MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32628 posts, RR: 72 Posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2650 times:
Aero Continente is asking the Peruvian government to revoke LanPeru's operating license. They claim that LanPeru is not a Peruvian national carrier and is exploiting Peru's international and domestic market. The only article I have found about the subject is in Spanish, from Miami's El Nuevo Herald:
Aero Continente denuncia a Lan Perú
LIMA - La aerolínea local Aero Continente denunció el jueves a su competidora Lan Perú, subsidiaria de Lan Chile, por supuestamente incumplir una serie de disposiciones sobre la participación de capital y personal de este país que debe tener una aerolínea para ser considerada peruana.
Aero Continente pidió al Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones que revoque el permiso de operación de Lan Perú.
La denuncia, presentada por la presidenta de Aero Continente, Lupe Zevallos, indica que Lan Perú "se convierte en la práctica en sólo una fachada formal de la empresa extranjera Lan Chile, para la explotación de rutas nacionales e internacionales".
WGW2707 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1197 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2623 times:
Interesting. However, LanPeru is probably safer and more reliable than AeroContinente, which I have heard bad things about. LanChile is one of the greatest airlines in the world, and certainly is fit to operate a Peruvian carrier as well.
What is really unfortunate is that Peru does not have a "true" flag carrier, as AeroPeru went out of business some time ago. I think allowing LanPeru to operate is for the time being Peru's best way to ensure world class air service.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 32628 posts, RR: 72
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2559 times:
Thats bull. I've flown LAN Peru before and certainly they are a great airline. Personally, i would choose them over AeroContinente.
I think they are jealous of LP's success and are resorting to dirty tactics to get rid of LP.
Agreed. It is ridiculous. Plus, the Peruvian government, I'm sure, would much rather see Aero Continente gone than LanPeru. LanPeru provides Lima with reliable air service on modern aircraft to destinations throughout the Americas, and offers a lot of connecting oppurtunities through the oneWorld Alliance.
Aero Continente, on the other hand, while cheap and safe, is known for unreliable service and flies an aging fleet, with thier routes and destinations changing monthly. They don't even fly thier Miami flights non-stop most of the week, choosing to stop in Guayaquil four days out of seven.
Letit From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2559 times:
I flew Aero Continente over LAN Peru, but only for a last chance to fly 727-100s and F28s!
It certainly seemed as though LAN Peru were taking a lot of business away from Aero Continente, the travel agency in the UK I booked with uses them now where at all possible. It was interesting to see the '100% Peruvian' markings on the Aero Continente planes, at the check-in desks, etc.
LatinAviation From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1276 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2476 times:
Aero Continente, at least its senior management, has a greater issue to deal with:
Peru Airline Exec Downplays Order Barring Him From US
LIMA (AP)--The founder of Peru's largest airline, suspected by U.S. officials of links to narcotics trafficking, said Wednesday the decision to bar his entry into the U.S. stems from a mere legal technicality.
Fernando Zevallos, one-time owner and now "corporate adviser" of Aero Continente, said in a statement faxed to The Associated Press that his U.S. residency came under review because he has lived in Peru for more than a year and has failed to return to the U.S. at least once every six months.
He said he planned to meet with the chief U.S. consul in Peru in the coming days to clear up the matter.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a branch of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, on Tuesday distributed a memo to international airlines saying Zevallos' eligibility for continued U.S. residency was under review.
The memo directed the airlines not to fly Zevallos to the U.S. and warned that "failure to comply" with the order "could result in fines, penalties, and even seizure of the aircraft involved."
"If a green card holder is absent from the United States continuously for one year or more he is considered to have abandoned his status," said a U.S. Embassy spokesman. He said he couldn't comment directly on whether the one-year travel restriction was the reason for barring Zevallos' re-entry into the U.S.
Asked if such a situation would normally provoke U.S. immigration officials to take such drastic measures, the spokesman replied, "I think in general it's highly unlikely that abandonment of status would prompt such a reaction."
The spokesman added that Zevallos is now under investigation by the Lima Superior Court for alleged involvement in a 3.3-ton shipment of cocaine that was seized in January 1995 in the northern coastal city of Piura.
Zevallos, who denies involvement with the drug trade, said he has held U.S. residency since 1992. He transferred his majority stake in Aero Continente to his sister in 1995 and moved to Miami full-time after a Peruvian drug kingpin alleged he had loaned him $1.5 million to launch the airline.
Zevallos returned to Peru in 2001 to face charges of complicity with narcotics traffickers, but that case was thrown out for lack of evidence.
In January 2002, a leaked DEA document published in the respected Lima daily El Comercio, described Zevallos as "a large-scale drug trafficker since the beginning of the 1980s" and said he was the subject of more than 30 DEA investigations.
Mexicana757 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 3033 posts, RR: 29
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2425 times:
Hmmm very interesting article. I wonder what Aero Continente CEO has to say about this article, linking its founder to drug traffic. Can the Peru government ground Aero Continente if it finds that money from drugs was used to start up the airline??
Back to the subject. I agree with you guys, Aero Continente is just jealous that Lan Peru is taking their passengers away. I think more people around the world know more about the LAN services than Aero Continente.
Kind of stupid to bring up the issue that most of the staff is Chilean, the airplanes have Chilean registrations and the investments being 70% Chilean.
My question is, why is'nt Aero Continente going after Taca Peru? After all the airplanes foreign registrations and most of the investment comes from another country (or countries).
I think Aero Continente is scared that Lan Peru is a success and is growing. Lan Peru is a big threat to their existance.