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Transportes Aeromar, S.A. de C.V, doing business as Aeromar, is a Mexican airline that operates scheduled domestic services in Mexico and international services to the United States. Its main base is Mexico City International Airport.
|Company slogan||La experiencia de volar|
|Parent company||Grupo Aeromar|
|Headquarters||Mexico City International Airport|
Mexico City, Mexico
|Key people||Lic. Fernando Flores (President)|
The airline was established on 29 January 1987 and started operations on 5 November 1987 as Transportes Aeromar. It is owned by Grupo Aeromar (private company) (99.99%) and had 864 employees in July 2010. On April 1, 2010, Aeromar signed a commercial alliance with Continental Airlines. Aeromar then announced it would lease two Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets. These twin jet aircraft were subsequently removed from the airline's fleet.
On August 30, 2010, Aeromar and Continental Airlines announced a frequent flyer partnership that allowed each carrier's passengers to earn and redeem miles on either airline. In addition, Continental international first- and business class passengers, Presidents Club members and Star Alliance Gold customers were able to access Aeromar's Salon Diamante lounge in Mexico City at that time. When Continental Airlines merged into United Airlines, the codeshare agreement was transferred over to United.
As of 2019, Avianca is attempting to acquire or merge with Aeromar to become "Avianca Mexico". The airline is awaiting a $100 million USD injection from Avianca's parent company, Synergy Group. Avianca would first acquire up to 49% of the failing airline over the next five months.[when?]
Since May 2019, Aeromar has been on the brink of a technical bankruptcy. This is due to large amounts of debt with Mexican airports and weak financing. Furthermore, the airline owes around 10 million pesos to pilots.
Aeromar participates in the United Airlines MileagePlus program, despite not being owned by United's corporate parent, United Continental Holdings, or being a member of Star Alliance, of which United is currently a member.
On February 1, 2011, Aeromar and Continental Airlines implemented codesharing on all routes at Aeromar's hub in Mexico City International Airport. Aeromar then started operating additional domestic services such as flights to Durango, Matamoros, Ixtapa, and Piedras Negras; and announced it would re-evaluate its international services. Currently, the only international destination served by the airline is McAllen, Texas although Aeromar previously served Austin, Texas and San Antonio, Texas. When Continental Airlines merged into United Airlines, the codeshare agreement was transferred over to United.
In early 2015, Aeromar decided to remove its Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet aircraft from operations. The airline then supplemented its fleet of fifteen ATR 42 turboprops with two new larger ATR 72-600 aircraft. In November 2016, the airline ordered eight new ATR 42 and ATR 72 aircraft and optioned another six ATR 72s.
Aeromar previously operated the following aircraft:
- 3 Bombardier CRJ200ER (2010–2015)
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