Great news for Bostonians. AeroMexico has begun a nonstop flight to Mexico City four times per week.
With departures at a very civilized hour, New Englanders can escape the frigid temperatures and within six hours are in Mexico’s capital. Formerly known solely as Distrito Federal (Mexico D.F.), the entire sprawl including the D.F. is officially called Mexico City although it is still quite trendy to say D.F. Of course that’s what I’ve been calling it all the time.
AeroMexico has elected to leave its super Boeing 737-800 airplane on the JFK route and instead offers a pretty old and tired product to Bostonians. I was in First class, if you can call it that. The ticket was not that expensive…and it showed. By the time that the disinterested flight attendant had reached the third row of first class seats, the hot meal was not available. So it was all down to a yoghurt, soggy croissants and dreary fruit with cornflakes! God knows what was going on behind in the economy seats but I bet sensible people in the back had stocked up before the flight. I foolishly thought there would be something awful, but passable, and made an Airplane 101 mistake. It’s a simple rule of thumb really and I preach it all of the time. But goddamnit I forgot! Never, under any circumstances, eat the food on an airplane unless you are so desperately hungry that you would contemplate eating an old sock.
The video situation was no better. There were countless reruns of old TV shows that had long left our orbit to be sent to some other part of the world for regurgitation (including AeroMexico!). But I jest as I was so happy to have a nonstop at my disposal on my doorstep to one of my favorite destinations. I’ll take a bad seat, a tired meal, and a very disinterested flight attendant over many, many connections any day.
There is good news out there for international travel. The RyanAir, Southwest airline, Easy Jet model has moved into long haul. You get food of course, but instead of departing from a major hub like Boston, you fly from Providence and the price difference on a transatlantic flight to Germany can be over $1000.
No way! Yes!
And here’s the deal. If you think airlines you’ve never heard of, like Condor, are going to force British Airways or Lufthansa to change their fare structure, think again. The big guys are figuring that you don’t want to fly from an airport that’s 30 miles from where you originally wanted to fly to, even for bargain travel. And the chances are that you didn’t check the routing thoroughly enough on Expedia. If you want to fly from Boston to Frankfurt, that’s what you’re going to get, prices from Boston to Frankfurt. So you’ve got to be smart and outsmart the technology, which is going to auto-populate and drive you to the bigger hubs.
Furthermore, business class is cheap on these airlines; baggage fees are waived and the booze is still free. So drink up, enjoy the Euro and look for Condor expanding beyond Seattle, Las Vegas, Ft. Lauderdale and Baltimore. And in case you’re looking for nonstop from New York, Chicago or LA on second-tier airlines – good luck, you’re not going to find them. Happy Travels! Oh, and guess what, the secret’s out Condor is actually owned by Lufthansa.