It was a busy week for aviation and aerospace both in Mexico and globally. Investment projects for Mexico, new aircraft by the key OEMs and demand projections were presented in the 2018 Farnborough Airshow. The Queretaro government was active during the airshow. Governor Pancho Domínguez announced Airbus will open a helicopter maintenance center in the state, to attract EUR€25 million in aerospace investments and the creation of an additive-manufacturing consortium in Queretaro by GE.

Airport groups OMA and ASA show a continuous growth for the Mexican aviation industry in terms of passenger traffic in their half-year results. According to Global Air, owner of the Boeing 737-200 operated by Cubana de Aviación that crashed in Cuba and caused the death of 112 people was due to a human error. Mexico’s Ministry of Defense recommissioned two Northtrop F5 supersonic fighter jets and the formula to pay 8,000 disenfranchised workers of disappeared Mexican flag carrier Mexicana de Aviación their settlements has been defined.

Fasten your seatbelt and put your tray table in a vertical position; this is the week in aviation!

Mexico’s Aviation Thrust

According to Global Air, the Cubana de Aviación plane crash that killed 112 in May was due to human error.

Formula to pay workers of disappeared Mexican carrier Mexicana has been defined. The first payment agreement amounts to 5 percent of what the defunct carrier owes its 8,000 former collaborators.

Interjet and Lufthansa sign collaboration agreement for Lufthansa’s passengers to be able to purchase tickets to any of Interjet’s destinations directly.

ASA increased its passenger traffic by 11.6 percent in 1H18. At the same time, VivaAerobus, Volaris and Aeroméxico reportedly added to OMA’s 10-percent traffic growth in 1H18.

The Ministry of Defense recommissions two Northtrop F5 supersonic fighter jets.

Mexico, Present in Farnborough Airshow 2018

Present in Farnborough, the government of the state of Queretaro announced it has its eyes on aeronautic investment projects worth EUR€25 million by UMI Manufactura and Lauak.

Airbus announced a new helicopter maintenance center will be opened in Queretaro.

General Electric projects the creation of the first additive manufacturing consortium in Latin America, which will be located in Queretaro.

Esterline announced a MX$288.7 million investment in Tijuana, Baja California to expand its factory to produce electronics and sensors for aircraft.

Representatives of the Nuevo Leon state government went to Farnborough to position the state as an attractive destination for aerospace investments.

Lufthansa by Alex Steffler. CC BY-NC 2.0

High Forecasts, New Aircraft

Embraer forecasts a global demand for 10,550 new aircraft in the next 20 years. Boeing’s forecast was higher, as the US planemaker projects a demand for 41,730 aircraft for the same period.

Several aircraft projects were presented in the Farnborough Air Fest 2018. Rolls-Royce presented its aerial taxi project that will be in operation by 2020. At the same time, Airbus launched its solar drone Zephir, which works like a regular satellite.

Beluga by Resolingaire. CC0

The Airbus Beluga XL finishes its maiden flight in Toulouse as part of its flight-test program.


Orders and deliveries

United Airlines purchased 25 E175s from Embraer.

Boeing lands a US$3.9 billion deal with the White House for two new Air Force One aircraft. The US planemaker also signed an agreement with VietJet to supply 100 737s to the Vietnamese carrier.


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