Copyright photo: Avianca (Colombia) Airbus A319-115 N726AV (2016 Summer Olympics Colombia Football Team) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 933881.
Airbus (Toulouse) has issued this statement:
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.
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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).
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.
Avianca (Colombia) (Bogota) is planning to resume Bogota – Los Angeles service on July 1. The restored route will operate four days a week with Airbus A330-200 aircraft per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Airbus A330-243 N342AV (msn 1342) in the Star Alliance livery sits between flights at London (Heathrow).
Avianca Holdings S.A. (Avianca) (Bogota) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for 100 A320neo Family aircraft. Avianca will base its fleet renewal strategy on the A320neo Family.
Avianca has partnered with Airbus on its fleet modernization and expansion programs for years. In 2012, Avianca ordered 51 A320 Family aircraft, including 33 A320neo aircraft. The airline group has combined orders for nearly 200 Airbus aircraft, with nearly 130 currently in operation.
Firm orders for the NEO reached over 3,600 aircraft from 70 customers.
To date, the A320neo program has 245 firm orders from seven customers in Latin America — Avianca, Azul, Interjet, LAN, TAM, VivaAerobus and Volaris. With more than 850 aircraft sold and a backlog of nearly 400, more than 550 Airbus aircraft are in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Avianca (Colombia) aircraft slide show:
Avianca (Colombia) (Bogota) is planning to introduce the new Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on the Bogota – New York (JFK) route on January 16. Per Airline Route, the carrier is also planning to introduce the new type to Buenos Aires (February 1), Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) (February 10), Santiago (February 13), Mexico City (February 17), London (Heathrow) (July 2) and Madrid (October 25). Some of the routes using the aircraft will be seasonal until all 787s are delivered.
Top Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Avianca). The pictured Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner N780AV (msn 37502) was delivered on December 17, 2014. Avianca is celebrating 95 years of flying.
Avianca aircraft slide show:
Avianca Holdings S.A. (Avianca) (Bogota) reported operating income (EBIT) of $70.3 million for the third quarter (3Q).
As a result the operating margin for 3Q 2014 reached 5.7%, an increase of 130 basis points over the 2Q of 2014. The operating income (EBIT) for the nine-month period of 2014 was $170.1 million; as a result, the operating margin for the first nine months of 2014 was 4.9%.
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Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Avianca’s (Colombia) Airbus A320-233 N603AV (msn 5840) with Sharklets arrives in Los Angeles.