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One Out, Three In: How Mexicana"™s Bankruptcy Made Mexico More Competitive
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One Out, Three In: How Mexicana"™s Bankruptcy Made Mexico More Competitive

Mexico"™s formerly largest and flagship airline, Mexicana de Aviación, was one of the longest-running airlines in the world. After almost 90 years of service, the airline ceased operations indefinitely, ending its streak as the longest running airline in Mexican aviation.

While the loss of Mexicana de Aviación initially left a huge hole in the Mexican aviation community, it gave other carriers the ability to step up to fill its place, allowing for a more competitive industry today. At the time of their bankruptcy in 2010, Mexicana was the country"™s second-largest airline with over 130 aircraft servicing 80 destinations.

The airline only played second fiddle to Aeromexico, Mexico"™s current flag carrier beginning operations in 1988, with the two very much holding each other in check competitively.

The loss of Mexicana opened the door for new, low-cost carriers to get into more lucrative markets, especially Mexico City where gates were hard to come by. One of these carriers to take advantage of Mexicana"™s misfortune was InterJet, "JetBlue Airways of Mexico”…

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