Viva Air Colombia

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Viva Air Colombia
Viva Air logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
VH VVC VIVA COLOMBIA
FoundedSeptember 16, 2009
Commenced operationsMay 25, 2012
AOC #9B2F646F
Hubs
Focus citiesRafael Núñez International Airport[1]
AllianceVivaAerobús
SubsidiariesViva Air Perú
Fleet size23
Destinations26
Parent companyIrelandia Aviation
HeadquartersRionegro, Colombia
Key people
  • Founders: William N.A. Shaw (Founder), Juan E. Posada, Gabriel Migowski, Frederik Jacobsen
Websitewww.vivaair.com

Fast Colombia S.A.S., trading as Viva Air Colombia and formerly VivaColombia, is a Colombian low-cost airline based in Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia.[2] It is a subsidiary of Irelandia Aviation and third largest airline in the country.[3] It is not legally affiliated with Mexico's VivaAerobús, a fellow low-cost carrier co-founded by Irelandia which also uses the "Viva" brand.[4]

History[edit]

The airline is part of the Irelandia Aviation investment fund. Irelandia a leading low-cost airline developer, led by Declan Ryan (chairman of the Viva Air group and one of the founders of Ryanair). Irelandia personnel have been involved in the development of six low-cost airlines around the world: Ryanair, Tiger Airways Australia, Allegiant Air, VivaAerobus, Viva Air Colombia and Viva Air Perú. Irelandia currently owns 100% of its shares.

On May 9, 2017, Viva Air Perú, a Peruvian subsidiary airline, was launched and with which the expansion process throughout Latin America continues.

In April 2018, it changed its name from VivaColombia to Viva Air Colombia to expand its model in Latin America and within the expansion plan Santa Marta was announced as the third center of operations in Colombia. The operations center was enabled in October 2018 with routes that were not covered by other airlines such as Santa Marta, San Andrés, Bucaramanga, and Pereira. This operations center will be assigned two aircraft initially.[5]

On April 29, 2022, it was announced that Avianca would acquire Viva Air Colombia.[6][7]

Destinations[edit]

Countries in which Viva Air operates (October 2022)[8][9]
A Viva Air Colombia Airbus A320-200 at El Dorado International Airport in 2012

Viva Air Colombia serves the following destinations:

Country / region City Airport Notes Refs
 Argentina Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport [10]
Córdoba Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport Begins in 2022 [11]
 Aruba Oranjestad Queen Beatrix International Airport Launch Date TBA [12]
 Brazil Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro/Galeão International Airport Launch Date TBA [13]
São Paulo São Paulo/Guarulhos International Airport [14]
 Chile Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport Launch Date TBA [13]
 Colombia Apartadó Antonio Roldan Betancourt Airport Terminated
Armenia El Edén International Airport [15]
Barranquilla Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport
Bogotá El Dorado International Airport Hub
Bucaramanga Palonegro International Airport
Cali Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport Hub
Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport Focus city
Cúcuta Camilo Daza International Airport
Leticia Alfredo Vásquez Cobo International Airport
Medellín José María Córdova International Airport Hub
Montería Los Garzones Airport
Neiva Benito Salas Airport
Pasto Antonio Nariño Airport
Pereira Matecaña International Airport
Riohacha Almirante Padilla Airport
San Andrés Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport
Santa Marta Simón Bolívar International Airport
Valledupar Alfonso López Pumarejo Airport
Villavicencio La Vanguardia Airport [15]
 Costa Rica San José Juan Santamaría International Airport Launch Date TBA [13]
 Dominican Republic Punta Cana Punta Cana International Airport [16][17]
Santo Domingo Las Américas International Airport Launch Date TBA [12]
 Ecuador Guayaquil José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport Launch Date TBA [18]
Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport Terminated
 El Salvador San Salvador El Salvador International Airport Launch Date TBA [12]
 Guatemala Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport Launch Date TBA [12]
 Mexico Cancún Cancún International Airport
Mexico City Mexico City International Airport [19]
 Panama Panama City Panamá Pacífico International Airport Terminated
Tocumen International Airport Launch Date TBA [12]
 Peru Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport [1]
 Puerto Rico San Juan Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport Launch Date TBA [12]
 United States Baltimore Baltimore/Washington International Airport Launch Date TBA [12]
Boston Logan International Airport Launch Date TBA [12]
Chicago O'Hare International Airport Launch Date TBA [12]
Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport Launch Date TBA [12]
Miami Miami International Airport
New York City John F. Kennedy International Airport Launch Date TBA [12]
Newark Newark Liberty International Airport Launch Date TBA [12]
Orlando Orlando International Airport
Tampa Tampa International Airport Launch Date TBA [12]
Washington, D.C. Dulles International Airport Launch Date TBA [12]

Interline agreements[edit]

Viva Air Colombia has interline agreements with the following airlines:

Fleet[edit]

At first, Viva Air Colombia had two options for operation of aircraft: the Boeing 737 or Airbus A320. In a press conference on November 10, 2011, it was announced to the public that in 2012, the aircraft chosen would be the A320 fitted with CFM 56 high performance engines for better economy and improved consumer prices.

The Viva Air Colombia fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of September 2022):[22][23]

Viva Air Colombia fleet
Aircraft In
service
Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 11[22] 180/188
Airbus A320neo 12[22] 22[22] 188
Total 23 22

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On February 4, 2015, an Airbus A320-200 (registered HK-5051) covering the Bogotá-Medellín route took off with 182 people, but 17 minutes later, a fire was registered in one of its engines for which it had to make an emergency landing at El Dorado International Airport. Once on the ground, the firefighters controlled the problem in the engine, which generated panic among the passengers. The Civil Aeronautics indicated that the passengers "do not present any serious situation."[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "VivaColombia confirms Panama and Peru services and new base at Bogota in 2014 - CAPA". centreforaviation.com.
  2. ^ "Viva Colombia volará a Bucaramanga". www.vanguardia.com.
  3. ^ "While the Global Aviation Industry Faces Crisis, Viva Air Remains in Growth Mode: Exclusive Interview with CEO Felix Antelo - Finance Colombia". 18 May 2020.
  4. ^ Moss, Loren (27 February 2020). "Irelandia Aviation To Grant Equity Ownership To All Viva Air Employees". Finance Colombia. Finance Colombia. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Viva Air inaugurated its base of operations in Santa Marta". October 29, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  6. ^ "Avianca and Viva shareholders join economic ownership in a new holding company". Avianca.com. April 29, 2022.
  7. ^ "Avianca confirma acuerdo con Viva por sus filiales de Colombia y Perú". Aviacionline.com (in Spanish). Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  8. ^ "Route map Viva Air". Flightconnections. 31 October 2022.
  9. ^ "Viva Air Online Booking". Viva Air. 31 October 2022.
  10. ^ "Viva Colombia Lands In Argentina For The First Time". Simpleflying.com. Retrieved June 16, 2022.
  11. ^ "Viva Air Requests Permission For Flights To Argentina". Simpleflying.com. 14 May 2021. Retrieved May 14, 2021.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "VIVA applies for more than 30 international routes". Aviacionline.com. Retrieved October 6, 2021.
  13. ^ a b c "Viva Air solicita permisos para volar a Chile Brasil y Costa Rica". Delphosmagazine.com. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  14. ^ "Viva inaugurates flights between Medellín and Sao Paulo". Aviacionline.com. Retrieved June 23, 2022.
  15. ^ a b "Viva Air inicio nuevas rutas a Armenia y Villavicencio". Volavi.co. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  16. ^ "Colombia's Viva Launches Flights To The Dominican Republic". Simpleflying.com. Retrieved March 19, 2022.
  17. ^ "VIVA inaugurates flights to Punta Cana". Aviacionline.com. Retrieved March 22, 2022.
  18. ^ "Viva Air plans to fly Guayaquil". February 13, 2019. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  19. ^ Sebastián Polito (4 August 2021). "Viva Air Colombia inaugurates flights between Medellin and Mexico City". Aviacionline.com. Retrieved August 4, 2021.
  20. ^ Daniel Martínez Garbuno (October 11, 2022). "Air Transat Launches A New Virtual Interlining Agreement With Viva". Simpleflying.com.
  21. ^ Martínez Garbuno, Daniel (28 October 2021). "2 LCCs Sign 1st Interline Agreement Of Its Type In The Americas". Simple Flying. Simple Flying. Retrieved 2 November 2021.
  22. ^ a b c d Airbus Orders and Deliveries (XLS), monthly updated, accessed via "Orders & deliveries". Airbus. Airbus SAS.
  23. ^ "Viva Air Colombia Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 4 February 2022. Retrieved 4 February 2022.
  24. ^ "Viva Colombia plane makes an emergency landing in Bogotá due to fire in an engine". EL HERALDO (in Spanish). Retrieved November 1, 2019.

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External links[edit]

Media related to Viva Colombia at Wikimedia Commons