VivaAerobus is a Mexican airline that offers low-cost flights. First launched in 2006, VivaAerobus is co-owned by the popular Mexican bus company IAMSA and the Ryan family, which owns the Ireland-based Ryanair airlines.
VivaAerobus primarily operates within Mexico and offers flights to both popular and under-served areas. As of April, 2015, it also offers flights from various Mexican cities to Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth and Las Vegas. VivaAerobus flights to Chicago ceased in 2012. In total, this airline offers flights to 25 locations.
VivaAerobus flies mostly Boeing 737-300s, but leases the aircraft. The company plans to shift primarily to Airbus 320-based aircraft and has 45 on order, which is larger than its current fleet. It also has an option for 10 more aircraft, which, combined with its six current Airbus 320s, would bring the fleet total to 61.
Like many discount airlines, VivaAerobus offers fewer in-flight luxuries compared to its larger, more expensive rivals. While meals are generally not served on flights, customers can purchase food en route. In addition, customers can choose between flight packages with prices that vary based on the amount of luggage they intend to bring. People with only carry-on luggage can receive significant discounts compared to the lowest options available on many traditional airlines.