Rumor has it that the guys at VECA Airlines just got their FAA 129.14 permits – which is quite an amazing step for that Project that has been lingering for the longest time ever. What I cannot understand is that they Fired a lot of their Technical Team right after the FAA Audits – I wonder if the FAA knows That?.
A friend deep in the Lawyer Community said they are about to be Sued by some of its Pilots, apparently VECA does not want to Sign their Contracts, they are withholding money, even when their "Take Off is pretty near". That would definitely speak really bad on their Organization, Leadership, and the kind of Airline they are trying to become. It will destroy any image they might have to the Public Eye at this moment.
Do you guys know anything about their Fleet Status? – These guys had signed 3 Aircraft, all 319s - Last I heard from friends in BOG
, the story went something like this:
N1235V – It is Parked in COOPESA, Apparently on some Heavy Mtto, or who knows what. I used to see it parked in the Military hangars at SAL
when landing on 07 at SAL
, and that one I think it was All White, No Markings, nothing. Airbus had requested this bird to even have its Fresh Engines taken off and sent to the Shop again, apparently the VECA's team had not performed Maintenance and Conservation according to Airbus Programs. Was this the first one or second aircraft for VECA?. Any Ticos know if the bird is still in SJO
N12821V – It is the one VECA is using for testing flights, and etcs. That one was also parked at the Military Hangars. I saw it a lot of times when landing at SAL
. There was a picture running around of this Aircraft while it was painted at Interjet’s TLC MRO
, and it showed the name of : "Vuela Airlines" with a Weird Blue/White tail as Livery.
N319VU – It is parked at Goodyear, apparently VECA Already started to get into issues with Leasing Companies and
Aircraft Payments, they signed it with AWAS Leasing, and all of the Sudden they did not want it anymore. That one also had Vuela Airlines Markings on them. This one also had a Weird Blue/White tail as Livery, but a bit different than the N1821V. Does anyone have pictures of these Aircraft? It would be great if anyone could post Pictures of these Birds!... Three Different Liveries?!?.
Drumrolls as per what will happen next.
Today the Government just announced free Public Transportation for the not yet launched "Metrobus" program, or Sitramss I think it's called. Funny enough, it will be "Free" until the next Midterm Elections - what a Joke!. I think these people are running full blast to Launch this "Airline" Before the Elections, and give free tickets as political favors.... which will end in a rather interesting Story for VECA, even more with Angry Pilots filing for Legal Protection and Suing the Engines out of VECA.
I still hate paying $700 When I come to Central America and have to fly internally... VECA was my Hope!, but as things sound - Not for now my friends.