United727 From United States of America, joined Nov 2010, 388 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 18574 times:
This is also historic as Aerosur had the last two operational B727's from the US. One former AA and one former UA that they were flying to the the end. As far as I can track these were the last two operational B727's as far as were continually operated in Passenger Service here in the US by Aerosur.
[Edited 2012-03-31 14:17:07]
Looking for the impossible way to save those dying breeds!!!!
They will be absored by BoA. They have rather ambitious growth plans for the future.
Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 6): Isn't this what the borderline-communist Bolivian government wants? Now state-owned BoA can takeover the long-haul flying to Miami, Madrid and Washington.
With plans to open up New York and Paris apparently.
It's a real shame though. I would expect the quality of BoA to be below that of AeroSur (not that I have any evidence) and their livery is drab too. Unless they buy IL96s or A380s to start the long haul, this is a sad day in aviation.
SuperCaravelle From Netherlands, joined Jan 2012, 220 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 18283 times:
Well, from what I gathered TAM Bolivia and BoA had artificially low prices so there was no way for AeroSur to compete. Combine that with their awesome but from an operational point of view suboptimal fleet and the writing was on the wall.
Very sad though, as they seemed to love who they were and what they were doing.
RAGAZZO777 From Uruguay, joined Jul 2010, 577 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 17866 times:
Quoting aloges (Reply 1): My best wishes to the employees and the stranded passengers!
Same here. Madrid Airport's Terminal 1 must have been a mess today with all those stranded passengers who were due to fly to Bolivia today.
What's worse, though, is that now Bolivia doesn't have any direct air link with Europe anymore, as AeroSur was the only airline flying between Spain and Bolivia. And I seriously doubt that IB will launch flights to Bolivia given their own problems.
Washington DC and Cuzco, among other cities, have also lost their direct air links to Bolivia.
Quoting TR1 (Reply 2): Would LAN or TACA be interested in setting up shop in Bolivia?
Not as long as Evo Morales remains the President of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.
Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 6): Isn't this what the borderline-communist Bolivian government wants?
Yes. As a matter of fact, President Morales publicly showed his dislike for the airline all these years.
Quoting MAH4546 (Reply 6): Now state-owned BoA can takeover the long-haul flying to Miami, Madrid and Washington.
Quoting something (Reply 8): With plans to open up New York and Paris apparently.
They can but they don't currently have any suitable aircraft to fly long-haul. Also, BoA's expansion hasn't been that succesful. Most recently, they ceased their operations on the Cochabamba-Lima route after barely 2 months of operation.
Checo77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8 Reply 14, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 17276 times:
are you kidding me? Noooo!!! I always wanted to fly AeroSur!
Plus, I totally loved their livery!!! At least I posses a copy of one of their older in-flight magazines my dad gave me when he flew AeroSur last year. I will put that magazine in a vitrine or something now
This is a very sad day for Latin American aviation! Best wishes to the pax with tickets and the employees
MillwallSean From Singapore, joined Apr 2008, 1172 posts, RR: 6 Reply 15, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 16832 times:
So all is the fault of the president despite the fact that the airline tries to have a viable business using 727...
The problem with this airline was its businessmodel not a president.
Hopefully it closing down will mean that BoA the Cochabamba run airline modernises and tries to become a successfull entity in itself. Its a staterun enterprise but since both Avianca and Lan has been interested in investing in Ecuador I dont see why they would shun Bolivia. After all, the Bolivian airports are owned by Spanish company Albertis.
Quoting MillwallSean (Reply 15): Its a staterun enterprise but since both Avianca and Lan has been interested in investing in Ecuador I dont see why they would shun Bolivia.
Oh, I can - Bolivia is, unfortunately, not the most stable of countries and still very poor in comparison to its neighbours... the big ones, anyway. So you'd have to be lucky to get a return on your investment and you might even lose it altogether.
Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
RAGAZZO777 From Uruguay, joined Jul 2010, 577 posts, RR: 1 Reply 23, posted (1 year 8 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 15608 times:
Quoting Checo77 (Reply 14): are you kidding me? Noooo!!! I always wanted to fly AeroSur!
Me too !! It'd have been really cool to take their flight from Cuzco to La Paz !! Oh well..
Quoting MillwallSean (Reply 15): The problem with this airline was its businessmodel not a president.
It was definitely a mix of both. For instance, they should have never gone for those 747s, way too big for a small airline.
Quoting IrishAyes (Reply 17): Hmmm.....I wonder how they were re-routed. Either on AA via MIA or TAM, would be my guesses.
I'd say that the majority of pax were re-routed via LIM on IB/LP. Remember that Bolivian citizens, as all Latin Americans, need a regular visa to transit the United States en route to another foreign destination; of course this rule doesn't apply to those who also hold US, Canadian or EU passports.
One thing is for sure: from now on, travelling from Europe to Bolivia will be even harder !