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Old October 31st, 2006, 06:17 PM   #101
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I'm confused abt some stuff in Latin America aviation.

Which airline is Brazil's national airline?
Which is the largest airline in Brazil?

Why is LAN able to do so well?

Are low cost airlines able to fly within the continent.

Hope my qns aren't too dumb... Thank you.
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Old October 31st, 2006, 10:28 PM   #102
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I'm confused abt some stuff in Latin America aviation.

Which airline is Brazil's national airline?
Which is the largest airline in Brazil?
From Star Alliance :
VARIG's pioneering spirit is intimately related to Brazil's commercial aviation development. Today, the Company maintains a route network covering 38 cities within Brazil, as well as 25 cities in 20 countries throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe. Our fleet is composed of 83 aircrafts.

However, a previous article I posted in August indicated they only had 12 aircraft.

According to a Reuters news article :
Gol, which is already Boeing's biggest customer in Latin America with a fleet of 56 aircraft, said on Monday that it had placed a firm order for an additional 20 Boeing 737-800s.

Gol offers more than 500 daily flights to 51 airports in Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.


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Why is LAN able to do so well?
3Q06 management commentary :
http://biz.yahoo.com/bw/061026/20061026006123.html?.v=1

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Are low cost airlines able to fly within the continent.
Gol is a low cost airline.
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Old November 2nd, 2006, 12:57 AM   #103
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I'm confused abt some stuff in Latin America aviation.

Which airline is Brazil's national airline?
Which is the largest airline in Brazil?

Why is LAN able to do so well?

Are low cost airlines able to fly within the continent.

Hope my qns aren't too dumb... Thank you.
Varig is
Tam is
They offer great service
Yes, but not as low as say Ryanair.
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Old November 11th, 2006, 07:37 PM   #104
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Actually Varig was the national carrier until the beginning of 2005, but then they almost bankrupt. Now TAM kind of took its place, but TAM doesn't have such a good image as Varig had. GOL is pretty good, but they had that accident back in September which was a stain in their image as well.

So our aviation market is pretty RANDOM nowadays haha. And TAP is entering more and more into our market as well.
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Old November 16th, 2006, 08:17 AM   #105
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hkskyline, this thread is literally nothing but you posting article, after article, after article.
so?

it's not his fault if people don't post any comments here. judging from the over 7500 views the thread has, people (like me and others) are obviously entering the thread to read the news, even if comments aren't left behind to record our visit.

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Old December 2nd, 2006, 03:48 PM   #106
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I don't expect people to reply every single article posted. If people want to discuss the information posted in here, then they are more than happy to do so. The key to a healthy discussion is information. Thanks for your support.
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Old December 7th, 2006, 10:29 PM   #107
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Conviasa and TAP make deal

Venezuela's Conviasa and Portuguese TAP initialed an agreement, said Franklin Fernández the chair of the Venezuelan airline.

"These trade partnerships are intended to proceed with expansion plans, in order to provide our users with first-quality services, in addition to consolidate the Venezuelan carrier both in the domestic and foreign markets," Fernández told official news agency ABN.

The CEO mentioned that Conviasa has executed additional agreements nationwide with domestic airlines Aserca and Santa Bárbara.

In the international context, Conviasa has reached cooperation agreements with airlines from Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Iran, among others.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 09:57 AM   #108
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so?

it's not his fault if people don't post any comments here. judging from the over 7500 views the thread has, people (like me and others) are obviously entering the thread to read the news, even if comments aren't left behind to record our visit.

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I agree, I love the articles.
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Old December 8th, 2006, 10:08 AM   #109
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Thanks for your support. Are there particular areas / countries / airlines you would like to see more? I can keep an eye on them during my daily browsing.

Sadly, since I don't see South American airlines that often, pictures will be very limited from my end.
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Old December 12th, 2006, 04:33 AM   #110
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Chile's LAN Airlines traffic up 25 pct in November

SANTIAGO, Chile, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Chile's dominant carrier LAN Airlines said on Monday its passenger traffic increased 25 percent in November, compared with the same month last year.

The company said capacity on its passenger flights rose 20.2 percent in the period, while its load factor -- which measures how full the planes are -- increased by three percentage points to 76.9 percent.

The company said international passenger traffic accounted for 86 percent of total passenger traffic and rose 28 percent in November as capacity rose 21.5 percent.
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Old December 14th, 2006, 12:57 AM   #111
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Avianca nears major fleet buy, plans service to Africa

Avianca nears major fleet buy, plans service to Africa
Friday December 1, 2006

Avianca Chairman German Efromovich said the company is in the final stages of negotiating a "big" fleet purchase expected to be completed before the end of January. Speaking at ALTA's third annual Latin American Airlines Leaders Forum in Cancun, Efromovich, who also is CEO of Brazil's Synergy Group, said the value of the order excluding options is in the area of $2.5 billion and comprises single- and twin-aisle aircraft. They will be divided between Avianca and OceanAir of Brazil, which both are under the Synergy Aerospace umbrella.

He said he was talking to Airbus and Boeing. Although he declined to identify specific widebody types, he did say the 777 was too large for the airlines' requirements and joked that the A380 likewise was too big. "I can work with the 787," he added in response to a reporter's question. The goal is to replace the entire fleet of the carriers by 2014 with the exception of the F100s that are spread among the airlines. Another Synergy airline, VIP of Ecuador, flies four Do-328s.

Efromovich also said OceanAir has acquired two 767-300ERs, one leased and one purchased, that will allow it to launch service to Africa in the 2007 first quarter. Aircraft will operate over a Sao Paulo-Lagos-Luanda-Sao Paulo routing. Although service will be started under the OceanAir brand, his intent is to brand all of the group's airlines under the Avianca name, although not all names will disappear because some are involved in nonairline aviation activities. OceanAir also has the authority to fly to Johannesburg and likely will begin the route after it acquires a third 767, he said.

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Old December 14th, 2006, 02:05 AM   #112
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Chile's LAN Airlines traffic up 25 pct in November

SANTIAGO, Chile, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Chile's dominant carrier LAN Airlines said on Monday its passenger traffic increased 25 percent in November, compared with the same month last year.

The company said capacity on its passenger flights rose 20.2 percent in the period, while its load factor -- which measures how full the planes are -- increased by three percentage points to 76.9 percent.

The company said international passenger traffic accounted for 86 percent of total passenger traffic and rose 28 percent in November as capacity rose 21.5 percent.
Jeeez....LAN just keeps growing!
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Old December 23rd, 2006, 12:24 PM   #113
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This is freaking! It's completely out of control!!!

I'm still wondering if I'll make it in time for my flight to Lisbon next month as I have only a 4 and half hour connection in Sao Paulo!

I'm seriously thinking of cancelling the ticket from here to SP and taking a bus. It's too damn out of control!
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Old January 28th, 2007, 07:46 AM   #114
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Ecuador dampens rumors over defense minister's death in air crash

QUITO, Jan 26, 2007 (AFP) - Ecuador's government Friday sought to stamp out speculation over a two-helicopter crash which killed the country's first female defense minister, Guadalupe Larriva, nine days after she was sworn into office.

"Don't speculate, things are very delicate for the country at the moment," said Monica Chuji, spokeswoman for President Rafael Correa.

"We are experiencing a series of problems and speculation can be harmful. It doesn't do anything good for the country," she said.

Larriva, a leader of the Socialist Party, her 17-year-old daughter and five military officers were killed late Wednesday when two military helicopters apparently collided in mid-air during exercises near the Portoviejo air base on the Pacific coast near Manta, 275 kilometers (170 miles) southwest of Quito.

On Friday Correa, who the day before promised an international investigation into the crash, said he would try to appoint another woman to lead the defense ministry, although he did not offer any names.
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Old February 9th, 2007, 08:51 AM   #115
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Brazil's Varig airline gets US$17.1 million loan from Chile's Lan
1 February 2007

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) - Chilean airline Lan SA has loaned Brazil's airline Varig US$17.1 million (€13.2 million) in a deal that could make the Chilean company a minority shareholder in the recovering carrier, a Varig spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.

Lan's loan comes in exchange for an exclusive option for shares, Lan said Wednesday.

"While the amount of the investment doesn't have a significant effect for the company ... Lan could become a minority shareholder in the new (Varig) should the conversion option be exercised," Lan said in a securities filing.

The loan took place in September, it added.

Chilean shareholding law defines a minority stake as less than 10 percent.

Varig spokeswoman Daniela Pontes said Thursday it was not immediately clear how the company would use the loan, but analysts said it could be used to improve cash flow and help Varig offer more flights.

Varig was Brazil's leading airline for many years but its operations disintegrated in 2005 and early 2006 amid enormous debts.

In July, VarigLog, owned by a group of investors that included U.S. investment fund Matlin Patterson, bought the company's operating assets for US$24 million (€18.4 million) and sharply cut back the number of flights offered.

Varig's new owners are hoping to quadruple the airline's share of the domestic market to 20 percent by the end of 2007.

The Chilean carrier has long sought to establish a subsidiary in South America's biggest country, and has a tradition of entering foreign markets via defunct local airlines.

It has set up local units in Argentina, Ecuador and Peru as a minority shareholder, but retains operational control and branding.
Lan may buy the airline and renamed it Lan Brasil.
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Old February 15th, 2007, 04:34 AM   #116
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Chile's LAN 4th-qtr profit jumps 88 pct

SANTIAGO, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Chile's dominant carrier LAN Airlines said on Wednesday quarterly profit jumped 88 percent, easily topping expectations.

It said in a statement, it made a net profit of $93.6 million in the fourth quarter. In the final three months of 2005 it earned $49.9 million.

The average estimate in a Reuters poll this week was for a fourth-quarter net profit of $73.4 million.

Net profit jumped 64.6 percent to $241.3 million in 2006 from $146.6 million in 2005.

LAN, one of the biggest airlines in Latin America with affiliates in Ecuador, Peru and Argentina, said total revenues in 2006 grew 21.1 percent to $3.03 billion.

Revenue from passenger traffic rose 24.2 percent, while revenue from cargo transport climbed 17.8 percent.

LAN said the increases were due to growth in its international business, the opening of new routes and an increase in its passenger-per-kilometer ratio.

It carried 15.9 percent more passengers on international flights in 2006 than in 2005.
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Old February 22nd, 2007, 04:24 AM   #117
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Spain's Air Comet gets approval to fly to Chile

SANTIAGO, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Spanish airline Air Comet has gotten the green light from Chile's Civil Aeronautical Board (JAC) to begin flying between Madrid and Santiago -- a route that has been saturated since the demise of Spain's Air Madrid.

"The number of passengers on those flights is fairly high, and a new operator bringing more competition to the market is good news," JAC secretary general Jorge Frei told Reuters on Wednesday.

The number of direct flights between Santiago and Madrid dropped when Air Madrid went out of business in December. Since then the only airlines operating the route have been Chile's LAN and Spain's Iberia .

The demand for flights is intense. Passenger traffic on the route increased 17 percent last year, well above the 5.3 percent average for international flights to and from Chile.

Air Comet, which already has the approval of Spanish authorities to operate the route, said last month it planned to start flying to Chile in March.
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Old February 23rd, 2007, 04:25 AM   #118
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LAN boosts stake in LAN Argentina to 70 pct-report

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Chile's dominant airline LAN Airlines has boosted its stake in LAN Argentina to 70 percent from 49 percent, leading Argentine daily Clarin reported on Thursday.

Jorge Perez Alati, one of LAN Argentina's shareholders, told Clarin: "There were capital increases in recent months in which all the partners participated, but LAN's contributions were greater. Our participation, which was 51 percent, has been slashed to approximately 30 percent."

LAN Airlines declined to comment and no one at LAN Argentina was immediately available to comment on the report.

On the Santiago Stock Exchange LAN shares rose 3.13 percent to 7.950 pesos per share. The company's American depositary receipts rose 3.2 percent to $73.80 on the New York Stock Exchange.

LAN was up "because of the expansion (reported) today ... and due to the outlook that it could enter Brazil through Varig," said Rodrigo Sarria, deputy manager at Intervalores brokerage in Santiago.

When LAN Airlines first began operating in Argentina, it created a new company, and Argentine regulations barred it from owning more than 50 percent of that company's capital.

A subsequent change to the aeronautical code, however, cleared the way for LAN Airlines to increase its participation in LAN Argentina, Clarin said. (Additional reporting by Manuel Farias)
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Bomb scare shuts Venezuelan airport; no bomb found
6 March 2007

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) - A Venezuelan airport was closed down Tuesday after receiving what appeared to be a false bomb threat, the airport's director said.

An anonymous phone call alerted officials to a purported bomb aboard a flight carrying 291 passengers from Amsterdam, Manuel Millan, director of the international airport on Margarita island, told reporters.

Millan said that "everything seems to indicate that ... (it) is false, nothing has been found."

Explosive experts from the investigative police had cordoned off the aircraft, and airport operations have been suspended as a precaution, he said.

The airport received a similar phone call Monday, which had forced its closure for two hours and no bomb was found, Millan added.

The airport serves one of Venezuela's most popular tourist destinations located about 350 kilometers (220 miles) from Caracas.
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Gol's April Traffic Grows 49.1 Percent
Friday May 4, 5:51 pm ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- Brazilian carrier Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA said Friday its April traffic grew 49.1 percent on a 63.5 percent expansion of capacity.

The carrier said its traffic rose to 1.67 billion revenue passenger kilometers, an industry unit measuring one paying passenger flown one kilometer. Capacity expanded to 2.35 billion available seat kilometers, while occupancy declined to 70.8 percent from 77.6 percent.

Gol said domestic traffic grew 41.8 percent to 1.47 billion revenue passenger kilometers on a 50.7 percent capacity expansion to 1.99 billion available seat kilometers. International traffic more than doubled to 200.8 million revenue passenger kilometers on triple capacity growth to 366.3 million available seat kilometers.

Gol's U.S.-listed shares slipped a penny to close at $29.08.
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