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Introduction to Aeromexico Connect
The Aeroméxico Connect airline codes are: IATA Code: 5D // ICAO Code: SLI
The airline currently known as Aeromexico Connect came into being on November 27, 2007., but was originally launched in 1988 with the name Servicios Aéreos Litoral, its base in Veracruz and operating a fleet of 4 x NAMC YS-11, from the Japanese Nihon Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation. However, the company was soon to be acquired by Aeroméxico and used as a feeder carrier for its main hubs.
Servicios Aéreos Litoral was acquired by Aeroméxico on December 1, 1990 as a feeder airline
In Feb. 1992, Aeroméxico created another feeder carrier, this time based on the other side of the Republic, in Guadalajara, the state capital of Jalisco, named Aerovías de Poniente, S.A. de C.V. and with a fleet of Fairchild aircraft; meanwhile, in 1991, the Servicios Aéreos Litoral base had been transferred to Monterrey (MTY), commonly referred to as ‘The Pearl of the North.’
Servicios Aéreos Litoral and Aerovías de Poniente were merged in 1996, under the name of Aerolitoral
These feeder airlines (with the same livery) were operated as a commuter fleet and grew to operate 29 aircraft, a mix of Fairchild Metro III and Fairchild 23s, by 1995. Then, in 1997, to cover increasing demand, the company chose to invest in Saab 340Bs, which offered capacity for up to 34 passengers, compared with the 19 seats offered by the Metroliners and, by 1999, the Aerolitoral fleet had increased to 29 Fairchild Metros and 6 Saab 340Bs.
In the early nineties, Aerolitoral launched services to several US cities but they were soon withdrawn
Although the company had opened some routes to the United States in the early nineties, they didn’t last long, but later -in 1998- with the incorporation of the new SAAB 340s, the company once again hit the US skies, initiating its new incursion into US territory with services to Dallas. The following year, Aerolitoral increased its fleet to 29 x Fairchild Metros and 6 x Saab 340Bs, though it continued to incorporate more SAABs to replace the Metroliners, reaching the figure of 22 SAABs in 2002.
Aerolitoral suffered a huge drop in passenger numbers, like many other airlines, due to the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towerrs in New York City
Due to the domino effect of the 9/11 terrorist attack in the United States in 2001, Aerolitoral had to reduce its fleet size and cancelled several services to the US; then, in 2002, the company finally had to take the decision to lay off many staff including pilots, cabin crew and ground staff. However, by 2003 the airline had begun to recover its passenger numbers, as had other airlines around the world. That same year the remaining Fairchild aircraft were retired.
In 2004, the company once again began a fleet renovation process, this time opting for Embraer aircraft
The company chose to acquire the Embraer ERJ-145 in 2004 to replace the SAAB aircraft, thus increasing its passenger capacity to 50 passengers per aircraft, and once again beginning a fleet renovation process. This time the process was quicker, from 2004 to 2006 the company acquired a total of 23 ERJ-145s and extended its services to cover both Central and Southeast Mexico. Aerolitoral also joined its parent company in establishing a crew base at Mexico City Airport in 2006.
In 2006, the company expanded its services from the north to central and southeastern Mexico
Then, in October 2007, with the arrival of the new Embraer ERJ-190s and a capacity increase to 99 passengers per aircraft, the Aerolitoral name was changed to Aeroméxico Connect and then it really took on the role of serving the parent company, not just as a feeder for its hubs but also complementing specific Aeroméxico services. In addition, to truly associate the commuter airline with the parent company, its ERJ-145s were painted in the livery of the Sky Team alliance, of which Aeroméxico was a founder member.
This airline changed its name from Aeroliteral to Aeroméxico Connect in October, 2017
In 2017, Aeromexico Connect completely phased out its Embraer 175 aircraft, of which it operated 40 units, and is currently operating with Embraer 170s and 190s. In August of 2017, the company FlightSafety International announced that Aeroméxico Connect had acquired its second FlightSafety FS1000 flight simulator which was installed in the airline’s training center at Mexico City Airport.
In 2017, Connect registered an annual increase of 12.8% in its international passenger numbers, representing 2.5% of this niche
Aeromexico Connect, calling itself ‘the Airline of Convenience,’ currently offers 44 national destinations, plus 9 in the United States and 4 in Central America, operating a fleet of 57 Embraer aircraft from its bases in Mexico City, Guadalajara and Monterrey; Culiacan and Hermosillo, for their part, are focus cities for this carrier.
Connect’s participation in the domestic market during 2017 was 17%, placing it #3 on the Top-Ten list
Aeromexico Connect Passenger Numbers
In 2014 the airline transported 6,781,120 passengers in the domestic market and a further 360,439 in the international arena, to give an annual total of 7,141,559 passengers. In 2015, the airline surpassed the 7 million mark in the domestic niche to reach 7,107,970 passengers, whilst in the international niche its total passenger count was 463,149 and thus closed the year with annual growth of 4.8% and 28.5%, in the respective markets.
‘Connect’ transported 19.1% of Mexico’s domestic niche in 2015 and was placed at #3 of the Top Ten
Throughout 2016, this airline surpassed the 7.5-million passenger barrier in the domestic niche, registering a total headcount of 7,520,528 and, in 2017, Connect carried 7,732,204 passengers, thus registering a year-on-year passenger increase of 2.8% and managed to maintain its #3 position on the Top-Ten airlines in the domestic market for both these years.
In 2017, ‘Connect’ upped its passenger count on domestic (2.8%) and international (12.8%) flights
On the international front, the company’s passenger numbers in 2016 were 995,372 meaning it more than doubled the figure for 2015 and, in 2017, the positive trend continued, though on a lesser scale, having transported 1,123,225 passengers on cross-border flights, surpassing the million passenger mark for the first time and registering an annual increase of 12.8%, which translates to a market participation of 2.5% and made it the fourth most important Mexican airline in the international sector.
Aeroméxico Connect carried over a million passengers on cross-border flights for the first time in 2017
Throughout 2018, Grupo Aeroméxico‘s affiliate airline: Aeroméxico Connect, transported a total of 8,256,374** passengers in the domestic niche, thus breaking the 8 million threshold for the first time and upping its annual figure by well over half a million passengers compared with 2017.
Aeroméxico Connect was placed fourth of the 10 Mexican airlines providing scheduled services within the Republic throughout 2018
Regarding international services, Connect registered 1,252,537** passengers on its cross-border flights to increase its annual headcount over 2017 by almost 130,000 and -also- placed it as the 4th most important Mexican airline in this niche, thus elevating its global total to over 9.5 million, or more precisely: 9,508,911** passengers.
In 2018, Aeroméxico Connect registered over 9.5 million passengers for the first time in one year
**Passenger statistics source:
Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC – General Directorate of Civil Aviation)
Aeromexico Connect Bases
Terminal 2 of Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport – in the Mexican capital
The Guadalajara International Airport – in the state of Jalisco
The Monterrey Mariano Escobedo International Airport – in the state of Nuevo León
The Culiacan International Airport – in the state of Sinaloa
The Hermosillo International Airport – in the State of Sonora
Aeromexico Connect Fleet
Aeroméxico Connect Fleet: Average Age: 10.4 yrs. with 57 aircraft @ June 2019
The above average fleet age (and number) was released by Mexico’s DGAC (General Directorate of Civil Aviation).
9 x Embraer ERJ-170* – 76 passengers
47 x Embraer ERJ-190* – 99 passengers (including 11 in Clase Premier)
*Planespotters.net provided the above Aeroméxico Connect fleet data (excluding passenger numbers), to see further details of Aeroméxico Connect’s fleet, visit Planespotters.net (Consulted on Nov. 24, 2019).
Aeromexico Connect Destinations
So as not to repeat information, for details on Aeroméxico Connect destinations, please see: Aeroméxico destinations.
Aeromexico Connect Frequent-Flier Program – Alliances
Aeroméxico Connect Frequent-Flier Program:
Aeroméxico Connect Alliances:
Aeroméxico Connect’s clients, as an affiliate of Aeroméxico, currently enjoy the benefits of the codeshare partnerships with Delta Air Lines, Alaska Airlines, Avianca, LATAM Airlines Group and TACA, to mention but a few. Additionally, as the parent company is a founding Sky Team member, this affiliate airline is linked to the 20 member airlines of this global alliance, which together offer over a thousand destinations. For further details, see our Aeroméxico Frequent Flier Program information.
Aeroméxico Connect On-Board Magazines:
Aire / Accent (First Class) / Gran Plan (Aeroméxico’s vacation package options)
Aeroméxico Connect only provides First Class services on its Embraer EMB-190 aircraft
Aeromexico Connect VIP Lounges
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Aeromexico Connect Contact Information
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