Avianca Ecuador

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Avianca Ecuador
Avianca Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
2K GLG GALAPAGOS
FoundedNovember 1985 (as AeroGal)
Commenced operations1986
HubsMariscal Sucre International Airport
Secondary hubs
Frequent-flyer programLifeMiles
AllianceStar Alliance (affiliate)
Fleet size8
Destinations14
Parent companyAvianca Holdings
HeadquartersQuito, Ecuador
Key peopleAnko Van Der Werff (CEO)
Websitewww.avianca.com/es-ec

Avianca Ecuador,[1] formerly known as AeroGal, is an airline based in Quito, Ecuador.[2] It operates passenger and cargo flights within Ecuador, between the mainland and the Galápagos Islands, and between Ecuador and Colombia (on behalf of Avianca). It is one of the seven nationally branded airlines (Avianca Costa Rica, Avianca Honduras, etc.) in the Avianca Holdings group of Latin American airlines.

History[edit]

AeroGal was founded in November 1985 by the Ecuadorian businessman Carlos Serrano Lusetti, with the objective of offering air transportation of passengers and cargo in Continental Ecuador and in the Galapagos Archipelago. It begins operating with 2 Dornier Do 28 aircraft with capacity for 12 passengers each.

In October 2009, AeroGal announced its merger with the Colombian airline Avianca, and the Salvadoran airline TACA.[3] With the merger, the company expanded its connections to Europe. It also merged with VIP Ecuador, being the first Ecuadorian company of this firm, the codes shared with this airline are still preserved in Aerogal's image, but since it merged with AviancaTaca, the airline is part of the same company.

Avianca owns the majority of the airline with more than 81% acquired. Avianca made an investment of US$7.2 million to strengthen and modernize the company. Despite the purchase by Avianca, AeroGal continued using its separate identity until June 18, 2014, when the airline was renamed Avianca Ecuador, and continues to operate in Ecuador.

Destinations[edit]

Fleet[edit]

Current Fleet[edit]

A former Aerogal Boeing 767-300ER

As of November 2020, the Avianca Ecuador fleet includes the following aircraft:[4][5]

Avianca Ecuador fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A319-100 2 12 108 120
Airbus A320-200 6 12 138 150
Total 8

Former Fleet[edit]

As AeroGal, the airline previously operated the following aircraft:

Avianca Ecuador former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Boeing 727-200 2 2002 2009
Boeing 737-200 9 2003 2011
Boeing 737-300 2 2008 2011
Boeing 757-200 2 2008 2012
Boeing 767-300ER 1 2009 2012 Leased from Avianca
Dornier Do 28 2 1986 Un­known
Douglas C-54 Skymaster 1 1990 1990 [6]
Fairchild F-27 2 1993 2004
Fairchild Hiller FH-227D 1 1995 1997

Accidents and Incidents[edit]

  • On September 19, 2010, a Boeing 767-300ER was involved in a near-miss incident at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. The incident was investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board. Initial reports indicate that the flight was cleared to land on runway 13L, but instead attempted to land on runway 13R. Runway 13R was in-use by a JetBlue aircraft who had been cleared for takeoff. The error was spotted by a Delta crew in line for takeoff, who relayed the information to the tower. The air traffic controller issued an order for the flight to turn immediately and was able to prevent the collision.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Desde hoy Aerogal cambia su nombre a Avianca en Ecuador". ecuavisa.com. 18 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Contáctenos." AeroGal. Retrieved on November 21, 2010. "Quito Dirección Matriz : Amazonas 7797 y Juan Holguín."
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-25. Retrieved 2013-06-02.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 13.
  5. ^ "Avianca Ecuador Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.net. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  6. ^ https://www.airhistory.net/registration/HC-BPB

External links[edit]

Media related to Avianca Ecuador at Wikimedia Commons