The first aircraft of the new Mexicana de Aviación, an airline that is being relaunched by the country’s government, appeared in painting work on November 9th.
The aircraft is an Embraer ERJ 145 with registration XA-VGQ and was revealed by journalist Xime G.I on her account on the social network X (formerly Twitter).
According to her, the 50-seat regional jet is being prepared in Querétaro and will be used for the procedures to obtain the Air Operator Certificate (OAC).
The ERJ 145 would belong to the airline Tár Aerolíneas, which leased it to Mexicana.
On October 30, the Federal Civil Aviation Agency (AFAC) of Mexico granted authorization for the creation of Mexicana de Aviacion.
Despite the promise of the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, to start Mexicana operations in December this year, the process to obtain the AOC is expected to take a few months.
Mexicana de Aviación was relaunched in August after years of uncertainty about what to do with its assets.
Founded in 1921, the airline was one of the oldest in the world and operated with a fleet that included widebodies such as the DC-10, A330 and the Boeing 767.
Deep in debt, Mexicana went bankrupt in 2010, leaving customers on the floor and employees without receiving salaries.
Obrador’s government purchased the brand and some assets for 815 million pesos and began hiring new employees.
The promise was that ticket sales would begin in September and that three Boeing 737-800s would be received from October to form the airline’s fleet.