In February 1929, after eight years of operation, Pan Am CEO Juan Trippe took over Mexicana and opened the carrier’s first international route from its base in Mexico City to Brownsville, Texas via Tuxpan and Tampico.
The first flight drew a crowd not only for its famous pilot but for its new airplane. It was piloted by Charles Lindbergh, shown here in the cockpit of the three-engined, nine-passenger Ford Trimotor, built in 1927. This was an historic day as this Ford Trimotor 4-AT, serial number 10, made the first commercial flight between Mexico City and the US. It also later flew the first commercial flight over the Canadian Rockies. Not only was it flown by Lindbergh, but Amelia Earhart also flew this particular Trimotor.
Mexicana was 89 years old when it ceased operations on Aug. 28, 2010 after filing for bankruptcy.