Jet Airways and Aeromexico sign codeshare agreement

Jet Airways and Aeromexico codeshare

India’s full-service airline, Jet Airways and Mexico’s flag carrier, Aeromexico have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that includes codeshare flights and frequent flyer programs.

The MoU details codes on each other’s services between India and Mexico via London Heathrow, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

For starters, Jet Airways will place its code “9W” on Aeromexico flights from London Heathrow to Mexico City. Aeromexico will place its code “AM” on Jet Airways flights from London Heathrow to Mumbai and New Delhi.

Through this, passengers of both airlines can enjoy onward connections to other Indian and Mexican cities. They will also have a wider choice of destinations accessible to them on a single ticket, through the codeshare agreement.

Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony, Naresh Goyal, the chairman of Jet Airways, said, “We are delighted to announce our partnership with Aeromexico, which will significantly enhance the international reach of both airlines bringing increased benefits to all our guests. We are confident that this new codeshare partnership will stimulate the demand for business and tourist travel between India and Mexico. The new relationship between Jet Airways and Aeromexico illustrates our commitment as well as strategic efforts to continuously strengthen our network, connecting India with the rest of the world as well as providing opportunity and convenience to our guests who can now connect to Mexico from India via our European gateways and vice versa.”

Andres Conesa, CEO of Aeromexico added, “It is a great pleasure for us to settle this code share partnership with Jet Airways that will build new bridges and connect Mexico to India more easily. This achievement is a manifest of our will to continuously offer new flight destinations to our passengers. Also, by connecting with an important country as India, Aeromexico creates new cultural bonds and tourism exchange between both nations”.

The codeshare flights will begin via London Heathrow. Flight tickets under the agreement will open for sale later this year and can be purchased through the two airlines’ sales offices, websites and call centres.

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Aeromexico to begin flying to Seoul in May

Aeromexico B787-8 Dreamliner cabin

Mexican carrier Aeromexico will begin offering non-direct services between Mexico City (MEX) and Seoul (ICN) starting May 27, in a move that will bring the airline’s total number of Asian destinations up to three.

The move is part of Aeromexico’s international expansion plans for 2017 and is set to take advantage of the two countries’ strong business ties. Mexico is South Korea’s top Latin America trading partner, while South Korea is Mexico’s sixth-largest trading partner overall, the carrier stated in a recent announcement.

The four-times-weekly route will be operated by the carrier’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which is configured with a total of 243 seats including 32 in business class.

On the outbound journey to Seoul, the flight will stop over at Monterrey International Airport (MTY) in the north of Mexico before departing for the South Korean capital, while on the return leg the flight will travel direct from Seoul to Mexico City.

Speaking about the new route, the carrier’s chief revenue officer, Anko van der Weff, said: “Aeromexico is proud to add Seoul to its route network as its third destination in Asia, as it maintains its position as the only airline in Latin America offering direct flights to that continent. This new flight will benefit both business and leisure customers alike.”

According to Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism, Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, the Latin American country has doubled the transport of Asian visitors over the past four years, “and we are sure that with this flight we will amplify these results”.

Details of the new service are as follows (all times local):

Flight No.FromToDepartsArrivesDays
AM 090MEXMTY21332323Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat
MTYICN01030600+1Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun
AM091ICNMEX12251251Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun

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Aeromexico launches Early Bird sale

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Aeromexico has launched an Early Bird sale, offering discounted fares from the UK to Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.

Flights from the UK to Cancun, Cozumel, Los Cabos and Havana start from £150 for a round trip in economy and £1,000 in business class, excluding fees and taxes.

Round-trip flights to Mexico City start from £300 in economy and £1,600 in business class, while flights to Central America and the Caribbean start from £160 for an economy return and £1,630 in business class – also excluding fees and taxes.

Sale tickets can be booked until January 31, 2017 for travel between January 9, 2017 and December 15, 2017. UK flights include Aeromexico’s codeshare with KLM and interline with Airfrance departing from Manchester and Glasgow.

Aeromexico currently flies from Heathrow T4 to Mexico City six times a week with a new fleet of B787 Dreamliners. It plans to boost its frequency to a daily service from summer 2017.

The airline serves 44 destinations in Mexico, 18 in the US and a further 15 cities across Latin and South America.

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Aeromexico unveils B787-9 livery

Aeromexico B787-9

Aeromexico has unveiled the special livery which has been painted into its first B787-9 aircraft.

The exterior design was chosen through a four-week “Design in the Air” competition, which saw over 1,000 entries. The winning entry was created by Mexican graphic designer Jose Manuel Escudero.

The design was painted onto the fuselage of the carrier’s first B787-9 over a nine-day period, and the aircraft has been named Quetzalcoatl, meaning “Feathered Serpent”, a deity of pre-Hispanic Mexico.

Commenting on the livery Aeromexico’s CEO Andres Conesa said:

“At Aeromexico, we are very excited about the buzz the Quetzalcoatl design has generated. As Mexico’s flagship carrier, this aircraft will become an icon of our fleet and a reflection of what Mexico is today, with culture and tradition represented in what we consider to be one of the most sophisticated creations of modern aviation engineering.”

“We hope this plane will make our country proud. Quetzalcoatl will fly between major airports in Europe and Asia visited by millions of travellers each year.”

Aeromexico already operates a fleet of nine B787-8 aircraft, and is the second Latin American airline (after LATAM) to fly the B787-9, with a total of six firm orders for the aircraft, plus options on a further four.

The carrier said it would “wait until the plane lands in Mexico to unveil the interior of this new aircraft that will change its customers’ travel experience”.

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Aeromexico plans daily flights on Heathrow-Mexico City

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Aeromexico to go daily on Heathrow-Mexico City

Increase in frequencies of flights to Europe, Asia and South America.

Starting in summer 2017, Aeromexico will add seat capacity on its flights to Europe, Asia, and South America.

Frequencies on five of its principal international routes will increase during summer 2017. The increased number of flights represents nearly 40% of the capacity currently available in these regions

The carrier will significantly increase flights to Amsterdam, London, Madrid, Shanghai, and Santiago on a weekly basis. This increase represents nearly 40% of its current seat capacity on these five routes, operating its Boeing 787 Dreamliner, one of the most modern commercial aircrafts in the sky.

In Europe, Aeromexico will offer daily flights from Mexico City to Amsterdam and London Heathrow – increasing from three and six flights per week respectively. The carrier will also increase its seat capacity to Madrid by 15%, giving a total of 12 flights per week.

The airline is also planning to increase its service to Asia by more than 65%, which gives Shanghai five flights per week. In South America, a daily service to Santiago, Chile, will also be added to the current service of five flights per week.

Aeromexico’s Chief Revenue Officer, Anko van der Werff said: “This significant increase in flight frequencies to our core global markets reflects Aeromexico’s commitment to continue expanding its network of destinations by offering increased seat capacity to our customers in Mexico and across the globe.

“These actions are due to the growth of our fleet by the number of wide-body aircraft we will receive during the rest of this year and in the first half of 2017, to offer customers increased connectivity options to more than 80 of our destinations”.

Aeromexico operates more than 600 daily flights from its main hub in Terminal 2 at the Mexico City

International Airport. Its route network spans more than 80 cities on three continents including 45 in

Mexico, 16 in the United States, 15 in Latin America, four in Europe, three in Canada, and two in Asia.

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Aeromexico to increase Heathrow-Mexico City frequency

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Aeromexico will further increase the frequency of its flights between Heathrow and Mexico City from June this year.

The carrier had previously announced its intention to run a five times-weekly service between the two, but has now unveiled plans for a six times-weekly service which will run for three months.

The new service will depart from London Heathrow on Sundays, and Mexico City on Saturdays. Established services leave London on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Mexico City on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Business class seats at Aeromexico

The route is operated by the carrier’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which was added to the route early last year, and features 32 fully-flat business class seats (pictured above) improved cabin pressurisation, and LED lighting to reduce jet lag.

Aeromexico took delivery of its ninth Dreamliner last year, of a total of 19 on order, and carries more than 400,000 passengers every year.

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Aeromexico moves forward B787 service to LHR

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Aeromexico will deploy a B787 Dreamliner on its Mexico City to London Heathrow route a month earlier than previously announced.

The carrier will fly the aircraft twice-weekly from March 15 until 31 and then from April 16. There will be no B787 service between April 1 and 15.

It had previously planned for the Dreamliner to join the route, which is currently operated by a B767-200ER, on April 16 (see news, November 27).

The schedule from that date will see flight AM007 depart Mexico City at 2330 and arrive at LHR at 1615 local time. Return service AM008 will leave Heathrow at 2330 and land in Mexico City at 0550.

The route will then become a thrice-weekly operation from May 17.

Aeromexico’s two-class B787 accommodates a total of 243 passengers with 32 in business and 211 in economy, which means there is an increase in capacity of 72 seats compared with the B767-200ER (171 seats).

The B767 also doesn’t have fully-flat beds in business or a seat-back IFE system. To read a review of business class on this aircraft, click here.

British Airways currently operates a four-times weekly service between Mexico City and LHR (see news, August 16).

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Aeromexico to take delivery of B787 in August

Aeromexico-Boeing-787-Dreamliner

Aeromexico will take delivery of its first Boeing 787s in August and September.

The Skyteam carrier will fly the Dreamliner on its Mexico City to Monterrey and Mexico City to Tijuana routes on October 1, followed by its Mexico City to New York route between October 2 and 13.

Starting on October 14, the aircraft will begin its thrice weekly route between Mexico City and Tokyo.

B787

Aeromexico will take delivery of its second and third Dreamliners in September – these will eventually serve the daily route between Mexico City and Paris, plus certain weekly flights to New York.

The three Dreamliners are the first of 19 that Aeromexico has on order and will incorporate into its schedule over the next few years.

The carrier joined Skyteam in 2000, and operates European services to Madrid and Paris.

Last year, Aeromexico launched its first service between Mexico City and London Heathrow (see online news, December 2012).

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