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An Alas Uruguay 737-300 (Photo: Rafael Luiz Canossa [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Alas Uruguay

A few months after PLUNA’s demise and liquidation, Uruguayan aviation was lacking a flag carrier and, most importantly, a strategy. There were a couple of private operators that jumped right into the extinct carrier's routes. Former Pluna employees were bound to migrate to new companies, but a small group aimed for something higher. A company of their own. In May 2013, Alas-U was presented as a new company, with an ambitious plan to connect Montevideo with several Latin American capitals.…

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

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…

United Airlines Expands Partnership with Copa and Avianca

United Airlines has reached an agreement with Latin America's Copa Airlines and Avianca, in addition to many of Avianca's affiliates, for a joint business agreement (JBA). Although pending government approval, the JBA is expected to provide substantial benefits for customers, communities and the marketplace for air travel between the United States…

LATAM Adds New Routes from Lima Hub Despite Airport Congestion

South America's largest carrier LATAM Airlines announced two new routes from its hub in Lima, operated by its Peruvian subsidiary LATAM Peru. The new additions reinforce the hub’s position as an important connecting point between countries in the southern hemisphere with North America and the Caribbean. Scheduled to commence on…

Iberia Announces More Routes for New A350s, South American Expansion

Spanish flag carrier Iberia has announced a major route expansion for its latest aircraft, the Airbus A350-900XWB, which will now serve Chicago and Buenos Aires, Argentina in addition to New York. First delivered to the airline in June, the newest aircraft type in Iberia’s fleet started out on intra-European routes…

Lima Airport to Begin Expansion After Years of Delays

After years-long delays and complications, Lima airport, the biggest in Peru and an important regional hub in South America is finally finishing the last touches to begin its much-needed expansion. The new plan, which has been no short of disputes between the airport operator Lima Airport Partners  (LAP), the ministry…

JetSmart to Lease Five A320neos to Jump-Start Expansion

Indigo Partners' South American ultra-low-cost venture JetSmart has announced an agreement with SMBC Aviation capital involving the lease of five A320neos that will help the firm catalyze its short-term expansion plan in the region. JetSmart is set to become the second low-cost operator in the region to fly the new engine variant…

Emerging Markets, Pilot Shortages, A380s and Tennis: Visiting Emirates’ US…

The US Open has returned to Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York and so has Emirates Airline, a 6-year sponsor of the matches. As one of the main sponsors of the multi-week event stretching from late August into September, the Emirates name can be seen throughout the Billie Jean…

LATAM Upgrades Brazil to South Africa Route to Weekly Service

LATAM Airlines will begin to operate two additional frequencies on its São Paulo-Johannesburg route, which will allow for a daily flight between both cities. Currently, the route is only operated five times per week from São Paulo's Guarulhos Airport. Although the frequency increase is scheduled for April 5, 2019, it is…

Peru’s Biggest Airport Continues Waiting for Long Overdue Expansion

Peru's largest and busiest airport, Jorge Chavez International Airport, has long been waiting for major expansion plans to be pushed forward. This includes the building of a second runway and a new terminal that would enable the airport to double its capacity. Expansion plans were supposed to be culminated by…