Mexicana de Aviación Celebrates 70th Anniversary with Mayor Villaraigosa

Mexicana de Aviación Celebrates 70th Anniversary with Mayor Villaraigosa

The airline unveils a cultural exchange program for children attending schools in Los Angeles as a token of appreciation


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ADVISORY for Wednesday, February 8

WHAT:

Mexicana de Aviación, Mexico’s first airline, is celebrating 70 years of uninterrupted service to the city of Los Angeles. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will present Emilio Romano, CEO, Mexicana de Aviación, a City Proclamation in commemoration of the airline’s seven decades of service and commitment to Los Angeles. Mexicana will also unveil a new 4-year cultural exchange program for children attending schools in Los Angeles. The program, known as “Come, Learn, and Experience the treasures of the Hispanic Culture”( Ven, Conoce y Vive la Experiencia de la Riqueza Cultural de las Raices Hispanas), will benefit 30 schoolchildren annually who excel academically during the school year. These schoolchildren will be invited to a weekend trip to Mexico City departing from Los Angeles, so they can have the opportunity to visit important historic sites and learn about the Mexican culture.

DATE:

Wednesday, February 8, 2006

TIME:

4:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m. Media Availability (Emilio Romano, CEO, Mexicana de Aviación) 6:30 pm – City Proclamation, exchange of gifts, and unveiling of cultural exchange program

WHERE:

Windows, (downtown LA)

1150 S. Olive St., 32nd Floor

Los Angeles, CA

WHO:

— Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

— Emilio Romano, CEO, Mexicana de Aviación

— Hon. Ruben Beltrán, General Consul of Mexico in Los Angeles

— Adolfo Crespo, Senior Vice President Public Relations and Customer Service, Mexicana

— Jorge Goytortua, Regional West Coast Vice President, United States and Canada, Mexicana

WHY:

Mexicana de Aviación has provided uninterrupted service to the city of Los Angeles for 70 years since January 1, 1936. The airline gave the Los Angeles Airport its international denomination. Today, Mexicana is the largest international carrier at LAX, currently offering up to 19 flights per day out of Los Angeles to Mexico City and other locations across Mexico. The airline transports more than a half a million visitors to Los Angeles and Southern California every year.

About Mexicana Airlines:

Mexicana de Aviación began its operations more than 84 years ago and it is therefore the airline with the fourth longest 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 and Air Canada, 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 punctuality levels, with 90% reliability, and enabled it to reach the highest utilization rate of its Airbus 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 to the leading airline for eight consecutive years in the same region. On July 1, Mexicana launched its low-cost airline, Click Mexicana, which offers national flights with its totally refurbished, cutting-edge 10 Fokker-100 aircraft. For more information visit: http://www.mexicana.com and http://www.clickmx.com.

For additional information or to schedule an interview with Mr. Romano, please call:Iveliesse Malave; malavei@fleishman.com; (213) 489-8292 office; (917) 407-5422 mobile.

Mexicana de Aviación Celebrates 70th Anniversary with Mayor Villaraigosa