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A Flybondi Boeing 737 used for low-cost operations in Argentina. (Photo: Flybondi)

‘Lowcostization’ in South America: A Glimpse at What This Year Has Brought

2018 has been a transformative year for aviation in South America; with the emergence and development of new travel options that mark a milestone for aviation in the region and a new chapter; offering more and cheaper travel options as well as increased connectivity across countries.  In an attempt to detail some of the most important developments, AirlineGeeks has summarised low-cost additions in the countries that have experienced the greatest transformations in their domestic industries. Argentina   Argentina has been…

American Expands its Route Offering to Latin America

In an effort aimed to increase Dallas-Fort Worth's offering from 800 to 900 daily flights, American Airlines has announced the addition of 11 new routes departing from the carrier's largest hub. “We want the best for customers and that means having an expansive network out of DFW,” said Cedric Rockamore, Vice…

Air France-KLM Planning Joint Venture with Air Europa

Air France-KLM announced their intent in creating a joint venture (JV) with fellow Skyteam partner Air Europa to strengthen their presence in Central and South American markets. Such a strategy will help them offer greater connectivity in the region and will secure them a solid long-term position in what seems like…

LATAM Workers Strike Causes Delays

On Tuesday, the Cabin Crew Union of LAN Express, a subsidiary of the Chile-based LATAM Airlines group, is starting a strike after mediation with their government failed to create a new labor contract. The strike is to affect all local flights and international connections in Chile of LATAM Airlines, a…

Boeing Expands Service Engagement in Latin America

Boeing announced that it is expanding its commercial service capabilities in Latin America with Brazil's GOL Linhas Aereas S.A. and Mexico's Aeromexico as of April 4. Both airlines utilize extensive Boeing fleets, complete with some of the smallest and largest Boeing aircraft ranging from Boeing 737s to Boeing 787 Dreamliners.…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Aerovias Brasil

In August 1942, Brazilian carrier Aerovias Brasil was formed as a product of TACA Airlines', now Avianca El Salvador, mission to form one national airline per Latin American country. During the first years of its existence, the airline operated domestic passenger flights within Brazil, as well as non-regular cargo operations,…

Avianca to Become First Airbus A330-300 Operator in Latin America

Colombian flag-carrier Avianca will add two second-hand Airbus A330-300 widebody aircraft within the first half of 2018, making the company the first Latin American operator of the type. The aircraft are to be received from TransAsia Airways, along with two additional Airbus A321ceo aircraft. The Taiwanese carrier had to sell part…

Viva Air Confirms Airbus A320 Order

Viva Air, a low-cost carrier group owned by Irelandia Aviation, confirmed an order of 50 new Airbus A320 family aircraft. The news follows the airline signing a memorandum of understanding with the European aircraft manufacturer at the Paris Airshow earlier this year. The order will be split between Viva Air's…

Airbus Forecasts 2677 Aircraft for Latin America over Next Two…

From 2017 to 2036, Latin America and the Caribbean will need 2,677 new passenger and freight aircraft to meet rising demand, according to the latest Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF). Valued at US $352 billion, this demand accounts for 2,084 single-aisle and 593 twin-aisle aircraft. This implies that the region’s…

TBT (Throwback Thursday) In Aviation History: TACA/LASCA

TACA (Transportes Aereos del Continente Americano) was formed in 1931 when a New Zealand billionaire, Lowell Yerex, wanted to form a chain of airlines in Central and South America. Each airline started with Stinson aircraft and all planes proudly displayed the TACA brand. However, competition and a small market in most…