Just for the record, Avianca, Aviacion nacional de Colombia is the oldest airline in the Americas. followed by Mexicana de Aviacion......
I haven't been to Colombia or flown on Avianca but I have heard about them. From my point of view it's a great airline because of the livery and because they once operated 2 747's. Quite a feat for Latin American airlines. It also flies to many international destinations.
for example Bogota-London Heathrow, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid.
Well, what I heard is that because of the bad times in Colombia there is not to many people that would choose Colombia as a vacation destination. This hurts Avianca a lot. What I have heard is that employee moral is low especially with the flight attendants. I have also heard that Avianca tries to keep expenses down, so much to the point that it offers a low budget type of food to it's passengers. Actually, Avianca doesn't even offer meals on some of it's South American network routes!
They also spend a small amount or don't spend at all on passenger amenities such as blankets and pillows.
This is all stuff that I have read or heard, thought, don't take my word for it.
By the way, it's nice to know that you are visiting Colombia. I think that Colombians are some of the nicest people that I've met.
Keep us informed on the aviation aspects in that part of the world.
Also, it would be interesting to find out why Avensa stop flying it's european services. I know that Caracas if far away but if you get any news keep us informed.....
An extremely happy Latinplane.......
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