Aeromexico will begin daily service later this month between Mexico City and Washington, D.C., as part of a careful expansion in the U.S. by the publicly traded Mexican flag carrier.
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Republic Airways plans to ground the last of nine remaining Boeing 717s it acquired with its purchase of Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines by November 3 and replace them with Embraer E190s flown by “non-legacy” pilots. At press time Midwest’s ALPA-represented pilots and the Teamsters-represented pilots at Republic failed to reach a deal to merge their seniority lists, leaving the last 68 Midwest pilots out of work.
Republic Airways today said it will acquire 10 Embraer 190ARs from US Airways. The airline will apply the full balance of a $35 million loan from US Airways toward the purchase of the aircraft and assume the remaining debt on the aircraft. Republic expects four of the 99-seat jets to enter service in November and December in the company’s new Midwest Airlines system, where they would replace Boeing 717s.
Boeing Capital and Grupo Mexicana today announced they have entered a lease agreement covering 25 Boeing 717-200s for use by the airline group’s MexicanaClick operation. Under the terms of the contract, MexicanaClick will begin receiving the 717s from Boeing Capital later this month and launch service early next month, according to a Boeing Commercial Airplanes spokesman, making it the first North American 717 operator outside the U.S.
A new regional airline subsidiary of Mexicana Airlines will start service from Guadalajara on March 15 with used Bombardier CRJ200s, the company announced last month.
Aerotron has begun construction of a new FBO at Guadalajara’s Don Miguel Hidalgo International Airport, Mexico’s third-busiest airport. While the new facility is under construction, Aerotron this month will begin offering FBO services from a temporary office and using four new fuel trucks. The new FBO, located next to the Mexicana maintenance facility, will feature a 27,000-sq-ft hangar, 8,300-sq-ft terminal and 215,000-sq-ft ramp.
The 255 pilots flying for Mexican regional airline Aerolitoral ended a two-day strike on December 2 after agreeing to a 5.5-percent salary increase. Although the settlement appeared to differ little from a rejected offer that included a 0.3-percent benefits improvement, government intervention and promises of further unidentified perks helped parent company Cintra convince the striking pilots to return to work.