating airline in North America. It currently operates with a modern fleet of 57 jet aircraft, which includes Boeing, Airbus, and Fokker jets. It offers over 350 flights, serving 11 countries and over 50 destinations. Mexicana's gateways in the United States and Canada are: Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Denver, San Antonio, Miami, Orlando, Chicago, Newark, Toronto and Montreal. The countries serviced in Latin America are: Mexico, Cuba, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Colombia, Venezuela and Argentina.

``As we compete in a global market, we need global tools,'' said Victor H. Romo, Technical Purchasing Director of Mexicana Airlines. ``Aeroxchange is a fundamental tool that will help Mexicana maintain its position as an extremely efficient carrier.''

Aeroxchange is a multi-airline global e-commerce marketplace with founding member airlines in the Asia-Pacific region, North America and Europe. Headquartered in Dallas, Aeroxchange formally began operations in October 2000 and consists of founding members Air Canada, All Nippon Airways, America West Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Federal Express, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa German Airlines, Northwest Airlines, Scandinavian Airlines System and Singapore Airlines. Other confirmed airlines with equity participation include Air New Zealand, Austrian Airlines and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Aeroxchange is developing the Internet's most comprehensive supply-chain management, e-procurement and information services solutions for aviation goods and services.