Mexicana to Introduce New Non-Stop Service Between Mexico City and Baltimore-Washington International

MEXICO CITY, Nov. 28 /PRNewswire/ — Mexicana de Aviacion, the first airline of Mexico and the leading carrier serving the Mexico-U.S. market, announced today that it will launch a new service between Mexico and the Washington D.C. area starting December 1st with daily, non-stop service between Mexico City International Airport (MEX) and Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI).

“We are proud to connect Mexico’s capital city with the Baltimore- Washington Capital Region,” said Emilio Romano, chief executive office of Mexicana. “This is an historic moment for us and we are honored to be a bridge between our capital regions and their governmental, cultural, commercial, educational and scientific institutions.”

Starting December 1st, Mexicana 864 will depart Mexico City at 5:40 p.m. each day and arrive at BWI at 10:55 p.m. Beginning December 2nd, Mexicana 865 will operate non-stop from Baltimore to Mexico City, departing at 8:00 a.m. and arriving in Mexico City at 11:55 a.m. The route will be operated with Airbus A318 aircraft configured to comfortably seat 12 in Executive Class and 88 in the main cabin.

“We believe this route will be popular with both business and leisure travelers alike,” Romano said. “It is an enormous timesaver to business travelers who would rather fly non-stop than connect in a southern U.S. city and our BWI-MEX routing is more convenient to travelers to and from throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. At the same time, we will attract substantial leisure travel, particularly from the fast-growing Hispanic community residing in the East Coast.”

Mexicana de Aviacion 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 Airbus fleet in the world with an average of 11.3 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. 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,” said Romano. “Whether it’s at their desk, where our customers can use our newly revamped website, at the gate or in the cabin, where we recently revamped our Executive Class menus and wine list with the help of the well-known Mexican Chef Patricia Quintana, our goal is to offer our passengers the best possible levels of comfort and convenience. We’re confident that our service, convenience and reliability will carry the day.”

With the addition of BWI, Mexicana provides non-stop service to 14 cities in the United States, extending its position as the leading Mexican airline serving the U.S.-Mexico market with the most routes between the two countries.

About Mexicana de Aviacion

Mexicana de Aviacion began its operations more than 84 years ago and is the fourth longest-operating airline in the world. Mexicana provides Mexico with the most extensive international route system in the industry and is the leading carrier between Mexico and the United States.

From its operations hub in Mexico City’s International Airport, Mexicana flies to more than 50 destinations in North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean. Its code-share agreements with airlines around the world, such as American Airlines, Lan Chile, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, Varig and Air Canada, among others, allow its passengers to quickly and conveniently accumulate and redeem frequent flyer miles, access to a global network of Executive Lounges and travel a worldwide network of coordinated schedules covering the world.

With the most modern fleet in the world (6.3 years average), Mexicana has one of the highest levels of on-time performance in the industry, with 90 percent of its flights operating on time, and an aircraft utilization rate of 11.3 hours per day.

Mexicana has been recognized as the “Leading Airline for Central and Latin America” for eight consecutive years and in 2005 as “Best Business Class” by the World Travel Award, as chosen by travel agents worldwide. On July 1st, Mexicana launched its low cost airline, Click Mexicana, which offers domestic service with 10 advanced technology Fokker F100 aircraft.

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