Crazy Footage Of A Plane Missing The Runway On Landing. By A Lot.


Some insane footage has emerged of an Aeromexico Connect Embraer 145 coming in for landing and missing the runway by a long shot. In the video you can see the plane making several turns on approach, including on short final. The video is shot by a passenger, so you know it’s a crazy landing when the passengers can see the runway next to them during a go around.

Here’s the video:

Ultimately we don’t know what happened here, so I don’t want to judge the circumstances. I’ve experienced several go arounds over the years, including some in situations of low visibility. It’s a strange feeling when you’re doing a go around and realize you were in no way lined up with the runway.

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MORE Great Business Class Fares: LAX To Buenos Aires For $2,200


It has been something of a big news day for relatively affordable roundtrip business class airfares to typically expensive destinations. Earlier today I posted about a fairly amazing ~$2,100 airfare from Los Angeles to Nairobi on SkyTeam carriers, and now I’m highlighting another good value fare that’s probably not going to be around too long.

I’m seeing business class roundtrips between Los Angeles and Buenos Aires starting at around $2,192, on both Aeromexico (with one stop in Mexico City, and the possibility of lie-flat equipped aircraft on both the LAX-MEX and MEX-EZE legs) and Avianca, with two stops in Bogota and Lima (and a lie-flat bed only on the LAX-BOG portion of the journey).

This in and of itself isn’t jaw-dropping — I’ve seen similar fares come and go — but what is great about this fare is that it’s valid through the end of schedule, meaning you can book trips to Argentina over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, when airfare is typically outrageous (and capacity typically limited).

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TERRIFYING: Video Of A Snake On An Aeromexico Flight


I’m terrified of snakes. TERRIFIED of them. So I think I’ve finally found my personal nightmare. A snake was found inflight on yesterday’s Aeromexico 231, operating from Torreón to Mexico City using an Embraer 190. I’d do more research about the type of snake, etc., but the thought of this story just makes me nearly throw up, so I’ll just leave you guys with the video.

Here’s what the passenger who caught the snake had to say, per Express:

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Aeromexico Launches A Donald Trump-Themed Fare Sale


In late May I wrote about how Aeromexico unveiled an ad called “Fronteras/Borders,” which (not so?) subtly takes aim at Donald Trump. At first the ad feels more like a PSA, until it’s finally revealed that Aeromexico is behind it.

Well, it seems the airline isn’t done with Trump just yet, and is capitalizing on the current presidential campaign for their latest fare sale. For better or worse, Aeromexico seems to be channeling Spirit Airlines with this latest fare sale, called “Bad Hombres, Great Deals!”

Of course they’re referring to Trump’s “bad hombres” quote (or what really sounded like “bad hambres”) from the third presidential debate:

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Aeromexico Is Introducing A New Business Class Product


A few months ago I had the chance to fly Aeromexico’s 787 business class from Madrid to Mexico City, and then connected on the same plane from Mexico City to Los Angeles.

Aeromexico’s 787-8 business class product consists of B/E Aerospace Diamond seats, which are the same you’ll find in American’s A321 business class, Qatar Airways’ A320 business class, Air China’s 777 business class, United’s 787 business class, Saudia’s 777 business class, etc.

These seats are fully flat and in a 2-2-2 configuration. This certainly represents a huge improvement over their 777 business class product, which consists of angled seats. However, this still isn’t exactly a cutting edge product, given that there’s not direct aisle access from every seat.

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Review: Aeromexico 787 Business Class Tijuana to Mexico City


As the Aeromexico lounge was so depressing, we decided to head to the gate early.

Which was a good decision, because holy cow the gate area was a cluster.

Let’s zoom in on the Sky Priority queue…

Before we get into details, keep in mind that this was a domestic flight. And not a long one. The flight distance is similar going from Tijuana to Mexico City as it would be from San Diego to Dallas, and I think that’s an important perspective.

I had hoped to board early to take photos of the mini-cabin (where we were to be seated), but that obviously didn’t happen, and many of the other passengers were already seated by the time we boarded. Check out Ben’s recent Aeromexico reports for more photos of the cabin interior.

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Review: Aeromexico Salon Premier Tijuana


The Aeromexico Salon Premier Tijuana is quite possibly the worst lounge ever to be reviewed on One Mile at a Time. Now, there’s some tough competition for this title, but I’m feeling pretty confident.

The Priority Pass lounge in Catania, Sicily is pretty rough, but it was closed both times Ben tried to access it:

There are an assortment of mediocre domestic lounges in Malaysia, but I guess I never wrote about that trip:

And the disastrous lounge situation in Cairo is never going to make it on any of Ben’s lists of Best Business Class Lounges:

There’s also nearly every lounge in China (particularly the No. 6 and No. 7 First Class VIP Lounges in Changsha):

However those lounges at least have the value of being entertaining, with A++ people-watching, or other foibles.

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Using The Cross Border Xpress


I wrote about the new Tijuana Airport Cross Border Xpress when it first opened, but this trip was my first opportunity to use the new terminal.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, the CBX is basically a small facility on the San Diego-Tijuana border. You can park (or be dropped off) in San Diego, enter the terminal, get your boarding pass, and then walk across a dedicated bridge right into the Tijuana Airport.

It was pretty awesome.

We live near the San Diego airport, and budgeted thirty minutes in case of traffic. It only took twenty minutes to reach the CBX facility.

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Introduction: Mexico City, Really?


“Mexico City, really?”

That was the universal response from anyone I mentioned this trip to. Like, in the same tone of voice as if I’d suggested a relaxing weekend in Damascus. I’ve been to some sketchy places without anyone batting an eye, but Mexico — well.

Which might be a sign that my non-travel friends and family need to get out more, but Mexico City is not the trendiest of destinations right now, apparently.

The intrepid Andrew B. and I, however, have been talking about visiting Mexico City since last August or so. Neither of us had been, nor did we really know anyone who had spent time there, which made it extra intriguing (although in an interesting quirk of timing, half my Instagram feed seemed to visit around the same time).

It ended up being a fabulous trip — possibly the best I’ve taken in years, and I can’t believe I hadn’t been previously.

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Free Status Match To SkyTeam Elite Plus


At the moment Aeromexico’s Club Premier frequent flyer program is offering status matches to those who hold status with other airlines.

To request a status match, fill out the Aeromexico status match form, which will ask you for some personal information, along with pictures of the membership card and mileage statements for the program from which you’re matching, as well as a copy of your ID (presumably to avoid fraudulent matches).

Aeromexico will match you to the following tiers in the Club Premier program, based on your status with a competitor:

Matched status is valid for six months, and if you earn 40% of the mileage required to requalify, your status will be renewed.

The benefits of Aeromexico’s elite program as such are quite limited. Platinum members receive complimentary upgrades, though only on full fare, or close to full fare, tickets. In most cases you could just outright pay for a discounted business class ticket at a lower cost. So personally I doubt many will find it to be especially valuable in that regard, unless you’re a frequent flyer on Aeromexico.

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Aeromexico Subtly Takes Aim At Donald Trump In Latest Ad


Aeromexico recently unveiled a brilliant ad, which I just saw for the first time. It’s called “Fronteras” (“borders” in Spanish), and is brilliant. The fact that it’s an Aeromexico ad isn’t revealed until the last few seconds, but rather the entire ad talks about borders, social issues, etc. Per AdWeek:

“At first, it feels like a social-issues PSA, with moody footage of traffic jams, military parades, riots and even a grade-school bathroom ‘swirly’ tossed in for good measure. Actually, it’s a commercial for a leading brand in Mexico, whose identity isn’t revealed until the final seconds of the riveting minute-long ad.

The copy even touches on issues of intolerance toward others’ religions or sexual orientation, decrying the fact that we wall ourselves off from others—or worse, engage in abuse and discrimination—simply because ‘someone didn’t want anything to do with someone next door.'”

Here’s the ad:

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Review: Aeromexico 787 Business Class Mexico City to Los Angeles

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I wasn’t able to get good pictures of the business class cabin on the last flight, partly because it was a nighttime flight, and partly because all business class passengers seemed to board at once, due to delayed boarding.

So on this sector I was the first to board the plane (by at least a minute), and as I entered I smiled at the flight attendant at the door and said “hi, is there any chance I could just grab a few pictures of the business class cabin?”

She responded “how about you just take pictures of your seat?”

Alrighty then…

So I didn’t actually get to take a picture of the mini cabin, unfortunately. Speaking of which, I was supposed to sit in the mini cabin, but I screwed up my seat assignment on this flight. I had originally selected seat 6J, the window seat in the mini cabin. When I checked in online I saw that the seat next to me was taken, while the forward cabin was almost completely empty. So I switched to 4J. As it turned out, by the time they accommodated non-rev passengers, the business class cabin was full, and I also realized that 4J is missing a window. So I ended up still having a seatmate, except I moved myself into a worse seat. My mistake…

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Review: Aeromexico Lounge Mexico City Airport

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I deplaned at around 5:40AM, leaving me a bit over four hours before my connection to Los Angeles.

I proceeded down the arrivals hall, following the signage towards connecting flights.

On my flight from Madrid, the crew explained I’d have to clear immigration in Mexico City, which surprised me, since I figured I’d be able to make an airside transit. Well, sure enough they were right, and within a few minutes I found myself in a long immigration queue which seemed to move at a snail’s pace.

I know Americans are perhaps overly sensitive when it comes to wanting personal space, but I was especially frustrated that the person behind me was standing so close that I could feel him breathing on my neck. Eventually I managed to put my weekender bag around my shoulder in such a way that I at least had a few extra inches of forced separation.

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Review: Aeromexico 787 Business Class Madrid To Mexico City

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I boarded through door L2, where I was greeted by one of the business class flight attendants and pointed to the far aisle and left, where my seat was located.

Aeromexico’s 787 business class has B/E Aerospace Diamond seats, which are the same you’ll find in American’s A321 business class, Qatar Airways’ A320 business class, Air China’s 777 business class, etc.

The forward business class cabin consisted of a total of 24 seats, spread across four rows in a 2-2-2 configuration. Then there was a further mini-cabin behind the main entry door, consisting of a total of eight seats (six seats in one row, and then a center section with two more seats).

I selected seat 4F, which was the right aisle seat in the center section of the last row of the forward cabin. Given that this was a redeye flight with no views, I figured I was best off selecting a seat in the center section, so no one would have to climb over me to use the restroom. Furthermore, I prefer sitting towards the back of the cabin, so I can observe the overall flow of service.

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