Saturday, August 28, 2010

Adios Mexicana

Mexicana Airlines announced Friday that they would cease flight operations by midday Saturday because the company didn't have the money to continue further. At LAX, flights appeared to operate normally through the afternoon yesterday (Friday), but the usual evening arrivals did not appear. We have one US-registered Mexicana Airbus parked on the south ramp, awaiting developments.

Mexicana filed for bankruptcy on August 2nd, and a group of investors bought most of the company three weeks later. Significant reductions in work force and wages were sought from pilots and flight attendants, but unions were reluctant, citing previous concessions made in 2006.

Mexicana had been the busiest of the foreign airlines at LAX, serving a dozen cities in Mexico nonstop from Los Angeles. Some of those destinations were served (from here) solely by Mexicana. About a half-dozen other airlines offer service from LAX to various destinations in Mexico; I'm betting that their planes will be full tomorrow.

Here's a couple of Mexicana shots from happier times:

A Mexicana A319 in the new paint scheme, seen here with a Horizon Dash-8

The previous Mexicana livery on an A320, sandwiched between an arriving Lufthansa B744 and a Midwest E170

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