Mexico's Aeromar to begin CRJ200 operations in February

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Mexico's Aeromar plans to place into service next month its first Bombardier CRJ200, operating the new type on three domestic routes.

Aeromar currently operates a fleet of 14 ATR 42 turboprops but last year unveiled plans to add CRJ200s. Aeromar originally aimed to begin CRJ200 operations in the fourth quarter of 2010 but ATI reported last October that the project had been delayed until early 2011 after a deal with GECAS fell through.

Aeromar president Ami Lindenberg says the carrier now plans to begin operating CRJ200s on 14 February on the Mexico City to Saltillo, Tepic and Zacatecas routes. He says Aeromar plans to add on 7 March Mexico City-Durango to its regional jet schedule, completing its initial two-aircraft plan.

"We will probably take another couple [CRJ200s] close to the beginning of July or end of June to add routes and improve the network," Lindenberg says.

According to Flightglobal's ACAS database, Aeromar has already taken delivery of its first two CRJ200s. ACAS lists the owner of the aircraft as Export Development Canada (EDC).

Both aircraft were originally delivered to Atlantic Coast Airlines in 2001 and were most recently operated by Canada's Jazz Air. EDC took over ownership of the aircraft from GECAS in mid 2010.

All four of Aeromar's initial CRJ200 routes are currently served with ATR 42s. Aeromar previously said it planned to primarily use its CRJ200s to replace ATR 42s on its longer routes such as Mexico City-Saltillo.

Aeromar is launching regional jet operations as it begins a new codeshare with Continental Airlines. In preparation for the start of the codeshare, Aeromar late last year secured IOSA certification.