XA-FUV was one of the six DC-3s transferred from United to LAMSA. She was originally delivered to United Airlines in November 1940 as NC25617 ‘Mainliner Youngstown’. She served with United until June 1946. Renamed ‘Ciudad de Chihuahua’ she served with LAMSA until they were merged into Aeronaves De México. She continued in service with them until at least 1967 and was at some point reregistered as XB-JBR. She survived until the 21st May 2002 when she was written off in an accident at Lake Casa Blanca, Texas. Below she can be seen in Aeronaves De México 1960s colours.
In October 1953, Aeronaves de México purchased Aerovias Reforma (see above timetable) to further serve the Pacific coast. Four new Convair 340s were ordered to replace some of the DC-3s. They joined the fleet in April 1954 as XA-KIL-KIN and XA-KOU. Further fleet upgrades occurred in February 1957 when a pair of Lockheed L-049 Constellations were leased from Pan Am and became XA-MAG/H. They replaced the C-54s on the Mexico City-Guadalajara-Tijuana service, but Aeronaves had its eye on longer routes and before the year was out would be an international airline. This is what we'll investigate in part 2.
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