Mexicana de Aviacion

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Mexicana de Aviación
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded12 July 1921; 102 years ago (1921-07-12)
Commenced operations12 July 1921; 102 years ago (1921-07-12)
Ceased operations28 August 2010; 13 years ago (2010-08-28) (suspended indefinitely)
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer programMexicana Go
AllianceStar Alliance (2000-2004) Oneworld (full member 2009-2010; 2010-2017, inactive member.)
Fleet size130 with subsidiaries (most transferred)
Destinations80 (all terminated)
Company sloganVuela en lo más alto (Spanish) Fly on top (English)—since 2008
Parent companyMed Atlántica
HeadquartersMexicana de Aviación Tower
Mexico City, Mexico
Key peopleGerardo Badin (Conciliator/Administrator)
A Mexicana Airbus A318 at O'Hare International Airport.

Mexicana de Aviacion was one of the largest airlines of Mexico. It was one of the oldest airlines in the world. It began flying in 1921. It stopped flying in August 2010.[1]

History[change | change source]

Mexicana began in 1921 at Tampico. At first, it only carried mail. By the early 1930s, Mexicana was almost entirely owned by Pan American World Airways. In the late 1920s, Mexicana started flying to airports in Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador and Guatemala. Mexicana was also the first international airline to begin flights to Los Angeles International Airport.

By the 1960s, Mexicana's main competitor was Aeroméxico. Mexicana almost went into bankruptcy. Mexicana got its first Boeing 727 in 1969. However, two of its Boeing 727s crashed in 1969. The accidents killed some people.[2]

In the 1990s, Aeroméxico and Mexicana formed an agreement. Mexicana started flying the Airbus A320 family in 1991.

Mexicana kept growing. It eventually became one of the largest airlines in North America. In August 2010, Mexicana filed for bankruptcy. The company ended a few weeks later. Mexicana has never flown since then.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Mexicana Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  2. Harro Ranter. "Aviation Safety Network > ASN Aviation Safety Database > Operator index > Mexico > Mexicana de Aviación". Archived from the original on 1 May 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  3. "Adios Mexicana; North America's oldest airline ceases operations". Retrieved 10 March 2015.