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An Avianca A320 in Miami (Photo: AirlineGeeks

Avianca Celebrates 100 Years of Flying

Avianca is celebrating 100 years of service as Latin America's longest operating airline. Avianca is currently the second oldest airline in the world with uninterrupted operations, coming a close second by less than two months after KLM Royal Dutch Airlines which also celebrated 100 years of service this past October. To commemorate the occasion, the airline in September revealed a special-liveried Airbus A320 painted in the classic 1940 livery with a special “100 Anos” logo celebrating its 100th anniversary. The…

In Search of Financial Salvation, Avianca Rationalizes South America Network

This week, Avianca, the oldest airline of the Americas and second oldest in the world, celebrates its 100th anniversary. However, in recent times, the airline has not much to commemorate. Its financial situation is very fragile, with not much cash remaining and a very complex debt situation. As its latest…

Trip Report: Flying Business Class on an Avianca Boeing 787-8…

Avianca recently began to operate flights between Bogota and Munich, with the service starting on Nov. 16, in what has become the carrier's fourth destination in Europe after Madrid, Barcelona and London. The flight is not only the longest that the airline operates to Europe but is also the longest…

Viva Air Set to Begin International Expansion with its Peruvian…

After a year of solid growth in the Peruvian domestic market, Viva Air Peru, part of Viva Air, announced that it will begin flying between Lima, Peru and two cities in Colombia beginning in November this year. Ticket sales began this week. Flights from the Peruvian Capital to Bogota and…

Air Canada Continues to Increase Its South American Market Share

On Sunday,  Air Canada flight 1942's arrival at Lima's Jorge Chávez International Airport marked the successful launch of Air Canada's non-stop service between Montreal and Lima, Peru, Montreal's first year-round link to the southern hemisphere. The twice-weekly flights will be operated by Air Canada Rouge, Air Canada's low-cost leisure-oriented airline, with 282-seat Boeing 767-300ER aircraft featuring Premium…

Colombia’s Avianca Allowed to Hire Foreign Pilots to Combat Strikes

Aerocivil, the civil aviation authority of Colombia, is allowing Bogota-based Avianca to hire pilots from other countries in order to fly aircraft that have been grounded by striking pilots. Avianca made the decision after more than 700 of the company's 1,300 Colombian pilots opted to strike. The strike came about…