Flight Attendants from Ailing Mexican Airline Strip Down For Calendar

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Their airline is in bankruptcy with its planes grounded but that hasn't stopped 10 curvy Mexicana flight attendants from stripping down for an aviation-themed calendar.

The jobless stewardesses hope to call attention to their plight and that of the financially struggling airline. So they wore bikinis and other abbreviated outfits for the glossy spread.

"It occurred to me because we all needed money, and I thought that with so many pretty girls (among Mexicana's staff) there were bound to be some who'd be interested," says 10-year Mexicana veteran Coral Perez, who came up with the calendar idea.

The ladies, who have been out of work since the beleaguered carrier suspended all flights in August, paid about $8,000 each to cover the calendar's production costs.

"The goal was to try to help ourselves because we lost everything overnight," says 26-year-old flight attendant Maribel Zavala.

The calendar, priced at about $12, has been a big hit in Mexico, with the first run of 1,000 selling out even before the launch. A second batch of 3,000 was quickly ordered.

Meanwhile, the flight attendants may soon be back to work.

Mexicana said recently a restructuring proposal might allow the carrier to resume some flights by mid-December. The carrier had served 65 destinations including in Mexico and the U.S.

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