Avior Airlines

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Avior Airlines
Avior Airlines 2017.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
9V ROI AVIOR
FoundedSeptember 3, 1994
HubsGenerál José Antonio Anzoátegui International Airport
Secondary hubs
Frequent-flyer programAviorPlus
Subsidiaries
Fleet size9
Destinations16
HeadquartersBarcelona, Venezuela
Key people
  • Jorge Añez Dager (CEO)
  • Jose Sulbaran
Employees+1800 (2020)
Websitewww.aviorair.com

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.[2] It is currently the largest private capital airline in Venezuela in terms of fleet, destinations and its more than 1800 employees nationally and internationally.

History[edit]

Founded by Jorge Luis Añez Dager and Rafael Ciarcia Walo,[3] 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.[2]

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 3, 2017, Avior was added to the List of air carriers banned in the European Union, due to failing to meet their safety requirements.[4]

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.

Destinations[edit]

As of June 2021, Avior Airlines flies to the following destinations:[5]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Aruba Oranjestad Queen Beatrix International Airport Terminated
Brazil Manaus Eduardo Gomes International Airport
Colombia Bogotá El Dorado International Airport
Colombia Cali Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport
Colombia Medellín José María Córdova International Airport
Curaçao Willemstad Curaçao International Airport Terminated
Dominican Republic Punta Cana Punta Cana International Airport [6]
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport [6]
Ecuador Guayaquil José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport Terminated
Ecuador Manta Eloy Alfaro International Airport Terminated
Mexico Cancún Cancún International Airport Charter
Panama Panama City Tocumen International Airport Terminated
Perú Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport
Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain Piarco International Airport Terminated
United States Miami Miami International Airport Terminated
Venezuela Barcelona General José Antonio Anzoátegui International Airport Hub
Venezuela Barquisimeto Jacinto Lara International Airport Terminated
Venezuela Barinas Barinas Airport
Venezuela Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport Hub
Venezuela El Vigía Juan Pablo Pérez Alfonzo Airport
Venezuela Mérida Alberto Carnevalli Airport Terminated
Venezuela Porlamar Santiago Mariño Caribbean International Airport [7]
Venezuela Puerto Ordaz Manuel Carlos Piar Guayana Airport
Venezuela Maracaibo La Chinita International Airport
Venezuela San Tomé San Tomé Airport Terminated
Venezuela Valencia Arturo Michelena International Airport Hub
Venezuela Valera Dr. Antonio Nicolás Briceño Airport Terminated

Fleet[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

An Avior Airlines Boeing 737-400 landing at Miami International Airport in 2014

As of June 2021, the Avior Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft:[8][9]

Avior Airlines fleet
Aircraft In
service
Orders Passengers Notes
C Y+ Y Total
Boeing 737-200 4 12 96 108
Boeing 737-400 5 12 132 144
12 138 150
Total 9

Former fleet[edit]

Avior Airlines formerly operated the following aircraft:

AviorPlus[edit]

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:[10]

  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Black

Avior Cargo[edit]

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.[11]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • 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.[12]
  • 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.[18] 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Avior Airlines Peru". ch-aviation.com.
  2. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. pp. 82–83.
  3. ^ "Vuelos y opiniones sobre Avior Airlines". Europe Low Cost. Retrieved 2019-12-30.
  4. ^ "Avior Airlines added to European black list - ASN News". 1 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Avior airlines".
  6. ^ a b "Venezuelan Avior Airlines restarts flights to Santo Domingo and Punta Cana". Arecoa.com. Retrieved December 3, 2020.
  7. ^ Jan Del Castillo. "Avior Airlines Reactivates Flights to Porlamar". Torreeldorado.co (in Spanish). Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  8. ^ C.A., Avior Airlines. "Avior Airlines, C.A. - La Empresa". www.aviorair.com.
  9. ^ "Avior Airlines Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.net. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  10. ^ "Avior Plus". Aviorairlines.com.
  11. ^ "Avior Cargo". Aviorairlines.com.
  12. ^ "Hijacking Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  13. ^ "Hijacking Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 4 March 2010.
  14. ^ "Incident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved August 16, 2021.
  15. ^ "Incident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  16. ^ Kraft, Melanie (2019-11-26). "INCIDENT Right main landing gear of Venezuelan Avior Airlines Boeing 737-400 collapsed during landing (video)". Aviation news and store. Retrieved 2019-11-28.
  17. ^ JanDelCastillo (2019-11-23). "Emergencia de Avior Airlines en Bogotá". TORRE EL DORADO (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-11-28.
  18. ^ "Depressurization over the Andes - Avior Airlines Incident". Simpfly.aero. Retrieved June 3, 2021.

External links[edit]

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