The airline was nationalised in Starting in , "Aeronaves" began replacing its piston-engined aircraft with new jets. The first jet-engined aircraft were a pair of Douglas DC-8s. The system included eight smaller carriers, although these were later disbanded. Service to Canada was initiated and in the early s, two more DCs were added to the fleet.
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The airline was nationalised in Starting in , "Aeronaves" began replacing its piston-engined aircraft with new jets. The first jet-engined aircraft were a pair of Douglas DC-8s. The system included eight smaller carriers, although these were later disbanded.
Service to Canada was initiated and in the early s, two more DCs were added to the fleet. A new color scheme was introduced orange paint and silver , two DCs and a DC were added in and in Between and , eight more DC aircraft were added. Both aircraft then fell to earth in the Los Angeles suburb of Cerritos, California. All 64 passengers and crew on board the DC were killed, as were the three people in the light aircraft and 15 people on the ground.
This was because the pilot of the Piper had strayed into an air traffic control zone reserved for commercial flights. In April , the state-owned company was declared bankrupt and grounded for three months because of lack of organization, a fleet with an average of 20 years without a renovation plan and a depredating administration by the Mexican Government.
In August, a privatization program was underway. This was all a part of a renovation and expansion program to introduce 24 direct flights to Madrid and Paris from Mexico City with Boeing s as well as services to Frankfurt via Paris and Rome via Madrid.
There was a great dispute in June with the pilot union regarding the transfer of flights to regional subsidiary Aeromonterrey, which had non-union pilots. Their last revenue flight was in In December three weeks after Carlos Salinas de Gortari left the office , the first of several devaluations in the next 18 months started, giving way to an economic crisis in Mexico. In Cintra was created to prevent the two main carriers from going bankrupt.
The sale of Grupo Cintra was scheduled after several delays in September , and with the looming presidential elections in , everything was delayed once again.
The ruling party lost the election after 70 years in office and all the policies changed. In , the airline acquired its first Boeing instead of the Boeing as a replacement for its aging DC-9 aircraft. Suspension of this flight was due to the flu pandemic. In early October, a week-long auction was held, with Grupo Financiero Banamex , a unit of Citigroup , competing against the Saba family.
In December the two airlines made the final agreement to go forward with the JV and antitrust immunity was granted. The new order was added to the package of 20 aircraft that the company had announced in and nine more Boeing Dreamliners already provided. The delivery of the Dreamliners began in the summer of This particular frame, registered XA-ADL, is named after and painted in a unique commemorating Quetzalcoatl , a major figure in Aztec culture of pre-Hispanic Mexico, as the result of a "Design in the Air" competition hosted by the airline inviting students at select universities in Mexico to submit a potential design to be painted on the airframe.
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