Volaris, FEMIA, Interjet in the Spotlight: The Week in AerospaceBy Antonio Gozain | Thu, 08/12/2021 - 16:13
This week highlighted the contrasting realities that two major Mexican airlines live, with the COVID-19 pandemic hitting Volaris and Interjet different. Meanwhile, Aeroméxico announced a new Guadalajara-Madrid route for next December. Also, do not miss the opinion of expert contributor, Carlos Robles, Vice President of the Central Region of FEMIA, who wrote about the tough present the aerospace industry is dealing with and explored the opportunities in the mid-term future.
In other news, Boeing is thriving. The aircraft manufacturer reported US$17 billion revenue in 2Q2021.
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Mexican Government has to support the industry: Carlos Robles
“The global airline industry has been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Financial performance is not going to improve or stabilize soon due to difficulties in controlling the virus variants and slower vaccination rates in some regions,” wrote Robles, and also explained the importance of the industry to the Mexican economy. “In total, more than 1.4 million jobs are supported by air transport and tourists arriving by air. We should take care of that industry, don’t you think?”
“Although the country has been too relaxed by not stopping arrivals from other countries, there is a notorious lack of support for airlines, airport infrastructure and tourism activities. Sadly, our government does not understand the industry’s potential and its importance to the economy. Coming from that viewpoint, it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to get help,” concluded Robles. Read his entire analysis for MBN here.
Volaris to Hire 2,000 New Employees
Low-cost airline Volaris continues to grow and recently announced a recruitment campaign to hire at least 2,000 new employees to join its 5,000-strong workforce. This move will allow the airline to support its expansion plans in the Mexican and Central American markets. Despite the pandemic, Volaris continues thriving and has expanded its routes. Furthermore, the company plans to add 25 new aircraft to its fleet in the following 18 months.
Despite Bankrupcy Filing, Interjet Remains Optimistic
Mexican airline Interjet filed for bankruptcy months ago and now aims to reorganize its US$1.25 billion debt. Despite this, the company remains optimistic regarding a decision the Sixth District Court for Civil Matters of Mexico City will make in the following weeks.
“(Interjet’s) focus is getting to January 2022 with a normalized scenario, without the strike and with the main obligations covered; that is the goal we still have,” said Carlos del Valle del Río, Interjet’s spokesman, in an official press release. Read the complete scenario for Interjet here.
Boeing Reports US$17 billion Revenue in 2Q2021
Boeing’s 2Q2021 report shows its continued progress in the international return to service of the 737 Max and an increase in revenues compared to the same period last year. The aerospace giant also published its first integrated Sustainability Report as part of its ongoing focus on global sustainability.
Bonus: Aeroméxico to Open Guadalajara-Madrid Route This Year
Mexico-Spain’s market continues to expand, with the new Aeroméxico’s Guadalajara-Madrid route set to begin on December 15.
For both Aeroméxico and Iberia Airlines, Mexico City-Madrid is one of their more important routes, with the most offered seats per kilometer travelled. This new route will connect Guadalajara and Madrid three times a week, said Enrique Alfaro, Governor of Jalisco.