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by RCS763AV
Wed Jun 24, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB announces the retirement of A346 fleet
Replies: 90
Views: 19659

Re: IB announces the retirement of A346 fleet

This is very sad. Fortunately got to fly in one of them one last time last July BOG-MAD in C class. Wonderful birds.Given the skeleton schedule most airlines will operate from now until potentially 2022, there's just no need for IB to keep them in the fleet. Speaking of those new-ish routes that mig...

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by RCS763AV
Tue May 26, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: LATAM files for Bankruptcy
Replies: 298
Views: 60287

Re: Updated: LATAM files for Bankruptcy

Well this is sad. I can also see the Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador and ultimately Colombia subsidiaries getting scrapped. And about all those preaching MIA feed by AA will be key when things re-open, Latin America - South Florida traffic is almost 100% O/D. Sure, a couple of connections to MSP and CL...

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by RCS763AV
Wed May 20, 2020 1:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ecuador TAME to be liquidated
Replies: 27
Views: 5802

Re: Ecuador TAME to be liquidated

Sad news! First Latin carrier to bite the dust. However, they never achieved critical mass and their international services never really stuck, except for UIO-ESM/TUA-CLO which lasted decades. LA and AV serve the domestic market well (wasn't EQ third in market share?) and international connectivity ...

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by RCS763AV
Fri May 15, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca has filed for Chapter 11
Replies: 55
Views: 12172

Re: Avianca has filed for Chapter 11

I never said they were revenue by company, rather LATAM's footprint on each market. You literally said: Your size idea for LATAM subsidiaries and actual footprint in the different regional markets they operate is a bit off. And regarding fleet, LATAM Colombia does not have a single passenger plane ...

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by RCS763AV
Fri May 15, 2020 2:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca has filed for Chapter 11
Replies: 55
Views: 12172

Re: Avianca has filed for Chapter 11

I never said they were revenue by company, rather LATAM's footprint on each market. You literally said: Your size idea for LATAM subsidiaries and actual footprint in the different regional markets they operate is a bit off. And regarding fleet, LATAM Colombia does not have a single passenger plane ...

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by RCS763AV
Wed May 13, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca has filed for Chapter 11
Replies: 55
Views: 12172

Re: Avianca has filed for Chapter 11

Sad to hear about Avianca.... Will this mean that other competitors such as Viva Air may expand rapidly their market-share after covid-19 crisis is over? Everyone in the industry is in very bad shape. I don't think any airline will have the capacity to expand rapidly after the crisis. Also keep in ...

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by RCS763AV
Wed May 13, 2020 1:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca has filed for Chapter 11
Replies: 55
Views: 12172

Re: Avianca has filed for Chapter 11

Your size idea for LATAM subsidiaries and actual footprint in the different they operate is a bit off. Argentina is way bigger than Colombia and Ecuador. And only behind Brazil and Chile in the region, even with the pre COVID Argentina crisis. In a good year, Argentina's revenues are close to the o...

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by RCS763AV
Wed May 13, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca has filed for Chapter 11
Replies: 55
Views: 12172

Re: Avianca has filed for Chapter 11

Aircraft being returned per subsidiary: ATR-72: 0 A319: Ecuador 2 A320: Colombia 3 / Peru 1 / Ecuador 2 / El Salvador 1 A321: Colombia 2 A332: 0 A333: Colombia 2 B787: Colombia 1 I'd guess the rest of the Avianca Peru fleet will also be returned. https://www.transponder1200.com/avianca-retirara-flot...

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by RCS763AV
Wed May 13, 2020 1:14 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca has filed for Chapter 11
Replies: 55
Views: 12172

Re: Avianca has filed for Chapter 11

Most of SAL operations were O/D routes inherited from the TACA merger, so it's highly unlikely those would go, unless, of course SAL O/D demand abruptly goes down. IMHO, any decision re: SAL will be taken in El Salvador by Kriete group, part owners of AV, and not by some board executives in Bogota....

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by RCS763AV
Sun May 10, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca has filed for Chapter 11
Replies: 55
Views: 12172

Re: Avianca has filed for Chapter 11

Sad news but not unexpected. The LIM operation was hanging by a thread even before COVID-19. We'll probably see a complete refocus in BOG and minimal operations in SAL and UIO. Sad thing to see but all airlines will come out of this as much smaller companies. Let's hope this ensures the survival of ...

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by RCS763AV
Tue Apr 14, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New SCL terminal, new TPAC gateway between South America & Australia/NZ
Replies: 41
Views: 6147

Re: New SCL terminal, new TPAC gateway between South America & Australia/NZ

Very nice terminal. Someone posted above that it is a kind of outdated design for pax comfort, but I understand it was built that way due the fact that a very large proportion of the pax using the airport are going to be O/D. Speaking of the thread title, although SCL has a role in connecting the ex...

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by RCS763AV
Wed Feb 19, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020
Replies: 52
Views: 10449

Re: Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020

Regardless of what is being hypothesized in this thread, the title is misleading. For AV whose main hub is BOG this is hardly a "massive" expansion. Just look at the figures. Resembles more a seasonal adjustment. Let's get some perspective here, I'd suggest. We're not talking daily freque...

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by RCS763AV
Tue Feb 18, 2020 7:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020
Replies: 52
Views: 10449

Re: Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020

Oh the perennial SFO to South America dilemma/pipe dream... There is not enough profitable traffic from SFO to sustain what you propose. COPA already is doing what you propose Avianca would do, unless Avianca wishes to lose its shirt flying low yielding traffic flows to Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo, ...

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by RCS763AV
Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020
Replies: 52
Views: 10449

Re: Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020

We'll see CDG, YYZ and SFO plus the two new Brazilian routes announed/started this year for sure. Next year we´ll probably see the return of ORD and BOS, and the consolidation of the new frequencies and capacity upgrades that have been launched throughout the whole network. New Spain routes have al...

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by RCS763AV
Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AV launches Avianca Express against regional LCCs
Replies: 0
Views: 572

AV launches Avianca Express against regional LCCs

Avianca Holdings has launched the Avianca Express brand under which its subsidiary Regional Express Americas will take over turboprop operations starting in the Colombian market. Their slogan is "Un solo país", which means "One country" in spanish, reflecting the branch's mission...

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by RCS763AV
Tue Feb 04, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020
Replies: 52
Views: 10449

Re: Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020

We'll see CDG, YYZ and SFO plus the two new Brazilian routes announed/started this year for sure. Next year we´ll probably see the return of ORD and BOS, and the consolidation of the new frequencies and capacity upgrades that have been launched throughout the whole network. New Spain routes have alw...

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by RCS763AV
Mon Feb 03, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca Announces Direct Bogota To Toronto Route
Replies: 15
Views: 2350

Re: Avianca Announces Direct Bogota To Toronto Route

AV flies BOG-EZE on A320NEO (sometimes even with a winglet equipped CEO) regularly (one of the two daily rotations from BOG). Don't know how much the NEO is restricted on the route, but they have never even scheduled regular A319s since the flight started around a year ago. BOG-EZE is 198 NM longer ...

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by RCS763AV
Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines Introduces Delta One on Atlanta-Bogota Route
Replies: 63
Views: 9391

Re: Delta Air Lines Introduces Delta One on Atlanta-Bogota Route

Yes, the mystical cargo revenue I keep reading about that's going to make every flight profitable. If that was the case, why has it taken DL this long to switch to a 767 here? If that's the case, why is AV struggling despite running mostly widebodies to BOG. Oh and the kicker is how BOG has a lot o...

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by RCS763AV
Mon Feb 03, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca Announces Direct Bogota To Toronto Route
Replies: 15
Views: 2350

Re: Avianca Announces Direct Bogota To Toronto Route

This is being discussed in another thread. If we keep making a thread about every little announcement none of the latino threads will get over 10 replies on this forum. Just saying.

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by RCS763AV
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020
Replies: 52
Views: 10449

Re: Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020

what I noted that AV as per summer Schedule massively changed the ETA / ETD of the flights, asume to get as well a better utilization of their fleet Are they increasing or decreasing block times? I could asusme decreasing? That's going to be a tough adjustment operations wise. AV has historically h...

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by RCS763AV
Wed Jan 29, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines Introduces Delta One on Atlanta-Bogota Route
Replies: 63
Views: 9391

Re: Delta Air Lines Introduces Delta One on Atlanta-Bogota Route

Yes, the mystical cargo revenue I keep reading about that's going to make every flight profitable. If that was the case, why has it taken DL this long to switch to a 767 here? If that's the case, why is AV struggling despite running mostly widebodies to BOG. Oh and the kicker is how BOG has a lot o...

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by RCS763AV
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Air Lines Introduces Delta One on Atlanta-Bogota Route
Replies: 63
Views: 9391

Re: Delta Air Lines Introduces Delta One on Atlanta-Bogota Route

I agree that overall we will see more, but I do not agree that this is an example of it. LATAM is pretty irrelevant at BOG. That’s not true at all. LATAM has a significant and growing presence at BOG. You might want to check that again. LATAM only flies to LIM, SCL and GRU, outside of a handful of ...

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by RCS763AV
Thu Jan 23, 2020 12:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020
Replies: 52
Views: 10449

Re: Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020

DCA350 wrote:
Interesting they are down gauging LAX product wise from the 787 to the A330. I thought that was a lucrative market for them.


There really isn't much difference between the cabin of the A330 and the 787, seat-wise. I do think they're quite succesful in LAX.

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by RCS763AV
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020
Replies: 52
Views: 10449

Re: Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020

They can dream but it's not going to happen. Among other reasons: Elevation PTY: 69 feet Elevation BOG: 8,360 feet That compromises range or payload for every departing aircraft. Well, first of all, BOG is already a very large connection hub. Second of all, narrowbodies have been reaching destinati...

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by RCS763AV
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020
Replies: 52
Views: 10449

Re: Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020

The management's strategy is to make BOG the leading connecting hub of the americas in a couple of years. They can dream but it's not going to happen. Among other reasons: Elevation PTY: 69 feet Elevation BOG: 8,360 feet That compromises range or payload for every departing aircraft. Well, first of...

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by RCS763AV
Wed Jan 22, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020
Replies: 52
Views: 10449

Re: Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020

Sad to see ORD-BOG not coming back in their immediate plans. That flight barely had time to get started. Maybe UA will give it a shot once the MAX disaster is resolved. I'm sure that now that the company has some breathing room financially and with the JV with UA coming soon, we'll se them back on ...

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by RCS763AV
Wed Jan 22, 2020 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020
Replies: 52
Views: 10449

Avianca: massive BOG expansion in 2020

Continuing its network re-focus and financial restructuring, Avianca is shifting capacity away from LIM towards its BOG hub. The management's strategy is to make BOG the leading connecting hub of the americas in a couple of years. Although it might prove difficult given the airport's infrastructure ...

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by RCS763AV
Thu Jan 16, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AM Grows 787 Fleet
Replies: 32
Views: 5842

Re: AM Grows 787 Fleet

It seems hard to see AM going widebody in MEX-BOG, MEX-LIM too much capacity and competition in those particular routes. Good point re: the capacity and competition. However, one of AV's frequencies on MEX-BOG is a widebody. AM could do the same. Or maybe consolidate flights, say two widebody fligh...

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by RCS763AV
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AM Grows 787 Fleet
Replies: 32
Views: 5842

Re: AM Grows 787 Fleet

I'm glad to hear AM is getting more 787s. Certainly this will mean more service to Asia and Europe and maybe the return of GIG to the network. Now if only AMLO hadn't been such a dick and we wouldn't have been stuck with shitty, unconvenient MEX for the next twenty years. Imagine! AM would be the La...

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by RCS763AV
Wed Jan 08, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Spirit continues expansion in Colombia
Replies: 3
Views: 769

Re: Spirit continues expansion in Colombia

Well this marks NK's return to the BAQ market after they operated daily and failed AFAIK because of a horrible schedule. Let's hope this time at less frequency and hopefully a nicer departure time ex-BAQ (they used to fly BAQ-FLL at 330 am or something), the flight will do well. BGA is indeed a very...

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by RCS763AV
Fri Dec 13, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca news
Replies: 3
Views: 1049

Re: Avianca news

Avianca is also reinstating CLO-MAD to daily, back from 6x weekly. They're clearly making money out of MUC, otherwise it would have been cut just like all the other new-ish BOG routes like BOS, ORD and MVD did (MVD is returning but only after being cut from LIM). They're right-sizing. I had read els...

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by RCS763AV
Tue Dec 10, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Chile's SKY Airline orders 10 A321XLR
Replies: 31
Views: 5456

Re: Chile's SKY Airline orders 10 A321XLR

This also opens LIM-JFK (maybe even LIM-LAX) as a possibility. The A321XLR is a real game changer. Good for SKY.

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by RCS763AV
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR: Avianca to CDG in 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 2196

Re: RUMOR: Avianca to CDG in 2020

Avianca has officially requested authority from Aerocivil (Colombian CAA) for four weekly frequencies to Paris CDG.

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by RCS763AV
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR: Avianca to CDG in 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 2196

Re: RUMOR: Avianca to CDG in 2020

Efromovich doesn't have it, that is why he failed on his payments. Thus, UA took control of Efromovich's shares in Avianca Holdings. This deal has nothing to do with Avianca Holdings except that the shares that Synergy owned were used as collateral. But the deal was between UA and Synergy.

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by RCS763AV
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca-Iberia seek codeshares via the U.S.
Replies: 20
Views: 3184

Re: Avianca-Iberia seek codeshares via the U.S.

Indeed. That's probably a better reason to expand the codeshare via MIA. Colombia-MIA-Spain makes no sense with the amount of non-stop capacity being offered.

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by RCS763AV
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR: Avianca to CDG in 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 2196

Re: RUMOR: Avianca to CDG in 2020

Logical if their financial house is in order, given the recent events at AV is this the time for some European Adventurism ? United gave them a huge loan which as far as I can tell was Efronowich seems to have taken the money and left Avianca holding the bag ? IF AV has the UA money I would love to...

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by RCS763AV
Mon Nov 25, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca-Iberia seek codeshares via the U.S.
Replies: 20
Views: 3184

Re: Avianca-Iberia seek codeshares via the U.S.

This is a surprising expansion of their codeshare agreement. As far as I know, IB places its code one one of the three daily MAD-BOG rotations and two of the seven weekly rotations to BCN from BOG. AV places its code on the daily IB flights to BOG. The three new weekly frequencies are not included i...

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by RCS763AV
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR: Avianca to CDG in 2020
Replies: 9
Views: 2196

RUMOR: Avianca to CDG in 2020

According to Colombian aviation blog Torreeldorado, Avianca will re-launch flights from Bogota to Paris CDG in the second half of 2020, 4x weekly on the 787-8: https://torreeldorado.co/avianca-planea-vuelos-bogota-paris/ This marks the return to Paris after an 18 or 19 year absence from the market (...

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by RCS763AV
Mon Nov 25, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LATAM counterattacks AA: LIM-MIA goes 21x weekly
Replies: 53
Views: 10663

Re: LATAM counterattacks AA: LIM-MIA goes 21x weekly

Why the negativity? LIM-MIA is a huge market, not to mention Peru has no fllights to MIA from other domestic points. And have we mentioned LA's strong south cone operations which access a considerable all south america POS to provide connections; and the fact that AV is cutting capacity? (To the sou...

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by RCS763AV
Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM to upgage Colombia services to 777-200ER
Replies: 10
Views: 2483

Re: KLM to upgage Colombia services to 777-200ER

KL used to fly the route with the 772ER before the introduction of the 789. When the route first started, it used to stop in Cali (CLO). KL carries a lot of cargo out of BOG, so any twin has to take a payload hit, which is why a stopover is necessary. I once took the KL 772 on the BOG-CLO-AMS route ...

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by RCS763AV
Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca cancels LIM-MVD/ASU/CUN
Replies: 19
Views: 2983

Re: Avianca cancels LIM-MVD/ASU/CUN

I’ve heard from a friend who works in the relevant department at AV that BOG-POA is going To launch soon, probably to the detriment of LIM-POA.

LIM seems to make no sense in the operation right now. Sad. I hope the station is not completely dismantled.

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by RCS763AV
Fri Nov 08, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Avianca cancels LIM-MVD/ASU/CUN
Replies: 19
Views: 2983

Re: Avianca cancels LIM-MVD/ASU/CUN

Crazy they can't compete with LATAM in LIM.. Huge market you would think they could split it. You could say that about LATAM in BOG against them (they cut all international operations and only have a competitive domestic schedule from BOG to MDE and CLO). Both airlines just have a tough grip on eac...

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by RCS763AV
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 Ending MEX 1/9?
Replies: 75
Views: 15663

Re: B6 Ending MEX 1/9?

This is surprising. B6 are doing well on their south american bases (BOG, CTG, MDE, UIO, GYE and LIM) even recently starting GYE-JFK. Markets which are all smaller than MEX and have a lot of competition (especially Colombia). I just think the DL/AM JV is a though competitor to deal with. Too bad fo...

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by RCS763AV
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: B6 Ending MEX 1/9?
Replies: 75
Views: 15663

Re: B6 Ending MEX 1/9?

This is surprising. B6 are doing well on their south american bases (BOG, CTG, MDE, UIO, GYE and LIM) even recently starting GYE-JFK. Markets which are all smaller than MEX and have a lot of competition (especially Colombia). I just think the DL/AM JV is a though competitor to deal with. Too bad for...

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by RCS763AV
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Azul to join Avianca, Copa and United's partnership
Replies: 46
Views: 8567

Re: Azul to join Avianca, Copa and United's partnership

AV and Azul are already cooperating. An extensive codeshare agreement covering 27 destinations within Brazil and all of AV's network was signed a month ago. Based on the above sentence, that demonstrates how important is the inner Brazilian market for Avianca mainline. The point is that its own air...

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by RCS763AV
Wed Oct 16, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: JetSmart to begin flights from Chile to Colombia
Replies: 4
Views: 777

Re: JetSmart to begin flights from Chile to Colombia

With CLO (very bold move) they're targeting the large expat population that lives in Chile, which is in a large part from that region. In BOG I'm guessing they're more after tourists and businesspeople. Lots of corporate traffic between BOG and SCL for sure. It's still a 5:45h hour flight with no en...

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by RCS763AV
Tue Oct 15, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Azul to join Avianca, Copa and United's partnership
Replies: 46
Views: 8567

Re: Azul to join Avianca, Copa and United's partnership

The US routes flown by AD seem to be attractive for the trinomium [UA-AV-CM], in order to sustain proper code-share agreements. AD has a strong presence at both FLL and MCO and operated by Airbus 330, especially from VCP. This intended partnership should be mutual as [UA-AV-CM] might carry the AD d...

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by RCS763AV
Mon Oct 14, 2019 3:55 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: New airport killed the old airport
Replies: 44
Views: 7593

Re: New airport killed the old airport

Bogotá - Techo was replaced by Bogotá - El Dorado in 1957.

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by RCS763AV
Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta buying 20% of LATAM
Replies: 867
Views: 124512

Re: Delta buying 20% of LATAM

The map is also missing DL's soon to start BOG-JFK service.

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by RCS763AV
Fri Oct 04, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AV restarts BOG-MVD
Replies: 23
Views: 2471

Re: AV restarts BOG-MVD

I was wondering, could AV make BOG-CBB-BOG work? Bolivia remains a small country population wise and a tiny economy. The daily flights to LPB and VVI have some business traffic and tourism is booming in La Paz right now, but the business case for a CBB flight from BOG seems tougher than the other t...

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