MIASkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1396 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1801 times:
Ummm your kidding right? ...I am even more shocked that the yahoo biz. section would even post such information. From the looks of VIVA's website, it looks like a project called "Create a website for your company" which I took in a business class in college. It looks like a total haux! It goes into way too much detail about nothing! I mean it goes on and on about info. that is well know already in the Caribbean market, not to mention giving kudos (naming them at that!) to other carriers for serving the Caribbean. Come on!
Oh yea.. and the pic of an AF 747...now that's a good one!
LatinAviation From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1279 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (10 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1695 times:
Quoting MIASkies (Reply 1): I am even more shocked that the yahoo biz. section would even post such information.
It comes from a feed off the wire, Yahoo Biz doesn't even look at who it is.
Some things of Viva. Viva is a shell company and penny stock. When the principles of Viva first formed the company, they took over another penny stock "conglomerate" that dealt in everything from pre-paid phone cards to auto parts. They've since sold off these assets to focus on the core airline "operation."
I remember their first press releases back in 2002/2003 when they were planning on wet-leasing Falcon Air Express 727-200s to operate from San Juan.
They then got involved with a NY-based entity and were going to operate 767-200ERs and 747s to Europe from the DR. Nothing happened. Fast forward a few months... Same situation, different partner, with 767s to Brazil.
Then they got involved with Northeast Bolivian Airlines and promised some sort of joint venture. Nothing materialized and the investors in NEBA pulled the L-1011. This is the same L-1011 that appeared in "LAX."
At some point they owned part of Royal Aruban and actually took delivery of a DC-9-10 (now with East African). Again, money never happened, plane was taken back. Stuart Carnie, their president at the time, left, got involved in another penny stock and subsequently purchased Royal Aruban from Viva.
To add to the drama... they then got involved in Fina Air of Puerto Rico. Fina operated 3 Saab 340s, principally on PR-DR charters. Fina planned on acquiring 737-300 aircraft and even posted the positions on climbto350.com. The gov't pulled their certificate in July after it failed FAA inspection.
At some point around here, they had intended/proposed/something with "Queen Air", a defunct Dominican airline that wet-leased an A-320 in 98/99 to fly SDQ-JFK.
Since then, they've announced a slew of partnerships/acquisitions, etc. , including purchasing an equity stake in Cool Tours (d/b/a San Juan Aviation). They had also posted a .pdf of a "business plan" to acquire some Soviet aircraft and operate them from the DR to Europe and regionally.
So - I am not holding my breath on these guys. I probably did not list all of their proposed ventures, either.
Some discussion on Viva/Northeast/Fina in the past include: