Miami International Airport has announced BVI Airways is scheduled to launch first-ever nonstop service between Tortola, British Virgin Islands and MIA on July 22, with two weekly roundtrip flights on Saturdays and Sundays.
BVI Airways will use the pictured BAe (Avro) RJ100 aircraft (VP-LWW, msn E3274, above) to serve the new route, which connects Miami to the British Virgin Islands’ capital and largest island. Tortola will also be MIA’s 40th Caribbean destination with nonstop service.
Previously British Caribbean Airways (below) was a short-lived British airline that attempted to connect Tortola in the British Virgin Islands with Miami via Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The 146 operator flew between April 14, 1986 and October 12, 1987.
Top Photo: BVI Airways.
Copyright Photo Below: British Caribbean Airways BAe 146-100 N246SS (msn E1003) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 103394.
Viva Air, the Latin America low cost carrier group owned by Irelandia Aviation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 50 A320 Family aircraft, comprising 35 A320neo and 15 A320ceo. The agreement paves the way for the group’s airlines VivaColombia and Viva Air Peru to base its fleet renewal and network growth on the A320 Family.
Viva Air recently launched Viva Air Peru, the sister airline of VivaColombia. Medellin-based VivaColombia operates nine A320 aircraft and Lima-based Viva Air Peru currently operates two, all with a capacity of 180 seats.
Viva Air Peru Route Map:
Viva Air is a Panamanian headquartered group created by Irelandia Aviation and led by Declan Ryan. Irelandia has successfully developed six low cost carriers around the world, namely Allegiant, Ryanair, Tigerair, VivaAerobus, VivaColombia and most recently Viva Air Peru. Combined, the airlines have a fleet of more than 420 aircraft and have carried over a billion passengers.
Copyright Photo: VivaColombia (VivaColombia.com) Airbus A320-214 HK-4817 (msn 1725) MIA (Tony Storck). Image: 930978.
Eastern Air Lines Group (2nd) issued this statement about the departure of its CEO and founder Ed Wegel:
Eastern Air Lines Group Inc. announced on October 17, 2016 that, effective immediately, James Tolzien has been appointed the company’s Interim Chief Executive Officer. The move also marks the departure of former CEO Mr. Edward Wegel. Mr. Tolzien will continue to lead Eastern’s growth while the Board of Directors conducts a global search for a permanent CEO. The search will be led by General (Ret.) Ray Odierno, Chairman of the Board of Eastern Air Lines and assisted by the global executive search firm Korn Ferry.
Mr. Tolzien has been Chief Financial Officer of Eastern Air Lines Group since its inception in 2011. Mr. Tolzien has over 40 years of executive experience across the travel industry. He has served as both Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for several major corporations, including Alamo Rent A Car, Budget Car Rental, and the corporate travel management company TravelLeaders.
“We remain committed to our business plan of providing world class charter air service with our fleet of Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft,” said General Odierno. “Our Board is unconditionally committed to supporting Eastern’s continued growth. We have complete confidence in Jim’s leadership and we are certain we will attract a world class industry veteran to take Eastern to the next level.”
Copyright Photo: Eastern Air Lines (2nd) Boeing 737-8CX WL N277EA (msn 32359) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 402999.
VivaColombia (Medellin) launched its first service in the United States yesterday (December 2) when it began flights between Miami International Airport and Medellín, Colombia. The budget carrier, which already serves 11 cities in Colombia and three other destinations in Latin America, will also begin Miami-Bogotá service on December 16. The new flights will utilize 180-seat Airbus A320 aircraft.
VivaColombia’s Miami-Medellín flights, which operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, arrive in Miami at 10:10 a.m. and depart to Medellín at 11:50 a.m. The Miami-Bogotá schedule, which will also operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, will arrive in Miami at 7:05 p.m. and depart to Bogotá at 8:35 p.m.
VivaColombia is Colombia’s second-largest airline, the nation’s leading budget carrier, and MIA’s sixth international low-cost carrier.
Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) is opening for sales of tickets to two new Scandinavian destinations from Miami. The routes to Norway’s capital Oslo and to Denmark’s capital Copenhagen will be served four and three times a week respectively and thus offering 190,000 seats yearly to and from Miami and Scandinavia.
SAS is the first airline to serve Miami International Airport with direct routes to Oslo and Copenhagen with first flight to Copenhagen on September 28 and to Oslo on September 29, 2016. The year round routes will be served with an Airbus 330-300 redesigned with completely new and ultra modern cabins. Departures to Copenhagen are three times weekly Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, and departures to Oslo are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) will not restore the seasonal Miami – Frankfurt route next summer according to Airline Route. The carrier had planned to operate a Boeing 767-300 ER on the route daily between May 12, 2016 and September 1, 2016.
Copyright Photo: Rob Finlayson/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-323 ER N369AA (msn 25196) lands at Miami International Airport (MIA).
American Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery):
Avior Airlines (Barcelona, Venezuela) is expanding. According to this report by Reuters, the Venzuelan carrier is adding six Airbus A340-300s, four additional Boeing 737-400s and two Boeing 737-300s. The first “new” aircraft is due in September. This will allow the carrier to retire its aging Boeing 737-200s.
The airline is also planning to add new routes to Peru, Uruguay and Madrid, Spain, its first European destination.
Top Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Avior Airlines). Avior currently operates venerable Boeing 737-200s and newer Boeing 737-400s. Ex-Piedmont Airlines/USAir/US Airways Boeing 737-401 YV2946 (msn 23886) departs from Miami International Airport (MIA).
Avior aircraft slide show:
Video: Avior Airlines started subsidiary Avior Regional with Fokker 50s in 2014 for its regional feeder routes: