Mexicana Airline Set To Return to the Skies

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Mexicana Airlines will take to the skies again. The airline has confirmed it plans to begin selling tickets on January 24 as the carrier works toward a re-launch.

International Living reports the airline will start by flying six planes that will cover eight routes: Cancún, Chicago, Guadalajara, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and San Antonio, Texas.

The airline hopes to gradually ramp up service, with a goal of sending 28 planes skyward by April.

Under the pressure of mounting debts, the airline filed for bankruptcy in August 2010.

Mexicana had hoped to be back in the skies by December 2010, but a number of potential investors backed out. In early December, Mexicana found a knight in shining armor with the investor group PC Capital, who reached an agreement with the airline's unions, allowing Mexicana to wing its way back into business.

Following the re-launch, the airline will be substantially smaller. Mexicana will employ only about a quarter of the 8,000 people who had jobs with the airline at the start of 2010.

The airline's 350 pilots--as well as mechanics, cabin crew and ground staff--will start training immediately to revalidate their credentials.

Mexican tourism officials say the shutdown of the Mexicana drastically reduced airline coverage at some destinations, resulting in as much as $420 million in lost revenue.

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