Mexicana Airlines Introduces First International Service between Mexico and Fresno

Mexicana Airlines Introduces First International Service between Mexico and Fresno

Mexicana’s inaugural flight to mark the beginning of international service to the city by a foreign carrier


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Mexico City, Mexico–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–March 27, 2006–Mexicana de Aviación, the first airline of Mexico and the leading carrier serving the Mexico–U.S. market, announced that it will launch a new service between Mexico and Fresno starting April 1st, with service between Mexico City International Airport and Fresno Yosemite International Airport. As the first foreign carrier to provide service to Fresno, Mexicana’s new route validates the airport’s name and international status.

“Mexicana has been connecting California and Mexico for the past 70 years and we feel privileged to continue to link the two by being the first to provide international service to Fresno,” said Emilio Romano, chief executive officer of Mexicana. “This is an historic moment for us and we are honored to be a bridge between their cultural, commercial, recreational and educational institutions.”

Mexicana will be fulfilling a need with Fresno community members and business travelers who frequently fly between the two regions. The service also provides a greatly needed and welcomed service for the Hispanic community that resides in Fresno and the adjacent cities.

Starting April 1st, Mexicana Airlines Flight 134 will depart Mexico City at 7:15 p.m., land in Guadalajara to depart at 9:10 and arrive in Fresno at 10:50 p.m. Beginning April 2nd Mexicana Flight 135 will operate from Fresno to Guadalajara, departing Fresno International Airport at 1:30 a.m. to arrive in Guadalajara at 6:50 a.m. and then land in Mexico City at 8:40 a.m. The route will be operated via an Airbus A318 aircraft configured to comfortably seat 12 in Executive Class and 88 in the main cabin. Coach Class on all Mexicana flights continue to feature complimentary meals, a wide selection of wine, cocktails, coffee and soft drinks as well as a variety of Mexican newspapers, pillows, blankets and onboard bilingual entertainment.

Romano believes that Mexicana’s service and reliability will be important selling points for the new service. “We want our customers to experience the best service in the industry,” Romano said. “Our goal is to offer our passengers the best possible levels of comfort and convenience throughout their travels as well as meet a need in the community that has been long in coming.”

Mexicana de Aviación carries more than 8 million passengers per year aboard the youngest aircraft fleet in the world. With its fleet of modern Airbus aircraft, a worldwide reputation for maintenance, safety and operational performance, Mexicana has the highest utilization rate of any fleet in the world with an average of 12.07 hours of service per day and an on-time arrival percentage in excess of 90 percent.

For each of the past eight years, Mexicana has been named the “Leading Airline for Central and Latin America” as selected by travel agents around the world. This year, Mexicana also received the “Best Business Class” award from the same organization.

About Mexicana de Aviación

Mexicana de Aviación began its operations more than 84 years ago and it is therefore the fourth airline with the most aerospace tradition in the world. Currently, it is the airline with the most extensive international coverage from Mexico and the leading transportation company between Mexico and the United States. From its operations hub in Mexico City International Airport, Mexicana flies to around 50 destinations in North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean. Its code-sharing agreements with leading international airlines, such as American Airlines, Lan Chile, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, Varig among many others, represents a great benefit for its passengers with the accumulation and redemption of miles, access to executive rooms, many connection possibilities and coordinated schedules with an extensive route network that covers a large portion of the world. Having the most modern fleet in the world (6.3 years on average) has allowed it to maintain one of the highest on time performance levels, with 90% reliability, and enabled it to reach the highest utilization rate of its fleet, with an average daily operation of 12:07 hours. Mexicana has the best maintenance base in Latin America. It has been recognized as the Leading Business Class in Mexico and Latin America, in addition to receiving the award as the leading airline for eight consecutive years in the same region. On July 1, Mexicana launched its low-cost airline, Click Mexicana, which offers domestic flights with its totally refurbished, cutting-edge 10 Fokker-100 aircraft. For more information visit: http://www.mexicana.com and http://www.click.com.mx

Mexicana Airlines Introduces First International Service between Mexico and Fresno