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  • Azteca adds two 737s & secures new route authorities

    News | 01 Oct 2002 23:01 | Brendan Sobie

    <body lang=EN-US style='tab-interval:.5in'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Mexico’s Azteca has leased an additional Boeing 737-300 and 737-700 from Pegasus Aviation to support expansion of its US operation.<u1:p></u1:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>The carrier today secured US Department of Transportation (DOT) authority to serve Ontario, California and Las Vegas, Nevada from Mexico City. Azteca also recently won authority to begin a Chicago Midway-Guadalajara service.<u1:p></u1:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>An Azteca official says the carrier hopes to begin all three new flights early next year, but has not set a launch date pending the securing of permits from Mexican authorities for its two additional aircraft. The carrier already operates two 737-300s and two 737-700s. The official says
  • Vuelamex tries again

    News | 16 Apr 2002 00:00

    <p>Would-be low-cost start-up carrier Vuelamex is restructuring its launch plans and making a new attempt to gain its operating certificate following its rejection by the Mexican civil aviation authority earlier this year and the loss of its four leased Boeing 717s to AirTran Airways.</p> <p>The airline had planned to operate up to four 717s on lease from Pembroke Capital, but failed to obtain authority to operate (ATO) from Mexican agencies after questions over its financial security and its connections to failed former Mexican airline TAESA (<I>Flight International</I>, 26 March - 1 April).</p> <p>Boeing says Vuelamex is "expressing continued interest in the 717". The carrier has re-organised its investor structure to avoid the TAESA issues and is thought to be talking to Boeing Aircraft Trading over former American/TWA 717s in storage.</p>
  • Azteca eyes more 737-300s as Vuelamex fights for AOC

    News | 26 Mar 2002 22:40 | Brendan Sobie

    <body lang=EN-US style='tab-interval:.5in'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Mexican new-start Azteca is in talks to acquire two to three additional used Boeing 737-300s to support further domestic and transborder expansion.<u1:p></u1:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Proposed start-up Vuelamex, meanwhile, continues to wrangle with Mexican authorities in an attempt to receive an operating certificate although Pembroke Capital has reassigned what were slated to be the carrier’s initial aircraft.<u1:p></u1:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Azteca officials say they are in talks with several leasing companies and carriers looking to unload excess 737-300s. Azteca now operates two 737-300s and two 737-700s and is looking for more aircraft to support possible expansion to Harlingen, Texas; Albuquerque,
  • Vuelamex fails to gain civil aviation body go-ahead

    News | 26 Mar 2002 00:00

    <p>GUY NORRIS / LOS ANGELES</p> <p>Boeing 717s originally destined for the Mexican newcomer reallocated to AirTran Airways</p> <p>Four Boeing 717s originally destined for Vuelamex, a start-up Mexican airline, will now be delivered on lease from Pembroke Capital to low-cost US carrier AirTran Airways following the Mexican civil aviation body's decision not to grant authority to operate (ATO) to the new airline.</p> <p>The would-be no-frills carrier was set to take delivery of its first two Boeing 717s when the verdict was handed down late last month. The first two aircraft had been completed and painted for Vuelamex. These aircraft, plus another two going through final completion, will be diverted to AirTran, which has accelerated plans to grow its 717 fleet this year and next.</p> <p><img src='../Assets/GetAsset.aspx?ItemID=6375' /></p> <p>Although there has been no explanation from the authority on its decision, the carrier was known to be facing significant bureaucratic and fina
  • Shifting sands

    News | 29 Jan 2002 00:00

    <p>GUY NORRIS / VICTORVILLE</p> <p>The post-11 September 2001 flood of jet aircraft flying into desert storage has unearthed some definite trends in the mothballing business, with new sites emerging and older areas fading into the background. </p> <p>The bulk of the world's newly stored jet airliner fleet lies in two sites in California, and a smattering of locations around Arizona. The California sites at Mojave and Victorville house around 650 aircraft between them, while major sites in Arizona, including Marana, Goodyear (near Phoenix), and Tucson host around 350. </p> <p>A well-spread group of other sites in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico also provide homes to stored aircraft. In Arizona, these include Avra Valley, Coolidge, Deer Valley, Eloy, Mesa, Phoenix Skyharbor, Phoenix Williams Gateway, Ryan Airfield and Kingman, which was first established as a major storage site for surplus military aircraft after the Second World War. Nevada's main civil storage area is Las Vegas McCar
  • Pembroke poised to lease four 717s to proposed startup

    News | 11 Jan 2002 16:06 | Brendan Sobie

    <body lang=EN-US style='tab-interval:.5in'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal>Pembroke Capital is ready to lease four new Boeing 717s to proposed Mexican startup Vuelamex as soon as the carrier receives its operating certificate.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal>At the request of Pembroke, Boeing has painted the four factory-finished aircraft in Vuleamex colors and outfitted them in the low-cost carrier’s proposed single-class configuration. But they now sit idle at Boeing’s Long Beach, California facility, waiting for Pembroke to formally place the aircraft with a customer.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal>Boeing officials attending this week’s Cargo Facts aircraft symposium in Seattle say the aircraft have been delivered to Pembroke and current plans call for them to be handed over to Vuelamex when the carrier receives its operating certificate from Mexico’s civil aviation authority. But they say Pembroke has not yet leased the aircraft to Vuelamex and