I saw a picture of a TACA A320 and a LACSA A320. I also took pictures of these airlines when I was in Miami in 2000 and 2001. I know these two airlines (as well as Nica, Islena and other airlines) operate under the TACA Group. My questions are:
1. Crew utilisation. How do these airlines use their cockpit and cabin crew. Do TACA-pilots also fly for LACSA, Nica or vice versa? Do the airlines in the TACA Group exchange/share their crew or do their crew only operate with their own airline.
2. European flights. Why doesn't TACA operate (non-stop) flights to Europe (Madrid, Barcelona, Lisboa, London, Paris, Frankfurt). Is demand from/for Central America too low to justify (non-stop) flights to Europe? Iberia operates through Miami using the 747/A319 at their Miami hub. TACA operated the B767-300ER for a while, why were these birds not used for transatlantic operations? Were they not certifitied to operate transatlantic flights? Can we expect any of the TACA-member airlines to operate (non-stop) flights to Europe in the (near) future?
BTW: the TACA B767-300ER with the large "767-300ER Service" titles, was the first 767-300 I saw, and I liked it very much. The 767 was a very unusual aircraft for me back then as there were no 767 flights flying to/from the island I used to live back then. I only knew the 767 from aircraft books, when I saw it at Miami I was like wow, cool
Now I see enough of them at Schiphol Airport
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