Mexicana was one of the oldest airlines in the world operating under the same brand when it ceased operations on August 28, 2010. Dating back to the 1920s, Pan Am’s Juan Trippe bought took a controlling stake in the carrier in 1929 and Mexicana inaugurated U.S. service, Mexico City – Tuxpan – Tampico – Brownsville, Texas on a Ford Trimotor.
The partially government-owned carrier went into bankruptcy, and several criminal cases emerged involving tax fraud and money laundering by key executives. The departure of the Star Alliance-turned-oneworld member left Mexico with airlines like Aeroméxico, Volaris and Interjet.
Mexico’s President, though, thinks the country needs another airline. He believes the government should launch it, it should be run by the military, and called.. Mexicana.
The Mexican government has a Boeing 787-8 for Presidential use but President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (‘AMLO’) won’t use it, or other Air Force aircraft owned by the government. Obrador himself eschews VIP travel.
⚡️#LoÚltimo El Presidente @lopezobrador_ abordó al vuelo Delta Airlines que lo llevará a Washington, DC, con escala en Atlanta, por la pista.
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— REFORMA (@Reforma) July 7, 2020
The intention was to sell the Presidential Boeing 787 after storing it in the Southern California desert. But it would, instead, become part of this Mexicana reboot which would operate 10 aircraft. Obrador says the airline will be “ready” in 2023.
Personally I’d just love to have my Frecuenta miles back. When it was a Star Alliance airline, Mexicana was a light touch for status match requests, and Frecuenta Gold brought me my first regular access to United’s Red Carpet Clubs. Best of all, they processed upgrades out of discounted business class inventory seven days in advance of travel. You had to proactively request the space, two decades ago, but that meant anyone paying attention on a non-sold out flight could secure premium cabin space.
I love it if only for the nostalgia, but somehow wonder about the wisdom of the Mexican military rebooting a failed airline. What could possibly go wrong?