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SMBC Aviation Capital delivers one Airbus A321neo to Viva Aerobus

SMBC Aviation Capital is pleased to announce the delivery of one Airbus A321neo aircraft (MSN 10694) equipped with two IAE PW1133G-JM engines to Viva Aerobus.

The aircraft and associated engines were delivered while located at the Airbus delivery centre in Hamburg, Germany.

This is the first of four aircraft being delivered to Viva Aerobus as part of a four (4) A321neo transaction with the airline.

Allegiant Air and Viva Aerobus announce an alliance agreement

Allegiant Chairman and CEO Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr. and Viva Aerobus Chief Executive Officer Juan Carlos Zuazua, photographed at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. The airlines today announced plans for a fully-integrated Commercial Alliance Agreement, designed to dramatically expand options for nonstop leisure air travel between the United States and Mexico, while lowering fares to make travel more accessible and affordable for residents of both nations. (Photo: Henri Sagalow)

Allegiant Air and Viva Aerobus today announced plans for a fully-integrated Commercial Alliance Agreement, designed to dramatically expand options for nonstop leisure air travel between the United States and Mexico, while lowering fares to make travel more accessible and affordable for residents of both nations. The alliance is not only the first such venture for Las Vegas-based Allegiant and Viva Aerobus, but is also first-of-its-kind in the airline industry between two ultra low cost carriers (ULCCs).

Allegiant and Viva Aerobus have submitted a joint application to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting approval of and antitrust immunity for the alliance.  Allegiant will also make an equity investment of $50 million in Viva Aerobus, and Allegiant Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Maurice J. Gallagher, Jr. is expected to join the Viva Aerobus Board of Directors. The transactions are also subject to clearance by the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission.

Combining the unique product offerings, networks and market experience of two of the world’s fastest-growing ULCCs, the alliance will achieve important public benefits that neither Allegiant nor Viva Aerobus could provide independently.

The only U.S.-based airline focused entirely on leisure travel, Allegiant currently offers nonstop service to more than 130 cities across the country.  It does not currently serve Mexico. Monterrey-based Viva Aerobus offers extensive intra-Mexico service, as well as nonstop flights from Mexico to key destinations in the U.S. and Latin America. The Alliance Agreement will afford Allegiant the opportunity to broaden its travel offerings to include new world-class vacation destinations such as Cancun, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. At the same time, Viva Aerobus will have access to Allegiant’s distribution network and point-of-sale process, growing its U.S. customer base.

The alliance will also enable Viva Aerobus to add routes in the United States – particularly underserved or untapped-to-Mexico markets where Allegiant has a significant presence such as Las Vegas and several cities in Florida — very popular destinations for Mexican tourists.

A fully-integrated and immunized alliance will afford Allegiant and Viva Aerobus coordination across all areas of airline operations – including code-sharing, scheduling, marketing, information systems and loyalty programs, providing seamless access and benefits for customers of both airlines.

The alliance is anticipated to add new transborder routes and nonstop competition where currently only connecting service is available. More than 250 new potential route opportunities have been identified as part of the DOT application, though specific routes targeted for service will be announced at a later date, following the application’s approval.

Allegiant and Viva Aerobus currently expect to offer flights under the alliance beginning in the first quarter of 2023, pending governmental approval of the application. Per national requirements, Allegiant and Viva Aerobus will in parallel file for alliance approval with regulatory authorities in Mexico, including with the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission.

Barclays, Goldman Sachs and White & Case acted as financial and legal advisors for Viva Aerobus.  WilmerHale and Garofalo Goerlich Hainbach, PC, acted as legal advisors for Allegiant.

Nose wheel of Viva Aerobus Airbus A320 XA-VAZ collapses before takeoff at Puerto Vallarta

Viva Aerobus flight VIV 4343 was operating between Puerto Vallarta and Monterrey, Mexico yesterday (March 18). On the taxi out for takeoff, the nose wheel of the Airbus A320 (XA-VAZ) collapsed and separated from the fuselage while the aircraft was lining up on the runway.

All 127 passengers and crew members were able to safely exited the aircraft.

The airline issued this statement:

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Viva Aerobus will take off to Mexico City from New York

Viva Aerobus Airbus A320-232 WL XA-VAN (msn 6857) LAS (Ken Petersen). Image: 941202.

Viva Aerobus has announced that it will be flying to Mexico City from John F. Kennedy International Airport. This new route will start operations on October 18, 2018 with a daily flight and with prices starting from $99 (USD).

With this new route, which strengthens Viva Aerobus international competitiveness, the airline already offers a total of 92 routes to 40 destinations, 7 of them international. In this sense, so far in 2018, Viva Aerobus has already announced 7 new routes and, by the end of this year, it will have started operations, at least, on 12 new flights.

Copyright Photo: Viva Aerobus Airbus A320-232 WL XA-VAN (msn 6857) LAS (Ken Petersen). Image: 941202.

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Viva Aerobus celebrates its new Mexico City – Las Vegas route

The first Airbus A320neo for VivaAerobus, delivered on October 6, 2016

Viva Aerobus will launch the daily nonstop Mexico City – Las Vegas route on December 16, 2017.

This new route is the first international route that Viva Aerobus has launched from Mexico City.

Viva Aerobus will close a very successful year for the company. The company is celebrating 11 years of service to Mexico with 23 new routes launched in 2017, a year that will end with nearly 8 million passengers. This will mean an approximate growth of more than 20% compared to 2016.

Viva Aerobus operates 22 Airbus A320s, including two A320neo aircraft on 79 routes and 34 destinations.

Copyright Photo: Viva Aerobus Airbus A320-271N WL F-WWDY (XA-VIV) (msn 7060) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 934785.

Viva Aerobus to add two U.S. routes in December

The first Airbus A320neo for VivaAerobus, delivered on October 6, 2016

Viva Aerobus is adding two new routes to the United States in December. The airline will add the Guadalajara – Los Angeles route on December 14 and the Mexico City – Las Vegas route two days later.

Copyright Photo: Viva Aerobus Airbus A320-271N WL F-WWDY (XA-VIV) (msn 7060) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 934785.

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VivaAerobus receives its first direct delivery Airbus A320

 

VivaAerobus 2015 logo

VivaAerobus (Monterrey) took delivery of its first new Airbus A320 (the pictured A320-232 F-WWIY and XA-VAA, msn 6574) following the aircraft handover at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse on May 9, 2015. The A320 is the first to be delivered from an order placed in 2013 for 52 aircraft (12 A320ceo and 40 A320neo), which is the largest single deal by a Mexican customer. VivaAerobus already operates six leased A320s and will become an all Airbus operator as it completes its fleet transition from Boeing 737-300s by early 2016.

Including the first A320, all VivaAerobus’ A320ceo are powered by IAE engines. The A320neo will be powered by Pratt and Whitney engines. The aircraft will be deployed on the airline’s domestic network and international routes to the United States.

Copyright Photo below: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured A320-232 F-WWIY (msn 6574) became XA-VAA when it was handed over on May 9.

VivaAerobus aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

 

DFW formally welcomes VivaAerobus

Viva Aerobus DFW

VivaAerobus (vivaaerobus.com) (Monterrey) on March 28 launched service from Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport to Monterrey and Guadalajara. The airline was formally welcomed yesterday (April 16) to DFW with a water cannon salute known as the Airport’s “shower of affection.” VivaAerobus launched service with three weekly flights to Monterrey and Guadalajara, using Airbus A320 aircraft that seat 180 passengers and Boeing 737-300 aircraft that seat 148 passengers.

VivaAerobus 2015 logo

VivaAerobus currently serves 21 destinations in Mexico with hubs in Monterrey and Cancun. The airline flies to three U.S. destinations in addition to DFW Airport. Vivaaerobus started operations from its base in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon in 2006. The carrier is jointly owned by IAMSA, the largest bus operator in Mexico, and the founders of Ryanair, Europe’s biggest low-cost air carrier.

Top Photo: Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

VivaAerobus aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

VivaAerobus Route Map:

VivaAerobus 4.2015 Route Map

VivaAerobus is coming to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport

VivaAerobus (Monterrey) will launch new international service to DFW International Airport from two of Mexico’s largest cities, Guadalajara and from Monterrey, starting on March 28, 2015. The low cost carrier will use Airbus A320 aircraft and will operate out of DFW’s International Terminal D three times per week. VivaAerobus also plans to launch service from DFW to Cancun in July of 2015.

VivaAerobus currently serves 21 destinations in Mexico with hubs in Monterrey and Cancun, and also serves three U.S. destinations in addition to DFW Airport. Headquartered in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Viva Aerobus is co-owned by IAMSA, Mexico’s largest bus company conglomerate, and the founders of Ryanair, Europe’s biggest low-cost carrier.

When service begins in March, VivaAerobus will become the eighth international carrier to start service at DFW since 2011, extending the Airport’s recent run of international expansion. Since 2011, DFW has added 25 new international routes, 18 of those to new international destinations.

Copyright Photo; Greenwing/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 EI-ERH (msn 2157) was formerly operated by Livingston.

VivaAerobus aircraft slide show:

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Current route map:

VivaAerobus 12.2014 Route Map

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).