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Irelandia Aviation and Grupo IAMSA to expand the Viva brand in Central and South America

Irelandia Aviation and Grupo IAMSA, owners of Mexico’s low-cost airline VivaAerobus (Monterrey) and the Colombian airline VivaColombia (Medellin), announced their intention to expand the Viva airline brand in Central and South America.

Grupo Viva is being established as a multinational airline holding company based in Panama City, Panama. The new company will be responsible for the further development of the Viva airline brand beyond current operations in Mexico and Colombia, maximizing cost synergies and operational efficiencies across the group and centralizing key management functions.

Grupo Viva is chaired by Roberto Alcántara Rojas, also Chairman of the Board of VivaAerobus and Grupo IAMSA. Irelandia Aviation Managing Partner Declan Ryan will be a principal investor.

Tony Davis, currently Partner and COO of Irelandia Aviation, has been appointed CEO. In addition to working with Irelandia Aviation for the past three years, Tony has an extensive track record in establishing low-cost airlines around the world, and he has been closely involved in the recent development of VivaAerobus and VivaColombia. Tony will be responsible for the creation of the Group’s corporate structure and management infrastructure over the next 12 months.

Joe Mohan, who is joining from his position as Senior VP Commercial at COPA Airlines, has been appointed President and COO. Joe has worked in Central and South America for more than 10 years and led the commercial function in one of the region’s most successful airline groups, consistently achieving impressive growth and profitability results. He also brings direct experience of helping lead a high-performing Latin American company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Joe will be responsible for the expansion of the group’s regional coverage and improving cost synergies and operational efficiencies for airlines in the group.

Commenting on the appointments, Declan Ryan said, “We are delighted that two executives of the caliber of Tony and Joe have agreed to lead the creation and development of our new low-cost airline group in Latin America. We are convinced that there are tremendous opportunities for our ultra-low-cost airline model to expand in the region. With our existing airlines already well-established in Mexico and Colombia, together with our order last year for 52 new Airbus A320 aircraft, this is the right time to establish Grupo Viva.”

Top Copyright Photo: Fernandez Imaging/AirlinersGallery.com. VivaAerobus (vivaaerobus.com) Boeing 737-3B7 XA-VIB (msn 23378) taxies at Austin, TX.

VivaAerobus: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Greenwing/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly operated by OLT Express, Airbus A320-214 EI-EPX (HK-4905) (msn 1454) is now with VivaColombia (VivaColombia.com).

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FedEx will have to compete with UPS for the U.S. Postal Service contract

FedEx Express (Memphis) has been informed by the U.S. Postal Service it will have to bid for a new postal contract that is expiring in September 2013 according to this report by Reuters. This will open the door for UPS-United Parcel Service (Atlanta) to bid on the contract. According to Reuters, “FedEx is the postal service’s top contractor, earning an estimated $1.5 billion in revenue in fiscal 2011, according to Husch Blackwell LLP’s postal service contracting practice group.”

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Fernandez Imaging.

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Alaska Airlines starts Seattle/Tacoma-Austin

 

Alaska's Boeing 737-890 N568AS (msn 35183) is ready to push back from the gate at AUS on the first revenue departure after a departure ceremony.  Copyright Photo: Joe Fernandez

Alaska's Boeing 737-890 N568AS (msn 35183) is ready to push back from the gate at AUS on the first revenue departure after a departure ceremony. Copyright Photo: Joe Fernandez/Air 72.

Alaska Airlines (Seattle/Tacoma) yesterday (August 3) started the SEA-Austin route as AUS becomes its newest city.

 

Press release:

finance.yahoo.com/news/Alaska-Airlines-Expands-Texas-prnews-607856251.html?x=0&.v=1