Viva Air Colombia

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Viva Air Colombia
VivaAirlogo.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 size20
Destinations18
Parent companyIrelandia Aviation
HeadquartersRionegro, Colombia
Key peopleWilliam N.A. Shaw, Juan E. Posada, Gabriel Migowski, Frederik Jacobsen (founders)
Félix Antelo (CEO)
Websitewww.vivaair.com/co

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 and uses the "Viva" brand.[4]

History[edit]

The airline is part of the investment fund Irelandia Aviation. Irelandia is the world's leading low-cost airline developer, led by Declan Ryan, current Chairman of the Viva Air group, one of the founders of Ryanair. Irelandia has successfully developed 6 low-cost airlines in the world, being them Ryanair, Tiger Airways Australia, Allegiant Air, Viva Aerobus, Viva Air Colombia and Viva Air Perú. Irelandia currently owns 100% of its shares.

In 2017, Viva Air Perú, its 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]

Destinations[edit]

Viva Air Colombia serves the following destinations:[6]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Argentina Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport Begins in 2022 [7][8]
Chile Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport Launch Date TBA [7]
Colombia Apartadó Antonio Roldan Betancourt Airport Terminated
Colombia Barranquilla Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport
Colombia Bogotá El Dorado International Airport Hub
Colombia Bucaramanga Palonegro International Airport
Colombia Cali Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport Hub
Colombia Cartagena Rafael Núñez International Airport Focus City
Colombia Cucuta Camilo Daza International Airport
Colombia Leticia Alfredo Vásquez Cobo International Airport
Colombia Medellin José María Córdova International Airport Hub
Colombia Monteria Los Garzones Airport
Colombia Pereira Matecaña International Airport
Colombia Riohacha Almirante Padilla Airport
Colombia San Andrés Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport
Colombia Santa Marta Simón Bolívar International Airport
Ecuador Guayaquil José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport Launch Date TBA [9]
Mexico Cancún Cancún International Airport [10]
Mexico Mexico City Mexico City International Airport [10]
Peru Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport [1]
United States Miami Miami International Airport
United States Orlando Orlando International Airport [10]

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 will be the A320 fitted with CFM engines high performance for the airline's better economy and improved consumer prices. They serve 23 routes within Colombia and 2 international destinations to Lima and Miami.[11]

The Viva Air Colombia fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of July 2021):[12]

Viva Air Colombia fleet
Aircraft In
service
Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 12 188
Airbus A320neo 8 1 186
Total 20 1

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On February 4, 2015, an Airbus A320-200 (registered HK-5051) covering the Bogotá-Medellin 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."[13]

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. ^ https://www.financecolombia.com/while-the-global-aviation-industry-faces-crisis-viva-air-remains-in-growth-mode-exclusive-interview-with-ceo-felix-antelo/
  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. ^ "Google Translate". translate.google.com.
  7. ^ a b "Viva Air will fly to Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile". Portafolio. October 20, 2019. Retrieved October 24, 2019.
  8. ^ "Viva airline would have Medellín - Buenos Aires route in 2022". Portafolio.co (in Spanish). Retrieved June 18, 2021.
  9. ^ "Viva Air plans to fly Guayaquil". February 13, 2019. Retrieved February 13, 2019.
  10. ^ a b c "Viva Air will have new routes to Mexico and the US: this will cost the tickets". Revista Semana. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  11. ^ flightglobal.com
  12. ^ "Viva Air Colombia Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 14 September 2020. Retrieved 16 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Viva Colombia plane makes an emergency landing in Bogotá due to fire in an engine". EL HERALDO (in Spanish). Retrieved November 1, 2019.

Sources:[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

External links[edit]

Media related to Viva Colombia at Wikimedia Commons