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Epale! The Venezuelan Aviation Thread Part III  
User currently offlineRleiro From Venezuela, joined Jan 2006, 499 posts, RR: 7
Posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 9103 times:

Epale A.netters:

Here’s the latest information on Venezuelan Aviation. During the last months, there has been lots of changes for domestic airlines, as well as for the international carriers that come to Venezuela.

International Carriers

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Aerorepublica after operating for almost one year the service to Bogota, has ceased the service as the authorization was denied by local authorities, and only will keep a daily flight to Medellin. The schedule was changed as follows:

CM638 MDE-CCS 21:15 23:45
CM639 CCS-MDE 06:12 07:47

It has been rumored that they have firm intentions to open daily services to VLN and PMV. However, nothing of this has been confirmed yet.

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Avianca stills keeping its normal schedule to BOG with a mixed fleet of MD-80’s, 757’s and 767’s. Possibly by the end of the year equipments will be eventually replaced by A319’s and A330’s as more airbuses are incorporated to Avianca’s fleet.

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American Airlines’ last A300 flight to CCS is scheduled on July 31st. A 757 / 767 service will cover flights 902 and 936 respectively. SJU was downgraded to a daily 737. DFW is operated by a weekly 757, as well as JFK which is 2x a week. VLN plans have been dropped and MAR stills being serviced with a daily 757 to MIA.

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Caribbean Airlines has increased its frequency of flights to CCS by 11x weekly. It seems that load factors are good and stills being operated by a DH8. There are no plans to upgrade the equipment to CCS in the while.

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Delta Airlines continues upgrading its equipment to CCS. Last year the route was upgraded from a daily 737 to a 757. Recently, the service was upgraded by a daily 767 until September at least. In the case of Continental upgraded the service to CCS in December / January with a 757-300, and in summer the flight to IAH will be upgraded with a daily 737-900. Service to EWR has been suspended since last December and there are no plans to reopen this flight anytime soon.

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LAN Airlines has upgraded last year its daily service to LIM with a 767-300. The load factors have been really good. The flights to Miami and Santiago remain unchanged.

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Another winner has been TAM which has obtained outstanding load factors in the CCSMAOGRUMAOCCS run. They are using high-density A320’a in order to cope with the demand. There is no news of an eventual upgrade anytime soon. Varig has announced a service to AUA from CCS with its daily 737-800 service to GRU without any apparent changes in its schedule. The details of the flight to AUA are going to be determined yet.

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Aerolineas Argentinas has replaced its aged A310 with an A340. Also they dropped a weekly frequency to 4x in the EZECCSEZE route, and cancelling EZEBOGCCSBOGEZE.

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Copa Airlines has also faced difficulties operating in Venezuela. Their 3rd daily flight to CCS was temporarily suspended. On December 1st, 2008 they began to service its third city in Venezuela when a daily flight to VLN was inaugurated. The load factors seem to be good enough to keep these flights. On the other hand, Mexicana has downgraded the equipment to CCS with an A319. There is no info about seasonal summer flights yet.

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TAP has reduced its service from LIS to 4x a week, the weekly flights to Funchal and OPO have no changes. Alitalia does not show any variations in its schedule or equipment to FCO. It’s been rumored that the first A330’s will be deployed to CCS once delivered to them.

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As of June 7th, Air Europa will begin a weekly flight to TFN with a 767-300. Flights to Madrid seem to have no changes and still being operated with their A330. In the case of Iberia will upgrade summer flights to MAD with a daily A346, thus increasing in 92 seats its capacity. Once summer season ends, the flight will be operated with an A340-300 until November, in which the A340-600 will be back again.

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On March 29th, Lufthansa upgraded all year round its service to FRA with an A340-600. Besides of adding more seats to this highly-demanded route, also launched its first class service in CCS. Recently, they inked a codeshare flight with TACA in the afternoon flight to LIM.
Venezuelan domestic carriers

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The domestic carriers are facing quite challenging yet not threatening times. Perhaps the most interesting case has been Aeropostal, which now is under the control of the Venezuelan Government after being expropriated to the Makled Group. Currently, they have a small fleet of DC-9s and just have rescheduled its flights, increasing the frequencies to MAR, BRM and PZO and hearing nothing but good comments about the service and punctuality. Maybe we are witnessing the comeback of a great airline although there are no talks about resuming international operations in the while.

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Santa Barbara Airlines growth has been impressive. Just one week ago they received its 4th 757 (N742PA, to be registered as YV288T). Also, they have announced flights to BOG and PTY. The first one will be with an MD-80 (operated by Aserca, (which also arrived to Caracas). It’s been said that will resume operations to MAD and FCN in June with two Smartlinx’s 767 (former Virgin Nigeria planes), and also MIA would receive a 767-300 daily too!. ATR days seem to be counted and supposedly will leave the fleet in June.

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Aserca is now the main domestic Venezuelan Airline. It has a vast fleet of DC-9s, which is intended to grow more in 2009 with the incorporation of 8 ex-NW airplanes (DC-9-30’s).

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Rutaca has added more 737-200 (ex LAN airlines) to its fleet. It seems that the growth of Rutaca is notorious, altough they have not announced any new destinations yet. It’s been rumored that will bring 2 727’s for cargo operations. However, nothing has been confirmed.

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On the other hand Avior is facing some problems due to restrictions in acquisition of dollars for spare parts. There are only two 737-200 in service, and 3 B1900’s (One of them features a special livery commemorating the 14th anniversary of the airline). Hopefully these problems will be eventually solved.

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Conviasa plans to acquire two IL-96 have been cancelled. It’s been rumored that will bring two CRJ-700, plus reincorporate a Dash 7 which is currently being overhauled in Canada for its flight to LRS (Gran Roque Island). No news about expanding international operations, although it’s very well known that they were looking for a second hand A340 to open flights to Europe.

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Some airlines have introduced new types of airplanes to their fleet. Comeravia is intended to start cargo operations with a Shorts 360 based in Ciudad Bolivar. Also, LTA acquired two ex Coastal Airlines ATR 42-300 and opened a service to BGI from PMV and CCS. Laser Airlines acquired two MD-81s (former JAL Airlines), and it’s been rumored that may start operations to BOG and UIO. Also, Venezolana is about to receive an MD-83 (former Aeropostal) to complement its fleet of 737’s and Jetstreams and expand its international operations too.

In general terms, Aviation in Venezuela seems to experience a slow but continuous growth. Although International Carriers seem to downgrade routes and equipments, domestic aviation stills booming with new airlines and airplanes, regardless of the economic scenario which is to come.

Saludos,

Roberto.


A proud SVZM Spotter!
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User currently offlineOrl777 From Venezuela, joined Jun 2005, 269 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 9059 times:

Hey Roberto Thanks for posting... is great to see expanding 2 "small" Venezuelan airlines Rutaca and Laser now I hope they can open new routes for Example I will like to see Rutaca Flying to BOG, MDE and some Caribbean islands and Laser Fying more domestic routes that would be great.Also is good to mention that finally Sol America Takes their first flight last month from CCS to MAR Inicially 4 weekly services, and the Other new Airline here is Estelar who is now leasing their only 732 to Avior Airlines for the CCS-PMV-CCS Route..Saludos

User currently offlineLamedianaranja From Venezuela, joined Nov 2004, 1246 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8991 times:



Quoting Rleiro (Thread starter):
Conviasa plans to acquire two IL-96 have been cancelled. It’s been rumored that will bring two CRJ-700

That's not a similar a/c! A different as can be really. What can we deduct from that? Were there any firm ideas about the routes the IL's should operate? Probably not.



I wish that all skies were orange and blue!!
User currently offlineChiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2005 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 8980 times:

Thank you for this interesting overview Roberto.

Quoting Rleiro (Thread starter):
On March 29th, Lufthansa upgraded all year round its service to FRA with an A340-600.

I have flown it a week ago on CCS-FRA. Great improvement on this route. Finally PTVs.
But my return on Wednesday is scheduled on a -300 again. There seem to be 3 weekly flights operated with the -300 (with F-class).


User currently offlineLIA310 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Mar 2008, 407 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 8949 times:

It's great to see the thread back up and running ! Nice to see all the new planes being acquired by domestic carriers and for Aeropostal to be rising from the dead !  Big grin

Sorry to hear about Avior and their difficulties, I was wondering why POS suddenly dropped from all their schedules without any warning, I'm glad that I decided to book my flights to CCS on BW instead !

As soon as I get info on VARIG's flights to AUA, I'm gonna be booking myself a flight !  bigthumbsup 


User currently offlineAA1818 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Feb 2006, 3435 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 8919 times:



Quoting Rleiro (Thread starter):
Caribbean Airlines has increased its frequency of flights to CCS by 11x weekly. It seems that load factors are good and stills being operated by a DH8. There are no plans to upgrade the equipment to CCS in the while.

I think it was an increase in 3 frequencies from daily to 10 weekly.
http://www.caribbean-airlines.com/au_news_arch.shtml

Quoting Rleiro (Thread starter):
Varig has announced a service to AUA from CCS with its daily 737-800 service to GRU without any apparent changes in its schedule. The details of the flight to AUA are going to be determined yet.

Do VG have plans to serve any other islands in the Caribbean as tag ons?

AA1818



“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
User currently offlineLamedianaranja From Venezuela, joined Nov 2004, 1246 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 8907 times:



Quoting Orl777 (Reply 1):
Sol America took their first flight last month from CCS to MAR Initially 4 weekly services, and the other new airline here is Estelar

Great! More pilot and f/a jobs!



I wish that all skies were orange and blue!!
User currently offlineDesertAir From Mexico, joined Jan 2006, 1464 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 8882 times:

Thanks for the service update. I planned on burning UA miles years ago to Caracas but they pulled down the route. I went to Zihuatanejo on MX instead. I am inspired to continue working on my CO miles for a trip to Venezuela one day.

[Edited 2009-05-16 13:56:25]

User currently offlineRCS763AV From Colombia, joined Jun 2004, 4395 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 8810 times:

Last time I heard AeroRepública was actually going to add a second daily BOG-CCS run. Too bad the local authorities cancelled their persmssion to fly the route, a thing that has been becoming more and more common these days. The INAC has been truly agressive to foreign airlines.

As much as I would love to see SBA in Bogotá, the Aerocivil will propably prohibit them from entering colombian skies until P5 gets their BOG-CCS authority back.



Les escribo desde el frío de mi verde altiplano.
User currently offlineVarig md-11 From France, joined Jul 2000, 1603 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 8807 times:

Very interesting and well documented post

It's a shame Aserca has a vast fleet of DC9 and is not in the position to buy some south american E-jets  Wink
I hope maintenance will follow, a la NW to keep the DC9 flying in one piece

Does anybody why Conviasa has cancelled the IL96 order?
Is it because Ilyushin could not make the planes or because of lack of cash or re-orientation of Conviasa policy?
It would have been cool to see Russian jets for Conviasa



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User currently offlineChiguire From Venezuela, joined Sep 2004, 2005 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 8799 times:



Quoting RCS763AV (Reply 8):
As much as I would love to see SBA in Bogotá, the Aerocivil will propably prohibit them from entering colombian skies until P5 gets their BOG-CCS authority back.

I doubt that they will refuse any Venezuelan carrier to enter the Colombian market. How can they make preasure, asking for Colombian carrier to get a 7th daily flight if Venezuelan airlines have none ?


User currently offlineRleiro From Venezuela, joined Jan 2006, 499 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 8758 times:



Quoting Lamedianaranja:
That's not a similar a/c! A different as can be really. What can we deduct from that? Were there any firm ideas about the routes the IL's should operate? Probably not.



Quoting Varig md-11:
Does anybody why Conviasa has canceled the IL96 order?
Is it because Ilyushin could not make the planes or because of lack of cash or re-orientation of Conviasa policy?
It would have been cool to see Russian jets for Conviasa

Apparently the decision was taken as Ilyushin was not offering brand-new airplanes to Conviasa. The intended routes for this airplane was CCS - HAV - DME and the 2nd Il96 would be serving South American destinations (GRU and EZE supposedly).

The CRJ-700's were bought by Citgo. Currently they are stored at TUS, and their regs are:

N627CP (MSN 10270)
N628CP (MSN 10271)

Quoting LIA310:
As soon as I get info on VARIG's flights to AUA, I'm gonna be booking myself a flight!

Me too, Me too  Wink

Quoting DesertAir:
Thanks for the service update. I planned on burning UA miles years ago to Caracas but they pulled down the route. I went to Zihuatanejo on MX instead. I am inspired to continue working on my CO miles for a trip to Venezuela one day.

Personally I miss UA in CCS as their service was way better than AA. After closing JFK and as INAC denied its flight to IAD, bseides the imminent closure of its hub at MIA back then, forced the airline to stop operations in CCS. Sad...  Sad

Quoting RCS763AV:
As much as I would love to see SBA in Bogotá, the Aerocivil will probably prohibit them from entering Colombian skies until P5 gets their BOG-CCS authority back.

P4 was seeking to open a 2nd daily flight to BOG. (The new schedule to MDE was indeed the schedule for the 2nd flight to BOG). I don't think Aerocivil would deny SBA its authorization to fly in Colombia (as a matter of fact, the flight has already been advertised).

Quoting Varig md-11:
It's a shame Aserca has a vast fleet of DC9 and is not in the position to buy some South American E-jets. I hope maintenance will follow, a la NW to keep the DC9 flying in one piece.

E-jets would be a suitable replacement for these aging birds. However, the financial and economic issues we are facing right now, do not allow to create a sound business model for airlines. So I guess we'll have DC-9's and 737-200's for a while.

Saludos,

Roberto.



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User currently offlineVarig md-11 From France, joined Jul 2000, 1603 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 8756 times:

Gracias Rleiro for the info on IL96

In a way it's a good thing that they didn't buy the IL96, at least for possible routes to EZE and GRU : how do you have a tech issue solved on an IL96 at EZE or GRU??
HAV or DME can fix the baby more surely  Wink

for the DC9 and 727 fleet, I sincerely hope the airlines will not skip maintenance because of lack of $ since they 're becoming long in the tooth



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User currently offlineSumma767 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2561 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 8748 times:



Quoting RCS763AV (Reply 8):
As much as I would love to see SBA in Bogotá, the Aerocivil will propably prohibit them from entering colombian skies until P5 gets their BOG-CCS authority back.

Aerocivil should just give SBA permission without any hurdles, as to provoke the INAC might mean that they revoke AV's rights for its 4 daily flights to CCS and P5 on MDE-CCS.

INAC is obviously just acting, not in the interest of the traveller, but on behalf of a desperate government who is trying to prevent its citizens going to spend subsidized dollars abroad.
Yet they cannot stop keeping an artificial exchange rate, as that would mean official devaluation -which would make all imports (including many essential foodstuffs) more expensive, which on top of an already double digit inflation (especially on basics, thus the poorest are more affected), could turn to social unrest.

So INAC does not particularly want more flights, even by its own airlines. But it could certainly use any excuse to stop more flights by international carriers.


User currently offlineG4maddog From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 8720 times:

Conviasa plans to acquire two IL-96 have been cancelled.

What happened... Que pasó?


User currently offlineLIA310 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Mar 2008, 407 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 8674 times:

Has YV1850 left Conviasa's fleet ? Its been pictured in Montreal within the last few weeks.

http://www.airliners.net/photo/ConVi...d=ba6b970657aeba078368eb5cce26b804


User currently offlineCayman From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 905 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (5 years 5 months 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 8668 times:

Interesting and informative post thanks for the details.

You didn't mention Air Canada, whether any expected changes with their YYZ flights? Any idea how they do on the route? I have family in Venezuela and Canada and they are frequently on this flight to YYZ from CCS which is usually quite full. I believe AC is still only 4x week don't know if there is possible demand to go daily at some point. One of their longer routes with the A319 for sure.


User currently offlineOrl777 From Venezuela, joined Jun 2005, 269 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (5 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 8619 times:

New plane in the Venezuelan Skies... Seems to be that the YV234T Is back to service with Avior but now with a new registration  YV1576... Two friends of mine catch her landing in VLN this afternoon... so now Avior have 3 737 in service (YV341T, YV1360 and YV1576)Saludos

User currently offlineRleiro From Venezuela, joined Jan 2006, 499 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (5 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 8601 times:



Quoting Varig md-11:
In a way it's a good thing that they didn't buy the IL96, at least for possible routes to EZE and GRU : how do you have a tech issue solved on an IL96 at EZE or GRU?? HAV or DME can fix the baby more surely

I guess this was one of the main reasons why the order was cancelled.

Quoting LIA310:
Has YV1850 left Conviasa's fleet? Its been pictured in Montreal within the last few weeks.

It was rumored that this one was going to leave the fleet for a Cuban operator. However, this is to be confirmed.

Quoting Summa767:
INAC is obviously just acting, not in the interest of the traveller, but on behalf of a desperate government who is trying to prevent its citizens going to spend subsidized dollars abroad.

Personally I believe that the reasons are partly this and partly that CCS has reached its top capacity to handle more flights. Supposedly last february 3 more gates were going to be inaugurated in the international terminal, but works seem to have slowed down... CCS in the afternoon is nothing but chaotic as there are no gates available for the airlines.

Quoting Cayman:
You didn't mention Air Canada, whether any expected changes with their YYZ flights? Any idea how they do on the route?

The route is doing it extremely well. Load factors are 100% and the A319 is performing just great on this run.

Saludos,

Roberto.



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User currently offlineCayMan From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 905 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (5 years 5 months 6 days ago) and read 8468 times:



Quoting Rleiro (Reply 18):
The route is doing it extremely well. Load factors are 100% and the A319 is performing just great on this run.

Great thanks for info Roberto. I am glad to hear route is doing well it is a lot easier for my Vzlan family to come to Canada on this non-stop so for self-interested reasons I like to see AC do well on it.

Only downside of the AC flight is the times are a little difficult, very late arrival into CCS which either means very late trip into city or staying night at Maiquetia or paying for the Eurobuilding to make morning connections. Mind you the northbound flight back to YYZ leaves late, after the long lines in the afternoon so it's good and bad the schedule.


User currently offlineAbrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5124 posts, RR: 55
Reply 20, posted (5 years 5 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8379 times:



Quoting Rleiro (Thread starter):

Conviasa plans to acquire two IL-96 have been cancelled. It’s been rumored that will bring two CRJ-700, plus reincorporate a Dash 7 which is currently being overhauled in Canada for its flight to LRS (Gran Roque Island). No news about expanding international operations, although it’s very well known that they were looking for a second hand A340 to open flights to Europe.

= Apparently, conViasa is going to solicit (again) an outside management bidder to give a strategic overhaul of the airline. As some might have been aware, RFP's was sought in 2008, and there were 3 qualified firms - and then management was replaced shelving the idea. They continue to actively look for a second 340 (have no idea why - as the current one can be used) and the destination they would like to open besides Europe is EZE via La Paz.

Saludos,
A.



Live, and let live.
User currently offlineMIA From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 874 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (5 years 5 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8344 times:

Is Conviasa still serving Tehran and Damascus?

Does anyone know about INACs status on Spirit's request from FLL?



"Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen."
User currently offlineIAD380 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 804 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 5 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 8337 times:



Quoting Rleiro (Thread starter):
for a second hand A340 to open flights to Europe.

Where in Europe does Conviasa want to fly?

Quoting MIA (Reply 21):
Is Conviasa still serving Tehran and Damascus?

Last I heard, Conviasa flies to DAM and THR once a week with a 342, but the occupancy rates are extremely low. According to a trip report by Abrelosojos, only 23 or 24 passengers were aboard this flight when he flew to DAM.

Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 20):
They continue to actively look for a second 340 (have no idea why - as the current one can be used) and the destination they would like to open besides Europe is EZE via La Paz.



Quoting Rleiro (Thread starter):
Aerolineas Argentinas has replaced its aged A310 with an A340. Also they dropped a weekly frequency to 4x in the EZECCSEZE route, and cancelling EZEBOGCCSBOGEZE.

If AR is upgrading to a nonstop 340 on a route it has flown for years, why would VO, which is a newcomer to this route, match the competition with a one-stop flight? I agree with Abrelosojos that VO doesn't need a second 342 when it uses its current widebody Airbus only for a weekly flight.


User currently offlineAA1818 From Trinidad and Tobago, joined Feb 2006, 3435 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (5 years 5 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 8333 times:



Quoting IAD380 (Reply 22):
Where in Europe does Conviasa want to fly?

I would assume MAD would be top of their list. Beyond that Venezuela should have enough life provided by foreign carriers to other EU destinations.

AA1818



“The moment you doubt whether you can fly, you cease for ever to be able to do it.” J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)
User currently offlineIAD380 From United States of America, joined May 2006, 804 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 5 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 8326 times:



Quoting AA1818 (Reply 23):
I would assume MAD

Doesn't Santa Barbara already fly to MAD? Is there enough demand to support two Venezuelan carriers?


25 AA1818 : Yes I believe they do. But I would assume as Venezuela's flag carrier, Conviasa would fly to MAD as well. I mean they fly to Iran and Syria with a do
26 IAD380 : Perhaps, VO should find a second hand 380 for its trans-Atlantic routes.
27 Rleiro : They do not use the current A340 because when Chavez uses Cubana's IL96, the A340-200 flies HAV-SCL... I knew EZE was intended to be one of Conviasa'
28 IAD380 : That is still less than 50 percent of capacity, which means that VO must always operate this flight at a loss. However, I understand that this flight
29 Cayman : Why would Chavez use a Cuban IL96, whne there is already a Venezuelan Air Force VIP configured A319, which no doubt has long range capability?
30 A388 : When will S3 start 767 flights to MIA? Early June? A388
31 Post contains links 797 : Albeit a bit late, thanks for this post Roberto, we needed it with urgency! They are sending the -300 at least two times a week. I was it last friday
32 Cybergus : Hello to everybody! It is a great start of the Epale! thread. It has been out while. Thanks Roberto for activate it. Are you really sure? Last time I
33 Carls : What happened to SBA flight MAR- MIA -MAR?????? Last time I used it it was full.....
34 Luisde8cd : Roberto, Thanks for activating this thread! It has very very valuable updates about Venezuelan aviation. I'm particularly impressed by S3 expansion in
35 Rleiro : Currently Conviasa (Besides Emirates and its flight from GRU) are the only non-stop service to the Middle East from South America. Albeit the route w
36 A388 : Will that R7 MD80 also fly the CCS-CUR-SDQ-CUR-CCS route? That would be nice. Also is their more news on when the first SBA painted DC-9 makes its wa
37 IAD380 : Earlier this month, El Al started three-weekly nonstop TLV-GRU flights on a 772.
38 Carls : No it wasn't decreased it is cancelled. I use to fly with LH FRA-MIA-FRA and MIA-MAR-MIA with Santa Barbara however the last time I was supposed to l
39 LIA310 : Any particular reason why SBA is getting rid of its ATR's ? And has their been any updates regarding Aeropostal or Avior ? It's a shame to see Avior i
40 Orl777 : The DC-9 Are still parked in the maintenance area I don´t know if they will fly soon or not, I´ll keep you informed. Aeropostal increased their fli
41 A388 : Thanks for the update my friend. What ever happened to their plans to acquire the 733/734? Why was that plan dropped? The 733/734 is a good replaceme
42 A388 : As per one of our local newspapers R7 will commence flying to SXM starting July this year. They will have two weekly flights from CCS (operating every
43 Orl777 : Well nice to finally have SXM As a regular destination... do you have the start date?
44 A388 : No, unfortunately no date was mentioned in the article A388
45 MAH4546 : That is not true. American Airlines continues to pursue flying to Valencia, and will fly to Valencia once two things happen: 1) They receive INAC app
46 Rleiro : Epale Guys: Those DC-9s still stored in Caracas. Some people say that they are getting new avionics and are under an extensive checkup. Others say tha
47 Avianca : Hey Roberto, thanks for posting this new Epale treat was 3 weeks ago on a ccs-fra and 1 week ago on a fra-ccs run - both with 340-300 but on the retur
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