|Founded||September 3, 1994|
|Hubs||Generál José Antonio Anzoátegui International Airport|
Avior Airlines C.A. (legally Aviones de Oriente C.A.) is an airline based in Barcelona, Anzoátegui, Venezuela. It operates scheduled and charter services within Venezuela and the southern Caribbean out of its base at Generál José Antonio Anzoátegui International Airport. It is currently the largest private capital airline in Venezuela in terms of fleet, destinations and its more than 1800 employees nationally and internationally.
Founded by Jorge Luis Añez Dager and Rafael Ciarcia Walo, the airline was established as Avior Express,and started operations in 1994, initially using a single five-seat Cessna Skymaster for charter flights to Margarita Island and Canaima. Actually, It is totally owned by Jorge Añez Dager.
In 2009 Avior Airlines had entered a bankruptcy crisis, for which most of its destinations were suspended, and their 11 Beechcraft 1900D left the fleet. During the following years, Avior Airlines comes out of the crisis and began to resurface.
For 2012, Avior Airlines announced the creation of a new subsidiary named Avior Regional, that would cover the old routes suspended in 2009, as well as the purchase of 4 Boeing 737-400s for international flights. In 2013 the first of them arrived and also the first Fokker 50 of Avior Regional, but due to problems with the National Institute of Civil Aeronautics for the certification of the new airline, it was decided to operate the Fokker 50 while the new airline, thus reopening the destinations of Valera and Mérida until mid-2014, when they became part of the Avior Regional fleet.
Since 2015, Avior had started an ambitious process of expanding its fleet and destinations, with the aim of encouraging Venezuelan air connectivity, as a result of the reduction of flights from foreign airlines to the country, it is currently the Venezuelan airline with the greater number of destinations outside of Venezuelan territory.
In December 2018, the company received the IOSA certification, which recognizes the operational processes and control systems of the airlines in terms of their safety. This means that Avior Airlines becomes part of a select community of airlines around the world with recognized prestige and trust, which opens up new frontiers such as the possibility of operating directly to Europe and other continents under internationally recognized operational standards.
As of June 2021, Avior Airlines flies to the following destinations:
Avior Airlines formerly operated the following aircraft:
- Aero Commander 500
- Airbus A340-300
- Beechcraft 1900C
- Beechcraft 1900D
- Cessna 172
- Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
- Cessna Skymaster
- Dornier Do 28
- Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia
- Fokker 50
Avior Plus is Avior’s exclusive frequent flyer program that accumulate air miles each time that they fly. These miles can then be spent to upgrade or purchase future flights on Avior Airlines.
There are 3 levels of membership, all with varying degrees of benefits:
Avior Cargo is the airline's air cargo service which operates through the routes of the Avior network with the aim of making air, business or industrial cargo shipments.
Accidents and incidents
- On July 15, 1998, a Beechcraft 1900D was hijacked by four armed masked hijackers during a domestic flight. The hijackers were among 22 people on board the aircraft, which was flying from Caracas to Barinas. The hijackers forced the plane to divert to a remote airstrip at a cattle ranch. The hijackers released the passengers and crew, and took the plane to Colombia, where it was later recovered.
- On July 30, 1999, another Beechcraft 1900D (registered YV-466C) was hijacked, this time by three men and two women. The aircraft was flying from Caracas to Guasdualito, via Barinas. Coordinates were given to the flight crew and landed the plane in Arauca, Colombia.
- On January 7, 2009, a Boeing 737-200 (registered YV1360), flying from Oranjestad to Valencia, made an emergency landing after an engine fire was reported. The aircraft diverted to Simón Bolívar International Airport where the aircraft landed safetly. All 81 occupants on board were uninjured.
- On October 31, 2014, a Boeing 737-400 (registered YV2946) suffered a tire burst during takeoff at General José Antonio Anzoátegui International Airport. The flight crew aborted the takeoff and the aircraft stopped with a burst and deflated tire on the left hand main landing gear. None of the 144 occupants on board were injured.
- On March 3, 2018, a Boeing 737-400 flying from Barcelona to Guayaquil ran off the runway during landing at José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport. No injuries were reported and apparently the aircraft did not suffered no structural damage. The causes of this inconvenience were mainly due to the wet track and the heavy rain that fell in the city.
- On November 22, 2019, a Boeing 737-400 (registered YV3012) was servicing a flight between Valencia and Bogotá. Upon landing at El Dorado International Airport, its right main landing gear suffered a serious malfunction causing it to collapse, which lead to an evacuation once the aircraft came to a halt.
- On December 6, 2019, a Boeing 737-400 (registered YV3011) took off at 8AM flying from Lima to Caracas when it suffered a depressurization 45 minutes after takeoff. 133 passengers and 8 crew members on board, some people suffered a lack of oxygen including a six-month-old child who was the most affected, the aircraft had to make a sharp descent landing emergency in the city of Tarapoto, Peru. The airline enabled an aircraft to comply with the scheduled itinerary.
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