1980-1990: do you want to go to Miami? Immediately? No problem, Pan Am (the world most experienced airline: another Lady of the Skies) and Viasa send you there with their 747!!!
By early 1990's used to send its Dc10's to the Capital City of the Sunny State.
This is a very strange photo. Notice it:
There is a Viasa about to touch down and an Avensa taxing for the runway. Past and Present: Viasa is gone, Avensa is still here.
The problem is now that we don't know how much time more for... Let's hope the best for Avensa, Pan Am's daughter (1943).
See you around with other stories from the Venezuelan Aviation World!!!
Varghel From Italy, joined Sep 2001, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 8 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1635 times:
I understand. Viasa, Aereolinas Argentinas, Lan Chile, Varig, Avianca, Avensa. Mainly these airlines have made the history of the American skies:
Argentines flying from Buenos Aires to the USA when nobody wasn't even thinking of it.
Lan Chile and Avianca between two seas. Varig elsewhere.
And Viasa. An original company, because it was founded when Aeropostal was flying to Madrid and Avensa to the USA. From the nithing it started flying DC-8's, Convair's between Caracas, New York, Amsterdam, Madrid, Rome, Lisboa. Thanks to KLM good teaching.
Then the DC-10's: the symbols of Viasa in my opinion. Just think that before ceasing operations, Viasa had already ordered MD-11's. Iberia stopped that order.
What followed is a bad history.
At Ezeiza you will probabaly have for very long time Viasa: is still stored there the Viasa DC-10 which went acquaplaning in early 1990's? I think so: it should be now just white coloured.
If you get around there you could take a photo of it.
Latinplane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2753 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (13 years 8 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 1602 times:
Yes, it's sad to remember that VIASA is no longer flying. Time just flies by. VIASA ceased operations in 1997. It's hard to believe that it's been 4 years since then.
It's really sad to say but Venezuela will never have another airline that will take VIASA's place. Avensa has done lousy flying to Europe. The only real hope is AeroPostal. Maybe if AeroPostal started flying to Madrid for starters they could do a much better job of representing Venezuela than what Avensa is doing.
Things are bad in this part of the region. It would be really sad if Avianca suffered the same fate as Avensa but it seems like this will also be the case for Avianca. The airline is loosing too much money and nobody in Colombia is doing anything to help her out. It's quite upsetting.
In Caracas, Aerolineas Argentinas makes the same: it arrives very early in the morning, it remains stored during all the day untill it is taken again to the terminal to receive passengers. Then it flies back to Buenos Aires via Bolivia.
Viasa flew A300's to New York, Paris and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Probabaly even to New Orleans and Houston as you in fact say, but I don't think via Aruba: it is just too near.
don't worry, I thought it was so. Just if in the future you will have the possibility, remember me.
By the way, I read somewhere that Ezeiza has just a 2200 metres long runway: it does not look so in the photo (there are two runways). But in the Viasa DC-10 accident report it says that the runway was just 2200 metres long: is that possible?
Bye bye everybody, and thanks very much for your interest. ----> VIASA: LA LINEA AEREA DE VENEZUELA
Varghel From Italy, joined Sep 2001, 74 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 8 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1612 times:
unfortunately that's the realty. Fours yaears ago we have lost part of our country, of our being Venezuelans. Because Viasa was part of us.
Viasa was part of the "Gold Venezuela", that country in wich there were people who went to Miami and New York with the "Orinoco": one of two Viasa 747's.
Those time are, as you say, flown away. Since the early 1990's we were not so able to get to Miami so easy. We were changing in an extremely hard way.
That hard way is dramatically represented, in a way, ny Viasa: a good company wich, gaven to bad hands, went to bankrupcy. That's history.
We have hoped in Avensa. But now we just hope that Avensa can, at least, survive.
Aeropostal: that's a case.
They flew the Caracas-Madrid route untill 1961 when Viasa arrived. In 1994 the old LAV died to born again in the new Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela.
They are a private company and seem to be in goog economical position: their operation seem to be just the interest of the President and CEO Ramiz.
If his promesses will came true we will have:
- Aeropostal / Air Europa code sharing daily the Caracas - Madrid route with Boeing 767-300.
- Caracas - Cancun - Mexico from December on.
- 6 727 more.
- 22 DC-9 more.
- 12 SAB turbo 34B "helices" (do you know what are they?).
All this even the general crisis. Let's hope the best.
WiLdmanVzla From Mexico, joined Sep 2000, 616 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (13 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1570 times:
Varghel... let me tell you something: your topic almost made me cry!!!!!!
As a venezuelan (proud to be all the way) I really miss VIASA... it was a reaaly great company, a wonderful experience to fly with... anyway, you know what happened when it was sold to Iberia, so VIASA is just a great remind for some of us.
When I was living in Madrid, it was great to watch the VIASA's DC-10-30 on the tarmac, showing the name of our country... here in Mexico City there is not a venezuelan airline, just because of the agreement between Mexicana & Servivensa, but I really want to go from here to Venezuela with a venezuelan airline... .
I really miss my homeland... (by the way, I love Mexico so much!)... & I'm just dreaming about VIASA going back to the skies... .