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An Avianca 787 preparing for its first flight at Boeing's Paine Field. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Katie Bailey)

Avianca Continues Transition to Low-Cost Structure

Everything seems to indicate that Avianca will be changing in its traditional operating model for the low-cost model. As announced In recent weeks, the Colombian carrier has put major focus on drastically reducing its expenses, working on cutting costs while, according to all reports, scaling back its service significantly. Apparently now, Avianca is destined to become a low-cost airline, likely abandoning the idea of ​​competing with high-level airlines in Latin America. In this new "Avianca low-cost," the Colombian airline would…

Peruvian Airlines Claims to Have Found Investor to Refloat Airline

Last week, domestic carrier Peruvian Airlines presumedly suspended operations following turbulent months of financial difficulties and discrepancies over tax values paid for two aircraft, which led to Peruvian authorities temporarily freezing the airline's bank accounts. Last night, however, the airline announced it was able to secure funding after a group…

Peruvian Airlines Reportedly Suspends Operations

Peruvian Airlines has suspended operations after the airline's bank accounts were frozen by Peru’s tribunal fiscal, preventing it from paying fuel suppliers. The move took effect following discrepancies in tax values the airline should have paid for two Boeing 737 aircraft. The issue arose as Peruvian Airlines was claimed to…

Azul to Start “Ponte Aérea” Shuttle Service Between Rio and…

After months of lobbying, discussions and even open verbal fights in the media, Azul finally announced the opening of sales for their operations in the Rio/Santos Dumont-São Paulo/Congonhas "Ponte Aérea" sector, Brazil's most desired route. This comes less than two weeks after the distribution of Avianca Brasil slots in Congonhas…

Azul to Start “Ponte Aérea” Shuttle Service Between Rio and…

After months of lobbying, discussions and even open verbal fights in the media, Azul finally announced the opening of sales for their operations in the Rio/Santos Dumont-São Paulo/Congonhas "Ponte Aérea" sector, Brazil's most desired route. This comes less than two weeks after the distribution of Avianca Brasil slots in Congonhas…

Interview: Speaking with SKY Peru One Month Into Operations.

After years of sustained growth serving domestic and regional destinations in South America, Chilean SKY Airline is confident to venture abroad. Having recently set up a base in neighboring Peru, the airline sees a huge growth potential in the country, where the average citizen takes 0.6 trips each year compared…

U.S. Fund Makes Major Investment in Latin America’s Viva Air

U.S. investment firm Cartesian Capital Group has injected $50 million into Latin American low-cost carrier Viva Air, a subsidiary of low-cost developer Irelandia with bases in Colombia and Peru. The investment will help Irelandia's Latin American venture finance its fierce regional expansion plans, including setting up a base in a…

Norwegian Eyes South American Flights from Spain

Norwegian announced it has been granted seven weekly frequencies between Spain and Peru by the Spanish General Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) . If flights commence, the Oslo born carrier will become the fourth airline to operate flights between both countries. The Oslo-based carrier currently flies to Boston, Los Angeles and…

LATAM Backs Off and Cancels Planned Munich Route

In November 2018, LATAM cheerfully announced flights between Sao Paulo and Munich as part of its fierce European expansion plan from its hub in the Brazilian metropolis that aims to position Sao Paulo as a key transit point for passengers between South America and Europe.  However, after unpromising sale forecasts,…

Flybondi Continues Domestic Expansion Despite Growing Pains

Argentina's Flybondi has announced seven new routes to its domestic route network, adding more pressure to its operational strategy serving 13 domestic and two international destinations with a fleet of five Boeing 737-800s. The Yellow low-cost carrier will now serve Cordoba to Neuquén, Cordoba to Salta and Mendoza to Neuquén…