The future of NAIM remains up in the air, with the public consultation to address the project promised by President-Elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) continues to approach. Think-tank CEESP, the Ministry for Tourism and two trade associations (CMIC and CNEC) raised their voices in favor of keeping NAIM and not having a public consultation on the matter. The consultation is not legally binding as AMLO will not be President at the time it is carried out (the end of October) and because it does not meet the requirements laid out by Mexican law.
In other news, Singapore Airlines received its first A350-900ULR, which will be used for direct flights between Singapore and New York City. This is the longest direct flight in existence and will last 18 hours and 45 minutes. Bombardier also delivered the first high-density Q400 turboprop to Spice Jet. Emirates cancelled its plans to connect Dubai and Mexico City via Barcelona but Aeroméxico stepped in and announced its plans to cover the Mexico City-Barcelona route.
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More Organizations Back NAIM
The CEESP think-tank said continuing with the NAIM project would be a key success for the new federal administration.
The Mexican Chamber of Consulting Companies (CNEC) warned the next Minister of Communications and Transport (SCT) that cancelling NAIM would be seen as a bad omen for the international markets.
The Mexican Chamber of the Construction Industry (CMIC) also suggested keeping NAIM and recommended thorough audits that make the project more transparent.
Enrique de la Madrid, head of Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism, said the public consultation on NAIM is unnecessary as it is a highly technical matter.
New Aircraft, Routes, M&As
Singapore Airlines took delivery of its first Airbus A350-900ULR. The airline will use it to operate the longest direct commercial flight route in existence.
Emirates considers making an offer to purchase Etihad and create the largest airline in existence.
Mexico’s Aviation Thrust
Emirates dropped its plans to connect Mexico City with Dubai via Barcelona after being informed that it could not operate a daily service.
Aeromexico to fly the Barcelona-Mexico City route after Emirates cancelled its Mexico plans.
Mexican airlines have transported over 10 million international passengers between January and August 2018.
AICM requires adaptations to handle large aircraft, says Luciano Pérez of the Mexican College of Aeronautic Engineers (CIMA).
IATA has presented its forecasts for the global aviation industry toward 2035. One of the scenarios projects a resource-oriented war between Mexico and the US.
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