TAESA (Transportes Aéreos Ejecutivos) Lineas Aéreas was begun in April 1988 operating executive jets and began scheduled passenger operations in 1989. It was the brainchild of the then 36 year old pilot Alberto Abed and the powerful Mexican industrialist Carlos Hank Rhon as a vehicle to create a competitor to the duopoly of Mexicana and Aeromexico in the newly deregulated Mexican market. It grew quickly but the 90s would prove a rocky time for airlines in Mexico.
By 1992 TAESA was Mexico's third largest airline and operated 22 Boeing aircraft as well as a large fleet of executive jets. As well as absorbing La Tur’s operations in early 1992 it had also taken over another small start-up, Aviación del Noroeste, in 1990 and though the airline’s ATR-42s had been absorbed by TAESA it continued to operate separately with a single 737.
Left: TAESA's 727-100 fleet