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RE: Central American Aviation Thread - 15!

Sun Oct 14, 2007 4:53 am

Quoting Aer (Reply 48):
Guys it looks like AM is leaving GUA, is this true? They took of GUA out of their page.

Yes, AeroMexico's last flight out of Ciudad de Guatemala is on the 20th of October. They were losing heavily on the route, nobody cared to fly AM when they have Mexicana & TACA flying nonstop.

San Pedro Sula and Managua are still being flown, despite the fact that these two routes are not reporting great LFs either. AM thinks they can make it work, perhaps they'll be sending AeroMexico Connect instead in the near future.

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Sun Oct 14, 2007 7:35 am

Is anyone here familiar with a waypoint (in Costa Rica) named RIOBA? If so, what are its exact coordinates?

Actually I'm also having a hard time identifying these: DADES (alternately shown in ACARS messages as ABDADE), HONDA (also ABHOND), SASAY (also ABSASA), and TEREL (also ABTERE), among others.
 
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Sun Oct 14, 2007 10:15 am

Quoting Viaggiare (Reply 19):
Hi there, Braulio. It's good to have our thread founder back!

Gracias! I'm only 5 weeks away from being finished my final exas... I've been having them since May and I just can't wait untill they're over !!

Quoting Viaggiare (Reply 19):

Well, at the very least we should expect to see business traffic increase exponentially, that's both intra-regional (which in this context includes the Dominican Republic) and to/from the good ol' U.S. of A. as the region's main (even more so now) trading partner.

that will be interesting to see.... then again with all this alterra problem who knows when SJO will have the capacity to handle all those extra flights..

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Sun Oct 14, 2007 3:12 pm

Quoting Latinplane (Reply 50):
perhaps they'll be sending AeroMexico Connect instead in the near future.

Thanks for the info, well I do hope we see them back, may be they should try another city like Guadalajara or Monterrey.
 
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Mon Oct 15, 2007 12:47 am

I've heard that CM will start flight to DAV later this year or early next year, and that those flights will continue to MIA. Is this true?
 
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Mon Oct 15, 2007 2:23 am

Quoting Simairlinenet (Reply 54):
I've heard that CM will start flight to DAV

Weekly nonstop service between DAV and MIA (PTY-DAV-MIA-DAV-PTY) was supposed to start sometime this quarter. However, no official word has come in regarding the precise date, or the equipment (E90, 73G, or 738) they'd use.
 
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Mon Oct 15, 2007 4:16 am

Quoting Viaggiare (Reply 51):
Is anyone here familiar with a waypoint (in Costa Rica) named RIOBA? If so, what are its exact coordinates?

Hola!

RIOBA is located exactly at coordinates: N 10° 06' 40.7" W 84° 30' 23.1" and 17.66 DME (Nautical Miles) and on the 294 degree radial from TIO VOR.

Quoting Viaggiare (Reply 51):
Actually I'm also having a hard time identifying these: DADES (alternately shown in ACARS messages as ABDADE), HONDA (also ABHOND), SASAY (also ABSASA), and TEREL (also ABTERE), among others.

Just as a note, on ACARS messages, AB means Abeam, so DADES and ABDADE is Abeam DADES just that the ACARS does not produce the position report with the full intersection name.

RIOBA: N 10° 06' 40.7" W 84° 30' 23.1" and 17.66 DME, Radial 294 from TIO VOR.
DADES: N 10° 07' 59.0" W 84° 33' 10.9" and 20.73 DME, Radial 294 from TIO VOR.
HONDA: N 10° 15' 04.6" W 84° 48' 23.9" and 37.32 DME, Radial 294 from TIO VOR.

These three conform the RAMON 2 SID (Standard Instrument Departure), DADES Transition. DADES Transition takes you up to LIB VOR to joing the UG440 airway, used commonly for flights to El Salvador and Guatemala, among others.

SASAY: N 10° 23' 57.1" W 84° 08' 22.2" and 25.39 DME, Radial 012 from TIO VOR.
TEREL: N 09° 44' 15.3" W 84° 16' 48.5" and 15 DME, Radial 189 from TIO VOR.

You are probably getting confused because these are new waypoints that went into validity on the 30th of August 2007, I have a copy of all the new charts in PDF, email me and I can send them to you.

Regards!
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[Edited 2007-10-14 21:17:52]
 
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RE: Central American Aviation Thread - 15!

Mon Oct 15, 2007 6:01 am

Quoting Tomascubero (Reply 56):
RIOBA is located exactly at coordinates: N 10° 06' 40.7" W 84° 30' 23.1" and 17.66 DME (Nautical Miles) and on the 294 degree radial from TIO VOR.

Hey Tomás, thanks so much for clearing this up for me. No doubt you're quite the expert on the subject.

Quoting Tomascubero (Reply 56):
I have a copy of all the new charts in PDF, email me and I can send them to you.

I look forward to checking out those updated charts. Thanks again, and welcome to my ru list!
 
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Mon Oct 15, 2007 12:19 pm

Quoting Viaggiare (Reply 55):
Weekly nonstop service between DAV and MIA (PTY-DAV-MIA-DAV-PTY) was supposed to start sometime this quarter. However, no official word has come in regarding the precise date, or the equipment (E90, 73G, or 738) they'd use.

CM can't get the numbers right for a possible DAV-MIA flight. All the news about that flight is pure speculation and comes mainly from people in DAV and inside Panama Civil Aviation Authority. At this point in time DAV-MIA will be a prestige unprofitable route.

Chiriquí Province is undergoing a real-state and tourist boom, yet the traffic CM could get in DAV to/from MIA is very, very limited. And why someone with SkyTeam miles would want to fly between DAV and the States/Canada/Europe via MIA?
It would make more sense for CM to fly DAV-IAH or DAV-ATL and give all those DAV passengers awesome connections or as I've stated before, include DAV as a daily stop enroute to/fr a Centralamerican destiantion (SJO, MGA or GUA) given DAV passengers the choice to connect with CO/DL/CM at those airports and in PTY - instead of flying a prestige risky DAV-MIA.
 
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RE: Central American Aviation Thread - 15!

Mon Oct 15, 2007 1:00 pm

Quoting Viaggiare (Reply 57):
Hey Tomás, thanks so much for clearing this up for me. No doubt you're quite the expert on the subject.

Hey!

Hehe no problem, glad I could be of assistance.

Quoting Viaggiare (Reply 57):
I look forward to checking out those updated charts. Thanks again, and welcome to my ru list!

I've just sent them out, for any other one who is wondering about them, here are the links:

SID POAS 2, CACAO 2 y PARAI 2
http://www.dgac.go.cr/ais/aipsuplementos/SA17-18-19_07EV.pdf

SID RAMON 2, ATENAS 2
http://www.dgac.go.cr/ais/aipsuplementos/SA20-21_07EV.pdf

STAR TOMAS 2, FIORA 2 y PARRITA 2
http://www.dgac.go.cr/ais/aipsuplementos/SA22-23-24_07EV.pdf

STAR EPSSY y PARZA (These are the completely new procedures.)
http://www.dgac.go.cr/ais/aipsuplementos/SA25-26_07EV.pdf

Regards!
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Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:57 am

Quoting Simairlinenet (Reply 54):
I've heard that CM will start flight to DAV later this year or early next year, and that those flights will continue to MIA. Is this true?

Nothing indicates that [at least officially] at their web site.
 
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RE: Central American Aviation Thread - 15!

Tue Oct 16, 2007 2:55 pm

I found this on the news..

TACA is getting a A320 simulator for SAL. I guess they want to keep training in house. Wonder if they are learning from CM's woes..

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/s...ow/news_press_release,199399.shtml
 
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Tue Oct 16, 2007 4:54 pm

Quoting Mt99 (Reply 61):
TACA is getting a A320 simulator for SAL. I guess they want to keep training in house. Wonder if they are learning from CM's woes..

CM trains in house, they have a 737 sim in Ciudad del Saber and will recieve an E190 sim next year
 
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Tue Oct 16, 2007 5:50 pm

Quoting Luisca (Reply 62):

CM trains in house, they have a 737 sim in Ciudad del Saber and will recieve an E190 sim next year

Thanks for the clarification... "Ciudad del Saber" - is that really the name of a city?
 
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Tue Oct 16, 2007 6:34 pm

Quoting Mt99 (Reply 61):
TACA is getting a A320 simulator for SAL.

It was expected about four months ago. Nevertheless, this new flight simulator will mean great savings to TA.
 
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Tue Oct 16, 2007 6:38 pm

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 44):
the Guatemalan Air Force is selling tickets for a raffle, the winner of the prize will be taken on an acrobatic flight in one of these beauties

Carmen, just in case someone else is ultimately chosen to be onboard that old A-37B Dragonfly, may I suggest you also try the History Channel's rumbo a la estratósfera sweepstakes. They'll put the winner of that one on a MiG-31 Foxhound out of the Dolinsk-Sokol military airbase in far-eastern Russia, for what promises to be one hell of a ride.
 
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Tue Oct 16, 2007 7:38 pm

Quoting Mt99 (Reply 63):
Thanks for the clarification... "Ciudad del Saber" - is that really the name of a city?

Ciudad del Saber is actually the former Fort Clayton, U.S. Military base. People hardly use the name Ciudad del Saber for that part of town, if someone wants to take a taxi to CM sim, then the address will be COPA building in Clayton.
 
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 2:46 am

Quoting 2travel2know (Reply 66):
Ciudad del Saber is actually the former Fort Clayton, U.S. Military base. People hardly use the name Ciudad del Saber for that part of town, if someone wants to take a taxi to CM sim, then the address will be COPA building in Clayton.

I stayed there for new years 2005, a very nice complex and a nice view of the "esclusas"
 
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 4:14 am

On October 14th a huge of diversions due to horrible weather in SJO meant more than 1000 stranded passengers for the next day. Operations from/to EWR, SAP, PTY, CCS, MIA, LAX, IAH and MAD among others were delayed up to ten hours. Some sport delegations returning home were either diverted or stopped in their original destinations.
This situation is quite often during rainy season in Costa Rica and local authorities does not enhance the level of service of the ILS approaching systems placed at runway 07.
 
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:20 am

Quoting SJOtoLIR (Reply 68):
On October 14th a huge of diversions due to horrible weather in SJO meant more than 1000 stranded passengers for the next day.

Thanks God, everething is back to normal [cross fingers]. Many angry passengers at the Terminal, unfortunatelly the bad weather in the area was inclement.
 
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:23 am

Quoting Mt99 (Reply 61):
I found this on the news..

TACA is getting a A320 simulator for SAL.

Another sims are expected to be working at SJO and LIM. Six in total.
 
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 6:59 am

Quoting SJOtoLIR (Reply 68):
On October 14th a huge of diversions due to horrible weather in SJO meant more than 1000 stranded passengers for the next day. Operations from/to EWR, SAP, PTY, CCS, MIA, LAX, IAH and MAD among others were delayed up to ten hours. Some sport delegations returning home were either diverted or stopped in their original destinations.
This situation is quite often during rainy season in Costa Rica and local authorities does not enhance the level of service of the ILS approaching systems placed at runway 07.

Sometimes I wish SJO would get full CAT IIIb or CAT IIIc capability to at least allow incoming aircraft to land without having them divert to LIR or even further way to PTY or MGA. But it ain't gonna happen (just as much as an ILS on RW25, to improve current runway operations, won't happen either), and given that this year was foggier than ever at SJO, the problem will only become worse. The interesting part is that, according to the charts, RW07 has a CAT I ILS/DME, it's not even a CAT II ILS.
 
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 7:17 am

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 71):
to at least allow incoming aircraft to land without having them divert to LIR or even further way to PTY or MGA

Richie, along those same lines I wonder if the Asociación de Líneas Aéreas -or anyone else for that matter- has ever figured out how much the corresponding financial losses (to the airlines alone) amount to at the end of every rainy season.
 
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 1:34 pm

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 70):
Another sims are expected to be working at SJO and LIM. Six in total.

Good news for TACA - looks that they are in expansion mode.

Now - i don't know if this is part of bad journalism (which would not be unheard off in Central America).. But look at this qoute:

"Más aviones

La aerolínea, que se encuentra en franco crecimiento, proyecta la compra de nuevas aeronaves para cerrar 2008 con 40 aviones (a la fecha tiene 36).

Las adquisiciones incluirán esta vez, aviones de la brasileña Embraer con 94 a 96 asientos. La recepción de las naves se espera para finales del próximo año. "Eso nos dará la posibilidad de atender nuevos mercados y tener clientes más satisfechos", dijo."

http://www.elsalvador.com/mwedh/nota...pleta.asp?idCat=6342&idArt=1769159

Then again the article claims that Aeroman is going from 4 lines to 30 in 5 years...

So - i guess the question is - could we see the TACA parrots in a ERJ or an E-Jet?
 
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 2:11 pm

Quoting Mt99 (Reply 73):

Now - i don't know if this is part of bad journalism (which would not be unheard off in Central America).

It is true. Unfortunately the Embraer is not precisely my "tea cup". I definitely prefer the A318.
 
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 2:37 pm

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 74):
Unfortunately the Embraer is not precisely my "tea cup". I definitely prefer the A318.

I am glad we can agree on something. All my Embraer experiences have been sub-par.

The A318, could work i guess.. but as i understand it - it would be best suited for medium length and thin routes.

How much cargo can the EMB handle - we all know how "we" travel.. hahhha  Wink
 
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 2:47 pm

Quoting Mt99 (Reply 75):
All my Embraer experiences have been sub-par.

You're definitely not alone on this.
 
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:02 pm

Quoting SJOtoLIR (Reply 68):
horrible weather in SJO meant more than 1000 stranded passengers for the next day. Operations from/to EWR, SAP, PTY, CCS, MIA, LAX, IAH and MAD among others were delayed up to ten hours.

And several passengers heading out to the Caribbean islands seem to have been stuck for two, even three days...

“Uno viene aquí y no se puede ir y nadie en el Aeropuerto te dice nada, no me dan comida, no me atienden. Por parte de la aerolínea no tengo quejas”, dijo a Diario Extra, Carlos Reyes, un puertorriqueño que desde el lunes debió salir hacia su país. Según confirmaron en Alterra, varios viajeros dominicanos tenían ya tres días de esperar vuelo, sin que lo lograran, porque cada vez que se planeaba la hora del despegue, aparecía la neblina y la lluvia.

Source: Fair use excerpt from PASAJEROS VARADOS HASTA TRES DÍAS EN AEROPUERTO, a story in today's Diario Extra out of San José.

I got a kick out of that hungry boricua pax saying he has no complaints about the airline, thus perhaps suggesting his frustration was directed at the airport's concession stands for not feeding him hehe.
 
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:57 pm

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 71):
Sometimes I wish SJO would get full CAT IIIb or CAT IIIc capability to at least allow incoming aircraft to land without having them divert to LIR or even further way to PTY or MGA. But it ain't gonna happen (just as much as an ILS on RW25, to improve current runway operations, won't happen either), and given that this year was foggier than ever at SJO, the problem will only become worse. The interesting part is that, according to the charts, RW07 has a CAT I ILS/DME, it's not even a CAT II ILS.

I dont think there is any CAT IIIc system operational in the world and I am not sure if there is even that many CAT IIIb systems, the problem with this system is that it allows the plane to land but then it cant go anywhere, cant taxi, so it is really pointless untill we have a good ground radar that can track aircraft all the way to the gate.
 
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 7:33 pm

Quoting Luisca (Reply 78):
I dont think there is any CAT IIIc system operational in the world

You have a point there. Although ATL, JFK, LAX, ORD, and SFO (the list is only partial) all have catIII ILS approaches certified for catIIIc ops, none approve landings in zero RvR conditions.

Quoting Luisca (Reply 78):
the problem with this system is that it allows the plane to land but then it can't go anywhere

That's right. How would you even find the gate si se ve más por el hueco de una teta?
 
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Wed Oct 17, 2007 7:45 pm

Quoting Luisca (Reply 78):
it is really pointless untill we have a good ground radar that can track aircraft all the way to the gate.

I was thinking about that too, but I forgot about the ground radar. I also doubt there will ever be a ground radar, especially since space is so tight at SJO, other aircraft may accidentally interfere with the ground radar.
 
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Thu Oct 18, 2007 3:33 pm

It seems that all the whining from me and my fellow chapines regarding the ridiculously high taxes on tickets will soon come to an end... the Corte de Constitucionalidad has declared the 10% tourism tax unconstitutional, therefore any person who buys a ticket will only have to pay 12% value added tax (IVA).

Link (in Spanish): http://www.sigloxxi.com/index.php?li...D=69c53dc907a8f0d865f909574c1f6e27

On related news, an all-time record low temperature has been reported in hell...  cold 
 
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Thu Oct 18, 2007 11:17 pm

Quoting Carmenlu15 (Reply 81):
On related news, an all-time record low temperature has been reported in hell...

Lucky you, Carmen. I'd rather feel a refreshing cold than the constant tropical weather.
 
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Thu Oct 18, 2007 11:30 pm

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 82):
Lucky you, Carmen. I'd rather feel a refreshing cold than the constant tropical weather.

Are you implying that I am in hell then?!  Wow! Sure this city has its bad things, but it's not that bad...  Wink
 
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Thu Oct 18, 2007 11:55 pm

TACAA320 check out reply #57 on that other thread you mentioned via im.
 
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Fri Oct 19, 2007 1:07 am

 
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Fri Oct 19, 2007 1:17 am

Quoting Viaggiare (Reply 85):
Talk about stating the obvious: TA boss says SJO unfit for high season traffic

OK, wasn't the government going through a process to revoke Alterra's concession of SJO? What the hell happened with it?
 
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Fri Oct 19, 2007 2:22 am

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 86):
OK, wasn't the government going through a process to revoke Alterra's concession of SJO?

Well, I believe they were just going through the motions. A mix of public relations with a bit of old pressure tactics thrown in.

It's probably fair to say that the Arias administration doesn't want to be bogged down with day-to-day airport operations for who knows how long until they can toss that distraction on to a new, suitable contractor.

The administrative complexity this would invariably entail is certainly something to keep in mind, not to mention the barrage of lawsuits that would follow.

Anyway, recent developments suggest a compromise toward a workable way out of this mess is in the making, and that the Alterra feud will be ultimately sorted out in the country's best interest.
 
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Fri Oct 19, 2007 3:25 am

And by administrative complexity what I actually meant was marasmo administrativo, in other words that the Consejo Técnico de Aviación Civil (CETAC) and the Contraloría General de la República (to name just the official parties) would both be involved in the process.
 
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Fri Oct 19, 2007 5:15 am

Saludos to all PTY peeps. Left PTY in '87 on Eastern L1011...

I read they are trying to expand airport in David to handle Boeings, nice! Big ups to Copa, seems to be doing a'ight, even though airfares are pricier... sweet that Copa serves IAD now, too bad after I moved out of VA, lol...

Chinese airline would be next logical service at Tocumen...

Paz!

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Sat Oct 20, 2007 2:55 pm

As posted out before, AM dropped GUA from their schedules to Central America.
GUA is getting other choices on GUA-MEX, GUA-SAP and GUA-MGA and given by other air carriers.
Nonetheless, SAP-MEX and MGA-MEX have apparently worked out right on AM due likely to lack of competitors supplying nonstops in such tracks. These frequencies are being upgraded as shown below.
CM flew PTY-SAP-MEX prior to start its business relationship with CO, hence AM did not certainly discover an untapped market on SAP-MEX.


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Discontinued on October 20th-21st

AM 678........MEX 18:05........SAP 19:25.......MD87......Mo,Th
AM 678........SAP 20:25........GUA 21:20.......MD87......Mo,Th
AM 679........GUA 06:45........SAP 07:40.......MD-87.....Tu,Fr
AM 679........SAP 08:55........MEX 12:05.......MD-87......Tu,Fr

AM 698........MEX 18:05........MGA 19:45.......MD-87.....We,Sa
AM 698........MGA 20:45.......GUA 22:00 .......MD-87.....We,Sa
AM 699........GUA 06:45........MGA 08:00 ......MD-87.....Th,Su
AM 699........MGA 09:15........MEX 12:40.......MD-87......Th,Su

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Effective: October 22nd

AM 678.......MEX 10:30..........MGA 13:05.......MD-87.......Mo,We,Fr,Sa
AM 679.......MGA 13:05.........MEX 16:30........MD-87.......Mo,We,Fr,Sa

AM 674.......MEX 10:30..........SAP 12:50........MD-87.......Tu,Th,Su
AM 675.......SAP 12:50..........MEX 16:00........MD-87.......Tu,Th,Su
 
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Sat Oct 20, 2007 6:16 pm

Quoting Viaggiare (Reply 87):
Anyway, recent developments suggest a compromise toward a workable way out of this mess is in the making, and that the Alterra feud will be ultimately sorted out in the country's best interest.

I reckon that Arias does have other things to do, though he shouldn't forget about this problem if he's really interested in boosting the tourist industry and business by getting more transatlantic or even transpacific service to Costa Rica. That being said, I also blame the Pacheco administration for not acting when it was warranted. This problem could have been sorted out years ago if Pacheco had the political will to tell CETAC and Contraloría to get their act together and tell them to either kick Alterra out, or go to arbitration.

Quoting Viaggiare (Reply 88):
And by administrative complexity what I actually meant was marasmo administrativo, in other words that the Consejo Técnico de Aviación Civil (CETAC) and the Contraloría General de la República (to name just the official parties) would both be involved in the process.

This is a problem that I've denounced over and over again. This country has too much bureaucracy involved, and this is one of the things that also contributed to the problem and in general is keeping a stranglehold on processes in this country.
 
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Sat Oct 20, 2007 8:52 pm

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 91):
I also blame the Pacheco administration for not acting when it was warranted. This problem could have been sorted out years ago if Pacheco had the political will

This country just stalled for four years. I couldn't wait for his time to be up.

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 91):
This is a problem that I've denounced over and over again. This country has too much bureaucracy involved, and this is one of the things that also contributed to the problem and in general is keeping a stranglehold on processes in this country.

The Libertarians' sentiments, exactly.
 
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Sun Oct 21, 2007 4:22 am

Quoting SJOtoLIR (Reply 90):
GUA is getting other choices on GUA-MEX, GUA-SAP and GUA-MGA and given by other air carriers.

Any idea on what those may be?

By the way I just flew on NK from GUA to LAX IMHO not worth it at all and I wouldn't recommend the carrier.

Aer
 
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Sun Oct 21, 2007 4:26 am

Quoting Aer (Reply 93):
By the way I just flew on NK from GUA to LAX IMHO not worth it at all and I wouldn't recommend the carrier.

More details will be greatly appreciated.
No TR ?
 
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RE: Central American Aviation Thread - 15!

Sun Oct 21, 2007 4:56 am

Quoting Aer (Reply 93):
NK from GUA to LAX IMHO not worth it at all and I wouldn't recommend the carrier.

Would you care to elaborate? Is it because the only thing they provide free of charge on board is drinking water? I wouldn't compare it to the blue carpet treatment on both CO and CM plus the complimentary Y to F upgrades they pamper me with, but I've also flown NK a couple of times to South Florida. They delivered on-time performance for a true bargain fare, not once but twice. And their no-frills service didn't bother me one bit.
 
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Sun Oct 21, 2007 7:24 am

Quoting Viaggiare (Reply 95):
s it because the only thing they provide free of charge on board is drinking water?

They don't anymore, water costs $2.00, but the one thing that made me a little angry is the fact that they have gone cashless. Okay I understand that that is good, but here is the thing; more than 50% of the people that fly this route don't have a credit card or a debit card, so I had to see how people were going 5 hrs on a flight with not even the possibility of a drink (I'm sure all of us here know what a/c does to you). So again cashless is good, but only on certain routes.

If you are wondering I did invite my row-mates to the basic element of WATER!!!! Before anyone says anything, people were bringing water bottles with them, but the Wackenhutpeople confiscated them before boarding (allegedly you can't bring liquids on board now).

I will definitly complain this before DIACO (even though they can't do anything  Angry

I'll tell you how the return trip goes on Tuesday (and how many people I invited to a bottle of water on the plane)
 
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RE: Central American Aviation Thread - 15!

Sun Oct 21, 2007 7:32 am

I forgot to mention, non of the 3 flight attendants knew how to speak Spanish, there fore the safety instructions in the o/d language were omitted and also 4 passengers (including my self) had to translate for them. Oh and lets just say that non of them were even familiar with the US customs and immigration forms at all. Again I'll let you know on Tuesday how the return flight goes.
 
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Sun Oct 21, 2007 5:03 pm

October 21st: TA initiates LIM-MVD.
Current status:

TA 041...........LIM 21:00..........MVD 04:28+1......320......Su,Tu,Th,Fr
TA 040...........MVD 08:00........LIM 09:30............320......Mo,We,Fr,Sa

Lima: UTC/GMT -5
Montevideo: UTC/GMT -2

Smart movement !
This schedule allows traffic from the rest of the affordable stations on TA network through LIM.
Interestingly, TA deploys the 320 over the 319.
Adverts about low introducing fares were displayed in Uruguay in order to load the planes.
MVD is not linked directly to BOG, UIO, GYE and CCS. TA enables connections to get them (among others) through LIM hub that is geographically well positioned in South America.
TA 041 and TA 040 are shown as SAL-LIM-MVD and MVD-LIM-SAL, but not necessarily in the same aircraft. In fact, TA 040 will switch to 321 on LIM-SAL next Monday.
Related to the last development in LIM, Alterra was also involved into a entity who is known in Peru as LAP: Lima Airport Partners.
 
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RE: Central American Aviation Thread - 15!

Sun Oct 21, 2007 7:45 pm

Quoting Aer (Reply 97):

I got your point but, if I may ask, how was your fare [w/o taxes]?

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