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Old March 29th, 2006, 02:03 AM   #81
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U.S. ambassador says airline ban talks with Venezuela close to "permanent" solution
By NATALIE OBIKO PEARSON
28 March 2006

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - The American ambassador said Tuesday that U.S. and Venezuelan aviation officials were close to a "permanent solution" averting a ban on U.S. airlines and ending a dispute over U.S. restrictions on Venezuelan carriers.

Venezuela claims the safety-based restrictions have locked Venezuelan airlines out of the U.S. market. It has threatened to retaliate by blocking nearly all flights by U.S. carriers starting Thursday.

A delegation from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is in Caracas this week to evaluate Venezuela's claim that it has improved airline safety and regulation.

"My hope is that during this week they will conclude these consultations that will permit a permanent solution," U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield said.

"The two governments basically have an agreement that the FAA will conclude its job ... as soon as possible and the INAC (Venezuela's National Aviation Institute) is going to suspend the measures against the U.S. air companies," he said.

The FAA has ranked Venezuela with a category 2 safety rating since 1995, preventing Venezuelan from flying their own planes to the United states or from starting new services.

Two Venezuelan carriers operate flights to the U.S. by leasing planes and crew from American companies.

Venezuela says a 2004 audit by the U.N. International Civil Aviation Organization found that the country met 88 percent of recommended international aviation safety standards, up from 39 percent in 1999.

The FAA wasn't expected to decide whether to upgrade Venezuela's safety rating until after the delegation returns to Washington on Thursday.

Venezuela has said that if the FAA fails to grant it category 1 status by March 30, it will prohibit all flights by Houston-based Continental Airlines Inc. and Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc., and restrict flights by Fort Worth, Texas-based AMR Corp.'s American Airlines.

Nelson Ramiz, president of the leading Venezuelan airline Aeropostal, said the U.S. restrictions have cost the company US$3 million a year in leasing fees, while unfairly allowing U.S. airlines to dominate the routes.

"I've been competing with a 900-pound gorilla with my hands tied and I will love it, enjoy it, to compete with that gorilla with my hands loose," he told The Associated Press.

Brownfield said the FAA would base its decision on technical criteria.

"This has nothing to do with politics or commercial (concerns)," he said. "For us, the idea of more competition is not a bad idea, it's a good idea."
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Old March 29th, 2006, 11:47 PM   #82
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Seven killed when plane crashes into soccer pitch in Medellin, Colombia
29 March 2006

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Seven people, including two young boys, died when a small plane crashed Wednesday into a soccer field in Medellin, Colombia, authorities said.

The Cessna single-prop plane was carrying a pilot and four passengers when it crashed on a university campus two minutes after takeoff, killing all aboard and the boys, who were on the soccer field. Six other children at the crash site suffered light burns, said Martin Gonzalez, a spokesman for Colombia's civil aviation regulator.

Authorities said a man identified as retired air force pilot Jose Sierra, who was at the plane's helm, was found alive but died at a local hospital. Two of the passengers were military personnel, they said.

The plane was en route from Medellin, Colombia's second largest city, to the nearby town of Ituango.
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Old April 1st, 2006, 06:31 PM   #83
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19 people killed in plane crash near Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 1, 2006 (AFP) - A twin-engine passenger plane crashed north of Rio de Janeiro, killing all 19 people on board, a Team airline spokesman said Saturday.

The Brazilian Civil Aviation Administration said the plane took off from Macae at around 2020 GMT Friday and headed toward Rio de Janeiro but disappeared from radar screens 20 minutes later.

Its wreckage was discovered by a rescue team in a mountain range about 200 kilometers (124 miles) north of Rio de Janeiro early Saturday, airline spokesman Davi Farias told the local news agency Estado.

There were no survivors, he said.

Firefighters who went searching for the plane found it after local residents directed them to the crash site.

"A plane flew over low, heading toward the mountains, and then we heard a big boom," one resident told local radio.

The Czech-made Lat 410 aircraft had 17 passengers and two crew members on board.
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Old April 3rd, 2006, 01:58 AM   #84
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I heard Tam will buy ERJ 190 to replace old the fokker.
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Old April 11th, 2006, 08:34 AM   #85
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Chile's LAN March passenger traffic rose 1.3 pct

SANTIAGO, Chile, April 11 (Reuters) - Chile's dominant airline, LAN Airlines , said on Tuesday that passenger traffic rose 1.3 percent in March from the same month last year.

The growth was weaker than in previous months. LAN cited a fall in domestic passenger traffic and the fact that the Easter holiday was in March last year and is in April this year.

LAN said in a news release that its total passenger capacity rose 6.4 percent, and its load factor -- which measures how full airplanes fly -- fell 3.7 percentage points to 72.9 percent since passenger numbers did not grow as much as capacity.

International passenger traffic, which represented 86 percent of LAN's total passenger traffic in the month, rose 1.8 percent in March from a year ago, but the load factor fell due to an increase in flights to Europe and the Asian Pacific.

Domestic passenger traffic fell 1.3 percent in March, compared with March last year, and the load factor also fell on domestic flights, mainly due to the change in Easter Week, the company said.

Cargo traffic grew 17.1 percent in March, LAN said.
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Old April 22nd, 2006, 05:22 AM   #87
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U.S. aviation agency raises Venezuela's safety ranking, avoids airline ban
By NATALIE OBIKO PEARSON
21 April 2006

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - U.S. aviation authorities upgraded Venezuela's safety ranking, averting a ban that would have blocked most U.S. airlines from flying to the country.

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas said in a statement Friday that the "Federal Aviation Administration is raising the safety rating of Venezuela to Category 1."

The decision came after an FAA team visited Venezuela late last month to examine Venezuelan airlines' planes and procedures within the country's aviation authority.

The FAA had recognized the "efforts to improve the level of aviation safety oversight in Venezuela" made by the National Aviation Institute, or INAC, the statement said.

The Venezuelan government had protested its lower Category 2 ranking, which prohibited Venezuelan airlines from flying their own planes to the U.S. or from launching new services such as expansions in routes.

The restrictions, in place since 1995, forced Venezuelan airlines to rent planes and crew for flights to or from the United States.

Venezuela had set an April 25 deadline by which the FAA had to drop the restrictions or face retaliatory measures.

The decision narrowly averts a ban that threatened to cause an airline crisis between the two countries.

Venezuela had threatened to block all flights by Houston-based Continental Airlines Inc. and Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines Inc., and restrict most flights by AMR Corp.'s American Airlines of Fort Worth, Texas.

U.S. Ambassador William Brownfield had countered that his government in turn would "with absolute certainty" prohibit Venezuelan flights to the United States.

The U.S. Embassy called the decision "excellent news for the thousands of passengers who fly between the United States and Venezuela."

"The passenger is the big winner ... more competition will bring the fares down," said Nelson Ramiz, the president of Venezuela's largest airline, Aeropostal, welcoming the decision.

Venezuela had claimed that the FAA restrictions locked its carriers out of the U.S. market and were no longer justified after improvements to airline safety and regulation. Local carriers lost 90 percent of the U.S.-Venezuela market to their American competitors after the restrictions were imposed.

The FAA said the standards that must be met are imposed by the International Civil Aviation Authority, not the FAA. Two audits of Venezuela's civil aviation authority by ICAO, the United Nation's technical agency for aviation, showed "increasing improvements," the FAA said.

Venezuelan carriers -- such as Aeropostal and Santa Barbara, which operated flights to the U.S. by leasing planes from American companies -- are poised to benefit from the decision.

Aeropostal's Ramiz told The Associated Press that his airline will save as much as US$4 million (euro3.25 million) a year in costs.

The airline's flights to Miami presently generate US$60 million (euro48.72 million) in revenues -- that is expected to grow by 40 percent with the loss of restrictions, he added.

An INAC spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity before the decision, said other local carriers like Venezuela's state airline Conviasa were considering acquiring new equipment and personnel in anticipation of being able to fly to the U.S.

Ramiz said airlines will still need to have their technical operations formally approved by U.S. authorities before flying, a process that takes several months and which Aeropostal hopes to conclude by September.

"Our pilots are ready," Aeropostal's Ramiz said. "Technically, we are ready to fly."
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Old April 28th, 2006, 02:51 AM   #88
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Chile Airline Lan 1Q Net Profit $79.7M Vs $46.3M
27 April 2006

SANTIAGO (Dow Jones)--Chilean airline Lan SA (LFL) posted a first-quarter net profit of $79.7 million, a 72% jump from the $46.3 million it registed in January-March 2005, according to its filing to Chilean securities regulator SVS late Wednesday.

Lan's first-quarter profit was in line with the near $80 million analysts expected, according to a recent Dow Jones Newswires poll.

The filing with the securities overseer included a one-off gain due to the effect of the accounting change.

Lan's change in the way it accounts for its fleet management stems "from the growth that operations and fleet of Lan have experienced, along with aligning the company's policies with the principal international" carriers, Lan said in its announcement of the measure last month.

External auditors have approved the change, which tacked on $33.7 million in one-off gain in non-operating profits, after taxes.

Over the same reporting period, sales rose 20% to $728 million from $607 million in the first quarter of 2005, while operating profit reached $69 million, up 21% from $57 million.

Meanwhile, the rising cost of jet fuel has continued to weigh on Lan, squeezing margins and outweighing increased traffic figures despite fuel surcharges in passenger and cargo fees.

In a separate statement, Lan pointed out that rising fuel costs "increased operating costs by $37.4 million during the quarter, in comparison to the same period a year ago."

The airline is one of the largest in the region, with units in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic. It's also the largest cargo carrier in Latin America.

Company Web site: http://www.lan.com
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Old May 1st, 2006, 08:04 AM   #89
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We didnt get confirmation on what planes TAM decided to buy. Anybody know if they went with the ERJ 190?

Also, Im going to be flying in a TAM Fokker in 10 days. Yay.
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Aerolineas Argentinas Inks 5%-20% Govt Stake Deal-Report
21 June 2006

BUENOS AIRES (Dow Jones)--Aerolineas Argentinas officials inked a letter of intent with Argentine government officials Wednesday that includes an increase in the state's stake in the flagship air carrier to between 5% and 20%, state news agency Telam reported.

The letter was signed in Madrid by Argentine Planning Minister Julio De Vido, Economy Minister Felisa Miceli, and Horacio Fargosi, the president of Aerolineas Argentinas' Spain-based holding company, Telam reported. The expected signing came during an official visit to Spain by Argentine President Nestor Kirchner.

Airline officials in Buenos Aires were not immediately available for comment.

The new deal also gives the Argentine government a so-called golden share in the carrier with at least two seats on Aerolineas' board of directors. In exchange for the increased state role, the Argentine government is expected to authorize a fare increase and provide subsidies for unprofitable routes, but not a cash payment.

Before the new arrangement, the Argentine government held a 1.4% stake in the carrier. Workers control 0.4% and the remaining 98.2% is owned by Interinvest, a holding of the Spain-based Marsans travel group.

Negotiations between the Kirchner administration and the airline apparently picked up after the carrier inked a labor agreement with striking pilots and mechanics unions last month that awarded them a 19% pay raise.

The new arrangement follows a recent shuffling of key leadership positions at Aerolineas Argentinas that was linked to the talks. Among changes, Aerolineas Argentinas's Spanish President Antonio Mata and high-profile spokesman Julio Scaramella took on lower-profile positions.
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Old June 26th, 2006, 08:26 AM   #91
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Thats good news, it would be sad to see Varig die. Incidently, I was in Guarulhos yesterday and noticed one of he few Varig flights was Sao Paulo-Bogotá-Mexico City. I thought Varig had cancelled Mexico flights? And id never heard of this route before, is Varig trying to join some routes together to get passengers to their destination? All flights to the US were cancelled.
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Any news on how Pluna, the Uruguay airline owned by Varig, is affected?
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Uruguayan Pluna Raises Turnover to $7.0 Mln H1 2006
12 July 2006

Uruguayan flag carrier Pluna posted a turnover of $7.0 mln (5.48 mln euro) for the first half of 2006, up 10 pct year-on-year, the company said on July 12, 2006.

According to sources from the sector the number of Pluna passengers decreased by 20 pct year-on-year in the period. The company' operations have been affected by the crisis in Brazilian air carrier Varig, which holds a 49 pct stake in it. Varig has cancelled many of its flights, which affected the operations of Pluna.

The Uruguayan Government has been mulling over an agreement with Venezuelan air carrier Conviasa, to become a partner in Pluna. Negotiations on the matter, however, could not start.

The Uruguayan flag carrier started talks with other six airlines, interested in becoming partners.

www.diariolarepublica.com

Source: La Republica - Uruguay (SK/IM/SK)
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Chile's LAN says July passenger traffic rose 4.7 pct

SANTIAGO, Chile, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Chile's dominant carrier LAN Airlines said on Thursday its passenger traffic increased 4.7 percent in July over a year ago, as international traffic rose, but domestic traffic declined.

The company said capacity on its passenger flights rose 6.9 percent in the same period, meaning its load factor -- which measures how full the planes are -- decreased by 1.6 percentage points to 77.5 percent.

The company said international passenger traffic accounted for some 88 percent of total passenger traffic and rose 5.8 percent in July as capacity rose 8.2 percent.

LAN Airlines, one of Latin America's biggest, flies throughout the Americas, to Europe, Australia and the South Pacific.

LAN said domestic passenger traffic declined 3.4 percent as capacity was reduced by 1.0 percent, meaning domestic load factor decreased 1.7 percentage points to 67.3 percent.

Higher competition from new carriers in Chile has affected LAN's domestic traffic in the last year.

Cargo traffic rose 5.4 percent, which the company said was mainly due to the expansion of imports into the region, offset by weak exports from Chile and Brazil.
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Chile's LAN August passenger traffic up 11.6 pct

SANTIAGO, Chile, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Chile's dominant carrier LAN Airlines said on Monday passenger traffic increased 11.6 percent in August over a year earlier.

The company said capacity on its passenger flights rose 12.3 percent in the same period, meaning its load factor -- which measures how full the planes are -- decreased by 0.5 percentage point to 76.0 percent.

The company said international passenger traffic accounted for some 78.4 percent of total passenger traffic and rose 13.5 percent in August as capacity rose 12.9 percent.

LAN Airlines, one of Latin America's biggest, flies throughout the Americas, to Europe, Australia and the South Pacific.

LAN said domestic passenger traffic declined 2.1 percent as capacity rose 8.7 percent, meaning domestic load factor decreased 6.6 percentage points to 60.1 percent.

Higher competition from new carriers in Chile has affected LAN's domestic traffic in the last year.

Cargo traffic rose 11.0 percent, which the company said was mainly due to the expansion of imports into the region, offset by weak exports from Chile and Brazil.
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Airbus hopes to double Latam mkt share in decade

SAO PAULO, Brazil, Oct 24 (Reuters) - European aircraft manufacturer Airbus expects to double its market share in Latin America in the next decade, boosting its presence in a region long dominated by archrival Boeing Co. , a top company executive said on Tuesday.

Rafael Alonso, a senior vice president at Airbus, said the company expects to increase its market share in Latin America to 40 percent in the next three years and to 50 percent over the next decade as more airlines grow their fleets and switch over from Boeing aircraft.

Airbus, which is owned by European aerospace group EADS , currently has about 25 percent of the region's aviation market, compared with 52 percent for Boeing.

Alonso, who oversees Airbus's operations in Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain, said he expects the bulk of that growth to take place in Brazil and Mexico, the region's biggest aviation markets.

"These are two countries where aviation is growing at a tremendous pace," Alonso said at a luncheon with journalists in Sao Paulo, Brazil's financial capital.

Airbus estimates that airlines in Brazil and Mexico will need about 200 new passenger jets each in the next decade to keep up with demand. Alonso said Airbus hopes to supply between 40 percent and 60 percent of those planes.

"Latin America is still a relatively small market for Airbus," he said. "But it is a market where we expect to sell more planes than Boeing."

Airbus's top customer in Latin America is Brazil's leading airline TAM Linhas Aereas , which currently flies 69 planes made by Airbus -- 46 A320s, 13 A319s and 10 A330s.

TAM, which is gradually phasing out older Fokker 100s from its fleet, has orders for 62 more Airbus jets with deliveries running through 2010. It also has options to buy an additional 20 aircraft from the A320 family.

TAM, whose main domestic rival Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes is an exclusive Boeing customer, expects to have a fleet of 127 Airbus jets by 2010.

Other major Airbus customers in Latin America include Mexican carrier Mexicana de Aviacion, TACA of El Salvador and Chile's LAN Airlines .
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Chile LAN Airlines 3rd-qtr profit doubles

SANTIAGO, Chile, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Chile's dominant LAN Airlines said on Thursday third-quarter profit more than doubled compared with the same period last year, far outstripping analyst expectations as the company buffered costs.

Third-quarter profit rose to $51.5 million compared with $23.8 million for the same quarter last year, as the company incorporated nine passenger aircraft into its fleet and offset increases in fuel costs with fuel surcharges.

"This result reflects a strong operating performance, with significant margin improvements," the company said in a statement.

The results beat predictions of industry analysts in a Reuters poll, who had estimated an average increase in profit of 38 percent to $33 million in the third quarter.

Total revenue for the quarter rose by about 23 percent to $762.3 million as passenger revenue increased 29 percent and cargo revenue grew 14.5 percent.

"Yields grew mainly due to fuel cost pass-through initiatives and improved segmentation," the company said.

LAN, one of the biggest airlines in Latin America with affiliates in Ecuador, Peru, Argentina and the Dominican Republic, instituted fuel surcharges at the end of September last year.

Analysts said third quarter profit last year was affected by significant increases in fuel prices before the fuel surcharge went into effect.

January-September profit rose 53 percent to $147.65 million in the first nine months of the year, while revenue for the period increased 21 percent to $2.180 billion.
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hkskyline, this thread is literally nothing but you posting article, after article, after article.
Feel free to add your thoughts. The information is there. You are more than welcome to discuss. However, I don't see how a discussion can start without information.
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