Mexicana de Aviación had a lengthy history that lasted almost nine decades, and, before its collapse in 2010, it was Mexico’s oldest airline. During 89 years of operations, it flew various aircraft types, including the popular Boeing 757-200. All in all, 10 examples of this twin-engine narrowbody served the carrier over the years, according to data provided by ATDB.aero, but where did they end up?
Most of the Boeing 757-200s that flew for Mexicana over the years arrived at the carrier in the mid to late-1990s. December 1996 saw the first pair come onboard, with these ex-ATA Airlines examples bearing the registrations N755MX and N758MX. They were followed just under a year later, in November 1997, by XA-TJC, which joined the carrier from Swedish charter specialists Sunways Airlines.
In 1998, September that year saw two brand-new Boeing 757-200s arrive at Mexicana, with these aircraft being registered consecutively as N762MX and N763MX. Their serial numbers, being 819 and 821 respectively, were also almost consecutive. N762MX also returned to Mexicana for a second stint in August 2008.
In 1999, Mexicana returned to acquiring second-hand 757s, with N764MX arriving in June that year after five years at ATA Airlines, Air Berlin, and Aero Perú. Meanwhile, December 1999 saw XA-TRA come onboard from Germany’s Condor.
The new millennium
Mexicana continued to get its hands on more Boeing 757s as the relentless onslaught of time moved the world, and its commercial aviation industry, into the 21st century. The first arrival of the type in the new millennium saw the 1998-built N380RM join the carrier in September that year. Like N762MX, this aircraft would also go on to spend a second stint at Mexicana, starting in August 2008.
The following year, February 2001 saw the airline receive its final brand-new example of the Boeing 757-200, with this aircraft bearing the registration N765MX. The last 757 delivery of any kind at Mexicana then occurred in May 2002, with N101LF joining the airline from ILFC for a lease that lasted exactly three years.
Two of Mexicana’s 757s served multiple stints at the airline. Photo: Aero Icarus via Flickr
Where did they end up?
Mexicana’s relationship with the Boeing 757-200 wasn’t the longest, lasting (from the first arrival to the last departure) less than 13 years. As such, these aircraft still had a good deal of life in them when they left the carrier, and they flew for a wide variety of carriers afterwards. Eos Airlines was a common destination, with five of the 10 aircraft going there immediately after their Mexican stints.
These five aircraft included the two that returned to Mexicana for second spells at the airline. When these came to an end in 2009, both twinjets ended up joining Nordwind Airlines. Other destinations for the remaining aircraft included Golden International Airlines, Fischer Air Polska, National Airlines, and Primaris Airlines.
Such has been the longevity of the Boeing 757 family that eight of the 10 examples that flew for Mexicana are still active today, with just two in storage. Four are registered to FedEx, with five at DHL partner European Air Transport Leipzig. The only example not to have been converted for cargo usage was N765MX, which is now in storage in Moscow under the Azur Air registration VQ-BQA.
What do you make of Mexicana’s Boeing 757 fleet history? Did you ever fly on one of these aircraft at the carrier? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments!