Maurice, Mexico is not in South America. And its presence in South America is very meager (only flies to SCL
and not even on a daily basis). AM
's strength is domestic service within Mexico and good connections between Mexico and the U.S. The next step of AM
's expansion is adding more frequencies to MAD
and, eventually, to its South American destinations. (By the way Maurice, I see you joined a.net this month, so welcome!).
In addition, Fokker50 mentioned AM
could serve the Central American market for SkyTeam but this is incorrect too. The only carriers flying between Central America and Mexico are MX
and Tikal Jets. AM
had plans to fly to Honduras (nobody flies non-stop between Honduras and Mexico as far as I know) but this will not happen after all.
Bottomline, SkyTeam definitely needs a South American carrier because it does not have an established presence in South America. I don't know if AV
would be a good choice. The location of BOG
is fantastic, but I am not so sure that AV
has a good coverage of South America; perhaps our Colombian friends can let us know. JJ
would be an awesome addition but it would have to add more international destinations first (so far they only fly to CDG
With respect to Asia, I am very looking forward to MH
's decision to apply to SkyTeam later this year or sometime next year. SkyTeam is the weakest carrier in Asia and would definitely benefit from MH