FAMEX; Better Border Crossing: The Week in AerospaceBy Antonio Gozain | Thu, 09/30/2021 - 12:59
The 2021 edition of FAMEX was successfully held in Felipe Ángeles International Airport (AIFA) from September 22 to September 25, following two prior suspensions. Airbus presented its next plans for the Mexican market, which included a helicopter pilot training school in Yucatan. Meanwhile, Aeroméxico and CBX announced a collaboration to upgrade the Tijuana-San Diego crossing.
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Financing Plan for Aeroméxico Must Respect Law: ASPA
Mexican Pilots Union (ASPA) urged Grupo Aeroméxico to respect the law as it undergoes the financial reorganization it started after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The law requires that Mexican investors keep the majority of voting shares of the airline.
“ASPA supports this legal requirement. Aeroméxico is the flag carrier of Mexico and as such it must be controlled by our fellow citizens. Therefore, it is crucial that the final financing package respects Mexican law and gives a group of Mexican shareholders majority control to help Aeroméxico emerge successfully as the company reorganizes after the pandemic,” wrote in a press release Humberto Gual Ángeles, General Secretary of ASPA.
AIFA Hosted 2021 FAMEX
Mexico celebrated the third edition of FAMEX from September 22 to September 25. Guests included different companies, governments and entities. The event registered 635 exhibitors, 210 delegations, five pavilions, 21 chalets, 288 national and international journalism teams, 5,800 B2B meetings, 50 universities and an estimated 233,000 people from the general public.
Airbus Taking Mexico by Storm
Airbus reinforced its commitment to Mexico by presenting a wide selection of products, innovations and services during FAMEX 2021. The OEM will also open a helicopter pilot training school in Yucatan by the end of 2021 and revealed the new generation of CityAirbus.
Lunar Resource Extraction Advances
Airbus Defense and Space, the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) and Mexican startup Dereum Labs are joining forces to develop technologies to extract lunar resources and build the industrial ecosystem necessary to build this technology in Mexico. The project will invite specialized Mexican universities to participate.
“This agreement represents the first step in a fruitful collaboration with Mexico in space activities. Being able to extract and process lunar resources is essential to sustain life over the long term on the Moon. This collaboration brings together the right partners with the latest technologies and capabilities for a clearer horizon in lunar exploration,” said Víctor de la Vela, Head of Airbus in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Aeroméxico, CBX to Improve Tijuana-San Diego Crossing
Aeroméxico and Cross Border Xpress (CBX) announced an investment to improve the border crossing between Tijuana and San Diego. This is one of Aeroméxico’s latest efforts to expand and improve passenger experience by using more efficient travel methods.
“To make the experience faster and more comfortable for passengers traveling between US-Mexico border through CBX, starting in November Aeroméxico will integrate the flight to Tijuana and the CBX pass using the IATA code TJX. Travelers will have access to both services from the airline’s website,” said companies in a joint press release. The program is set to begin in November 2021.