Let me add one extra and final note: Aeropostal (LAV) did not go bankrupt !! It WAS ALWAYS A DEFICIT-RUN
STATE ENTERPRISE SINCE ITS CREATION IN
NEVER EVER TURNED A PROFIT IN
ITS ENTIRE LIFESPAN !!
The State closed it down on August 31, 1994 because it was unsustainable and it could no longer be maintained at taxpayers' expense. It was offered for sale 3 times that year (through the Venezuelan Investment Fund - FIV) and there were no bidders owing to its gigantic debt particulary to the Unions. It was shut down, all debt taken over by the State (honoured by the former Ministry of Transport and Communications) and its books "cleaned" of financial obligations with third parties.
Finally, when they lowered the base price sufficiently (it was sold for a paltry US $ 22 MM
) then they privatised it in August 1996..
Aeropostal is an entirely different thing altogether, then, from an Avensa that owes a lot of money and went under simply to stop paying creditors.
Ramiz bought the right to use the name Aeropostal which, I repeat, was in the clear debt-wise and then chose to call it Alas de Venezuela because Línea Aeropostal Venezolana was the state-run outfit whereas Aeropostal (Alas de Venezuela) was the private version. That is all. You would have to be a real fool to start an airline with the name AVENSA (which is a trade mark anyway) and have to face creditors knocking at your door left, right and centre !! Who in full possession of their commonsense would want to do that ??
I state again what I said earlier in this thread: VIASA has exactly the same problem to this day and that is why the name no-one dares touch !
I cannot foresee any new Avensa for the time being unless they pay their arrears and dues and clear their name !!