5th January 2018
Avianca Unveils New In-Flight Entertainment System on A318 Fleet
Avianca has introduced a new wireless-based in-flight entertainment system on its fleet of Airbus A318 aircraft, the leading Colombian airline announced this week.
The platform allows travelers to use their personal devices, including mobile phones, laptops, and tablets, to connect to the plane’s offerings of movies, television shows, and music. Fliers can also reference the flight map during the route.
To access the system, fliers can download the “Avianca Entertainment” app and then use the plane’s WiFi system to connect. It is also accessible through Avianca.com through an internet browser once connected.
The functionality is currently available on nine aircraft and will be installed within 10 Airbus A320 aircraft in the near future, says the Bogotá-based carrier.
27th November 2017
Avianca Argentina Launches Flights
New carrier Avianca Argentina launched its first flight Nov. 21 from the close-in Aeroparque Jorge Newbery here to Rosario, Argentina’s third-largest city. The airline is starting the route with twice-daily service between the cities, and could double frequencies around March 2018 when the travel season picks up,
1st November 2017
Avianca Airlines acquires Colombian groundhandling firm, SAI
Avianca Holdings has announced it has acquired 90% of Servicios Aeroportuarios Integrados (SAI), a Colombian gorundhandling services specialist with a presence at each of Bogotá, Cali, Medellín José Maria Córdova, Cartagena de Indias, and Armenia airports. The transaction closed on October 17 for an undisclosed amount.
Avianca Holdings said in a statement the purchase forms part of its growth and income diversification strategy. As such, it will now have its own specialized airport ground services company, which controls 18.5% of the Colombian market.
3rd October 2017
Avianca Airlines and Sabre renew technology partnership
Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), the leading technology provider to the global travel industry, today announced a renewed partnership with Avianca for Sabre AirCentre Flight Explorer, its comprehensive flight tracking and monitoring solution. In conjunction with Flight Explorer, Avianca will utilize the Surface Manager module to provide full awareness of aircraft location on the ground, even before takeoff and after landing.
Flight Explorer streamlines data delivery, allows for intuitive flight management, enables integrated flight planning and allows users to set advanced, flight-specific thresholds based on industry or company requirements. Flight Explorer also streamlines route analysis through graphical route displays that include real-time data such as weather and airspace restrictions. These capabilities help Avianca make decisions based on the most current data, ultimately saving on costs and minimizing disruptions which results in a better passenger experience.
Flight tracking is not a new concept. Before computers, airlines used flight plans to manually estimate locations at given times, but since then flight tracking technology has advanced to incorporate more sophisticated data – not only aircraft position but additional data such as weather and air traffic control information. Flight Explorer can easily adapt to include incremental data sources as they became available, meaning Flight Explorer is uniquely positioned to accommodate evolving industry recommendations and expanding data sources as the need arises.
"We are proud to continue our partnership and help Avianca adapt internal processes to meet increasingly complex company and regulatory requirements," said Vinit Doshi, chief marketing officer, Sabre Airline Solutions. "Flight Explorer delivers industry leading monitoring capabilities and does so without burdening the technology teams or end users."
Avianca will also rely on Flight Explorer's Surface Manager module for gate-to-gate monitoring, which delivers even more comprehensive decision support, improves efficiency and reduces the risk of error.
"Flight Explorer simplifies our route analysis with real-time data such as weather and airspace restrictions, allowing us to make quicker decisions and offer a better travel experience to our customers," said Miguel Montoya, senior vice president of technique and operations at Avianca.
About Avianca Holdings S.A.
Avianca Holdings S.A. comprises the airlines: Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. Avianca (Avianca), Tampa Cargo S.A.S. , incorporated in Colombia, Aerolineas Galapagos S.A. - Aerogal, incorporated in Ecuador, and the TACA Group companies: TACA International Airlines S.A., incorporated in El Salvador, Lineas Aereas Costarricenses S.A., LACSA, incorporated in Costa Rica, Trans Américan Airlines S.A., incorporated in Perú, Servicios Aéreos Nacionales S.A., SANSA, incorporated in Costa Rica, Aerotaxis La Costeña S.A., incorporated in Nicaragua, Isleña de Inversiones S.A. de C.V., ISLEÑA, incorporated in Honduras and Aviateca S.A., incorporated in Guatemala.
13th September 2017
Avianca expands Sao Paulo flights from December 2017
Avianca starting December 2017 plans to introduce additional daily frequency for Bogota – Sao Paulo Guarulhos route. From 01DEC17, the airline will introduce new morning departure from Bogota, evening from Sao Paulo, as 3rd daily flight. This route is operated by Avianca A330-200 aircraft.
AV113 BOG0835 – 1745GRU 330 D
AV114 GRU1850 – 2153BOG 330 D
Avianca plans to add two new European points
Avianca expects to add two new European destinations in the coming months, as it sees strong demand in its international network. Avianca currently serves London Heathrow, Madrid and Barcelona. Rincon expects the fourth European destination to be added later this year, and the fifth in early 2018. Avianca is considering flights to Paris and Rome. No airline flies nonstop to Bogota from either Munich or Rome, FlightGlobal schedules data show. Air France operates between Bogota and Paris Charles de Gaulle. Avianca's Europe routes were the strongest performer across its network in the second quarter, posting a load factor of 85.5%. The airline also saw strength in its flights to North America and to other South American countries where it does not have a domestic presence. Later this year, Avianca will grow on international flights within South America. It will launch nonstop service between Lima and Cordoba in November, and is awaiting Bolivian regulatory approval to begin flights between Bogota and Santa Cruz in October. LATAM Airlines Group operates between Lima and Cordoba, FlightGlobal schedules data show. No airline flies between Bogota and Santa Cruz.
Avianca and Singapore Airlines to codeshare
Star Alliance partners Avianca and Singapore Airlines will begin codesharing on certain routes, the airlines said Aug. 14. The partnership will cover the carriers’ flights to Barcelona, Spain, and London Heathrow Airport. Singapore Airlines serves those cities from its hub at Singapore Changi Airport, and Avianca flies to both destinations from Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport. The two carriers will place their respective codes on each other’s routes.
Avianca (AV, Bogotá) boss, Hernan Rincon, has told Bloomberg that the airline has the go-ahead for a USD200 million capital increase.
"We are planning a capital increase of $200 million. That capital increase has been given the green light by the board of directors, and we are now in the process of doing all the legal and financial to raise capital."
As previously reported, the cash injection will come from Avianca's Brazilian parent, Synergy Aerospace.
Avianca is currently facing some legal issues over its proposed tie-up with United Airlines (UA, Chicago O'Hare), with its second largest shareholder protesting the move. Kingsland has filed a suit against Avianca, saying that the merger will personally benefit Synergy, and Synergy's owner German Efromovich. Rincon dismissed the case, calling it completely baseless. He added that the negotiations with United are going well.
"We meet on a weekly basis," he said, regarding the United deal. "We have made great progress. And we believe, we're aspiring to close the agreement in this year."
In the interview, Rincon also highlighted Avianca's commitment to improving its digital offering.
"We are transforming Avianca into a digital company that flies aircraft. And at the same time, we are building one of the top two airlines Latin American-wide, serving the whole continent," he said