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Avianca Airlines enters its 100th year of uninterrupted operation, will expand in Europe

Avianca (Colombia) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N780AV (msn 37502) LHR (SPA). Image: 940718,

Avianca has made this announcement:

In 2019 Avianca Airlines, the only airline which connects directly London with Bogota, will celebrate its 100-year anniversary. It ratifies its position as the oldest airline in the Americas and the oldest in the world with uninterrupted operations.

In order to lay the foundations for the next century, Avianca wants to increase its presence in Europe and continue to offer an exceptional experience to its customers supported by the best technology available. “We are evaluating the possibility of adding a second frequency to London in the near future,” says Hernan Rincon, CEO and Executive President of Avianca Airlines. “Regarding new destinations, Zurich looks attractive as the next destination in Europe due to its location at the center of Europe. Moreover, the airline is also considering Rome and Paris,” added.

Avianca Airlines maintains a strong presence in Europe through different actions:

New Boeing 787: On October 2018, Avianca received its thirteenth Boeing 787, which it uses exclusively for flights to Europe. Its fleet is one of the newest in The Americas – seven years old on average- and all its flights to this continent are operated on Boeing 787, one of the most modern aircraft in the world. This aircraft can accommodate 250 passengers, 28 in business class and 222 in economy class. Its revolutionary design, together with cutting edge technology, reduces the effects of fatigue and jet lag. In addition, it has an innovative in-flight entertainment system, which has been recognized as the best in Latin America. All together contributing to an exceptional experience.

Route network: From Bogota, Avianca’s main hub, European passengers have access to more than 100 destinations within the Americas such as: Cusco in Peru, Galapagos in Ecuador, San Jose in Costa Rica, Medellinand Cartagena in Colombia, among others. On November 17th, the airline inaugurated the route MunichBogota. The carrier is the first Latin American airline to operate at this airport.

Avianca Airlines transported more than 1 million passengers between Europe and Colombia in 2018.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Avianca (Colombia) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N780AV (msn 37502) LHR (SPA). Image: 940718,

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Below Copyright Photo: Avianca Colombia Boeing 747-124 HK-2000 (msn 19734) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 102771.

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Below Copyright Photo: Avianca Colombia Boeing 720-059B HK-726 (msn 18831) MEX (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 940592.

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United Airlines expands partnership with Copa Airlines and Avianca

United Airlines Boeing 777-224 ER N78017 (msn 31679) (Star Alliance) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 944609.

United Airlines today announced it has reached an agreement with Compañía Panameña de Aviación S.A. (Copa Airlines), Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. (Avianca) and many of Avianca’s affiliates, for a joint business agreement (JBA) that, pending government approval, is expected to provide substantial benefits for customers, communities and the marketplace for air travel between the United States and 19 countries in Central and South America.

Many more choices for customers

By integrating their complementary route networks into a collaborative revenue-sharing JBA, United, Avianca and Copa plan to offer customers many benefits, including:

  • Integrated, seamless service in more than 12,000 city pairs
  • New nonstop routes
  • Additional flights on existing routes
  • Reduced travel times

Drive economic benefits for consumers and the communities we serve

The carriers expect the JBA to drive significant traffic growth at major gateway cities coast to coast, which is expected to help bring new investment and create more economic development opportunities. Further, the JBA is expected to provide customers with expanded codeshare flight options, competitive fares, a more streamlined travel experience and better customer service, resulting in significant projected consumer benefits.

Better serve our customers

Additionally, allowing the three carriers to serve customers as if they were a single airline is expected to enable the companies to better align their frequent flyer programs, coordinate flight schedules and improve airport facilities.

“This agreement represents the next chapter in U.S.-Latin American air travel,” said Scott Kirby, United’s president. “We are excited to work with our Star Alliance partners Avianca and Copa to bring much-needed competition and growth to many underserved markets while providing a better overall experience for business and leisure customers traveling across the Western Hemisphere.”

“We are delighted to further solidify our existing partnership with United Airlines and look forward to increasing service options for our customers by working more closely with Avianca,” said Pedro Heilbron, Copa Airlines’ chief executive officer. “We believe this agreement benefits our passengers by providing competitive fares and a superior network of more than 275 destinations throughout Latin America and the U.S., and promotes further growth and innovation within the airline industry in the Americas.”

“We are certain that together we are stronger in the United StatesLatin America market than any of the three airlines individually,” said Hernan Rincon, Avianca’s executive president – chief executive officer. “This partnership will allow Avianca to strengthen its position as a first-level player in the airline industry in America as we will expand our scope in the continent with United and Copa, offering better connectivity to our customers.”

JBAs drive competition that benefits customers

Although JBAs have been proven around the world to benefit consumers and enhance competition, currently 99 percent of the U.S. carrier passenger traffic that makes connections in Central and South America does so without a JBA. Competition in the U.S.-Latin American market has grown and includes a diverse set of carriers offering service across multiple price points. Yet the market lacks a comprehensive revenue-sharing, metal-neutral network of carriers and the associated heightened competitive forces that drive value and better consumer experiences. The JBA represents an innovative, best-in-class new product offering that will make competition in this robust market even stronger.

“Our analysis shows that a metal-neutral JBA among United, Copa and Avianca will provide substantial benefits to consumers traveling between the relevant countries,” said Dr. Darin Lee, executive vice president of economic consulting firm Compass Lexecon and airline industry expert. “This JBA will enable United, Copa and Avianca to compete more effectively, offer competitive fares, and increase service, encouraging innovation and establishing a more robust and vibrant marketplace.”

To enable the deep coordination required to deliver these benefits to consumers, communities and the marketplace, United, Copa and Avianca plan to apply in the near term for regulatory approval of the JBA and an accompanying grant of antitrust immunity from the U.S. Department of Transportation and other regulatory agencies. The parties do not plan on fully implementing the JBA until they receive the necessary government approvals. The JBA currently includes cooperation between the U.S. and Central and South America, excluding Brazil.  With the recently concluded Open Skies agreement between the U.S. and Brazil, the carriers are exploring the possibility of adding Brazil to the JBA.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airlines): United Airlines Boeing 777-224 ER N78017 (msn 31679) (Star Alliance) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 944609.

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Avianca to fly from Bogota to Chicago

Avianca (Colombia) Airbus A319-132 WL N690AV (msn 5944) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104656.

Avianca (Colombia) on November 17, 2018 will launch the Bogota – Chicago (O’ Hare) route. According to Airline Route, the new route will operate four days a week with Airbus A319s.

Copyright Photo: Avianca (Colombia) Airbus A319-132 WL N690AV (msn 5944) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104656.

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Avianca is coming to Munich

Avianca (Colombia) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N786AV (msn 37508) LHR (SPA). Image: 935193.

Avianca (Colombia) is coming to Munich. The carrier will add a new route linking Bogota with Munich fives days a week starting on November 16. The new route will be operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Avianca (Colombia) Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N786AV (msn 37508) LHR (SPA). Image: 935193.

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Avianca salutes the 2016 Summer Olympics Colombia Football Team

Saluting the 2016 Summer Olympics Colombia Football Team

Copyright photo: Avianca (Colombia) Airbus A319-115 N726AV (2016 Summer Olympics Colombia Football Team) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 933881.

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Avianca firms up its order for 100 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft

Airbus (Toulouse) has issued this statement:

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Following a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) announcement in February, Avianca (Bogota) has signed a purchase agreement for 100 A320neo Family aircraft, the largest single order ever made in Latin America’s aviation history. The agreement, which includes A319neo, A320neo and A321neo aircraft (below), will allow Avianca to maintain one of the youngest fleets in the region as the airline aims to replace airplanes currently operating from their Bogota, Lima and San Salvador hubs.

Avianca A320neo and A321neo (Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)

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Avianca (2013) logo

Established in Colombia in 1919, Avianca was the first airline in the Americas, and is the second oldest airline in the world. The Airbus-Avianca partnership was taken to a new level in 1998 when TACA (now part of Avianca), LAN, and TAM placed a joint order for 90 single-aisle aircraft. This was the largest joint contract ever signed in Latin American commercial aviation history. To date, the Avianca airline group has ordered nearly 300 aircraft including 276 A320 Family (among them, 133 A320neo Family) and 15 A330 Family.

To date, the A320neo program has 345 firm orders from six customers in Latin America — Avianca, Azul, Interjet, LATAM Airlines Group, VivaAerobus and Volaris. With more than 950 aircraft sold and a backlog of nearly 500, more than 550 Airbus aircraft are in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. In the last 10 years, Airbus has tripled its in-service fleet, while delivering more than 60 percent of all aircraft operating in the region.

Top Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Avianca will remain an Airbus A320 Family operator. Current generation Airbus A320-214 N724AV (msn 6153) climbs away from Miami International Airport (MIA).

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United Airlines considers the Airbus A321LR as a Boeing 757 replacement

United Airlines (Chicago) is now considering the new Airbus A321LR (Longer Range) as a thin route replacement aircraft to its large and aging Boeing 757 fleet according to Reuters.

Boeing is now finally agreeing to look at this noticeable gap in its line-up between the Boeing 737-900ER and the 787-8 Dreamliner. Boeing stated on Monday is was discussing studies of a model slightly larger than the 757 with greater range.

United has also said it will look at what Boeing comes up with but it could be too late as Airbus is making inroads in this niche airplane market.

Avianca is also considering the Boeing 787-9 according to the article.

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Copyright Photo: Fred Freketic/AirlinersGallery.com. United is a large Boeing 757 operator (second to Delta) and also, because of the merger between United and Continental, is a large Boeing 737 and Airbus A320 operator. The 757-200 (especially with the pictured Aviation Partners Boeing Blended Winglets) is ideal for the summer trans-Atlantic long and thin European markets. Boeing 757-222 N568UA (msn 26674) is seen at JFK International Airport in New York.

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