Boliviana de Aviación

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Boliviana de Aviación
Boliviana de Aviación (logo).jpg
IATA
OB
ICAO
BOV
Callsign
BOLIVIANA
Founded 24 October 2007
Hubs Jorge Wilstermann International Airport
Focus cities Viru Viru International Airport, El Alto International Airport
Fleet size 8
Destinations 9 (+4)
Company slogan Déjate Llevar
Headquarters Cochabamba, Bolivia
Key people Ronald Casso
Website boa.bo

Boliviana de Aviación or simply called BoA is the state-owned national flag carrier airline of Bolivia. It was established by the Bolivian Government under the president Evo Morales, replacing the troubled Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano as flag carrier.

The airline is headquartered in Cochabamba,[1] and its main hub is Jorge Wilstermann International Airport. Initially, the airline began flying domestic routes but it expanded to international destinations after eight months of its foundation in 2007.[2] The government says that it aims to "democratize air transport in Bolivia" through the airline, although also says that it will operate under commercial conditions and without subsidies. The company's General Manager Ronald Casso, who was appointed by the President of Bolivia will hold office for a five-year term.[3]

Boliviana de Aviación operates a fleet of Boeing aircraft serving a comprehensive domestic network reaching all the main centers of population as well as international flights within Latin America.[4][5]

The airline is currently undergoing a rapid expansion, supported by the government. It recently incorporated a Boeing 737-300 to its fleet and also plans to open new routes which include Caracas, Havana and Lima.[6]

Brief History[edit]

Boliviana de Aviación BoA was created by means of the Supreme Decree Nº 29318 of October 24, 2007 like a Strategic National Public enterprise, under the order of the Ministry of Public Works and the Ministry of Services and Housing. It is supported with articles of association approved by means of Supreme Decree Nº 29482 of March 19, 2008. The airline's principal intention is to provide the State a direct mechanism of execution of the aeronautical politics and the democratization of the air transport in Bolivia.

It was established by the Bolivian Government under the president Evo Morales, replacing the troubled Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano as flag carrier. The president remembered that the state-owned airline was created to attend the country in emergency situations, like the bankruptctcy of the former flag carrier Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano (LAB), leaving hundreds of unemployed people. BoA's inaugural flight was made on 29 March 2009 connecting the cities of La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

Expansion[edit]

Boliviana de Aviación (BoA) is currently undergoing a rapid expansion. In a little time, the airline received the title of flag carrier, along with AeroSur. This fact generated a strong competence among the two airlines. The main reason that generated BoA's success is the strong support and effort by the government.

Route expansion[edit]

In less than three months of operations (after its inaugural flight), Boliviana de Aviación extended its domestic network serving the city of Tarija.[7] In a gradual time the airline expects to extend its services to the principal cities in Bolivia to consolidate its presence in the national market.[7] The inaugural flight to Tarija was made from El Alto International Airport.[7]

Boliviana de Aviación operates a comprehensive network of scheduled domestic flights, covering all the principal cities of Bolivia. However the airline's fast growth allowed BoA to commence operating international routes. On 14 May 2010, Boliviana de Aviación received all the operative authorizations for flying internationally inaugurating its first international flight from Cochabamba to Buenos Aires.[8] On November 2010, the airline inaugurated its second international destination: São Paulo.[9] BoA currently offers six weekly frequencies to Buenos Aires and three trips to São Paulo, which will be extended to five frequencies.[10]

Boliviana de Aviación also plans to open new routes: Caracas (Venezuela), Havana (Cuba), Lima (Perú) and Miami (Estados Unidos).[11]

Fleet expansion[edit]

Boliviana de Aviación started operations with only two Boeng 737-300s.

  • In 29 September, BoA announced the arrival of its 3rd Boeing 737.
  • In 14 April 2010, BoA received its 4th Boeing 737.
  • In April 2011, BoA received its 5th Boeing 737, president Evo Morales celebrated the new acquisition and emphasized the positive results in the coverage of the internal market.[12]

The President anticipated that to consolidate this state company, like the biggest and youngest of Bolivia, this year Boliviana de Aviación will acquire a sixth airplane.[13]

A330 leased by BoA

Financial and operational performance[edit]

On 29 March 2009, Boliviana of Aviación (Boa) made its inaugural flight. To almost a year of the fact, the participation of the state company in the regular aeronautical market came to a close of 50% and his utilities to some US$2.2 million.[14] Some domestic networks have been dominated by the services of BoA. Most of the airline's financial success is due to the 10% reduction of all its fares in domestic flights compared with AeroSur.[15]

Since 2010, the airline began taking leadership in some domestic routes, in decline of the private flag carrier AeroSur. According to the Authority of Inspection and Social control of Transport and Telecommunications (ATT), Boliviana de Aviación achieved the passengers' biggest quantity in three routes:[16]

Destinations[edit]

Boliviana de Aviación serves several cities in Bolivia and also operates international flights in Latin America. The airline operates flights to the following destinations (as of May 2014):

Special flights[edit]

Boliviana de Aviación also operates special flights to the following cities:

Fleet[edit]

The fleet of Boliviana de Aviación includes the following aircraft as of 9 June 2013:[20][21]

BoA's fleet
Aircraft In fleet Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 767-200ER 1 0 20 198 218
Boeing 737-300 9 2 0 138 138
Boeing 737-500 1 0 0 122 122
Total 11 2

Antonov An-148[edit]

The Bolivian Government and the Russian ambassador are negotiating the acquisition of the Antonov An-148 for official and civil uses.[22] Bolivia is interested in acquiring 8 planes, one as the presidential carrier and 7 to the state-owned airlines which are Boliviana de Aviación and Transporte Aéreo Militar. According to the negotiation, BoA would receive 4 planes and TAM 3 planes of this type.[23] However, the negotiation depends on the cooperative advances between the Bolivian and Russian governments as regards a credit for US$250 million.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contáctenos" (Archive) Boliviana de Aviación. Retrieved on March 22, 2014. "Oficina Central Cochabamba Dirección : Calle Jordán #202 esq. Nataniel Aguirre" - Directions (Archive)
  2. ^ "BoA alzara vuelo el primer trimestre del 2008 con $us 15 millones de capital de arranque". Tarija Libre Boliviana Noticia (in Spanish). 2007-10-29. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  3. ^ "Evo emite decreto que crea la estatal Boliviana de Aviación". La Prensa (in Spanish). 2007-10-26. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 
  4. ^ "Boliviana De Aviacion Fleet | Airfleets aviation". Airfleets.net. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  5. ^ Boliviana de Aviación[dead link]
  6. ^ "BoA ve nuevos destinos en La Habana y Lima | NOTAS DE AEROLINEAS DE BOLIVIA". Avionesbol.blogspot.com. April 19, 2011. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  7. ^ a b c (Spanish) http://www.hoybolivia.com/Noticia.php?IdNoticia=16357
  8. ^ "BOA confirma inauguracion de ruta internacional a Buenos Aires | Tarija Bolivia Gas YPFB Nacionalizacion". Tarijalibre.tarijaindustrial.com. 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  9. ^ "BoA inagura nuevo vuelo a São Paulo". Prensalibre.com. 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  10. ^ (Spanish) BoA ofrece seis frecuencias semanales a Buenos Aires y tres viajes a Sao Paulo, que serán ampliadas a cinco frecuencias. http://www.opinion.com.bo/opinion/opinionferia/2011/0428/suplementos.php?id=680
  11. ^ (Spanish) Los próximos destinos serán Caracas, Lima, La Habana y Santiago http://www.prensalibre.com/economia/BoA-inagura-nuevo-Sao-Paulo_0_376762332.html
  12. ^ "El gobierno entrega la quinta aeronave a BOA". Lostiempos.com. 2011-04-30. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  13. ^ (Spanish) El Jefe de Estado anticipó que para consolidar a esa empresa estatal, como la mayor operadora aerocomercial de Bolivia, este año se adquirirá la sexta nave. http://www.lostiempos.com/diario/actualidad/economia/20110430/el-gobierno-entrega-la-quinta-aeronave-a-boa_123767_248181.html
  14. ^ Boliviana de Aviación[dead link]
  15. ^ "BoA oferta sus tarifas rebajadas; AeroSur destaca su variada oferta | NOTAS DE AEROLINEAS DE BOLIVIA". Avionesbol.blogspot.com. March 28, 2009. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  16. ^ BoA lidera 3 rutas, AeroSur habla de competencia desleal[dead link]
  17. ^ (Spanish) Cochabamba-Cobija, con el 64 por ciento http://att.gob.bo/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=591:boa-lidera-3-rutas-aerosur-habla-de-competencia-desleal&catid=53:transportes
  18. ^ (Spanish) Cochabamba-Sucre, con el 73 por ciento http://att.gob.bo/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=591:boa-lidera-3-rutas-aerosur-habla-de-competencia-desleal&catid=53:transportes
  19. ^ (Spanish) Cochabamba-Tarija, con el 93 por ciento http://att.gob.bo/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=591:boa-lidera-3-rutas-aerosur-habla-de-competencia-desleal&catid=53:transportes
  20. ^ "CH-Aviation - Airline News, Fleet Lists & More". Ch-aviation.ch. Retrieved 2013-06-09. 
  21. ^ http://www.planespotters.net/Airline/Boliviana-de-Aviacion-%28BoA%29
  22. ^ "Bolivia interesada en comprar avión presidencial y helicópteros rusos | Rusia-Iberoamérica | RIA Novosti". Sp.rian.ru. 2011-05-24. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  23. ^ (Spanish) TAM con tres aviones y BoA con cuatro. http://www.airline92.com/
  24. ^ "Compañía "Boliviana de Aviación" negocia cinco aviones rusos Antonov-148". Informeaeronautico.com. 2009-08-28. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 

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