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Mexico’s new commercial airline, set to be operated by the military and reviving the “Mexicana” brand, is gearing up for its launch later this month.
According to Reforma, a local newspaper, the airline plans to use two Boeing 737-800s and an older model 737-300 after an initial leasing deal for planes fell through. As stated by the head of Mexico’s aviation authority AFAC, these aircraft are currently undergoing inspection.
The airline’s launch, which President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has backed, was previously postponed from early December due to the unavailability of planes. Despite initial plans to rent 10 Boeing 737-800s, Mexicana is now considering renting at least one Embraer 145 from regional carrier TAR. Transportation Minister Jorge Nuno expressed uncertainty about the specific aircraft to be used but confirmed that Mexicana aims to start operating several initial routes on December 26.
Ticket sales for Mexicana were briefly available online but were later removed, as the airline is yet to receive its air operator license, a requirement contingent on obtaining planes.
Mexicana, once a significant national carrier, had ceased operations in 2010 following bankruptcy proceedings.