|Founded||1 November 1995|
|Hubs||Simón Bolívar International Airport|
|Focus cities||La Chinita International Airport|
|Company slogan||Con calidez venezolana
(with Venezuelan warmth)
|Parent company||SBA Airlines, C.A.|
|Headquarters||Caracas, Distrito Capital, Venezuela|
|Key people||Francisco González, SBA Airlines President|
Santa Bárbara Airlines C.A, doing business as SBA Airlines and formerly as Santa Bárbara Airlines prior to 2008, is an airline with its headquarters on the third floor of the Edificio Tokay in Caracas, Venezuela. It operates scheduled domestic and international services. Its main base is Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS), Maiquetía (Caracas), with a hub at La Chinita International Airport (MAR), Maracaibo.
The airline was established on 1 November 1995 and started operations on 1 March 1996. It wholly owned Islas Airways until September 2006, when it was sold to the Canary Islands group Grupo SOAC. The airline has confirmed their first Boeing 767-300 in the new livery, from former SmartLynx Airlines and its scheduled delivery is in June to begin flights to Madrid on 20 June 2009.
At first it only covered airline flights to Cabimas, Mérida, El Vigía and Santa Bárbara del Zulia. The route to Alberto Carnevalli Airport in Mérida was diverted to El Vigía-Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonzo International Airport after the crash of Flight 518. Later, the airline took new destinations which covered the routes to Barquisimeto, Caracas, Cumaná, Las Piedras (Punto Fijo), San Antonio del Táchira and Valencia with a single overseas flight that covered the route Caracas - Oranjestad (Aruba).
Later, the airline opened international routes from Caracas to Barranquilla, Guayaquil, Lima, Madrid, Miami, Quito, Santiago de Compostela, Tenerife and Willemstad.
Frequent flyer program
Privilege is the frequent-flyer program for SBA Airlines.
SBA & Aserca Airlines have a proposed merger in place.
SBA serve the following as of March 2012:
- United States
|Boeing 757-200||3||2||0||200||One is operated by Icelandair to Miami|
|Boeing 767-300ER||3||2||0||270||Operated by SmartLynx Airlines to Tenerife and Panama
being replaced by ex-Mexicana aircraft
|McDonnell Douglas MD-83||2||0||0||152||stored at CCS|
Accidents and incidents
On 21 February 2008 an ATR 42 propeller aircraft operating Flight 518 from Mérida to Caracas, went missing shortly after taking off. Forty-three passengers and a crew of three, including two pilots and one flight attendant, were reportedly on board at the time of the accident. The remains of the aircraft were found the following day in a mountain range approximately 10 kilometers north-east of Mérida at an altitude of 12,000 feet (4,000 m). No survivors were found.
After the incident, the company started a new public relations program as well as a new marketing initiative switching the airline's name to SBA Airlines.
- Aero Ejecutivos
- Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela
- Aserca Airlines
- Avior Airlines
- LAI – Línea Aérea IAACA
- LASER Airlines
- Línea Turística Aereotuy
- RUTACA Airlines
- Sol América
- Sundance Air Venezuela
- Vensecar Internacional
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