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López Obrador says no deal for Mexicana de Aviación but new state-owned airline to operate by end of year

Mexico City, Mexico — A new airline registered by the Ministry of National Defense (Sedena) will begin operations in December of this year, announced President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

During his Wednesday morning press conference, López Obrador said the Government of Mexico will not be purchasing Mexicana de Aviación due to the lack of consensus among workers regarding the purchase of the brand.

He explained that a group of 200 people out of the 6,000 registered filed appeals which prevented the federation from acquiring the brand.

However, Sedena has since registered the name Maya as its new airline name. Last month, the federal government started the trademark registration of Aerolínea Maya.

According to information from the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI), the name is being processed by the military company Grupo Airport, Railway, Auxiliary and Related Services, Olmeca-Maya-Mexica SA de CV.

IMPI shows 10 trademark registrations related to Maya Airlines, each with a different logo that has been proposed by the military-run parastatal.

According to the trademark registration file, the request to register the brand and logos of the new company occurred on June 6, one day after President Andrés Manuel López Obrador made public his intention to extend the purchase offer to Mexicana de Aviación for another 30 days.

The INPI indicates that the activities for which the Aerolínea Maya brand has been registered correspond to advertising, management, organization and administration of commercial businesses, office work, marketing of promotional products, packaging and storage of merchandise as well as travel organization.

In December, López Obrador began talks with Boeing in hopes of leasing planes for his new state-owned airline. During his Wednesday press conference, AMLO did not provide details on the name of his new state-owned airline, only that it would be operational in December.