It is indeed a shame as Avianca has been flying to LAX for about 20 years now using pretty much every single type of aircraft in its inventory as shown in the above pics. One of the reasons for the withdrawal out of the California market probably has to do with the fact that they don't have (and never had) 5th freedom rights on the LAX-MEX segment. On a side note, a great number of Colombian ex-pats in California decides not to travel back to their country due to the instability and the hazard that travel to Colombia represents.
This is just one more step taken to make Avianca a leaner machine by cutting off unprofitable routes and concentrating on being a profitable entity after many years of extreme losses.
Chepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6301 posts, RR: 10
Reply 4, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 3550 times:
It sure is a shame to see Avianca shrink , but its a step they need to take if they want to stop loosing money . They need to cut all of their prestige routes and just concentrate on their money makers if they want to survive .
LatinPlane From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2753 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (12 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 3455 times:
Many airlines from South America and Central America that have flown to LAX throughout the years have done it via MEX without 5th freedom rights, Avianca was just the last one to do it. These days, it is just not viable to fly a tag along segment if it does not include proper 5th freedom rights.
Here is a list of the airlines that I've know that have flown the segment.
Aerolineas Argentinas: EZE-LIM-MEX-LAX
APSA: LIM-MEX-LAX and LIM-ACA-LAX (70s route)
Lan Chile: SCL-MEX-LAX (now SCL-LIM-LAX with 5th freedom)
LACSA: SJO-MEX-LAX and SJO-ACA-LAX (late 80s route)
In regards to Avianca, there is a large population of Colombians living in California, but like I've stated earlier many decide not to visit Colombia as often when compared to other Latin Americans in the area. Avianca also charged a very expensive fare for the ability to fly direct with them (approximately $1000.00 USD) when AA or UAL charged significantly less by flying thru their MIA hubs.