Línea Aérea Amaszonas

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Línea Aérea Amaszonas
Línea Aérea Amaszonas logo.jpg
IATA
Z8
ICAO
AZN
Callsign
AMASZONAS
Founded 1998
Commenced operations 2000
Hubs El Alto International Airport
Focus cities Viru Viru International Airport
Fleet size 08
Destinations 19
Headquarters La Paz, Bolivia
Key people Sergio de Urioste (General manager)
Website amaszonas.com

Línea Aérea Amaszonas S.A., usually shortened to Amaszonas,[note 1] is an airline based in Bolivia, headquartered in La Paz.[1] It operates scheduled and chartered short-haul passenger flights throughout the northern and northeastern regions of the country as well as to neighboring Peru, with its network's hub being located at El Alto International Airport.

History[edit]

The company was founded on 1 October 1998, but flight services were only commenced in 2000.[2] Initially, Amaszonas operated chartered flights using a small fleet of turboprop airliners of the types Cessna 208 Caravan and Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner.[3] In 2012, following the demise of AeroSur, five Bombardier CRJ200 were acquired from Avmax Aircraft Leasing Inc. in order to launch scheduled passenger services.[4] The first one of these 50-seat jet aircraft was put in service in late August on the La Paz-Santa Cruz de la Sierra route.[4][5]

In late 2014 Amaszonas announced it would lease 9 CRJ200 aircraft to expand its regional network and intended to fly to up to 40 destinations by 2017.[6]

Purchase of BQB Líneas Aéreas[edit]

In 2015 the Bolivian airline closed buying the Uruguayan BQB Líneas Aéreas 5 days after the company shut down its operations due to a crisis that began in 2014. From 4 May, the airline takes over the routes operated by BQB before the closure of operations, which are Buenos Aires and Silvio Pettirossi International Airport.[7]

Destinations[edit]

As of April 2015, Amaszonas offers scheduled flights to the following destinations:[8]

City Country Airport
Salta Argentina Martín Miguel de Güemes International Airport
Buenos Aires Argentina Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (Starts on May 4)
Iquique Chile Diego Aracena International Airport
Cochabamba Bolivia Jorge Wilstermann International Airport
Guayaramerin Bolivia Guayaramerin Airport
La Paz Bolivia El Alto International Airport (hub)
Oruro Bolivia Juan Mendoza Airport
Riberalta Bolivia Riberalta Airport
Rurrenabaque Bolivia Rurrenabaque Airport
Santa Cruz de la Sierra Bolivia Viru Viru International Airport (focus city)
Sucre Bolivia Juana Azurduy de Padilla International Airport
Tarija Bolivia Capitán Oriel Lea Plaza Airport
Trinidad Bolivia Teniente Jorge Henrich Arauz Airport
Uyuni Bolivia Joya Andina Airport
Yacuiba Bolivia Yacuiba Airport
Campo Grande Brazil Campo Grande International Airport
Asuncion Paraguay Silvio Pettirossi International Airport
Arequipa Peru Rodríguez Ballón International Airport
Cusco Peru Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport
Montevideo Uruguay Carrasco International Airport (hub)
Foz do Iguaçu Brasil Aeroporto Internacional de Foz do Iguaçu/Cataratas(Starts on July 15)

Fleet[edit]

Amaszonas current fleet

As of April 2015, the fleet of Amaszonas consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 14.9 years:[9]


Aircraft In service Orders Passengers
Bombardier CRJ-200 8 1
50
Total 8 1

Interline Agreements[edit]

As of April 2014, Amaszonas has interline agreements with the following airlines

Incidents[edit]

  • On 10 July 2001 at 16:47 local time, the two pilots of an Amaszonas Cessna 208 Caravan (registered CP-2395) carrying eleven passengers had to execute an emergency landing on a hill near Viacha, six minutes into a flight from La Paz to Rurrenabaque, due to an engine problem. When hitting the ground, the aircraft turned over and was destroyed, but all persons on board survived.[10]
  • On 25 January 2005 at around 10:00 local time, another Amaszonas Caravan (registered CP-2412) crash-landed, this time near Colquiri. The aircraft with two pilots and ten passengers on board had been on a chartered flight from La Paz to Sucre, when it encountered atmospheric icing conditions, thus being unable to maintain height. There were no fatalities, but as a consequence, Amaszonas was stripped of the allowance to operate Caravans on passenger flights.[11]
  • On 27 February 2011 at 15:10 local time, an Amaszonas Fairchild Metro 23 (registered CP-2473) [12] was substantially damaged when the left landing gear collapsed upon landing at El Alto International Airport. The aircraft carrying six passengers and two crew members had been on a scheduled flight from San Borja to Rurrenabaque when problems with the undercarriage occurred, leading the pilots to divert to La Paz. All persons onboard survived the ensuing crash landing.[13]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The name "Amaszonas" is a pun on the Spanish term "A más zonas", which means "to more zones". The pronunciation is nearly identical to "Amazonas", Spanish for the Amazon River, whose drainage basin covers northeastern Bolivia.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Home page. Amaszonas. Retrieved on 5 April 2015. "Av. Saavedra N° 1649 - Miraflores La Paz, Bolivia"
  2. ^ "Profile for: Amaszonas". Aero Transport Data Bank. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Information about Amaszonas". rzjets.net. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Bolivia gets new scheduled carrier". volaspheric. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Amaszonas Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Airliner World: 15. January 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ http://www.lr21.com.uy/comunidad/1228105-amaszonas-confirmo-adquisicion-de-bqb-comenzara-a-operar-el-4-de-mayo
  8. ^ "Route map". Amaszonas. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Amaszonas Fleet in CH Aviation
  10. ^ "Amaszonas 2001 crash landing at the Aviation Safety Network". Aviation-safety.net. 2001-07-10. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  11. ^ "Amaszonas 2005 crash landing at the Aviation Safety Network". Aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  12. ^ "Accident Description Aviation Safety Network". Aviation-safety.net. 2011-02-27. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  13. ^ "Amaszonas 2011 crash landing at the Aviation Safety Network". Aviation-safety.net. 2011-02-27. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 

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