On Wednesday, November 1 at 7:57 p.m., the inaugural Aeroméxico flight from Mexico City to Seattle touched down eight minutes ahead of schedule. After a brief taxi, the Boeing 737-800 lined up for the traditional water cannon salute, courtesy of the Port of Seattle Fire Department.
“Seattle was the largest North American market without nonstop service to Mexico City,” said Port of Seattle Commissioner Stephanie Bowman. “Mexico City is an important gateway to Mexico and Latin America, and Sea-Tac provides numerous regional connections to cities throughout the Pacific Northwest.”
Aeromexico is the sixth new international carrier to inaugurate service at Sea-Tac in the last 18 months. Mexico City is now the airport’s 25th nonstop international destination.
Dondisch said there will be benefits for businesses on both sides of the border. “Having a direct flight between one of the most important tech hubs in the world right now, which is Seattle, and one of the most innovating cities in the world, which is Mexico City, will simply allow us to strengthen those dimensions to allow business people to travel more, be more directly engaged in getting businesses from Mexico and from Washington state and Seattle on a stronger footing, and to find new opportunities to grow trade and to grow investments.”
There were no festivities at the gate; just a few balloons at code-share partner Delta’s check-in counter marked the service launch. Sometimes, airlines are all business.