Thomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 4220 posts, RR: 25 Posted (13 years 11 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1269 times:
After seeing these 2 carriers in MIA several years ago, I have always been curious as to the relationship of these 2 carriers. I believe that one (or possibly both) were formed by Pan Am and maintained a long time relationship with PA. Judging by the logos of both carriers and the billboard lettering used by Avensa one can see PA's influence.
My question is basically, are these 2 carriers affliated with each other ? Afterall they both use similar logos (the winged globe) and have similar names. If they are part of a larger organization to they compete with each other on domestic and int'l runs ?
You are indeed correct about Pan Am's affiliation with Avensa. Avensa was once part of the huge Pan American World Airways empire that controlled pretty much all of the big Latin American airlines at one time or another. These included: Mexicana de Aviacion, Cubana de Aviacion, Avensa, Avianca, Aeronaves de Mexico (AeroMexico), Panair do Brazil (Varig) and many many more that some are no longer in service.
All of the other airlines formed their own identity after they were nationalized by their respective governments but Avensa kept the former PAA subsidiary logo. Avensa always tended to copy-cat Pan Am's style even way after Pan Am sold it's last shares in the company in the early 70s.
Avensa formed Servivensa (I presume) in the early 80s. I am not too sure why, but I believe that the reason for this was that Avensa wanted to create an airline with lower overhead cost thereby creating Servivensa, which would be a non-unionized airline that would compete with the established Avensa. However, no matter what these airlines tend to cross use each others aircraft and infrastructure. I don't think that this set up is of any use now as the company only flies very limited domestic routes and more international operations.
Maybe one of the Venezuelans can tell you the exact reason as to why they still have separate identities.