The Mexican low-cost carrier Viva Aerobus has decided to open up the lower deck compartments of its passenger fleet for freight consignments. Aerocharter, the Mexican agent running stations at all major airports located in the Latin American country, is responsible for marketing the carrier’s capacity.
Viva Aerobus is Aerocharter’s 23rd mandate airline to hand over full management responsibilities for its air freight business to the supplier. The budget carrier is in good company given that household names such as AF-KL-MP, Avianca, China Airlines or Volga-Dnepr have entrusted their capacities to Aerocharter, along with less well-known carriers such as Mexico’s AeroUnion, or Canada-based Flair Airlines who also belong to the agent’s portfolio.
Total cargo support
In the case of Viva Cargo, the freight division of Viva Aerobus, Aerocharter is responsible for the entire shipping process. This includes all services rendered prior to loading pieces on board an aircraft, such as road transportation, security checks or ground handling, and the handing over of the goods to the final consignee or his local agents after the aircraft’s arrival at destination.
The 2006 incepted Mexican no-frills carrier operates a uniform fleet of 37 A320 passenger aircraft, of which 18 are the newest variant: A320neo. Currently, the fast-growing company serves 36 domestic and 11 international destinations, making the airline attractive for the local Mexican freight community.
Pan-Mexican transports come first
At the initial stage, only shipments to be flown on key domestic routes will be accepted. These are services between Cancun, Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Tijuana. According to the carrier, this service will be gradually expanded over a period of approximately three years until it covers the entire network operated by Viva Aerobus, including international destinations.
“Our step into the cargo world is a reaction to the high demand of this industry for efficient, fast and accessible air transportation. At Viva, we are always on the lookout for opportunities that will continue to position us as a key player in all areas of the air sector," states Fernando Estrada, Director of Strategy, Planning and Business Development at Viva Aerobus.
Weight and dimensions are restricted
Freight transports started on January 16th, with the airline only accepting shipments not exceeding a weight of 150 kilograms and with maximum dimensions of 1m x 1m x 1.70m (width / height / length). Soon, Viva Aerobus intends to expand the range of products to be transported, which will include, for example, perishables and other items authorized by the Mexican Federal Civil Aviation Agency.
“We are joining forces with the airline, which has one of the fastest growth rates in different areas and with whom we share fundamental values such as efficiency, discipline and demand. Under this approach, we provide a service that will allow us to grow together," enthuses CEO Luis Ramos Cabrero of agent Aerocharter.
In 2019, Viva Aerobus carried 12+ million passengers on board their A320 fleet, a year-on-year increase of 20%. The average load factor reached remarkable 88%.
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