Aeromexico Launches Direct Cargo Flights To Wuhan, China

Yesterday, Aeromexico Cargo launched a new route between Mexico City International Airport and Wuhan-Tianhe International Airport in China.…

Aeromexico Launches Direct Cargo Flights To Wuhan, China

Yesterday, Aeromexico Cargo launched a new route between Mexico City International Airport and Wuhan-Tianhe International Airport in China. The unprecedented and uncontested route aims to take advantage of the economic boom that Wuhan has had in the last few years. Let’s investigate further.

Aeromexico launched a new route between Mexico City and Wuhan, China. Photo: Aeromexico

Aeromexico’s focus on cargo

Like many other airlines around the world, Aeromexico has seen a surge in cargo revenues. This segment has given the airline a niche opportunity to use its long-haul fleet. For instance, during 2021’s first quarter, Aeromexico had revenue of 1,150 billion pesos (US$58 million). That’s a 14% increase compared to one year ago.

China plays a key role in this market. Since the start of the pandemic, Aeromexico Cargo has made more than 235 cargo-only flights between China, Mexico, and 16 other countries. The airline has carried more than four tons of medical goods, according to the airline. With that in mind, Aeromexico is now officially launching its Mexico City-Wuhan route.

During the last year, the Mexican carrier has also operated a few eye-opening routes. For instance, almost a year ago, it ran its longest flight ever, connecting Shenzhen, China, and Mexico City nonstop.

Alejandro Méndez, senior vicepresident for Aeromexico Cargo, said,

“Wuhan represents an extraordinary opportunity for the transportation of goods between both countries. We will offer our clients more and better options for efficient and safe transport of their products.”

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For this cargo-only route, Aeromexico will use its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet. Photo: Aeromexico

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Wuhan, an uncontested market

Aeromexico may be onto something. According to the Cirium database, there’s currently no connection (cargo or passenger) between Latin America and Wuhan, China. Aeromexico will serve as the only carrier making an airbridge.

Wuhan is one of the cities with the biggest growth rate in China. It has become a hub for air transportation in central China. Moreover, Wuhan has become a hub for e-commerce, medical and tech products; its market has grown more than 500% in the last year alone. Following last year’s total shutdown, Wuhan has had a strong economic bounceback.

Aeromexico will use its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet for its Mexico City-Wuhan connection. The carrier currently has ten 787-9 and expects to receive four more. Aeromexico can carry more than 30 tons of cargo on this type of aircraft.

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Aeromexico currently has ten B787-9 and expects to receive four more. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying.

What’s been going on lately with Aeromexico?

The Mexican carrier continues its Chapter 11 financial reorganization. On April 23, Aeromexico cut its order for new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft by half while also increasing its 787 Dreamliner deliveries. Therefore, Aeromexico will take 24 737 MAX aircraft and four more Boeing 787 Dreamliners in the next few years.

Capacity-wise, Aeromexico continues to struggle. While low-cost competitors Viva Aerobus and Volaris already are carrying more passengers than its pre-pandemic levels, Aeromexico is a little bit behind.

In April, Aeromexico transported 1.204 million passengers, a 28.6% decrease compared to 2019. Domestically, the Mexican carrier was only 10.6% below its pre-pandemic travelers’ levels. Internationally, though, it remains at -59.3% due to heavy travel restrictions in many markets it serves.

Between January and April, Aeromexico has carried 4,38 million passengers. That’s a 0.7% increase compared to 2020, but still, a 36.6% decrease compared to the first four months of 2019.

What do you think about Aeromexico’s cargo efforts? Let us know in the comments.

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American Airlines Launches New Range Of Amenity Kits

American Airlines is launching a new range of amenity kits across selected international and premium transcontinental flights. The…

American Airlines Launches New Range Of Amenity Kits

American Airlines is launching a new range of amenity kits across selected international and premium transcontinental flights. The amenity kit bags are designed by Shinola and stocked with goodies from D.S. & Durga. Passengers on some routes will see the new amenity kits this week. Others will have to wait until later in the northern summer.

American Airlines is rolling out new amenity kits on selected long-haul and premium transcontinental routes. Photo: American Airlines

“American Airlines is introducing new onboard amenity kits for premium cabin customers in partnership with Shinola and D.S. & Durga,” says American Airlines in a statement. Perhaps over-emphasizing the role an amenity kit plays in most passenger’s lives, the airline goes on to say;

“These thoughtful and creative partners will help keep memories of customers’ travels top of mind, even when customers aren’t flying 35,000 feet in the air.”

New amenity kits rolled out on American’s London flights this week

The new amenity kits will be available to passengers in Flagship First, Flagship Business, and premium economy classes on flights between the United States and London from this week. This includes American Airlines London-bound flights departing from Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York Kennedy, and Seattle. The new kits will show up on other long-haul international and premium transcontinental flights throughout the summer.

But passengers will need to target flights operated by certain aircraft. London-bound passengers will need to fly on one of American’s Boeing 777-300ER services to snag a Flagship First seat. American’s Boeing 777-300ERs also feature Flagship Business and premium economy seating. Passengers in the main cabin miss out on the new amenity kits.

American’s domestic transcontinental passengers will need to book a seat on a premium seat heavy aircraft such as the Airbus A321T. According to reporting in The Points Guy, transcontinental passengers will see a small downgrade in their amenity kits. Transcontinental first class passengers will score a Flagship Business amenity kit. Transcontinental business class passengers will receive a premium economy amenity kit.

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New Flagship First amenity kits. Photo: American Airlines
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New Flagship Business amenity kits. Photo: American Airlines
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New premium economy amenity kits. Photo: American Airlines

Fancy a desk clock made from a former American Airlines MD-80?

Shinola is a United States-based luxury design brand best known for its watches and leather goods. Shinola is also getting busy making clocks for American Airlines when not stitching new amenity bags for American Airlines.  Using metal from the now-retired McDonnell Douglas MD-80 aircraft fleet, Shinola is making desk clocks.

Each clock dial is unique and bears small markings from the aircraft’s decades of service. Shinola is only making 1,000 of the clocks. American Airlines’ loyalists will be able to buy one with or without the airline’s vintage logo.

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Shinola is now selling desk clocks made from former American Airlines MD-80 metal. Photo: Shinola

What is in the new American Airlines amenity kits?

What’s in the new amenity kits? Much of the product is standard, but helpfully so. Toothpaste, toothbrush, socks, and eye masks never go astray on a long flight. But the amenity kits will also include lip balms and lotions with scents made by New York-based perfumers D.S. & Durga.

American Airlines provides two samples of the scents. One is called Rose Atlantic. Apparently, it is inspired by “summers on the New England coast with aromas of wild rose and the salty sea.” But it is the Radio Bombay scent that sounds most interesting. D.S. & Durga says the scent channels “hot copper tubes warm the soft wood releasing the blooms of musk, cream, peach, ambrette, coco, and cedar distillates.”

If you’re an airline amenity kit collector, best book a flight. Doug Parker will welcome the business. If you want one of Shinola’s limited edition American Airlines desk clocks, head to Shinola’s website.

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