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Interjet is a Mexican LCC with its main base at Lic. Adolfo López Mateos International Airport, Toluca, and a secondary base at Mexico City International Airport. With its fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft, Interjet serves 22 destinations throughout Mexico.
Location of Interjet main hub (Mexico City Juarez International Airport)
LCCs will continue to evolve into hybrids of the original core model. CAPA and OAG consider Interjet fits the LCC profile and it is included in our reporting on this basis. Please note: when reporting for an airline is changed from or to LCC the historical data is not affected and it can lead to a distortion in the current reported data. Contact us if you have any queries.
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Mexico’s publicly traded carriers Aeromexico and Volaris battled tough economic conditions in the country during 3Q2013 as FY2013 GDP growth estimates for Mexico continue to fall. To compensate both carriers are adopting strategies to preserve passenger volumes at the expense of yield, with Aeromexico in particular emphasising it aims to defend its position in the domestic market.
Even as yield pressure lingers into 4Q2013, both airlines are seeing positive booking trends for the last quarter of the year and into 2014. And each carrier appears to be focusing on international expansion in the short term to combat some of the weakness created by Mexico’s sluggish economy.
VivaAerobus joins Volaris and Interjet in placing large A320neo order. Can Mexico sustain all three?
Competition in Mexico’s dynamic market is set to intensify as the country’s smallest low-cost carrier is poised to at least triple in size over the next eight years following a landmark aircraft order with Airbus.
VivaAerobus has ordered 52 A320s, allowing for a rapid replacement of its current fleet of 19 737-300s and significant growth. VivaAerobus is currently a relatively small player in the Mexican market with only a 13% share in the domestic market and is a non-factor internationally as it has just one trans-border route.
VivaAerobus is now seeking to follow its closest competitor, Volaris, with an initial public offering which should provide the funds to support accelerated fleet and network growth. Market conditions in Mexico have improved significantly in recent years but there is a risk of a return to over-capacity and irrational competition given the fleet expansion plans at the country’s four main carriers.
Mexican airline Interjet has recently introduced a raft of new routes from Mexico City Juarez International including three pairings featuring the carrier’s latest fleet addition – the Sukhoi Superjet 100 – a 93-seat jet that Interjet is banking on for penetration into Mexico’s thinner markets and possibly international service.
In some ways the introduction of the SSJ100 marks a new era for Interjet, which has rapidly grown to become the second largest domestic carrier behind Grupo Aeromexico. The addition of a new fleet type is somewhat of a gamble given the SSJ100’s unproven track record. But Interjet appears willing to roll the dice in order to solidify its competitive standing among the four largest Mexican carriers. The carrier is devising strategies to capture the air travel demand developing among the country’s growing middle class who are opting for cheap air travel in lieu of taking their journeys by bus.
Having recently celebrated the significant milestone of competing an initial public offering, Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris remains bullish over the opportunities inherent in the Mexican aviation market as its domestic share continues to grow and its position in the international transborder space remains steady.
Key to Volaris’ belief in the robust opportunities present in Mexico is the growing appetite for air travel among the country’s increasing middle class. In the short term that thesis may prove tough to execute as the Mexican economy has been slowing and domestic passenger growth has not been as rapid during 2013 as recent years when Mexico’s carriers were scurrying to fill the void left by the collapse of Mexicana in late 2010.
As Volaris works to capture more of Mexico’s middle class, its competitors are devising their own strategies to compete in the dynamic Mexican market place. Aeromexico recently launched a new low-fare product scheme, "Contigo" while Interjet is planning a small market push as the first of its 20 93-seat Sukhoi Superjet 100s comes online. All of those dynamics should make for an interesting market place during the next couple of years as those carriers, along with VivaAerobus work to stake out their respective claims among the growing passenger base. Volaris is basing its future on a fleet comprised only of Airbus A320s while some of its competitors are utilising smaller jets to exploit thinner Mexican and transborder routes.
It may not attract the same sort of attention as Le Bourget or Farnborough, but the MAKS International Aerospace Salon is the venue where Russia’s airlines, leasing companies and aircraft manufacturers hammer out the final details of major orders. The bi-annual event, which wrapped up at the end of Aug-2013, saw more than USD21 billion in orders and commitments made, a record for the show and a qualified success for the Russian aerospace industry.
Russia’s state-owned United Aircraft Corporation (UAC) and its subsidiaries recorded orders and commitment for more than USD12 billion. Agreements signed by UAC at MAKS 2013 covered orders for 178 aircraft, comprising 96 Sukhoi Superjet 100s and 82 Irkut MS-21 aircraft. Including other agreements signed at the airshow – mostly military – the orders boosted the value of the company’s backlog by 30%. Including letters of intent and provisional purchase agreements, UAC’s total order portfolio is now close to RUB1.5 trillion (USD44.8 billion).
Latin America provides huge growth opportunities for low-cost carriers given the region’s expanding middle class and miniscule LCC penetration rate outside the two largest domestic markets. The existing small field of six LCCs are best positioned to benefit from the anticipated growth and leverage their first mover advantage. Four of the carriers are eyeing initial public offerings (IPOs), which could give them the cash to accelerate expansion in their home markets and regionally.
Latin America’s LCC sector is now concentrated in only three countries – Brazil, Mexico and Colombia. The other 18 countries that comprise Latin America (excluding the Caribbean) account for about 35% of seat capacity but, remarkably, do not have a single local LCC. These markets are only served by foreign LCCs, resulting in limited and in some cases no LCC services at all. The overall LCC penetration rate in these 18 countries is approximately 2%.
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