Emirates announced today a new interline partnership with the Mexican regional carrier Aeromar. This new, unforeseen alliance will help Emirates bring passengers to its 120 destinations from ten Mexican and two US cities. Let’s investigate further.
What do we know about the new interline agreement
A week ago, Emirates manager in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South American, Scott Lantz, said that the carrier was close to announcing a new partnership in Mexico.
The seemingly obvious choice, Aeromexico, wasn’t a choice at all. As we know, Aeromexico fiercely opposed Emirates’ entrance to Mexico – a fifth freedom route between Dubai, Barcelona, and Mexico City.
The other two big Mexican competitors are Volaris and Viva Aerobus. Both are ultra-low-cost carriers. In terms of onboard service, these two airlines are the opposite of Emirates.
Today, Emirates announced who is its new partner. The UAE-based airline entered into an interline partnership with Aeromar. It will be interesting to see how Aeromar’s pilots will react to this news; they have the same Union as Aeromexico’s and fiercely opposed to Emirates entrance two years ago.
The new alliance will provide seamless customer connectivity between destinations in Mexico and United States via Mexico City to Emirates’ global network.
Through the new partnership, customers will be able to book tickets to and from 12 destinations in Mexico and the US, connecting to Emirates flights from Mexico City to Dubai. Then, the customers can continue their journey through Emirates’ network of more than 120 cities worldwide.
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Which cities are covered?
The following cities are covered by Emirates and Aeromar’s new interline partnership:
- Puerto Escondido
- Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
- Ciudad Victoria
- Lázaro Cárdenas
- Piedras Negras
- Laredo, Texas
- McAllen, Texas.
Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Chief Commercial Officer said,
“The strength of Aeromar’s regional flight network will allow us to connect a large number of travelers from cities in Mexico and Texas to our global network.”
Emirates old interline agreement in Mexico flunked
Emirates used to have another interline deal in Mexico. In December 2019, the airline announced its alliance with Interjet.
This agreement worked for less than four months because the COVID-19 pandemic struck soon after. Emirates stopped flying to Mexico in March 2020 and has only just resumed its connectivity in July.
Meanwhile, Interjet had one of the worst years worldwide. The airline lost its fleet, suffered massive economic losses, changed management, had a general strike from its workers, and ceased operations. Interjet is currently in a Mexican bankruptcy proceeding, aiming to come back from its ashes.
A brief history of Aeromar
So, who is Aeromar?
Aeromar is the second-oldest active airline in Mexico, after Aeromexico. It started operations in 1987, and it is the most experienced regional carrier in the country.
Aeromar has a base in Mexico City and serves 19 domestic routes and four international routes to the United States. Additionally, it will start flying to Guatemala later in the year.
Aeromar has a fleet of ten ATR 42 and 72 aircraft, of which nine are of new generation series -600. According to ch-aviation, its fleet has an average of 10.6 years old. It currently has no aircraft on order.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Aeromar carried nearly 800,000 passengers in 2019. So far, the airline has had only 200,976 passengers, 46% below its pre-pandemic numbers.
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