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February 07, 2008 | Partner News Releases

Mexicana expands its presence in the Canadian market with three flights a week to Edmonton

Mexico City, February 7, 2008. Mexicana Airlines has announced that it will be operating three flights a week on the Mexico City — Edmonton route as of the 1st of June. The new service is intended to increase the airline’s presence on the international market, particularly Canada, where it already has plans to operate four flights a week to Calgary, also in Alberta.

These new services open a whole new world of possibilities for business and leisure passengers in the province of Alberta, who now have daily flights at their disposal, operated under the stringent quality standards Mexicana is renowned for. The route will feature the modern Airbus A319 aircraft that can accommodate up to 108 passengers in coach class and 12 in business class.

Founded in 1795, Edmonton, Alberta’s capital city, is the province’s political and administrative centre. It is Canada’s sixth largest city. This oil-producing city manufactures a wide range of petrochemical products, but is also renowned for its advanced medical research and boasts profitable steel, construction and software industries, among others.

Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel said, “Edmonton, with its robust economy, is a growing market for Mexican business investment and is becoming an attractive location for workers from Mexico and South America. The city of Edmonton warmly welcomes Mexicana and would like to thank the airline for introducing this nonstop service between Edmonton, one of Canada’s key urban regions, and one of the largest cities in the world, as it will undoubtedly foster business and tourism between our region, Mexico and South America.”

The Edmonton region has a highly skilled workforce with a population of over one million, making it an appealing option for prospective investors in Mexico. Northwestern Canadians can now fly directly to Mexico’s beautiful beaches and a wide selection of other destinations throughout the country from Mexicana’s hub at the Mexico City International Airport, from where connecting flights are also available to Central and South America and the rest of the world under the airline’s commercial alliances.

“We are in the process of consolidating our position as the main international airline operating out of México. This new flight confirms Mexicana’s commitment to the North American market, where Canada is an important bastion for our company,” said Mexicana Chief Sales and Marketing Officer Isaac Volin.

Edmonton Airports President and CEO Reg Milley said “the new route between Edmonton and Mexico City is a strategic addition to our growing passenger network. Mexico City is a convenient hub for passengers who want to travel to northwest Canada on business or for leisure from Central and South America.”

Thus, Mexicana has taken yet another step on the route to expanding its presence on the North American market, offering world-class services tailored to meet the needs of its passengers.

About Alberta, Canada
Alberta is one of ten Canadian provinces and located in Western Canada. Alberta was founded on September 1, 1905, and was formerly part of Canada’s Northwest Territories.

Edmonton is the official capital of the province of Alberta, and is one of two major cities in Alberta, the other being Calgary located 276 kilometers south of Edmonton. Other major tourist sites include Banff, Jasper, Camrose, Fort McMurray, Grande Prairie, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and Red Deer.

Alberta produces approximately 70 percent of the country’s oil and natural gas, making it one of Canada’s most important economies, which also boasts strong farming, manufacturing, finance and tourism sectors.

The north of the province is crisscrossed with rivers and lakes, while almost half of its territory is covered in forest. Forming a natural border with its neighbor, British Columbia, the Canadian Rockies to the southwest of Alberta has peaks as high as 6,500 feet. Edmonton is Canada’s “Festival City” and its beautiful river valley is one of the largest urban park areas in North America.

Alberta has several world-class ski centres and is extremely proud of its sporting tradition, offering trekking, hunting and fishing activities that draw lovers of the great outdoors from every corner of the world.

About Mexicana Airlines
Mexicana is an airline of longstanding tradition that has been operating on the commercial aviation market for 86 years. We currently offer more international flights than any other domestic carrier and hold a leading position on the US-Mexican market, flying to some 50 destinations in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean from our hub at the Mexico City International Airport.

Mexicana passengers can earn and exchange air miles and make use of business lounges at airports throughout the world under our code-share agreements with major international carriers. We offer an extensive network of routes with convenient connecting flights to virtually any destination in the world. Our modern fleet has enabled us to maintain a punctuality rating higher than the industry average and a high average daily Airbus fleet utilization rate, while our maintenance base at the Mexico City International Airport is renowned as the best in all of Latin America.

In 2007, Mexicana received World Travel Awards in no less than three categories: Best Business Class in Mexico and Latin America (for the third consecutive year), Best Airline in Mexico and Latin America (for the tenth consecutive year) and Best Website in Mexico and Latin America (for the first time). In July, 2005, the airline launched its low-cost subsidiary Click Mexicana, which currently operates 26 routes with a fleet of 17 Fokker 100 aircraft equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

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