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Old September 11th, 2009, 06:44 AM   #361
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Going back in history... This is a Convair of then Aeronaves de Mexico, taken in October 1958, at the newly inaugurated Tijuana Intl. Airport...

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That's a great find playa! So what was the fleet like back in those days, I wonder. I'm sure there's no excisting record available, eh?

I wonder what the logo is on the right fornt side of the plane?
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Mexico hijacking 'nerve-racking': Canadian


Last Updated: Thursday, September 10, 2009 | 5:40 PM ET

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The AeroMexico plane sits on the tarmac at Mexico City's international airport on Wednesday.
(Gregory Bull/Associated Press) One of five Canadians aboard a Mexican airliner that was hijacked on Wednesday described the ordeal as a nerve-racking experience but said she didn't realize what was happening until she was off the plane.
Andrea Widdicombe, a student from St. Catharines, Ont., was among the 103 passengers travelling to Mexico City from Cancun when a man informed the crew that he had a bomb and demanded to speak with Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
The man held the passengers on the tarmac for an hour before everyone was released safely.
“During the flight I was seated in the middle of the plane, and he was at the back, and I knew nothing about him or what he was doing at all until we were off the plane and taken into the police hangar," Widdicombe told CBC News. “And after a little while, he was brought out of a different police van once they had gotten him and some of the other people off the plane."
Widdicombe said she was able to distract herself by helping police translate to passengers and by trying to help others keep calm.
“But it was definitely very nerve-racking and it was scary.”
“I think the hardest part was not knowing what was happening — why we were being taken to different parts of the airport and being kept in these buses, why the police were around us,” Widdicombe said.
She said the passengers were not allowed to go anywhere and police would not provide them with any information.
“They kept saying everything is OK, but clearly it wasn’t.”
Government officials said Jose Mar Flores, 44, hijacked the aircraft using a fake bomb. The hijacker ordered the pilot to circle Mexico City seven times, and said he wanted to warn Calderon of an impending earthquake.
He was described as a religious fanatic who claimed to have received a divine revelation

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Old September 11th, 2009, 07:13 AM   #364
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Pilots: Hijacker incoherent during tense standoff


By MARTHA MENDOZA (AP) – 5 hours ago
MEXICO CITY — 2:30. 2:29. 2:28. ...
The assistant pilot, trying to calm the hijacker in the rear cabin of the grounded aircraft, stared at the flashing red display until he couldn't take it anymore. He walked to the front of the plane and took deep breaths for a full minute as he imagined himself being blown up with passengers and crew.
0:03. 0:02. 0:01. What goes through someone's head at a time like this?
"I imagined myself in the middle of an explosion, and I thought that in that moment my life would end," said Carlos Corzo.
But there was only silence.
The "bomb" was just three juice cans filled with sand. The ominous wires went nowhere. The seconds were ticking down on a benign stopwatch.
The three pilots of AeroMexico Flight 576, which was hijacked Wednesday afternoon on its way into Mexico City, spoke about the ordeal to the Associated Press. They described an incoherent Bolivian pastor, Jose Flores, 44, whose Biblical warnings and strange demands sparked an hour-long tarmac standoff that kept the country in suspense until the 103 passengers and seven crew members walked away unharmed.
Mexican investigators struggled Thursday with two questions: How did Flores get his fake bomb through airport security in Cancun, the flight's origin, and was he mentally ill and destined for a psychiatric hospital?
The pilots, meanwhile, were at still at the Mexico City airport more than a day later. They said they had slept all of about two hours and were ready to go home, but for the time being were busy recounting — for investigators, their families, each other — the story of what happened aboard AeroMexico Flight 576.
Pilot Ricardo Rios said the ordeal began about 1 p.m. Wednesday when a flight attendant told him a passenger had a bomb. The man was demanding to speak with him, and wanted the plane — which was approaching Mexico City — to circle seven times. The hijacker also needed to speak with President Felipe Calderon. It was urgent.
Rios said he didn't have enough fuel to circle the city, and instead radioed the control tower that they were being hijacked.
After the plane landed and taxied to a cleared section of the airport, Corzo, at the back of the aircraft, tried to reason with Flores.
There must be another way, Corzo told Flores, looking deep into his eyes. It's not worth it. Flores agreed to release women and children.
But after they were hustled away on the tarmac, Flores turned back to Corzo and popped open his suitcase, just for a moment. And that's when Corzo saw it: Wires, cans, a blue light, a red light, a flashing digital clock. Corzo told Rios about the bomb, and Rios, locked in the cabin, told the rescuers, who were creeping closer and closer to the plane.
Minutes later, after the fake time bomb had counted down to zero, masked police stormed the aircraft with guns drawn and grabbed Flores, along with several others they thought were working with him.
Police later said there was only one hijacker, and the other men were briefly detained because Flores had told a flight attendant he had three accomplices. He later told police his companions were "the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost."
The pilots, who have been congratulated for remaining calm and in control throughout the ordeal, told AP there's nothing they would do differently if it happened again.
And they all hope it doesn't.
Associated Press writer E. Eduardo Castillo contributed to this report.


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Mexico charges Bolivian pastor in plane hijacking



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MEXICO CITY — Prosecutors have charged a Bolivian pastor with sabotage, illegal retention of people and attack on a means of transport in this week's hijacking of a plane from the resort city of Cancun, the attorney general's office said Friday.
The charges carry total maximum sentences of up to 43 years in prison. The illegal retention charge is used to describe a lesser form of kidnapping.
Jose Flores, who was taken to a Mexico City prison to await a judge's decision on whether he should stand trial, has said he doesn't regret threatening to detonate a fake bomb aboard an AeroMexico commercial jetliner Wednesday.
Flores' demand to speak with President Felipe Calderon sparked an hourlong runway standoff that ended peacefully when armed police raided the airplane, freeing the 103 passengers and seven crew members aboard unharmed.
Flores, 44, has said he was acting on a divine revelation and wanted to warn Calderon of an earthquake that would occur in 2012. That year has been widely mentioned on the Internet as the date for potentially catastrophic events, based on astronomical alignments and purported ancient prophesies.
"I am never going to regret it," Flores told Milenio Television Friday. "My intention was to do good, to announce, without regard to my life or liberty, that we should join together and pray for the earthquake not to occur."
"I am happy because I know this is God's" work, he said as he was transferred to prison.
He added that he's had divine revelations before and predicted President Barack Obama's election and Michael Jackson's death.
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Apparently, the man never stopped using drugs...
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A pic with a couple of years on its back...

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Apparently, the man never stopped using drugs...

It seems like it and good he's going to the slammer for a long time. I just hope that in a near future we get some copy cats...
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Tijuana Intl. Airpt.
^ Had to be TJ airport... great shot with those other non-existing airlines. Just wish they would uniform the entire fleets livery already. Also I wish that a T7 would be painted with "Vive Mexico" promotional special livery. Since the T7 travels to more international than MX F100 I believe....
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AeroMexico Connect...

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Up...Up and away!!!!!!



Coming in boyz...



A quick left...



Cruizing the runway...



Chillin' while Sun Bathing...



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AeroMexico Strategy for Expanding North American Operations Results in 30 Percent Increase in Markets Served This Year



Marketing Partnerships and Focus on Destination Offerings, Value and Service Designed to Bring More Travelers to Mexico





HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AeroMexico, the global airline of Latin America, has announced that the strategic expansion of its North American operations has resulted in a 30 percent increase this year in markets served in the United States and Canada. The airline has launched service in four U.S. markets – San Francisco, New Orleans, Albuquerque and Denver (seasonal) – and began its first Canadian service to Toronto and Montreal in 2009. Adding New Orleans to the airline’s flight network holds special significance as the first new international scheduled commercial airline service in that city since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. These service launches bring the total number of North American markets served by AeroMexico to 16 U.S. cities in 11 states and two cities in two Canadian provinces. Additionally, the airline has added routes in existing markets, which include re-establishing its San Antonio to Monterrey service in July and adding non-stop service between Las Vegas and Mexico City in January.
Frank Galan, Vice President, North America Division, AeroMexico, said, “We believe that our strategy for expanding AeroMexico’s North American operations continues to be a sound business decision. While the global economy has presented special challenges as we have added new markets and routes this year, we fully expect passenger demand to improve in the coming months.
“Our plans remain focused on adding other new markets and routes in existing markets in North America as the economy recovers over the next year,” he emphasized.
“At the same time, shifts that have occurred in the global economy mean we must be more flexible than ever and adjust AeroMexico’s routes and markets when passenger demand does not meet our expectations within a reasonable period of time. That is the reality of the new economic climate in which AeroMexico, and every other international airline and business, operates,” said Galan.
One of the major ways the airline is promoting increased travel to Mexico and its other Latin American markets is by providing the best value and service to its customers. AeroMexico is expanding the frequency of its FareSaver specials to popular destinations like Cancun, which helped boost hotel occupancy rates as high as 85 percent this summer, based on Mexico Tourism Board data, with good prospects for the fall travel season. The airline is also working with hotel partners to offer savings of up to 50 percent this fall on AeroMexico Vacations that include airfare, hotel, rental car and other travel services.
Superior service offerings add to the value AeroMexico delivers, setting the airline apart even further from its competitors. The airline’s user-friendly online reservations system has been upgraded recently with more information about featured destinations. AeroMexico’s Salon Premier airport lounges provide a full range of services at 10 airports in Mexico, including the airline’s spectacular Terminal 2 at Mexico City International Airport.
While most major carriers now charge significant fees for all checked baggage, AeroMexico still allows every passenger to check his or her first bag free. Personalized in-flight service includes complimentary meals, beverages and cocktails on all its international flights. Pillows and blankets, in-flight movies and other amenities are also provided at no additional charge.
AeroMexico’s service commitment extends to its continuing efforts to ensure the safety and well being of travelers through cooperative efforts with government agencies and health organizations. Additionally, the airline’s entire fleet is equipped with air filtration systems that continually refresh the cabin air, ensuring superior air quality that exceeds required industry standards.
Galan explains, “Our goal is to welcome travelers back to Mexico by giving them more reasons than ever to enjoy flying with AeroMexico to more than 45 different destinations throughout the country.”
AeroMexico has been participating actively in “Vive México” promotions with the Mexico Tourism Board, destinations and resort, hotel and other travel service providers throughout Mexico. These efforts, which extend through the end of the year, include additional familiarization trips for travel agents and writers in the U.S. and Canada so they can experience and share their stories about the country’s distinctive culture, beautiful beaches, environmental tours, specialty resorts, history and archeology, shopping and entertainment.
Communications outreach efforts have been expanded with additional travel and vacation options featured on the airline’s upgraded Web site at www.aeromexico.com, through other travel Web sites, and the airline’s Customer Service Department at 1-800-237-6739. Three online newsletters the airline launched in April are also helping travelers learn more about the latest travel specials: the weekly AeroMexico Escapes newsletter for the general public, the bi-weekly Agency Central for travel agents and the monthly Club Premier e-Newsletter for frequent flyer club members.
“We want to make sure travelers know that AeroMexico offers better value, superior service and more flight choices to more destinations within Mexico and throughout Latin America than any other airline in Mexico,” said Galan. “Our Mexico City operation opens the door to even more international travel opportunities with convenient, daily non-stop flights to major destinations in Europe and Asia. When we say AeroMexico is the global airline of Latin America, we mean it.”
AeroMexico and its subsidiary, AeroMexico Connect, operate more than 600 daily flights through the airline’s new Terminal 2 at its Mexico City International Airport hub to more than 45 destinations in Mexico, 16 U.S. cities in 11 states, two cities in two Canadian markets, and 10 other international destinations that include Tokyo, Paris and Buenos Aires in nine other countries worldwide. U.S. cities served are New Orleans, Los Angeles, Ontario (Ca.), San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle-Tacoma, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Denver (seasonal), San Antonio, Houston, Chicago, New York City, Orlando and Miami. AeroMexico Vacations provides customized vacation travel packages throughout the airline’s service network. The airline also offers connecting service to other international destinations through its SkyTeam global airline alliance with 14 other carriers. AeroMexico has been recognized for its award-winning style of personalized in-flight service, one of the world’s best on-time flight records, the highest safety and quality standards ratings, outstanding reliability and baggage handling performance, and exceptional value based on its competitive fares and superior service. Additional information is available at www.aeromexico.com or 1-800-237-6639.

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Nancy Del Regno, 214-932-6102
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AeroMexico Connect ERJ-145's...

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Making a quick right...




Ready for landing with gray clouds in the back...




Right over your head with a beautiful crisp blue skies...




All aboard, next stop Mexican Riviera Hot Beaches...




Leaving T2 Mex SkyTeam Hub...




Picture Perfect landing with powdery blue sky...




On the runway passing Big Brother AM...




Pulling up to T2 with the rest of the AM crew...




Chillaxing @ T2 Hub...




My Good side with a bit different Livery...




Definitely my best side with current Livery...




Once again on the runway doing my thang'...




Saved the best for last, Just awesome!!!!!



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Keeping up with 145's... Here's this former Aerolitoral at Merida, with the AF 1 and a Continental 737...

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^ Come to think of it, AeroMexico Connect previous name was just plain horrible. AeroLitoral (Literally Air) like not an appropiate name for an airline whatsoever...

On another note, do you have any idea when the rest of the fleet is getting a fresh coat of new paint. The new company Livery is up and running and I still see a lot of Chrome planes out there, what gives?
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^ Come to think of it, AeroMexico Connect previous name was just plain horrible. AeroLitoral (Literally Air) like not an appropiate name for an airline whatsoever...

On another note, do you have any idea when the rest of the fleet is getting a fresh coat of new paint. The new company Livery is up and running and I still see a lot of Chrome planes out there, what gives?
Aero stands for "Air", while the Spanish word Litoral means "coastline"... not "literally"...

About the livery issue, I believe this supports my theory: AM is leaving 50/50 chrome & eurowhite its fleet on purpose...
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Aero stands for "Air", while the Spanish word Litoral means "coastline"... not "literally"...

About the livery issue, I believe this supports my theory: AM is leaving 50/50 chrome & eurowhite its fleet on purpose...

^ Wha? Litoral=Coastline? Playa are you pulling my leg here or something?

As far as the Livery issue goes...My understanding was that planes would get painted as they came in for service. So far I still see 767's in chrome who I might add are looking a bit tired. Which is shameful because it simply shows that you don't keep up with your fleet looking sharp and uniformed!!!!
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^ Wha? Litoral=Coastline? Playa are you pulling my leg here or something?

As far as the Livery issue goes...My understanding was that planes would get painted as they came in for service. So far I still see 767's in chrome who I might add are looking a bit tired. Which is shameful because it simply shows that you don't keep up with your fleet looking sharp and uniformed!!!!
No, even according to translator.reference.com, the spanish litoral stands in english as "coast"...
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I just love when those 145 get a jetway... I simply hate disembarking directly at tarmac...
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^ Doesn't the ERJ's have like a designated jetway on T2?

BTW, speaking of ERJ's have you noticed that they have a SkyTeam logo. I've checked the E190's and they do have it but the 145's don't. Hm, I wonder why that is?
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^ Doesn't the ERJ's have like a designated jetway on T2?

BTW, speaking of ERJ's have you noticed that they have a SkyTeam logo. I've checked the E190's and they do have it but the 145's don't. Hm, I wonder why that is?
190's yes, but 145's no, they are not supposed to get jetway positions... That's what the remotes right next to to the South Pier are for... However, whenever traffic is low, or all remotes are occupied, and there are available jetways, the can get a contact position...

About the ST logo absence, I actually hadnt paid attention to that...
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