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VivaAerobus
VivaAerobus.gif
IATA
VB
ICAO
VIV
Callsign
VIVA
Founded 2006
Bases Gen. Mariano Escobedo Int'l Airport
Fleet size 9 (+3 orders)
Destinations 22
Company slogan The low cost airline of Mexico
Parent company Inversionistas en Autotransportes Mexicanos S.A. de C.V.
Headquarters Apodaca, Nuevo León, Mexico
Key people Roberto Alcántara Rojas (Chairman)
Donal Rogers (CEO)
Joel Echeverria (CFO)
Victor Hernandez (COO)
Website www.vivaaerobus.com

Aeroenlaces Nacionales, S.A. de C.V., trading as VivaAerobus, is a Mexican ultra-low cost airline part-owned by the founders of Europe's biggest low-cost carrier, Ryanair. It has its corporate headquarters on the grounds of General Mariano Escobedo International Airport in Apodaca, Nuevo León.[1]

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History

VivaAerobus started operations on November 30, 2006 with its hub at General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (MTY), in Monterrey, Mexico. VivaAerobus initially connected General Mariano Escobedo International Airport, Terminal C to a number of Mexican domestic locations and, in July 2007, publicly confirmed their intention to open their first base outside of Mexico and first US destination in Austin, Texas. The airline currently flies between Monterrey and twenty one other Mexican cities (September 2008).

It is co-owned by the Ryan family, founders of Ryanair and the Mexican bus company IAMSA. The Ryans joined with Maurice Mason of Kite Investments to establish "RyanMex" to facilitate the Irish family's investment in the Mexican airline. RyanMex hold 49 percent of shares in the airline, while IAMSA will have the remaining majority stake. It started off with an initial investment of $50 million and two Boeing 737-300 airplanes bearing its vivid green and red dots logo. The airline has served 1.3 million passengers in its first year of operations and anticipates handling 2.4 million passengers in 2008.

VivaAerobus fares intend to undercut traditional Mexican carriers by up to 50 percent, in a change of the industry that started with the arrival of the country's first low-cost airlines (Avolar, Click Mexicana, Interjet, Volaris) and the privatization of Mexicana, one of the two top local airlines. On November 5, 2007 the airline received approval from the US Department of Transportation to operate to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, initially serving the Mexican destinations of Cancún, Monterrey, Guadalajara and León. Flights to the South Terminal Austin began on May 1, 2008.

On May 16, 2009, VivaAerobus stated it would cease passenger operations at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport on May 31, 2009. The airline blamed the pullout in part on the outbreak of the swine flu, which caused an unprecedented decrease in demand for service.[2]

In November 2009, VivaAerobus announced that they have applied to commence operations between Hermosillo and Las Vegas beginning in March 2010.

Destinations

In-flight services

VivaAerobus has a buy on board program offering food and drinks for purchase.[3]

The airline also gives the passengers some reading entertainment by providing at no cost Enviva Magazine.

Bus services

Viva Aerobus operates a shuttle from downtown El Paso, Texas to Abraham González International Airport in Ciudad Juárez.[4]

VivaAerobus operated a bus shuttle between Austin-Bergstrom International Airport South Terminal and the Omnibus Mexicanos Bus Terminal in eastern Houston in addition to a bus shuttle between the Austin airport and the Omnibus Mexicanos Bus Terminal in downtown San Antonio for VivaAerobus passengers on flights going to and from Cancún and Monterrey.[5][6]

Fleet

VivaAerobus plane at Monterrey's Terminal C.

The VivaAerobus fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of 29 November 2009) [1]:

As of November 2009, the average age of the VivaAerobus fleet is 23.2 years ([2]).

References

  1. ^ "Contact." VivaAerobus. Retrieved on October 15, 2009.
  2. ^ Eaton, Tim. "VivaAerobus to cease operations out of Austin-Bergstrom." Austin American-Statesman. Saturday May 16, 2009. Accessed May 16, 2009.
  3. ^ "Know Before You Go." Vivaaerobus. Retrieved on January 12, 2009.
  4. ^ Shuttle El Paso-Ciudad Juárez Accessed December 9, 2008.
  5. ^ "Shuttle Austin-Houston." VivaAerobus. Accessed October 25, 2008.
  6. ^ Austin-San Antonio Accessed December 9, 2008.

http://envivamagazine.com/2009/06/gente-que-debes-conocer-2/

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