Aserca Airlines

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Aserca Airlines
Aserca Airlines logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
R7 OCA ASERCA
Founded 1968
Ceased operations 2018[1][2]
Hubs Simón Bolívar International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Privilege
Fleet size 11
Destinations 9
Company slogan Por todo lo alto
(All over the sky)
Headquarters Valencia, Carabobo State, Venezuela
Key people
  • Simeon Garcia
  • Migdalia Garcia
Website asercaairlines.com

Aserca Airlines C.A. (Aero Servicios Carabobo) was[2][1] an airline based in Valencia, Carabobo, Venezuela. It operated domestic and regional scheduled services to destinations in the Caribbean, Central America and the USA. Its main base was Arturo Michelena International Airport, Valencia, with a hub at Simón Bolívar International Airport, Caracas.[3]

History[edit]

Old Aserca Airlines Logo

The airline was established in 1968 and started operations in 1991 with small aircraft for private transport. In 1992 it entered the domestic scheduled market with a leased Douglas DC-9-30. Aserca's operations were centred on Valencia, but it managed to develop Caracas as a hub after 1994 which, combined with the demise of flag carrier Viasa in 1997, made Aserca experience a significant growth in its market share, expanding its network to Bogotá, Lima and Miami (no longer in service) via Aruba. Between 1998 and 2000 Aserca had a controlling interest in Air Aruba. In 2008, Aserca took a majority stake in fellow Venezuelan carrier SBA Airlines (formerly Santa Bárbara Airlines). A proposed merger was in discussion.[citation needed]

In June 2013, Venezuela’s National Institute of Civil Aviation (Instituto Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil - INAC) announced that it will prohibit operations of classic aircraft types like the Douglas DC-9, Boeing 727 and Boeing 737-200 in Venezuela from November 1, 2013. Aserca Airlines could obtain a special dispensation from INAC allowing the airline to operate its remaining two DC-9 until July 1, 2014. Aserca has chosen to replace its DC-9 with two ex-Aeromexico MD-87 that went to Miami Opa-locka Airport awaiting delivery.[citation needed]

On May 22, 2018, Aserca announced to cease all operations and return its air operator's certificate.[4][1][2]

Destinations[edit]

Aserca Airlines served the following destination at the time of its demise:[citation needed]

Country City Airport Refs/Notes
Aruba Oranjestad Queen Beatrix International Airport
Curaçao Willemstad Curaçao International Airport
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport
Venezuela Barquisimeto Jacinto Lara International Airport
Venezuela Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport Hub
Venezuela Las Piedras Josefa Camejo International Airport
Venezuela Maracaibo La Chinita International Airport
Venezuela Maturín José Tadeo Monagas International Airport
Venezuela Puerto Ordaz Manuel Carlos Piar Guayana Airport

Aserca Airlines additionally had codeshare agreements with PAWA Dominicana (on routes to Antigua, Havana, Miami, Port-au-Prince, San Juan and St. Maarten and SBA Airlines.[citation needed]

Fleet[edit]

Fleet at airline's demise[edit]

Aserca Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-83
Aserca Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 in its former color scheme

The Aserca Airlines fleet consisted of the following aircraft (as of October 2014):[5]

Aserca Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In Service Passengers Notes
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 5 152
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 6 152 2 leased to SBA Airlines
Total 11


Previous Fleet[edit]

Over the years, Aserca Airlines has operated the following aircraft types:[5]

Aserca Airlines Historical Fleet
Aircraft Notes
Boeing 737-200
Douglas DC-9-10
Douglas DC-9-30
McDonnell Douglas MD-82
McDonnell Douglas MD-90

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Aserca Airlines at Wikimedia Commons