Air Costa Rica (San Jose) is a new airline that plans to bring back to Costa Rica a national carrier. Air Costa Rica is a joint venture between local business interests and Air Panama (2nd) (Panama City). The upstart will be going through the certification process with the DGAC and plans to begin flying flights to international destinations. The company is planning to operate Boeing 737s to Panama, Mexico, Nicaragua and San Andres Island (Colombia).
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Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Aero Costa Rica became a competitor to LACSa and broke the monopoly but it only lasted from 1992 to 1997. Boeing 737-2L9 N170PL (msn 22733) taxies at Miami.
Below Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. With the absorption of LACSA, Costa Rica lost its international flag carrier. LACSA also operated the Boeing 737 before they were replaced with Airbus A320s under Grupo TACA. Leased from Braathens SAFE, Boeing 737-296 LN-BRL (msn 22277) pushes back from the gate at Miami.
Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.
Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.
Grupo TACA (TACA International) (Transportes Aereos del Continente Americano) (San Salvador) and Avianca (Aerovias del Continente Americano) (Bogota) and all of the subsidiary airlines within the two groups will be merged into one single holding company. The Avianca owners (National Federation of Colombia Coffee Growers and the Synergy Group) will control two-thirds of the new holding company. The Grupo TACA owners will control the remaining one-third of the shares of the new holding company. All airlines will retain their independent brands (however Avianca was consolidating its brands) but each will become subsidiaries of the new holding company.