LatinAviation From Ireland, joined Nov 2003, 1276 posts, RR: 16 Posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3165 times:
I wonder if this all Business Class MD-80 product will be similar to what ACES used to operate? And, of course, who will operate them to the US on his behalf, because he cannot operate Venezuelan-registered aircraft to the US.
Aeropostal, a Venezuelan airline owned by a Cuban-born Miamian, plans to expand its service from South Florida, launching its first all-cargo flights and adding passenger routes through affiliated carriers.
Early next year, the airline will add two daily flights to Caracas. At that point, all the Miami-Venezuela flights will operate with MD-82s with all business-class seats but economy fares, said Ramiz, who splits his time between his business in Caracas and his family in Coral Gables.
LatinAviation From Ireland, joined Nov 2003, 1276 posts, RR: 16 Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 3150 times:
That's what I don't understand is who will operate the MD-82s to Miami for them. Falcon doesn't have any and, iirc, does not have them on their certificate. Unless by registering the Costa Rican airline, they transfer the YV registered MD-80s and operate them with Costa Rican registrations to the US.
LatinAviation From Ireland, joined Nov 2003, 1276 posts, RR: 16 Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 3104 times:
By the way, Ramiz hints at this in his interview, but the start of Aeropostal was anything but smooth. He bought those planes and their certificate out of Venezuelan bankruptcy proceedings with the help of US and Israeli investors who thought he was going to re-sell that planes. Ramiz, up until this point, was an airplane trader, not airline manager.
This caused an enormous amount of legal activity... his partners sued him, vice versa. Essentially, Ramiz couldn't enter Venezuela without threat of being jailed for a little over a year. He ran the airline from Miami via one of his advisors in CCS, Saul Montejo.
It all got sorted out in the end, right when they started service to the US. All of this was filed publicly in the US docket system because the US entity that backed Ramiz, Aeron Holdings, and the Israeli's, who incorporated in Jersey, tried to block him and filed everything in a public docket to air some dirty luandry on the deal. Long, to be certain, but excellent reading.
Chiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2003 posts, RR: 17 Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 3041 times:
regarding Alas de Centroamerica, the start is now expected for March 05.
TACAA320, no, there are no Airbusses in the fleet right now.
The expansion of AeroHonduras will start in December, when the second 737 is put into service for Managua-Miami and the DC9 transfered from CCS to TGU to operate SAL and SAN.
Apart of that the first Dornier 328 for the regional operations are expected to arrive in CCS these days to be put in service beginning of December.
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 31803 posts, RR: 72 Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2920 times:
That seems like it will saturate the capacity of MIA CCS route--what with Santa Barb, AA, LAN--are there others too?
This is not saturating capacity. Aeropostal is reducing capacity, by going from Y-configured 727s to C-configured MD80s. They will still offer only two daily MIA-CCS flights. They will offer a total of four daily flights to MIA when you add in the daily MIA-MAR and MIA-VLN flights.
CRAviation From Costa Rica, joined Oct 2004, 48 posts, RR: 0 Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2884 times:
Alas de Centroamerica is already hiring (and has hired pilots) in Costa Rica. Training will start soon for another group of pilots.
It's great to see this happening around Central America and let's see how the entry of this new airline will affect the market prices.
Chiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2003 posts, RR: 17 Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2861 times:
What routes will that a/c be used on? is it the turboprop or the jet model?
We had that on a previous post. There will be 12 turboprops service amongst others:
and some interciudades and internationals from MAR.
Hopefully they also consider someting like MAR-BOG !
Chiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2003 posts, RR: 17 Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 2824 times:
I guess Santa Barbara was starting to catch up on them!
I would not say that. Santa Barbara is operating about 2 Cessna Caravan, 3 or 4 ATR42, one 727, one or two DC10 and one 757.
Aeropostal has 18 DC9, 4 MD83 and 2 727. That´s a difference. Wtih 12 Dornier and some more surprises to come, the gap will even grow.
Chiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2003 posts, RR: 17 Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 2807 times:
Here you are definitely right ! I would also prefer a 757 ! And I am not sure if the decision to use a C-config is a good one. Aeropostal is not known as good C-airline up to now. It looks more like a desperate step to me.
Luisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2522 posts, RR: 32 Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2767 times:
I'm flying to BOS on Feb. I was going to fly CCS-MIA on SB and then FLL-BOS on US. Now i'll fly CCS-MIA on VH. I've heard that SB's coach class gets really crowed and there's little legroom, so if VH offers my a business class product paying coach fare, I will definetely fly them.
Chiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2003 posts, RR: 17 Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2747 times:
I am afraid you might be too fast. I doubt that VH will already offer that product in February. Everything they do needs a lot of time, Just remember the regional plans. It´s now about two years (!!) ago that Ramiz said he will serve regional routes with Saab aircraft. If we are lucky this happens now in winter season with Dornier328. You know, seeing is believing ! They are talking to go to Europe since... it´s soooo long ago, I even don´t remember.
But one thing is for sure...you will probably have a lot of space when flying VH to MIA, no matter if in Y or C ! Just let me know the date, I will get you a good seat...