ALTA: Aeromar builds Mexico City base with CRJs

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Mexico City-based Aeromar plans to double its Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet fleet in the coming six months as it expands it operations from the Mexican capital.

"We are in the process of acquiring at least two more CRJ200s for delivery in early to mid-2012," said Fabricio Wolfowitz, vice-president at the privately owned Mexican regional. The carrier began operating its first CRJ200s, two ex-Air Canada Jazz examples, in March, adding to its fleet of 14 ATR42-500 turboprops.

Aeromar became the second largest carrier at Mexico City after Aeromexico following the demise of Mexicana. It flies to 25 domestic cities with frequencies targeted at business travellers.

"By the end of 2012 we intend to go to a fleet of 20 aircraft," said Wolfowitz. Aeromar picked up some former Mexicana slots to open eight new destinations in the past year and expects to fly some 650,000 passengers this year, a rise of 25% over 2010.

As it begins a new phase with jet operations, Aeromar is also focused on sealing partnerships with overseas carriers, said Wolfowitz. "We need to do more in terms of strategic partnerships," he said.

It has a codeshare deal with United Airlines and has also signed interline deals with LAN and Copa Airlines this year. An interline deal with TAM is being planned.

"Traditionally we have been very focused on North America in partnership terms, now we are looking at South America," said Wolfowitz. "One of our interline deals might mature into a codeshare partnership," he said.

Down the road, as Mexico City becomes congested again, Aeromar will look at upgauging its fleet to larger regional jets like the CRJ700 and CRJ900.

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Aeromar owner Zvi Katz (left) with vice-president Fabricio Wolfowitz