Interjet

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Interjet
Logo Interjet transparent.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
4OAIJInterjet
Founded5 March 2005 (2005-03-05)
AOC # 23IF051B [1]
Hubs Mexico City International Airport
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer program Club Interjet
Intertours
Fleet size66
Destinations54
Parent company Grupo Alemán
Headquarters Mexico City, Mexico
Key people Miguel Alemán Magnani (President and Chairman)
William Shaw (CEO)
Raúl López (CFO)
José Luis Ramírez Magnani (Deputy Chairman)
Website interjet.com

Interjet (official legal name ABC Aerolíneas, S.A. de C.V.), [2] also known as Interjet Airlines, is a Mexican low cost airline headquartered in Mexico City, [3] Mexico's third largest airline after Aeroméxico and Volaris. The airline operates scheduled flights to and from various destinations within Mexico, as well as to and from the Caribbean, Central America, North America, and South America.

Mexico City Capital in Mexico

Mexico City, or the City of Mexico, is the capital of Mexico and the most populous city in North America. It is one of the most important cultural and financial centres in the Americas. It is located in the Valley of Mexico, a large valley in the high plateaus in the center of Mexico, at an altitude of 2,240 meters (7,350 ft). The city has 16 boroughs.

Aerovías de México, S.A. de C.V. operating as Aeroméxico, is the flag carrier airline of Mexico based in Mexico City. It operates scheduled services to more than 90 destinations in Mexico; North, South and Central America; the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Its main base and hub is in Mexico City, with secondary hubs in Guadalajara and Monterrey, and focus cities in Cancún and Tijuana. The headquarters is in the financial district on Paseo de la Reforma, formerly in its own building overlooking the Diana the Huntress Fountain, but moved down the street in 2017 to the Torre MAPFRE tower across from the Mexican Stock Exchange while the old building is demolished and replaced with a much taller new tower.

Volaris Mexican low-cost airline based in Mexico City

Volaris, legally Concesionaria Vuela Compañía de Aviación, S.A.B. de C.V., is a Mexican low-cost airline based in Santa Fe, Álvaro Obregón, Mexico City with its hubs in Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Tijuana, and focus cities in Cancún, León, Los Angeles, and Monterrey. It is the country's second largest airline after Aeroméxico and serves domestic and international destinations within the Americas. It is a leading competitor in the Mexican domestic airline market, with a market share of over 21% of domestic traffic.

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The airline is a family business: the president and CEO is Miguel Alemán Magnani, son of Miguel Alemán Velasco, who is president of the group that owns the airline, Grupo Alemán. Alemán Velasco is son of former President of Mexico Miguel Alemán Valdés, who amassed a fortune while in office from 1946 to 1952. [4] [5] [6] [7]

Miguel Alemán Magnani is the president and CEO of Mexican airline Interjet. He is the son of ex-politician and Grupo Alemán president and CEO Miguel Alemán Velasco, and actress Christiane Magnani. He is the grandson of the Mexican president from 1946 to 1952, Miguel Alemán Valdés.

Miguel Alemán Velasco Politician, businessman, philanthropist

Miguel Alemán Velasco is a Mexican politician, businessman and philanthropist. He is a former senator and governor of Veracruz. Alemán Velasco is the son of former Mexican president Miguel Alemán Valdés (1946–52), the first candidate to run for the presidency from the Institutional Revolutionary Party and first civilian president in the modern era, and Beatriz Velasco Mendoza. Alemán Velasco has been active in both the public and private sectors.

Miguel Alemán Valdés President of Mexico

Miguel Alemán Valdés was a Mexican politician who served a full term as the President of Mexico from 1946 to 1952, the first civilian president after a string of revolutionary generals. His administration was characterized by Mexico's rapid industrialization, often called the Mexican Miracle, but also for a high level of personal enrichment for himself and his associates. His presidency was the first of a new generation of Mexican leaders, who had not directly participated in the Mexican Revolution, and many in his cabinet were also young, university-educated civilians, close friends from his days at university.

In 2014, the airline described itself as the "JetBlue of Mexico". [8] However, by 2018, the airline had moved to a hybrid model, with low prices but high costs and "extras" such as extra legroom, free legroom, and a more generous luggage policy associated with traditional carriers. [9]

JetBlue Airline of the United States

JetBlue Airways Corporation, stylized as jetBlue, is an American low-cost airline headquartered in New York City. A major air carrier and the sixth-largest airline in the United States, jetBlue is headquartered in the Long Island City neighborhood of the New York City borough of Queens, with its main base at John F. Kennedy International Airport. It also maintains corporate offices in Cottonwood Heights, Utah and Orlando, Florida.

Interjet also operates several charter flights throughout the Americas, mainly in the Caribbean. [10] [11]

History

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Interjet offices at Mexico City International Airport.

Interjet started operations on December 1, 2005, with one Airbus A320 aircraft. [12] The airline placed an order for 25 new A320s to replace the second-hand ones, which was increased by another ten aircraft on January 10, 2010.

Airbus A320 family Airliner family

The Airbus A320 family consists of short- to medium-range, narrow-body, commercial passenger twin-engine jet airliners manufactured by Airbus. The family includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321, as well as the ACJ business jet. The A320s are also named A320ceo following the introduction of the A320neo. The aircraft family can accommodate up to 236 passengers and has a range of 3,100 to 12,000 km, depending on model.

Initially most Interjet flights were to and from its hub in Toluca International Airport, which it branded "Mexico City - Toluca Airport" and which was widely seen at the time as a viable base for low-cost carrier service for the Mexico City market. By 2008 it had 14 routes in and out of Toluca and three between other cities. [13] After the demise of Mexico City-based competitor Aero California in August 2008, Interjet took over the vacant slots and established flight services to Mexico City International Airport.

Toluca International Airport AMAIT

Toluca International Airport, officially Licenciado Adolfo López Mateos International Airport is an international airport in Toluca, State of Mexico, Mexico. It is part of the Mexico City Metropolitan Airport Group, and it is being improved and promoted to handle some traffic for the city of Toluca, but it also serves as a low-cost carrier airport for Mexico City, serving Interjet and VivaAerobus, but in the past at different times also by Volaris and Aeromexico. The airport is named after President Adolfo López Mateos.

Aero California was a low-cost airline with its headquarters in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico, operating a network of domestic passenger flights with its hub at the city's Manuel Márquez de León International Airport.

A landing slot, takeoff slot, or airport slot is a permission granted by the owner of an airport designated as Level 3, which allows the grantee to schedule a landing or departure at that airport during a specific time period.

On July 21, 2011, Interjet made the first flight in North America (and the fourth worldwide) using biofuel, [14] on the Mexico City – Tuxtla Gutierrez route, with an Airbus A320-200, registration XA-ECO.

In 2012 the airline committed to purchase the Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ100), which sold for about a half of a comparable Bombardier Aerospace or Embraer aircraft. Interjet CEO Jose Luis Garza said it was the best choice for hot and high Mexico City, a bold bet on Russia's first major airplane since the Soviet Union collapsed. [15]

On March 2, 2015, Interjet firmed ten SSJ100 options valued at $350 million.

In mid-January 2018, Bloomberg reported that four out of 22 of Interjet's SSJ100s were cannibalized for parts to keep others running, after having been grounded for at least five months because of SaM146 maintenance delays. [15] This was later refuted by Interjet; [16] a Russian magazine reported that one grounded SSJ100 was going to be back in service by January 19, and the remaining three by March. [17]

In September 2018, Interjet was reported to be considering replacing its SSJ100s with Airbus A320neos, to make better use of its slots, with the SSJ technical problems possibly also a factor. [18] This would have left CityJet as the only remaining Western customer. On 12 September, Interjet denied the report. [19]

Interjet claims its capital cost for ten Superjets is equivalent to the pre-delivery payment for one Airbus A320. [20] The pre-delivery payment amounts to 15-30 percent of an aircraft list price. [21] An A320 list price was $88.3M in 2012. [22]

Frequent-flyer program

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Club Interjet logo

Interjet has a frequent-flyer program, called Club Interjet, in which it rewards its members with cash instead of with points or miles. [23]

Destinations

Interjet flies between locations in Mexico, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, and the United States from its bases in Cancún, Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey. Interjet has also become a popular choice for surfers traveling to Mexico because of its baggage policy of not charging extra fees for those passengers transporting a surfboard on domestic flights. [24]

International

On July 1, 2011, Interjet began flights to its first international (and Central America) destination; to La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City from Mexico City International Airport. [25]

On February 23, 2012, Interjet started flights to its first U.S. destination; to Miami International Airport from Benito Juárez International Airport. [26] On June 21 that year the airline began flights to its second Central America destination; to San José de Costa Rica from Benito Juárez International Airport. [27]

On August 2, 2012, Interjet began flights to its second U.S. destination to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City from Benito Juárez International Airport. [28] On August 27 the same year the airline received permission to fly to John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California; from Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla Guadalajara International Airport in Guadalajara and Benito Juárez International Airport. The airline began daily scheduled flights six weeks later on October 11. [29] On June 13, 2014, Interjet announced that it would end John Wayne Airport flights on July 20, 2014. [8]

Interjet intended to serve flights from Toluca to various cities in the United States, including O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and San Antonio International Airport in San Antonio; as of 2013, only flights to Las Vegas and San Antonio had begun, with flights to Las Vegas from Lic. Adolfo López Mateos International Airport in Toluca beginning on November 15, 2012. [30]

On July 10, 2013, Interjet began service to El Dorado International Airport in Bogotá from Mexico City International Airport. [31]

On June 10, 2014, Interjet and Iberia began a codeshare agreement on their flights. [32]

On October 23, 2014, Interjet began service to Houston - George Bush Intercontinental Airport from Monterrey International Airport. [33]

On February 18, 2016, Interjet began service to Los Angeles International Airport from Guadalajara International Airport. On May 5, 2016; Interjet began its first ever service to Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima, Peru from Mexico City. On October 20, 2016, Interjet launched service to Los Angeles International Airport from Benito Juarez International Airport in Mexico City.

On May 15, 2017, Interjet announced its first routes to Canada, with thrice weekly flights to Montreal from both Cancun and Mexico City with Airbus A320 aircraft. On July 28, 2017, Pearson International Airport in Toronto became the airline's second Canadian destination. On October 26, 2017, Vancouver became the airline's third Canadian destination.

On March 14, 2018, Interjet began flights to San Francisco International Airport from Cancun and Guadalajara. [34]

On December 15, 2018, Interjet began flights to Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport in San Salvador from Mexico City. [35]

Codeshare agreements

Interjet has codeshare agreements with the following airlines: [36] [37]

Fleet

Interjet Airbus A320-200 XA-BAV (14598650856).jpg
Interjet Airbus A320-200
Interjet Sukhoi Superjet 100 Sukhoi Superjet 100-95 (XA-OAA).jpg
Interjet Sukhoi Superjet 100

As of May 2019, the Interjet fleet consists of the following aircraft: [39]

Interjet Fleet
AircraftIn ServiceOrdersPassengersNote
Airbus A320-200 36
150Five aircraft in biofuel livery.
8162New seats configuration [40]
Airbus A320neo 332162New seats configuration [40]
Airbus A321-200 6192
Airbus A321neo 8192
Sukhoi Superjet 100 5 [41] 93 [41] Despite having 22 aircraft, it only maintains 5 operative [42]
Total6632

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