Rleiro From Venezuela, joined Jan 2006, 492 posts, RR: 7 Reply 8, posted (6 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7361 times:
Well... the 737-200 is currently used by the Venezuelan Government for VIP transport. The transport of passengers to and from Cuba is being made by Conviasa, Venezolana and Air Europa, which leased a 767-300 for such task.
Cybergus From Venezuela, joined Mar 2006, 487 posts, RR: 10 Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3111 times:
This is really a shameful situation. In fact Chavez made a joke about this topic...he said that he is praying for not getting shot when the Cubana's plane overfly the Moncloa's palace in Spain...he is such an idiot!.
Quoting 797 (Reply 11): but I wonder as well why wouldn't he use the 737 or the 707 he has parked at CCS...
Civilav From Mexico, joined Oct 2004, 391 posts, RR: 13 Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2762 times:
Quoting Rleiro (Reply 7): t's been said that the Crew and technicians quited.
That is the correct story.
Chavez was going to use the Conviasa A340 for his European and Middle East trip but the whole civilian crew (cockpit and cabin no less) quit their jobs at the eleventh hour. The only alternative for Chavez was to ask his buddy in Cuba to lend him one of the planes Venezuela has financed Cubana with.
Very little in terms of information has leaked out on the walkout by Conviasa personnel but, by any measure, it points to the extraordinary disarray at the airline and their inability to finally get off the ground because of the political meddling and ideological obedience demanded of its staff.
This has been one of the most embarrassing moments for Mr. Chavez... to have to fly on a borrowed plane because his own pilots refused to take him !! What a difference to the old days of the former VIASA which had flown Venezuelan Presidents without a glitch.
As to the Venezuelan Air Force 707, it is a tanker and Chavez has disdained it in the past after a few incidents (including the bursting of tyres on landing at Bahrein in 1999 which led to the Sultan of that country lending him his 747 to fly back to Venezuela in true petrodollar style...). Indeed, that is the reason the A319 was ordered in 2001.