May 29, 1990 |
Mexicana Airlines, a longtime customer of Boeing Co., announced Monday that it has agreed to purchase as many as 50 jetliners from European competitor Airbus Industrie. The deal, including options, could be worth as much as $2 billion. Airbus and Mexicana also announced plans to create a joint venture in Mexico to provide training and maintenance for airlines with Latin American routes.
May 24, 1989 |
Mexicana Airlines will be sold to the private sector as part of President Carlos Salinas de Gortari's plan for invigorating the nation's economy, the government said. The Treasury Department announced late Monday that the International Bank will coordinate the sale of the state-owned airline to the Mexican or foreign bidder who makes the most attractive offer. The other government-owned airline, Aeromexico, was sold to a consortium of Mexican investors in November.
September 1, 1986 |
Before Sunday's tragedy over Cerritos, which claimed at least 70 lives, the most recent Aeromexico disaster occurred on Nov. 8, 1981, when a DC-9 exploded in the air en route from Acapulco to Guadalajara, killing all 18 passengers and crew members aboard. On July 27, 1981, another Aeromexico DC-9 crash-landed at the airport in Chihuahua, killing 29 passengers. And in June, 1973, 23 passengers and crew members died when an Aeromexico DC-9 crashed near Puerto Vallarta.
April 10, 1986 |
An explosion tore apart the Mexicana Airlines jet that crashed last week with the loss of 166 lives, but it is not yet clear whether the blast was caused by a bomb, a spokesman for Mexico's pilots union said Wednesday. Jaime Gonzalez was responding to news reports quoting airline crew groups in London and Mexico that one or two bombs ripped through the Los Angeles-bound Boeing 727 and sent it crashing into mountains about 80 miles northwest of Mexico City.