Two of the world`s major airlines—American Airlines and Mexicana de
Aviacion—will enter into a new, robust codesharing arrangement in April
that will offer customers around the globe better options for travel
between the United States and Mexico.
Mexicana has been serving the United States for more than 70 years.
American has been serving Mexico for more than 60 years. Once linked, the
two airlines will build upon the pioneering spirit that has made them the
premier airlines in their respective marketplaces.
The two carriers will also enter into a reciprocal frequent-flyer
arrangement that will enable members to accrue and redeem miles in
American`s AAdvantage(R) program or Mexicana`s Frecuenta(R) program on
each other`s network, including more than 500 round-trip flights per week
between both countries.
“American`s vast network is one of the primary reasons people choose us
for their travel needs,” said Gerard Arpey, American`s president and CEO.
“Through this agreement with Mexicana, we`re further strengthening the
breadth of our route system and increasing flight options for our
passengers. In cooperation with Mexico`s finest airline, we`re able to
further honor our commitment to providing our customers with the products
and services they value.”
“We`re very pleased to announce the leading alliance in North America,”
said Fernando Flores, Mexicana`s chairman and CEO. “Our commitment to our
passengers has always been to offer the best services and connectivity.
Now that we are working with American Airlines, I`m confident that
Mexicana will solidify its longstanding stature as the leading Mexican
The agreement, which is pending governmental approval, provides for
codesharing on transborder flights, connecting service to points within
Mexico and the U.S., and select international flights beyond the United
Through this relationship with American Airlines, Mexicana customers will
soon be able to enjoy enhanced service to the most important markets in
the United States, Europe and Asia as well as new destinations in the
American passengers will soon see new flight availability for up to 21 new
cities in Mexico, including such popular destinations as Merida, Oaxaca,
Veracruz and Tampico. Additionally, American will be able to place its
code on 27 new, nonstop transborder markets.
“This agreement will not only support our current network but also future
growth opportunities into Mexico,” Arpey said. “In fact, we will be
launching new service from our Dallas/Fort Worth hub to Cozumel and
Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo on Jan. 31 as well as adding more frequencies on our
service to Los Cabos in Baja California Sur.”
“Mexicana has always responded to the needs of its passengers and the
dynamics of the marketplace,” said Flores. “While our comprehensive
agreement with American is of extreme importance to us, we will continue
to develop our network in the United States, and the rest of the
continent, to offer travelers our extensive system of bilateral alliances
around the world. Furthermore, our fleet renovation program continues in
order to offer our clients the best flight experience.”
Mexicana de Aviacion is Mexico`s leading international airline. Its fleet
is considered to be one of the youngest in the world. It also offers more
than 55 destinations in North, Central and South America and the
Caribbean. Mexicana offers great benefits in accruing and redeeming miles,
access to Executive Lounges (Salones Ejecutivos), wide possibility for
connections and coordinated timetables in an extensive route network.
American Airlines is the world`s largest carrier. American, American Eagle
and the AmericanConnection regional carriers serve more than 250 cities in
over 40 countries with more than 3,900 daily flights. The combined fleet
numbers more than 1,000 aircraft. American`s award-winning Web site,
AA.com, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus
personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a
founding member of the oneworld Alliance.