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Avianca El Salvador retires its last Embraer 190

The last Embraer 190 revenue flight operated with N936TA on July 1, 2019 (flight TAI 316 Panama City - San Salvador)

Avianca Holdings is streamlining its operations and selling off certain assets due to its on-going reorganization.

The group announced the plan to retire its former TACA Embraer 190 fleet which never adopted the Avianca brand.

Avianca (El Salvador) (formerly TACA), as planned, has now phased out its last Embraer 190. The pictured N936TA operated the last revenue flight for the type as flight TAI 316 on July 1, 2019 from Panama City to the San Salvador base.

Avianca (El Salvador) operates between El Salvador and the following destinations:

  • Belize
  • Bogotá
  • Cali
  • Cancún
  • Ciudad de Guatemala
  • Ciudad de México
  • Ciudad de Panamá
  • Guayaquil
  • La Habana
  • Liberia
  • Lima
  • Managua
  • Medellín
  • Quito
  • Roatán
  • San José de Costa Rica
  • San Pedro de Sula

Avianca Holdings S.A., previously announced on June 4, through its subordinates Grupo Taca Holdings Limited and Nicaraguense de Aviacion S.A., it closed the sale of its shares in Turboprop Leasing Company Ltd., parent company of the Costa Rican airline Servicios Aéreos Nacionales S.A (SANSA) and in Nicaraguan airline Aerotaxis La Costeña S.A (La Costeña).  These airlines operate domestic flights in Costa Rica and Nicaragua, respectively.

The buyer is Regional Airlines Holding LLC., domiciled in Delaware, USA. The transaction was closed on May 31, 2019 by perfecting the contract for the purchase and sale of shares entered into on April 22 between the parties.

This transaction occurs within the framework of the Holding’s new corporate strategy aimed at strengthening its international passenger transportation segment, as well as focusing on the loyalty (LifeMiles) and cargo transportation (Avianca Cargo) business units.

It is important to note that with this transaction, thirteen Cessna 208 and two ATR 42 aircraft will no longer be part of Avianca Holdings’ fleet, in line with the company’s fleet simplification strategy.

In Costa Rica, the Holding has its own airline (Avianca Costa Rica S.A.), operating direct flights to the company’s three hubs: (San Salvador, Bogota and Lima); as well as the Guatemala City and Panama City. Likewise, flights to destinations in Canada, Chile, Ecuador, the United States and Mexico are operated with Costa Rican crews.

Top Copyright Photo: TACA International Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N936TA (msn 19000215) MIA (Brian McDonough). Image: 908637.

AviancaTaca Holding S.A. reports a net profit of $195.63 million for 2012

AviancaTaca Holding S.A. (Avianca Colombia and TACA) (Bogota) has reported a net profit of $195.63 million for 2012.
The company added 14 new aircraft in 2012: two Airbus A330s, four Airbus A319s, seven Airbus A320s and one Airbus A330F freighter. Similarly, the company announced the purchase of 15 ATR 72-600 aircraft and purchase rights for 15 additional aircraft of the same type, which will be used to cover regional routes within Colombia and its short and medium markets in Central America.
Read the full report (in Spanish): CLICK HERE
Copyright Photo: Luimer Cordero. Airbus A330-243 N342AV (msn 1342) in the Star Alliance livery touches down at Miami International Airport.
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All AviancaTaca Holding S.A. carriers to operate under a new Avianca brand

AviancaTaca Holding S.A. (subsidiary of Synergy Group) (Bogota), formed in February 2010 with the merger of Avianca (Bogota) and the TACA Group (San Salvador) has decided to consolidate all operations under the Avianca brand. All carriers in the new group will retain their legal names in their respective countries. A new livery is expected for the “new Avianca”. The group issued the following statement:

After rigorous market research and business analysis carried out with Lippincott – a world recognized marketing firm – Avianca was selected to be the single commercial brand for the airlines that today comprise AviancaTaca Holding S.A.

According to the results of the studies, positioning brand equity, and history of Avianca make it the best choice to expand and commercialize the products and services of all the airlines integrated in AviancaTaca Holding S.A.

From its official launch in 2013, the Avianca brand will be adopted as the commercial name for: Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. Avianca and Tampa Cargo S.A., incorporated in Colombia, Aerolíneas Galápagos Aerogal S.A., incorporated in Ecuador and the airlines of the TACA Group: TACA Internacional Airlines S.A. incorporated in El Salvador, Líneas Aéreas Costarricences S.A. LACSA, incorporated in Costa Rica, Transamerican Airlines S.A. (TACA Peru) incorporated in Peru and Aviateca S.A., incorporated in Guatemala.

The companies will retain their legal name and add the trading name Avianca in their respective territory of incorporation. The airlines will maintain their respective legal and labor structures. The brand Avianca will be used in communication with clients and marketing in all the territories where the airlines operate.

After an intense reorganization of operations, with the goal of providing a superior travel experience to customers in Latin America and travelers from across the world, the airlines that conform AviancaTaca Holding S.A. prepare their migration to a single commercial brand. With this decision, the companies are seeking to consolidate their presence in markets and be more competitive in an increasingly complex and demanding environment.

Since the integration announcement in October 2009, the member airlines have moved forward with its modernization and growth program along with its plan to capture synergies. 45 routes to new destinations have been launched, capacity has been expanded by more than 37% and the fleet has been simplified from 11 to 4 types of aircraft families. These efforts, coupled with the adoption of a single technological platform for customer service, unification of the frequent flyer programs under the LifeMiles brand and integration to Star Alliance, sets the foundations to commercialize our products and services under a single brand.

The official launch of the new image and the start of commercialization under the brand will be carried out during the first half of 2013, after complying with the legal requirements in each country. Implementation will be rolled out throughout the year, beginning in the first half with the airlines of the TACA Group, Avianca and Tampa Cargo and Aerogal in the second half (once the Ecuadorean airline completes its technological standardization process and operational integration with the other airlines).

The CEO of AviancaTaca Holding S.A., Fabio Villegas Ramirez, said that: “As part of the integration process, the organization has been very visible driving activities that are highly relevant to the travelers and regions served by the group’s airlines. In parallel with the modernization of infrastructure, both on ground and on board, the network expansion and incorporation of new technologyl to improve the travel experience, the companies have simultaneously yielded sought after results in domestic and international markets, as well as impressive customer satisfaction figures, which drive growth and positive financial results.”

In announcing the decision to adopt a single commercial brand for the integrated airlines, the Chairman of the Board, Roberto Kriete, noted: “The goal is to position the airlines under the Avianca brand as the Leading Airline in Latin America and the traveler’s favorite. It is a company with Latin American roots with the best human talent of the industry in the region, looking to anticipate customer needs and renowned for the superior quality of service. This is how we can make sure that the new Avianca reflects the best operational practices of the airlines of the group enabling a strong presence. Under the brand Avianca we continue to fulfill our mission of integrating El Salvador, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and the nations of the Americas with the world at large through commercial aviation, which has been the inspiration since the companies were founded. We offer travelers a service that is both competitive, efficient and sustainable and we’ll continue creating jobs and aiding the development in the countries where we operate.”

In line with the decision to adopt a single commercial brand, expert staff and external consultants are working on the integration project of the Avianca brand image. The new image will be extended to all the products and services of the company, as well as the aircraft, uniforms and spaces used as customer touch points.

Both shareholders and executives of AviancaTaca Holding S.A. are confident that the consolidation of business activities under the Avianca brand constitute a new opportunity to reach the integration objectives. These goals are focused on providing a safe, friendly and efficient service for travelers in the region and across the world, who day after day choose to fly on the route network of the AviancaTaca Holding S.A. airlines.

Company management extend their gratitude and appreciation to the authorities of El Salvador and other countries where the companies of the TACA Group are incorporated, for their continuous support in the business development initiatives over nearly 85 years of uninterrupted operations in the region, enabling progress and improvements in the quality of life for Central American countries and the Americas as a whole.

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. The Avianca familiar red brand will once again be updated for the larger group. Airbus A320-214 N446AV (msn 4046) taxies to the gate at Miami International Airport.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. The TACA brand will now be retired. Airbus A320-233 N680TA (msn 3538) prepares to land at Los Angeles International Airport.

AviancaTaca Holding S.A. reports 2Q net income of $40 million

AviancaTaca Holding (Avianca Colombia and Taca Airlines) (Bogota) reported second quarter 2012 operating revenue of $1.0 billion, a 12.9% increase compared to the same period in 2011. This result is mainly due to a 12.9% increase in pax revenue fueled by an 11.6% increase in passenger traffic compared to the second quarter in 2011.

Capacity, measured in ASK (Available Seats per Kilometer), increased 9.6% in the second quarter of 2012 as a result of the ongoing growth and consolidation strategy of the 4 hubs (Bogota, Lima, San Salvador and San Jose, Costa Rica). During the second quarter the Company opened 5 new routes and added 19 flights to existing routes.

Load factor for the second quarter of 2012 remained unchanged at 77.7% compared to the same period last year.

Operating income in the second quarter of 2012 increased to $22.5 million, boosting operating income for the semester 19.3% compared to the year-earlier period to $70.7 million.

Net profit in the second quarter of 2012 increased 334.3% versus the same period in 2011 to $4.9 million, increasing net profit for the quarter to $40.1 million.

On June 21, 2012, Avianca and Taca Airlines officially joined the Star Alliance.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough. Embraer ERJ 190-100 IGW N936TA (msn 19000215) lands at Miami.

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AviancaTaca Holding S.A. reports a first quarter net profit of $35 million

AviancaTaca Holding S.A., the new holding company of both Avianca (Bogota) and TACA International (San Salvador), reported a first quarter net profit of $35 million.

Read the full report (in Spanish): CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Luimer Cordero.

Avianca Slide Show: CLICK HERE

TACA Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Bottom Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati.

Avianca-TACA reports net income of $109 million in 2011

Avianca (Colombia) (Bogota) and TACA Airlines (Grupo TACA) (San Salvador) (AviancaTaca) reported a combined net income of $109 million in 2011, an increase of 229.7 percent.

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In October 2009 it was announced that Avianca and TACA would merge their assets in a strategic alliance. Each airline in the group will maintain their own trademark and operations.

Top Copyright Photo: Jay Selman.

Avianca (Colombia) Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Avianca (Brazil) Slide Show: CLICK HERE

TACA Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Bottom Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum.

Sky Airline has signed a code share agreement with TACA

Sky Airline (Santiago) has signed a new code share agreement with TACA (San Salvador). The Chilean airline is also expected to sign another code share agreement with Avianca (Colombia) (Bogota) next year.

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Sky Airline Slide Show: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero.