Tango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3726 posts, RR: 31 Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4057 times:
Quoting MANTEC (Reply 7): I believe that the now defunct VIASA did have a 747 but I can't remember if it was PAX or freight
The 747 pictured in VIASA colors was operated on lease from World Airways on a seasonal basis for a number of years. Although VIASA operated N749WA (registration was retained during the lease) in all-pax configuration during peak seasons, the aircraft was a highly versatile -273C version which could be configured as all-pax as used by VIASA, combination pax/cargo with pallets carried on the main deck of the rear fuselage, or in all-cargo. Cargo pallets/containers could be loaded through a main deck cargo door on the port side of the aft fuselage as well as straight-in through the nose, which swung up for loading.
Waterpolodan From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1649 posts, RR: 5 Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 4042 times:
Interesting thing to note, the middle picture of the avianca 747 landing in miami features the same Delta aircraft in the background that was the center of a pretty long thread debating whether it was a 707, a convair, or a DC8 from a few months back...
Kavanagh From Chile, joined Nov 2000, 127 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3963 times:
So, actually only AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS SOUTHERN WINDS and SURINAM AIRWAYS operates the 747 in LATIN AMERICA (OK FOR THOSE WHO ARE SENSITIVE: I MEAN FROM MEXICO TO THE SOUTH, INCLUDING THE CARIBBEAN, CENTRAL AMERICA AND SOUTH AMERICA)
thanks for the others posts
MANTEC From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 57 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 3739 times:
Thank you Pipo777 and Tango- Bravo for the information. I flew with Viasa a couple of times and was saddened to learn that they are no longer in business.
I just hope that Avensa and Aeropostal continue the good service for Venezuelan aviation
LVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 44 Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3481 times:
AV was the first LatAm airline to operate the 747, -100 and -200 variants, but they left the fleet 15-20 years ago if I'm not mistaken, and I think they totalled 3 or 4.
RG operated 3 -200s, diverted from a Libyan Arab order in 1985, followed by 5 -300s (2 were Combis) and for a bried period in the early '90s, 3 -400s, which are now operating for Garuda and Air New Zealand if I'm not mistaken.
LA leased in Aer Lingus's EI-BED for a very brief period in the '80s, a -100 variant. A few years ago, I was almost certain I'd seen a picture of a LAN -400 (in the '80s colours), but it could well have been a fake.
Surinam Airways did indeed lease an ex-KLM 747-300 last year, PH-BUW if I´m not mistaken, which has since become PZ-TCM.
However, AR remains the longest serving 747 operator in Latin America, having introduced the type in 1976/7. A total of 10 -200s, 1 -SP and 2 -400s have flown for AR, of which 3 -200s and 2 -400s remain, with another 2 -400s on order for the middle of the year. It's nice to see that, in spite of all Argentina's economic turbulence of recent decades, the Jumbo is on the verge of completing 3 decades of faithful and uninterrupted service in Argentina.
Another milestone achieved by Argentina last Christmas was in becoming the first and thus far only Latin American country to boast 2 747 operators, when A4 took delivery of theirs. Sadly though, the future of this duality looks uncertain, with A4 in serious trouble over the cocaine "shipment", cancelling flights and with all further 747 deliveries on hold. Nonetheless, I was able to catch a flight on this smart looking Classic from MAD-EZE last week, and on my birthday at that.
Luisde8cd From Venezuela, joined Aug 2004, 2517 posts, RR: 34 Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3358 times:
Quoting Pipo777 (Reply 21): Like Monteycarlos said, it was VIASA the first LatAm airline to operate the 747...VIASA started operating the 747 in April of 1972, they dry-leased the aircraft from KLM and was named "The Orinoco"
Woah, that's just 3 years after the 747s launch! Oh man those were the times when Venezuela was so prosperous I wish I could've lived those years. People flying to Miami just to do their groceries....
Viasa we miss you!. Good times will return after Chavez is gone!
Orion737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3315 times:
Is the largest aircraft in the Avianca fleet the 762? Surely the national airline of the densley populated Columbia can support a larger type. Routes to Madrid for instance could surley support a 777 or even 747?
25 Bogota: The largest aircraft in AV is the 763, but due to the altitude of BOG the 762 is the one capable on doing non-stop operation to Europe. Larger aircraf
26 Bongo: Avianca had more than 4. Here's some of their regs: HK-2000 HK-2300 TF-ABW HK-2980X N-9664 EI-CEO HK-2400X HK-2910X