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Avianca is the commercial brand that represents the Latin American airlines integrated in Avianca Holdings S.A. Its workforce of over 20,000 employees have been recognized to provide an excellent world class service. The Avianca airlines, specialized in air cargo and passenger transportation, serve more than 100 direct destinations in 28 countries throughout the American and European continents with its modern fleet of 172 short, medium, and long haul aircraft.
Through its membership with Star Alliance, Avianca offers the possibility to connect to more than 1,300 destinations in 192 countries globally. Through LifeMiles, the loyalty program, the airline offers a wide range of benefits and travel options to its more than 6 million registered members.
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Avianca in number
As of March 2017
Avianca through the years
- Colombia's flag carrier was founded on December 5, 1919, under the name Sociedad Colombo Alemana de Transporte Aéreo, SCADTA
- The airline’s first Junker aircraft arrived in 1920. SCADTA later expanded to operate 25 F-13 aircraft, a Junker W33 and W34.
- In September 1920, with Fritz Hammer as pilot, Wilhem Schnurrbush as co-pilot and Stuart Hosie as passenger, SCADTA made its first flight between Barranquilla and Puerto Berrío.
- In 1921 it established routes between the cities of Barranquilla, Girardot and Neiva.
- On July 23rd it established regular routes between Girardot and Bogotá.
- A decade later, on June 14th, Aerovias Nacionales de Colombia S.A. - Avianca was constituted as a result of the merger of SCADTA and the Servicio Aéreo Colombiano - SACO.
- In 1946 the company expanded its flights, operating routes to Quito, Lima and Panama, and then Miami, New York and Europe in DC4 and C54 aircraft.
- Ten years later in 1956, Avianca transported the Colombian delegation participating in the Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. It took 61 operating hours with the aircraft stopping only to refuel.
- In 1960 Avianca began operating its first jet, the Boeing 707-120. In the next 8 years it incorporated the Boeing 720B, 727-100, 727-200 and 737-100 aircraft.
- Always at the vanguard, Avianca became the first Latin American airline to operate the Jumbo 747, which was part of its fleet until 1994 (the -100 and -200B models).
- In 1981, the passenger ground service potential in Bogotá was expanded by the construction and commissioning of the modern Avianca Puente Aéreo Terminal, from where it initially served routes to Miami, New York, Cali, Medellín, Pasto and Montería.
- In 1990 Avianca acquired two of the world's most modern aircraft: the Boeing 767-200 ER, which were named after "Christopher Columbus" and "Amerigo Vespucci".
- The Fokker 50s arrived a year later and two years later the first McDonnell Douglas MD83 arrived.
- In 1994 it established a strategic alliance linking together the three most important companies in the Colombian aviation sector: Avianca, SAM (Sociedad Aeronáutica de Medellin) and HELICOL (Helicópteros Nacionales de Colombia), which brought the Avianca System to life.
- On May 20th 2002, Avianca and SAM, together with Aces (Aerolíneas Centrales de Colombia) formed the Alianza Summa. In November 2003, the shareholders decided to initiate the liquidation of the Sociedad Alianza Summa and took steps to strengthen the Avianca brand.
- In line with its objective of being leaders in the region, in 2005 the Company changed its corporate name to Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.
- On February 21st the first Airbus A320 arrived. Today the Carrier operates 55 aircraft from this manufacturer.
- In June 2009 the Carrier reentered the stock market with an important bond issue.
- The airline Transportes Aéreos Centroamericanos (TACA) was founded in Tegucigalpa, Honduras in 1931.
- In 1934, TACA expanded into Central America, establishing itself in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, flying with a fleet of 14 aircraft, with 10 pilots and 80 employees.
- The airline began to position itself strongly in the freight market, transporting 10,000 tons of cargo and 200 tons of mail.
- By 1943 the airline was already present in Colombia and Venezuela and managed to unite all the Americas from the United States to Argentina.
- In 1946 TACA centralized its operations in New Orleans.
- In 1960 the Salvadoran Ricardo Kriete takes control of TACA and six years later TACA joins the jet age by acquiring BAC1-11 aircraft from England.
- In 1982 TACA began operations to Houston and Los Angeles and resumed operations in Honduras, specifically to Tegucigalpa.
- In a year of transition, TACA established its maintenance station in San Salvador, ceased operations in Guatemala and Costa Rica and began operations to San Francisco.
- Between 1989 and 1992 the Carrier led the consolidation of the airline industry in the region through the acquisition of operators including Líneas Aéreas Costarricenses S.A. (Lacsa) of Costa Rica, Aviateca of Guatemala, Nica of Nicaragua, Sahsa of Honduras, and five other regional airlines.
- In 1997 the group of airlines officially joined together under the name Grupo TACA.
- In 1998 the Carrier acquired its first Airbus A319 and A320 and launched its Business Class service.
- In 2000 TACA expanded into South America through the brand TACA Perú and its Hub in Lima.
- As a result of the crisis in the airline industry in 2001, TACA implemented a transformation plan focused on the renewal of its fleet, optimizing the revenue and cost structure and operational excellence.
- In 2003 the conquest of new skies in the Americas came to fruition with the opening of routes to various destinations in the United States. Two years later it launched the first direct route between El Salvador and Peru.
- By the end of 2009 it already offered flights to and from the capitals and major secondary cities of South America.
- AeroGal began operations on August 15, 1986 with the air transport of passengers and freight between the mainland and the Galapagos with 2 Dornier DO-28-D2 aircraft with capacity for 12 passengers. It also flew to East Ecuador to supply services to oil and road construction companies.
- Between 1993 and 1995, AeroGal acquired three Fairchild F-27 aircraft with a capacity for 40 passengers for the Quito, Cuenca, Lago Agrio and Coca routes.
- In the late ‘90s, the DAC certified AeroGal under 121 standards, granting it Air Operators Certificate AGL - 121-004.
- In 2002, the first American Boeing 727 -200 Advance arrived, with capacity for 149 passengers. The airline obtained authorization to operate the Quito - Guayaquil route 3 times a day.
- A year later a second plane was incorporated into the fleet: the first Boeing B737 -200 for 118 passengers.
- In late 2003, the Carrier was awarded the concession to fly to Baltra Island and it became the first private airline to operate this route with 5 flights a week.
- In June 2004, a second Boeing B737-200 aircraft was added to the fleet with capacity for 129 passengers. A third plane with the same specifications was added a month later.
- For 2005, the Carrier acquired its fourth B737-200 aircraft, with a fifth arriving in January 2006, making a total of six aircraft for the year. In May 2006, the Civil Aviation Board granted¬ AeroGal the concession to operate international flights in the Caribbean-South America region and North America. AeroGal incorporated three additional aircraft for a total of 9, making it the country's largest fleet.
- On July 24th 2006, AeroGal began its international operations with regular flights to El Dorado International Airport, Bogota. On August 3rd it began flights to the city of Medellin.
- In November 2008, its first Boeing 757 arrived to cover the route to Miami, which was suspended in early 2010. Earlier, on December 7th 2009, it successfully inaugurated its route to New York and it added a Boeing 767.
- In April 2010 it was announced that AviancaTaca Holding intended to purchase AeroGal and in November it joined the group. Over the last year its fleet has been renewed incorporating 3 brand new Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A319 and 1 Boeing 767.