Mexicana Airlines Commemorates Its 80th Anniversary * Growth and Expansion of Route Network Key to Mexicana's Success *

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Mexicana Airlines

    ACAPULCO, Mexico, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Mexicana Airlines commemorates its 80th anniversary today in Acapulco, during
 the international tourism event, Tianguis, held at the Acapulco Convention
 Center.  An international press conference is being held at 11:00 a.m. (CST),
 in which the Executive VP of Sales & Marketing, Mr. Antonio Martinez Salinas
 will speak regarding the accomplishments and upcoming projects of the airline.
     Mexicana Airlines was founded in 1921, making it the 4th oldest airline in
 the world, and the oldest operating airline in North America.  Mexicana set a
 precedent as the pioneer of international travel between the United States and
 Mexico, when Charles Lindbergh flew between Brownsville, Texas and Tampico,
 Mexico in 1929.  Mexicana currently operates a modern fleet of jet equipment
 comprised of 7 Boeing 757s, 21 Boeing 727s, 19 Airbus A320s, and 12 Fokker
 100s.  It also offers over 350 destinations in the United States, Canada,
 Mexico, Central and South America.
     Mexicana Airlines offers more non-stop service from Mexico to the United
 States and Canada than many other airlines, as it services 13 gateways in
 North America.
     In its commitment to grow at an international level, Mexicana Airlines
 joined Star Alliance, the largest airline network at a worldwide level in July
 2000.  Through Star Alliance and its seamless connections, Mexicana is now
 able to offer its passengers service from 894 airports in 129 countries.
 Also, in affiliation with its Star Alliance partners, United Airlines and Air
 Canada, Mexicana is able to offer through its code-share network, service from
 an additional 68 gateways in the United States and 7 additional gateways in
 Canada.
     Mexicana Airlines has been recognized as the leading airline of Mexico,
 Central and Latin America through various awards received throughout the year,
 recognizing the outstanding service and quality offered by this airline.  Some
 of these awards are:
 
     -- Best Airline to Central and Latin America, by World Travel Awards
        Mexicana has been the recipient of this award for 5 consecutive years,
        from 1997 to 2001.
     -- Best Airline to Central America 2001, by Airline Quality Research in
        England.  Also received 4 out of 5 stars for the outstanding service
        onboard its Executive Class cabin, and for its safety systems and
        comfortable seating.
     -- Best Airline to Mexico 2001, Latin Finance, April 2001
        Latin Finance, a widely distributed financial publication in the
        United States, Mexico and Latin America, selected Mexicana as the best
        airline to Mexico, based on a readers' poll sent to all of its
        subscribers.
     -- Double Eagle Award, by the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Mid-
        America Chapter
        This award was given in recognition of the role that Mexicana has
        played in strengthening air transportation and commercial ties between
        the United States and Mexico.
 
     As for upcoming developments, Mexicana has announced that effective
 November 2001, it will begin servicing Midway Airport in the Chicago area.
 That would give Mexicana two gateways in Illinois, as it currently offers
 service from O'Hare International Airport.
     Mexicana, in an effort to also meet the needs of passengers who prefer to
 book their reservations electronically through the internet, has expanded its
 website with updated information, and quick access to its booking engine.
 Beginning in May 2001, Mexicana is launching its newly restructured internet
 system which will offer faster access.  Mexicana offers Mex-E-Saver online
 fares, for those passengers who are looking for discounted fares at
 considerable savings, for travel from 7 days up to 30 days, depending on
 availability of seats.
     Among other partnerships throughout this year, Mexicana is also
 affiliating with Western Union in the United States and Canada.  This means
 that effective immediately, passengers who do not have a credit card for an
 instant purchase of a ticket when calling Mexicana's Reservations Center in
 the U.S. can now pay for their tickets through any Western Union office.
 Mexicana will have direct access to Western Union's directory of over 33,000
 offices in the U.S. and Canada, to advise the passenger which one is closest
 to his/her location.  Additionally, when a Mexicana ticket is paid through the
 Western Union office, the service fee of $11.95 will be waived.  The passenger
 will have the option of setting up the ticket with Mexicana as an electronic
 ticket, as a ticket placed on will-call at the airport or it can be mailed
 directly to the passenger.
     The above is an example of Mexicana's new product, "Lo Nuestro", where it
 aims to meet and assist ethnic passengers traveling on Mexicana and
 arriving/departing into/from the United States and Canada.  The object is to
 also help these passengers feel comfortable and at ease through the booking
 process and ticket purchase at all of Mexicana's ticket offices and ticket
 counters, as sometimes, language is a barrier for them.  As Mexicana is
 comprised of fully bilingual employees, its purpose is to help these
 passengers with their traveling needs.
     Additionally, as part of Mexicana's development strategies to bring added
 value benefits to its customers, an alliance has been created with MasterCard
 International.  As a result, soon, all MasterCard cardholders will start
 accumulating Frecuenta frequent flyer points for any of their MasterCard
 purchases.  By mid-July of this year, a state of the art VIP Lounge will be
 inaugurated at Mexico City's International Airport, which will be operated by
 both companies and will provide unparalleled services to top tier customers.
 It is expected to become one of the finest lounges in the airline industry.
 In commemoration of Mexicana's 80th anniversary, MasterCard will be offering
 additional benefits to Mexicana and MasterCard customers.
     "To be affiliated to such an important company with global presence
 allows us to offer our customers a wide array of benefits," commented Mr. Juan
 Pina, MasterCard's International Senior Vice President for Latin America and
 the Caribbean.
     Another important affiliation will be with Banamex, which is considered to
 be the most important banking institution of Mexico.
     "There is no doubt that Mexicana continues to grow at an impressive rate.
 The amount of passengers transported system-wide has grown steadily for the
 past 5 years, at an average rate of 7.4%.  Mexicana carried over 3 million
 passengers last year between Mexico and North America, an increase of 15% from
 the previous year.  It carried a total of almost 9 million passengers system
 wide.  Needless to say, as we celebrate our 80th year of operation, we are
 very proud of all of Mexicana's accomplishments and our goal is to continue
 our expansion in effort to meet all of our passengers' traveling needs.  We
 also want to thank our passengers and travel agencies for their loyalty, and
 for making us their preferred international carrier," commented Mr. Fernando
 Flores, Mexicana's CEO and President.
     Mexicana Airlines currently offers 13 gateways in the United States and
 Canada which consist of:  Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Las
 Vegas, Denver, San Antonio, Miami, Orlando, Chicago, New York, Montreal and
 Toronto.  It also offers service to 30 destinations in Mexico, with Mexico
 City as its main hub, and 7 countries in Central, South America and the
 Caribbean, which are Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Argentina,
 Colombia and Cuba.
 
      Contact in the U.S.:  jennyjenks@mexicana.com
      Contact in Mexico:  adolfo.crespo@mexicana.com.mx
 
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    ACAPULCO, Mexico, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 Mexicana Airlines commemorates its 80th anniversary today in Acapulco, during
 the international tourism event, Tianguis, held at the Acapulco Convention
 Center.  An international press conference is being held at 11:00 a.m. (CST),
 in which the Executive VP of Sales & Marketing, Mr. Antonio Martinez Salinas
 will speak regarding the accomplishments and upcoming projects of the airline.
     Mexicana Airlines was founded in 1921, making it the 4th oldest airline in
 the world, and the oldest operating airline in North America.  Mexicana set a
 precedent as the pioneer of international travel between the United States and
 Mexico, when Charles Lindbergh flew between Brownsville, Texas and Tampico,
 Mexico in 1929.  Mexicana currently operates a modern fleet of jet equipment
 comprised of 7 Boeing 757s, 21 Boeing 727s, 19 Airbus A320s, and 12 Fokker
 100s.  It also offers over 350 destinations in the United States, Canada,
 Mexico, Central and South America.
     Mexicana Airlines offers more non-stop service from Mexico to the United
 States and Canada than many other airlines, as it services 13 gateways in
 North America.
     In its commitment to grow at an international level, Mexicana Airlines
 joined Star Alliance, the largest airline network at a worldwide level in July
 2000.  Through Star Alliance and its seamless connections, Mexicana is now
 able to offer its passengers service from 894 airports in 129 countries.
 Also, in affiliation with its Star Alliance partners, United Airlines and Air
 Canada, Mexicana is able to offer through its code-share network, service from
 an additional 68 gateways in the United States and 7 additional gateways in
 Canada.
     Mexicana Airlines has been recognized as the leading airline of Mexico,
 Central and Latin America through various awards received throughout the year,
 recognizing the outstanding service and quality offered by this airline.  Some
 of these awards are:
 
     -- Best Airline to Central and Latin America, by World Travel Awards
        Mexicana has been the recipient of this award for 5 consecutive years,
        from 1997 to 2001.
     -- Best Airline to Central America 2001, by Airline Quality Research in
        England.  Also received 4 out of 5 stars for the outstanding service
        onboard its Executive Class cabin, and for its safety systems and
        comfortable seating.
     -- Best Airline to Mexico 2001, Latin Finance, April 2001
        Latin Finance, a widely distributed financial publication in the
        United States, Mexico and Latin America, selected Mexicana as the best
        airline to Mexico, based on a readers' poll sent to all of its
        subscribers.
     -- Double Eagle Award, by the U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, Mid-
        America Chapter
        This award was given in recognition of the role that Mexicana has
        played in strengthening air transportation and commercial ties between
        the United States and Mexico.
 
     As for upcoming developments, Mexicana has announced that effective
 November 2001, it will begin servicing Midway Airport in the Chicago area.
 That would give Mexicana two gateways in Illinois, as it currently offers
 service from O'Hare International Airport.
     Mexicana, in an effort to also meet the needs of passengers who prefer to
 book their reservations electronically through the internet, has expanded its
 website with updated information, and quick access to its booking engine.
 Beginning in May 2001, Mexicana is launching its newly restructured internet
 system which will offer faster access.  Mexicana offers Mex-E-Saver online
 fares, for those passengers who are looking for discounted fares at
 considerable savings, for travel from 7 days up to 30 days, depending on
 availability of seats.
     Among other partnerships throughout this year, Mexicana is also
 affiliating with Western Union in the United States and Canada.  This means
 that effective immediately, passengers who do not have a credit card for an
 instant purchase of a ticket when calling Mexicana's Reservations Center in
 the U.S. can now pay for their tickets through any Western Union office.
 Mexicana will have direct access to Western Union's directory of over 33,000
 offices in the U.S. and Canada, to advise the passenger which one is closest
 to his/her location.  Additionally, when a Mexicana ticket is paid through the
 Western Union office, the service fee of $11.95 will be waived.  The passenger
 will have the option of setting up the ticket with Mexicana as an electronic
 ticket, as a ticket placed on will-call at the airport or it can be mailed
 directly to the passenger.
     The above is an example of Mexicana's new product, "Lo Nuestro", where it
 aims to meet and assist ethnic passengers traveling on Mexicana and
 arriving/departing into/from the United States and Canada.  The object is to
 also help these passengers feel comfortable and at ease through the booking
 process and ticket purchase at all of Mexicana's ticket offices and ticket
 counters, as sometimes, language is a barrier for them.  As Mexicana is
 comprised of fully bilingual employees, its purpose is to help these
 passengers with their traveling needs.
     Additionally, as part of Mexicana's development strategies to bring added
 value benefits to its customers, an alliance has been created with MasterCard
 International.  As a result, soon, all MasterCard cardholders will start
 accumulating Frecuenta frequent flyer points for any of their MasterCard
 purchases.  By mid-July of this year, a state of the art VIP Lounge will be
 inaugurated at Mexico City's International Airport, which will be operated by
 both companies and will provide unparalleled services to top tier customers.
 It is expected to become one of the finest lounges in the airline industry.
 In commemoration of Mexicana's 80th anniversary, MasterCard will be offering
 additional benefits to Mexicana and MasterCard customers.
     "To be affiliated to such an important company with global presence
 allows us to offer our customers a wide array of benefits," commented Mr. Juan
 Pina, MasterCard's International Senior Vice President for Latin America and
 the Caribbean.
     Another important affiliation will be with Banamex, which is considered to
 be the most important banking institution of Mexico.
     "There is no doubt that Mexicana continues to grow at an impressive rate.
 The amount of passengers transported system-wide has grown steadily for the
 past 5 years, at an average rate of 7.4%.  Mexicana carried over 3 million
 passengers last year between Mexico and North America, an increase of 15% from
 the previous year.  It carried a total of almost 9 million passengers system
 wide.  Needless to say, as we celebrate our 80th year of operation, we are
 very proud of all of Mexicana's accomplishments and our goal is to continue
 our expansion in effort to meet all of our passengers' traveling needs.  We
 also want to thank our passengers and travel agencies for their loyalty, and
 for making us their preferred international carrier," commented Mr. Fernando
 Flores, Mexicana's CEO and President.
     Mexicana Airlines currently offers 13 gateways in the United States and
 Canada which consist of:  Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Las
 Vegas, Denver, San Antonio, Miami, Orlando, Chicago, New York, Montreal and
 Toronto.  It also offers service to 30 destinations in Mexico, with Mexico
 City as its main hub, and 7 countries in Central, South America and the
 Caribbean, which are Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Argentina,
 Colombia and Cuba.
 
      Contact in the U.S.:  jennyjenks@mexicana.com
      Contact in Mexico:  adolfo.crespo@mexicana.com.mx
 
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