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Avianca Guatemala
Avianca Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1929 (as Aerovías de Guatemala)
HubsLa Aurora International Airport
Focus citiesMundo Maya International Airport
Frequent-flyer programLifeMiles
AllianceStar Alliance (affiliate)
Fleet size2
Parent companyAvianca
HeadquartersGuatemala City, Guatemala

Avianca Guatemala, formerly branded Aviateca, is an airline headquartered in Guatemala City.[1] The airline is now a subsidiary of Avianca.


The airline was established in 1929 as Aerovías de Guatemala and was founded by Alfredo Denby Chattfield. In 1945, the airline was nationalized during the government of Juan José Arevalo and established as Empresa Guatemalteca de Aviación S. A., which was shortened to Aviateca. One of the original founders was Alfredo Castaneda Duarte who also served as a pilot. Aviateca started operations in March 1946 and early aircraft operated by the carrier including the Douglas DC-3.

In 1961, service to Miami was originated with four-engined Douglas DC-6 airliners. The airline later operated the Douglas DC-6B version as well. Convair 340/440 twin-engined medium airliners were also acquired to replace some of the DC-3s on short-haul routes in Latin America.

Aviateca introduced jet service as a customer for the British Aircraft Corporation BAC One-Eleven medium twin jet in 1970. In 1974, the airline was operating the stretched BAC One-Eleven series 500 version of the British-manufactured jet on international flights to Miami, New Orleans, Mexico City, Mérida and San Jose, Costa Rica.[2] It also temporarily leased a Fokker F28 Fellowship, a Boeing 720 and a Douglas DC-8 in the 1970s. Aviateca later acquired two Boeing 727-100s, which operated for the airline in the 1980s. From 1989 on Aviateca's fleet consisted of several Boeing 737-200 and Boeing 737-300 jetliners. A full cargo Boeing 737-300 was also operated for a few months.

Aviateca was under government ownership and remained so until 1989 when it joined the TACA-organised Airline Alliance of Central America and was privatized. It was fully integrated into TACA, which later merged with Avianca.

The aircraft was referred to by locals as "las papayas voladoras" (the flying papayas) due to the paint scheme used during the 1970s, in which the underbelly was painted a reddish orange. Later Aviateca switched to blue. From 2006 to 2007 Aviateca had a TACA Airbus A319 aircraft with the TACA-style Aviateca logo on the engines.


This is a list of both current and terminated destinations of Aviateca.

City Country Airport Notes
San Andrés Colombia Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport
Liberia Costa Rica Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport Terminated
San José Costa Rica Juan Santamaría International Airport
San Salvador El Salvador El Salvador International Airport
Flores Guatemala Mundo Maya International Airport
Guatemala City Guatemala La Aurora International Airport Hub
Roatan Honduras Roatan International Airport
San Pedro Sula Honduras Ramon Villeda Morales International Airport
Tegucigalpa Honduras Toncontín International Airport Terminated
Managua Nicaragua Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport Terminated
Panama City Panama Tocumen International Airport


The Avianca Guatemala fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2019):[3]

Avianca Guatemala Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
ATR 72-600 2 68 68
Total 2

The airline previously operated the following aircraft:[4]

  • 2 further ATR 72-600

Incidents and accidents[edit]


  1. ^ World Airline Directory. Flight International. March 22–28, 1995. 46.
  2. ^, May 12, 1974 Aviateca system timetable
  3. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 15.
  4. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2018 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2018): 15.
  5. ^ "TC-AMA Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  6. ^ "TG-AGA Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
  7. ^ "TG-AKA Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 August 2010.
  8. ^ "TG-AFA Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  9. ^ "Photo: Aviateca, Douglas DC-3 TG-AFA". Airline Fan. Retrieved 2 August 2010.
  10. ^ 1995 Crash report
  11. ^ Aviation Safety report

External links[edit]

Media related to Avianca at Wikimedia Commons