rojo
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Azteca Took Delivery Of The B737NG

Tue Jul 03, 2001 11:49 am

Lineas Aereas Azteca took delivery of the first NG B737-700. Finally, we have this new bird flying the mexican skies. I can´t wait to see it. With lots of old aircraft in Mexico it is amazing Azteca took delivery of a brand new plane.

http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2001/q3/news_release_010702a.html

SEATTLE, July 2, 2001 - The Boeing Company last week delivered Azteca Airlines' (Lineas Aereas Azteca) first Next-Generation 737-700, making it the first airline in Mexico to operate the advanced-technology airplane. Azteca Airlines is a new regional passenger airline that began operations in June with 737-300s.

"The 737-700 will be the star of our fleet," said Rafael Rubio, president and CEO of Azteca Airlines. "The superior reliability and maintainability of the new 737 will provide a solid basis for success and customer satisfaction for our young airline."

Azteca will operate the airplane through a leasing agreement with Pegasus Aviation, Inc. The airplane is valued at approximately $46 million.

Azteca's route destinations include Mexico City, Guadalajara, Tijuana, Morelia and Uruapan.

"We are honored that Azteca Airlines has chosen Boeing airplanes for its fleet structure," said Daniel da Silva, Boeing vice president of Sales - Latin America. "The 737's proven performance record, spacious new interiors, low operating costs and operational flexibility have made it a popular choice for successful airlines throughout Latin America."

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My best wishes for Azteca, hope they start a profitable airline. I don´t know you guys, but if I have to choose a flight to Tijuana and flying on the B737NG is an option I will go for it. Just to try the new airplane.

Rojo
 
chepos
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RE: Azteca Took Delivery Of The B737NG

Tue Jul 03, 2001 11:54 am

Are they flying already cause I read that they had to defer startup because the Mexican Authorities still had not given them clearance to start ops.
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rojo
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RE: Azteca Took Delivery Of The B737NG

Tue Jul 03, 2001 12:00 pm

Chepos

Yes, they are flying since the first day of june, when AeroMexico had the flight attendants strike. They have been flying for a month and tomorrow they will start using the brand new aircraft.

Rojo
 
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RE: Azteca Took Delivery Of The B737NG

Tue Jul 03, 2001 2:26 pm



Best wishes to Azteca Airlines!

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Mexitli
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RE: Azteca Took Delivery Of The B737NG

Tue Jul 03, 2001 10:00 pm

Excellent! I am excited about a new airline in Mexico. I hope they become the "Southwest" of Mexico and eventually serve the US. More competition can't hurt. By the way, I have been looking for their web site. Does anybody know if they have one, and the address?

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RE: Azteca Took Delivery Of The B737NG

Wed Jul 04, 2001 1:36 am

Excellent!!! Viva Boeing!

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rojo
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RE: Azteca Took Delivery Of The B737NG

Wed Jul 04, 2001 9:13 pm

They don´t have a Web Site, but I´ve heard that they are planning on getting one soon. Their strategy is to start attracting medium to low class people (low class because they pay once for an airline ticket to go to Tijuana and try to cross the border), so they don´t need the web site desperately.

Rojo
 
AeroMexico767
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Hey! We Don´t Have Only Older Planes!

Thu Jul 05, 2001 5:42 am

Hello... well I think that you are wrong, well Mexican Airlines had a defficient fleet, like AeroCalifornia (All DC-9), Aviacsa (B737-200, DC-9, B727) etc... but what happen with Aeromexico and Mexicana (well except for those DC-9 and MD80), but they have an advanced fleet, B767, A320, B757... Fokker 100 etc...

COT

But like you, I hope see this new bird flying into Aguascalientes(lol).. Big grin

Bye
 
rojo
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RE: Hey! We Don´t Have Only Older Planes!

Thu Jul 05, 2001 6:32 am

AeroMexico767

Welcome to Airliners.net

About the fleet, you are right, AM and MX have some new planes, but you have to understand the logic here. AM and MX were supposed to make a big order of new planes to retire the old CD9´s and B727´s. They didn´t because of their economic situation and the sale of both airlines. Boeing and Airbus are competing to get the mexican market and Azteca was the perfect way of publicising in Mexico.
Boeing even open an office in Mexico City because they now that Mexico will be a market in two or three years, there are very old aircraft in here.

By the way, I read in the newspaper and heard a rumor that Mexicana is going to excercise the 8 options of Airbus A320 family they have since 1990. Airbus is not far away of closing the deal that will give Mexicana this aircraft to retire some of the B727´s. And the rumor says that they will be A319´s.

Rojo
 
chepos
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RE: Azteca Took Delivery Of The B737NG

Thu Jul 05, 2001 6:42 am

When I was in CUN I noticed something that gave me curiosity. Do the AViacsa aircraft have a smile in the front of the aircraft.

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chepos
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RE: Azteca Took Delivery Of The B737NG

Thu Jul 05, 2001 6:43 am


Oops wrong photoid number.

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Sorry for the wrong airline pic.
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RE: Azteca Took Delivery Of The B737NG

Thu Jul 05, 2001 12:16 pm

Chepos:

Yes, the aircraft do carry a smile.  Smile
http://www.aviacsa.com.mx

Rojo:

Yes, I heard that Mexicana is getting impatient and will be ordering those A320's. I believe that they need to find new replacements for two 727's who's leases are to be expired this year.

By the way, how many aircraft does Mexicana have now? Their website still says they have 54, but I'm sure that its way beyond now with other A320's and 757's they've received lately.

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HMOMX
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RE: Azteca Took Delivery Of The B737NG

Thu Jul 05, 2001 2:21 pm

Does anyone know what are the expansion plans for Azteca? What cities are they planning to offer service to (specifically to HMO? ) and furthermore, do they plan to develop a hub somewhere?

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Latinplane

Thu Jul 05, 2001 3:30 pm

According to "Commercial Jet Aircraft Census" (www.bird.ch/bharms/asr_sh00.htm), Mexicana's fleet as of June is as follows:

- 12 Fokker 100s.
- 19 Airbus A320s.*
- 21 Boeing 727s.**
- 8 Boeing 757s.

Which brings the total to 60 aircraft.

* They had a 20th A320 as of May, but it no longer appears on the list.
** One of the two 727s with soon-to-expire leases has already been retired.
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chepos
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RE: Azteca Took Delivery Of The B737NG

Thu Jul 05, 2001 7:31 pm

Thanks for the info and website info Latinplane. By the way Aviacsa has an awsome webite, its very easy too use and its very well done.
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AeroMexico767
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Azteca Future Routes Are....

Sun Jul 08, 2001 2:05 am

Well HMOMX, I see you are mexican, yes! me too...

Well Azteca goals are this:

First.-

Connect Tijuana (TIJ) with:
Guadalajara
México City
Morelia
Zacatecas

Second.-

Connect Mexico City with:

Aguascalientes (my hometown!!)
Alburquerque, NM (EE.UU.)
Cancun
Chihuahua
HERMOSILLO <-----
León/Bajio
Oakland (EE.UU.)
Torreón
Plus charter flights from Canada, United States and South American Countries to some Mexican cities like Puerto Vallarta, Cancun etc...

And the Third:
Intercontinental Flights (I don´t know how)

Well, this information is from the magazine "Avion Revue" (May 2001)---

Good Luck to AZTECA!!!
=)