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by viaggiare
Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)
Replies: 200
Views: 13628

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)

La legendaria piloto de Avianca que Efromovich despidió Maribel Porras was the first woman to command a Boeing 767 in Latin America. She recently supported the Avianca pilot strike and the airline retaliated by forcing her into retirement. A warning for anyone who crosses Bolivian-born tycoon Germá...

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by viaggiare
Wed Oct 04, 2017 6:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)
Replies: 200
Views: 13628

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)

La gran pelea de Germán Efromovich con su poderoso socio en Avianca (in Spanish) The former parrot cartel leader claims Efromovich secretly diverted millions of dollars from Avianca and its shareholders directly to his personal company and not to the holding. Meanwhile, don Efro claims señor Kriete...

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by viaggiare
Tue Jul 25, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)
Replies: 200
Views: 13628

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (2nd Half)

'Spotters': los devotos cazadores de aviones aptly describes the passion shared by a committed group of local aviation enthusiasts —among them fellow a.netters tomascubero and meneses24— that lives on in the post- La Candela era . How is BA doing in SJO now. Initially loads were bad Maybe routing i...

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by viaggiare
Fri Jul 14, 2017 3:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (1st Half)
Replies: 199
Views: 20651

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017

LTU932 wrote:
I presume the LH flights will be Jump aircraft, operated by LH Cityline

Correct. No First Class. Star Alliance livery.

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by viaggiare
Thu Jul 13, 2017 6:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (1st Half)
Replies: 199
Views: 20651

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017

LH starts twice-weekly FRA–SJO–FRA nonstop A343 service, effective 29MAR18.

LH518 FRA1345 – 1755SJO 343 46
LH519 SJO1950 – 1510+1FRA 343 46

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by viaggiare
Sat May 27, 2017 2:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (1st Half)
Replies: 199
Views: 20651

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017

SJOtoLIR wrote:
schedule

LA2408 LIM1250 – 1540SJO 319 257
LA2409 SJO1715 – 2205LIM 319 257

Effective 02JAN18. Operated by LATAM Airlines Perú. 144 seats in one-class Economy configuration.

SJOtoLIR wrote:
timed to promote easy connections

From/to GRU, SCL and EZE. Less conveniently from/to COR, ROS, MDZ, SLA, MVD and ASU.

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by viaggiare
Thu May 25, 2017 3:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (1st Half)
Replies: 199
Views: 20651

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017

LTU932 wrote:
to be operated with an A320

The paper does mention "un avión A320 con capacidad para 220 pasajeros" but LATAM 320s can seat up to 162, 168 or 174 passengers, depending on configuration. In other words, 321s will likely be used.

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by viaggiare
Tue May 23, 2017 5:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (1st Half)
Replies: 199
Views: 20651

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017

Effective 05NOV17

WN303 FLL1135 – 1330SJO 73G D
WN304 SJO1425 – 1820FLL 73G D

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by viaggiare
Fri May 05, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (1st Half)
Replies: 199
Views: 20651

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017

Nature Air (5C) continues to capture a growing chunk (34%) of Costa Rica's domestic air travel market. A breakdown of the numbers, based on the latest available (2015) data, shows Sansa (RZ) has seen its market share erode to 53% while charter services (Aerobell, CarmonAir, Taxi Aéreo, etc.) are hol...

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by viaggiare
Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:13 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (1st Half)
Replies: 199
Views: 20651

Re: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017

written by Captain Luis Fernando Bruno related to the glory days of LACSA and the BAC 1-11 in Costa Rica The stretched One-Eleven 500 series not only offered improved performance, in the form of more powerful engines, but also was aesthetically more pleasing. 0000511 As a side note, Capt. Bruno, th...

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by viaggiare
Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread - 2017 (1st Half)
Replies: 199
Views: 20651

Re: Central American aviation thread. Part 66

Los expatriados de la aviación tica (link in Spanish) is a suprisingly well-written piece on the legion of Costa Rican nationals who were laid off by the infamous and now-defunct parrot cartel (its later and no less evil incarnation fired another 200 tico employees almost four years ago) and are cu...

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by viaggiare
Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread. Part 65
Replies: 200
Views: 21298

Re: Central American aviation thread. Part 65

LTU932 wrote:
Yes. In the end, it was the right decision to make, me returning. I feel more at home here in SYQ than in HAM.

Awesome.. bet it's a helluva lot more fun too. Cheers.

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by viaggiare
Mon Dec 19, 2016 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread. Part 65
Replies: 200
Views: 21298

Re: Central American aviation thread. Part 65

Looks like the air operator's certificate issued to AirCostaRica by the local DGAC has been acquired by interests linked to Irelandia Aviation, same folks who own Ryanair and VivaColombia.

Welcome back, Richie. Will it be permanent this time?

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by viaggiare
Wed Nov 23, 2016 4:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread. Part 65
Replies: 200
Views: 21298

Re: Central American aviation thread. Part 65

Several canceled flights to/from SJO this morning. Getting soaked already thanks to the outer spiral rainbands of that tropical cyclone.

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by viaggiare
Thu Oct 20, 2016 2:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread. Part 65
Replies: 200
Views: 21298

Re: Central American aviation thread. Part 65

Four 73Gs to start with on 01DEC. Inherits GUA via SJO from P5. Other international markets: MEX, CUN, PUJ, AUA, HAV, CCS, UIO and GYE.

BLB becomes fifth Panamanian destination served nonstop from SJO. Scheduled flights are currently available to PTY, PAC, DAV and BOC.

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by viaggiare
Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread. Part 65
Replies: 200
Views: 21298

Re: Central American aviation thread. Part 65

I wish there were more direct links, not just because the U.S. has restrictions in place that prevent transfers w/o visas, but also because IMO it would be a sign of additional sovereignty in the Americas if the U.S. would be circumvented. (...) I think it would be good for LatAm to boycott the con...

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by viaggiare
Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread. Part 65
Replies: 200
Views: 21298

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Aerolínea hondureña a la conquista de nuevos mercados (link in Spanish).

Honduran airline EasySky will soon add TGU–CUN to its current once-weekly TGU–HAV and TGU–CCS services. TGU–TLC would come next.

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by viaggiare
Sat Sep 17, 2016 4:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread. Part 65
Replies: 200
Views: 21298

Re: Central American aviation thread. Part 65

What goes around, comes around (link in Spanish) is a short essay on Karma being such a cruel mistress. Lo mismo que TACA International había hecho con Aviateca, SAHSA, NICA y LACSA, ahora se lo hacía la aerolínea de bandera nacional de Colombia. (fair use excerpt) She can be awfully cold hearted, ...

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by viaggiare
Sat Sep 03, 2016 3:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread. Part 65
Replies: 200
Views: 21298

Re: Central American aviation thread. Part 65

Avianca Holdings, the six-year-old subsidiary of Synergy Group formed by the merger of Avianca and TACA is rumored to be on the verge of dissolution according to a radio network belonging to CARACOL. (link in Spanish) El rumor que hay hoy en día en Avianca, es que se llegaría a la separación (...) n...

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by viaggiare
Fri Aug 26, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread. Part 65
Replies: 200
Views: 21298

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Has Volaris made any progress on their Costa Rica plans? Additional time and paperwork needed for the certification process and safety authority but on schedule to take off sometime in 1Q2017, says the airline's CEO . (link in Spanish) ¿Cuándo comenzará a operar la empresa en Costa Rica? Tienen que...

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by viaggiare
Wed Aug 24, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread. Part 65
Replies: 200
Views: 21298

Re: Central American aviation thread. Part 65

LTU932 wrote:
I'm eager to see how things have developed in my abscence. First my transit stop in PTY in December.

Still unsure of the extent to which sources inside DGAC are to be trusted on this matter, but your subsequent trips to SJO could be LH nonstops.

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by viaggiare
Fri Aug 19, 2016 5:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American aviation thread. Part 65
Replies: 200
Views: 21298

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yellowtail wrote:
Very few of us realise how hard it is to actually get an airline up and running. Logistically, it is a nightmare. and it is very very expensive.

Let alone the bureaucratic red tape, e.g., Air Costa Rica vs. the local DGAC.

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by viaggiare
Sat Aug 06, 2016 4:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

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would be nice to see CM at SJC! Unlikely. Failure of their recent alternate airport experiment at PBC underscored the need to consider the competitive advantages of nearby airports with well-established international air networks (e.g., MEX, SFO) and low cost services (e.g., TLC, OAK). Also worth n...

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by viaggiare
Wed Aug 03, 2016 5:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

Re: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64

Earl predicted to make landfall near BZE in 24 hrs. RTB lies directly along the storm's projected path.

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by viaggiare
Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

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AA1419 BZE-MIA declared an emergency just fifteen minutes away from its scheduled arrival, then landed safely.

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by viaggiare
Sat Jul 30, 2016 1:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

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Eight people were indirectly struck by lightning this afternoon at SJO. Six of them, mostly ground crewmen, were taken to the hospital. Three flights were diverted to LIR due to poor weather conditions.

Ocho heridos por caída de rayos en Aeropuerto Juan Santamaría (link in Spanish)

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by viaggiare
Sun Jul 24, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

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In other news, Volaris Costa Rica is now closer to getting its operator's certificate.

Volaris se enfila para arrancar su filial en Costa Rica (link in Spanish).

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by viaggiare
Sun Jul 24, 2016 5:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

Re: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64

Several SJO-bound flights were diverted this evening due to dense fog over Alajuela. CM162 (738), CM458 (738), AA986 (752) all went to PTY, while LR730 (AT7) chose MGA instead.

LR621 (321) managed to land after spending a LONG time on a holding pattern over the Gulf of Nicoya.

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by viaggiare
Fri Jul 22, 2016 8:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

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Following a decades-long tradition started by LACSA with various symbols of tico identity, the first of two Air Costa Rica 733s is finally in the process of getting its new livery, which will include the national flag, a hummingbird, and the characteristic phrase Pura Vida.

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by viaggiare
Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

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SJOtoLIR wrote:
Has anybody on this board ever seen an approach on either RWY 21L or RWY 21R at PTY ? It's not usual from my point of view.

Unusual yes, much more so than on SJO's RWY 25. But it does happen occasionally.

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by viaggiare
Sun Jul 17, 2016 7:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

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Political nominations are a joke even in Germany, so it's not exclusive by country. Think of the ridiculous nomination of Hartmut Mehdorn as the boss of BER, a man without any experience in the aviation industry, and who was unable to get AB back on its feet. Mehdorn is also the man who did everyth...

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by viaggiare
Sun Jul 17, 2016 6:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

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Costa Rican construction company EDICA, founded in 1957, recently posted an SJO expansion update on its facebook page. Otto Guevara wants the DGAC boss, Enio Cubillo Araya, to be removed from his position for not fulfilling the legal requirements for the position of director-general for civil aviati...

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by viaggiare
Fri Jul 15, 2016 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

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LTU932 wrote:
It looks like I can't check-in online via KL for the PTY-SJO sector

And why is that? (the airline's explanation anyway).

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by viaggiare
Tue Jul 12, 2016 9:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

Re: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64

Glad the two-tone blue theme is back. :)

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by viaggiare
Sun Jul 03, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

Re: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64

Spirit will cancel the IAH - Central American routes **NK IAH-MGA SEP 0.3>0.0 OCT 0.3>0 NOV 0.3>0 DEC 0.3>0 JAN 0.3>0 FEB 0.3>0 MAR 0.3>0 **NK IAH-SAL SEP 0.3>0.1 OCT 0.3>0 NOV 0.3>0 DEC 0.3>0 JAN 0.3>0 FEB 0.3>0 MAR 0.3>0 **NK IAH-SJO SEP 0.4>0.1 OCT 0.5>0 NOV 0.4>0 DEC 0.5>0 JAN 0.4>0 FEB 0.4>0 M...

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by viaggiare
Thu Jun 30, 2016 8:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

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Further reading for those who might be intrigued by COOPESA and its peculiar nature/background. Although by no means a thorough or complete analysis, this information alone should allow for a more accurate discernment of its motivations and actions, within the broader context of a long and unhealthy...

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by viaggiare
Thu Jun 30, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

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IMHO, in an event SJO moves to Orotina (with Coopesa), SYQ may be improved so to allow some kind of service to PTY/PAC, DAV and MGA. COOPESA isn't interested in moving to Orotina and they won't relocate to Liberia. The farthest they were willing to move was to the other side of the runway, near the...

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by viaggiare
Wed Jun 29, 2016 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

Re: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64

Avianca-Taca faces increasing financial turbulence and a higher risk of defaulting on lease payments, unless the Chinese (HNA Group) put up US$500 million soon. Pago de deudas, la presión para Avianca en la búsqueda de socio (link in Spanish) Contra el reloj y bajo una fuerte presión trabaja la alta...

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by viaggiare
Tue Jun 28, 2016 5:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

Re: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64

El Santamaría por dentro (SJO on the inside) is a 15-minute segment which aired earlier this evening on a local weekly prime time television news magazine. It does offer some insight into day-to-day airport operations at SJO, but quickly becomes a sales pitch for a much-hyped development and constr...

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by viaggiare
Tue Jun 28, 2016 2:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

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affluent areas of Mexico City now have easier access to TLC than to MEX. If CM MEX demand rises and CM can't get slots, CM could well think of TLC, before returning to PBC Toluca is not only more convenient than PBC (roughly 1/3 the distance) , but it is already positioned as a low-cost alternate t...

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by viaggiare
Sat Jun 25, 2016 11:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

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In related Copa news, PBC is also being axed. This route had weekly frequencies reduced from 4x to 2x already. Last flight is scheduled for 30JUN.

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by viaggiare
Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CM increases Venezuela frequencies
Replies: 8
Views: 2062

Re: CM increases Venezuela frequencies

However, even with the announced new flights, PTY does not really offer a convenient connection timing for LH, with sometimes layovers of 5 hours or more: Lufthansa arrives at PTY at 4.40 pm, but the connecting flight for CCS leaves at 9.41 pm Copa arrives at PTY at 2.45 pm from CCS, and LH departs...

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by viaggiare
Sat Jun 25, 2016 3:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

Re: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64

yellowtail wrote:
The timing couldn't have been worse for launch with Oils collapse
SJOtoLIR wrote:
My hypothesis: lack of demand. It's that simple !

When it comes to route expansion, I firmly believe CM conducted due diligence much more rigorously while Joe Mohan was there. And they were no less aggressive back then.

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by viaggiare
Sat Jun 25, 2016 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CM increases Venezuela frequencies
Replies: 8
Views: 2062

Re: CM increases Venezuela frequencies

SJOtoLIR wrote:
CM MDE-CCS was in service before and operated by Copa Airlines Colombia. That flight doesn't seem to return.

You're referring to a route that was discontinued almost two years ago.

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by viaggiare
Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CM increases Venezuela frequencies
Replies: 8
Views: 2062

CM increases Venezuela frequencies

Copa Airlines has announced additional frequencies to/from Caracas and Maracaibo, as follows: CM232 PTY1542 - 1905CCS 738 X3456 (FROM 03JUL THROUGH 31JUL) CM233 CCS0855 - 1019PTY 738 X3456 (FROM 03JUL THROUGH 31JUL) CM232 PTY1542 - 1905CCS 738 D (EFFECTIVE 01AUG) CM233 CCS0855 - 1019PTY 738 D (EFFEC...

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by viaggiare
Fri Jun 24, 2016 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64
Replies: 204
Views: 25227

Re: Central American Aviation Thread. Part 64

CM will be axing its PTY-VSA route next month, according to Tabasco Hoy newspaper.

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by viaggiare
Thu Jun 23, 2016 5:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AeroMéxico ends Caracas?
Replies: 29
Views: 4775

Re: AeroMéxico ends Caracas?

There isn't even toilet paper available. Venezuela is definitely a failed state. After becoming annoyed by so many relatives and friends overseas asking him how was he coping with shortages, Agustín Otxotorena recently posted a series of photographs to his personal Facebook profile that paint a dif...

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by viaggiare
Wed Jun 22, 2016 11:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AeroMéxico ends Caracas?
Replies: 29
Views: 4775

Re: AeroMéxico ends Caracas?

Despite the political turmoil and economic recession, basic services are still operating in Brazil. Rio Declares 'State Of Calamity' Ahead Of Games Rio de Janeiro's governor has declared a "state of public calamity" (...) warns emergency measures are needed to avoid "a total collapse...

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by viaggiare
Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AeroMéxico ends Caracas?
Replies: 29
Views: 4775

Re: AeroMéxico ends Caracas?

DL is down to one weekly ATL-CCS flight. I wonder how much longer that will last. As someone pointed out earlier, DL converted its daily ATL-CCS flight to a single weekend operation almost two years ago. Oh! the hypocrisy of it all. AA, AM and CM have reduced flights to Brazil recently. G3 and JJ a...

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by viaggiare
Wed Jun 22, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AeroMéxico ends Caracas?
Replies: 29
Views: 4775

Re: AeroMéxico ends Caracas?

Venezuela is quickly becoming isolated. Isolated by economic powers eager to tap the world’s largest oil reserves. An overwhelming majority of Latin American and Caribbean nations defeated not one , but two of the most recent public relations stunts aimed at supporting the right-wing opposition's (...

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