INTERNATIONAL. Duty Free World has been granted the full service duty free concessions onboard AeroMéxico and Brazilian carrier TAM Airlines, The Moodie Report can reveal.

The Miami-based concessionaire confirmed the AeroMéxico agreement to The Moodie Report and while it declined to comment on the TAM contract, we understand reliably from notifications sent to the vendor community that the deal has been concluded.

Both are five-year agreements, starting 1 June.

The ambitious mother and daughter team of Mayra Del Valle (right) and Leylani Cardoso

TAM Airlines is reputed to be the Southern Hemisphere’s busiest airline (in terms of passengers enplaned and flights operated). Based in São Paulo, it operates scheduled international services to Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, the US, the UK, France, Spain, Italy and Germany.

Duty Free World is already well-established in Brazil through its contracts with fellow (and soon to be merged) airlines Varig and Gol.

Commenting on the the AeroMéxico agreement, Duty Free World President and CEO Mayra Del Valle told The Moodie Report: “The Mexican passengers are big shoppers. We expect a big success with this contract.”

Duty Free World Chief Operating Officer and Vice President Leylani Cardoso added: “This is a really excellent market for us – the Mexican passenger is phenomenal.”

From a single account in 1995, Duty Free World has built a powerful international inflight concession business

Aerovías de México (AeroMéxico) is based in Mexico City, Mexico. It operates scheduled international services to Asia, Canada, Central America, Europe, South America and the US. AeroMéxico is the only Latin American airline that flies to Asia, and was the only Mexican carrier with scheduled services to Europe until Mexicana initiated its London Gatwick service earlier this year.

Mayra Del Valle started Duty Free World in 1995 with a single account. Today the company ( has over a dozen concessions, including United Airlines, US Airways and Iberia. Her daughter, Leylani Cardoso, joined the business in 1999.



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