Avianca Cargo

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Avianca Cargo
Logo Avianca Cargo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1973
Fleet size 5
Destinations 20
Parent company Synergy Groups's subsidiary Synergy Aerospace
Headquarters Medellín, Colombia
Key people
  • Carlos Arango, Sales Director
  • Ricardo Samayoa, Sales Director
  • Susana Argueta, Revenue Management Director
  • Santiago Martinez, Flight Operations Director
  • Juan Felipe Luque, Operations Director
  • Luis Fernando Alvarado, Business Development Director

Avianca Cargo (formerly Tampa Cargo-Transportes Aereos Mercantiles PanAmericanos) is a cargo airline based at José María Córdova International Airport in Medellín, Colombia. It is an all-cargo airline transporting flowers from Latin America to Miami, as well as general cargo throughout the Americas. It has hubs at El Dorado International Airport, Bogotá; Miami International Airport; and Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima.


Douglas DC-6A freighter of Tampa at Miami International Airport in 1975

The airline was established by Luís H. Coulson along with Captain Juan Fernando Mesa, Captain Orlando Botero Escobar and Captain Anibal Obando Echeverri. It started operations on 11 March 1973. The Douglas DC-6A four-engined piston freight airliner formed part of the initial fleet that was acquired. These were retired in the early 1980s.[1]

Martinair of the Netherlands acquired a 40% stake in Tampa Cargo in 1996. Avianca of Colombia acquired a 100% stake in Tampa Cargo in 2008. The airline was re-branded as Avianca Cargo in May 2013.


Avianca Cargo operates the following origins and destinations with freighters and passenger wide bodies, as of March 2014:


The Avianca Cargo fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[2]

Tampa Cargo Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet
Airbus A330-200F[3] 6

On September 27, 2011, Avianca and Airbus announced a firm order for four Airbus A330-200F Freighter aircraft. The A330's are meant to replace the current Tampa Cargo fleet, with the delivery date for the first aircraft estimated for December 2012. This will make Tampa Cargo the first A330 freighter operator in Latin America.[4]



  1. ^ Eastwood, 2007, p. 302
  2. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 12. 
  3. ^ The news at Airbus
  4. ^ The news at Airbus

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