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Airlines

Name: AVENSA
7JetSet7 Code: AVN
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: LATIN AMERICA
City: CARACAS
Country: VENEZUELA
Employees 2700
Web: avensa.com.ve
Email: informacion@avensa.com.ve
Telephone: +58 (2) 991 96 21
Fax: +58 (2) 991 02 58
Sita: CCSFZVE
Background
(definitions)

FOUNDED IN 1943. GOVERNMENT OWNED. DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
TORRE HUMBOLDT, P25 (P1)
AV RIO CAURA, PRADOS DEL ESTE
CARACAS 101, VENEZUELA

Venezuela was established in 1810, it covers an area of 912,050 sq km, its population is 24 million, its capital city is Caracas, and its official language is Spanish.

JANUARY 1993: TO ANACO, BARCELONA, BARQUISIMETO, CANAIMA, CORO, CARUPANO, CIUDAD BOLIVAR, CUMANA, LAS PIEDRAS, MARACAIBO, MATURIN, MERIDIA, PORLAMAR, PUERTO ORDAZ, SAN ANTONIO, SAN TOME, VALERAD, MEXICO CITY, AND PANAMA CITY.

OWNS 45% VIASA (VIA).

1992 = +.6% RPK (PASSENGER TRAFFIC), -5.6% PASSENGERS (PAX), +40.7% FTK (FREIGHT TRAFFIC).

OCTOBER 1994: 2 757'S RETURNED TO AMEX.

JUNE 1995: ORDERED STAGE 3 HUSHKITS FROM AVAERO, MIAMI (MIA), FOR 737-200'S (ALLOWS OPERATIONS AT HIGHER (MTOGW), WITHOUT TURBINE NOZZLE MODIFICATIONS).

JANUARY 1996: WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY, SERVICIOS AVENSA (SERVIVENSA), APPLIED FOR ROUTE TO NEW YORK, VIA ARUBA, WITH 727'S.

FEBRUARY 1996: INCDT: NEAR CARACAS AT 20,000 FT, (AVN) DC-9-51 (YV-87C) SUFFERED SUDDEN CABIN DECOMPRESSION, WHEN UPPER PORTION OF REAR PRESSURE BULKHEAD HAD BROKEN AWAY, DUE TO FATIGUE CRACK, AT UPPER RH CORNER OF AFT DOOR, TO TOP OF BULKHEAD, = 6 (FC)-(CA)/85 PASSENGERS OK.

JULY 1996: SOLD 737-300'S. PLANS TO SELL 2 737-200'S AND 4 DC-9'S.

AUGUST 1996: QUESTIONABLE MAINTENANCE, RESULTED IN (FAA) GROUNDING AVENSA (AVN) AIRPLANES, ON ARRIVAL AT MIAMI (MIA).

SEPTEMBER 1996: JOSE PAREDES, VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING; AND CARMELINO GRANITO, ENGINEERING MANAGER; RESIGNED, DUE TO FUNCTIONAL RE-ALIGNMENT, AND RE-STRUCTURING. GERARDO ALTUNA, ENGINEERING MANAGER.

JANUARY 1997: EXPERIENCING SERIOUS FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES. TRYING TO SELL 737-200'S. SEVERAL AIRPLANES GROUNDED FOR MAINTENANCE SERVICES.

APRIL 1997: TO CURTAIL OPERATIONS TO USA, SINCE AIRPLANES ARE NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH STAGE 3 NOISE RULES.

SEPTEMBER 1997: DC-9-51 LEASED TO GHANA AIRWAYS (GHN).

NOVEMBER 1997: 2ND DC-9-51 TO GHANA AIRWAYS (GHN) (47692).

FEBRUARY 1998: 727-100 (18851) SOLD FOR PARTS BREAK UP.

APRIL 1998: 2,700 EMPLOYEES.

DC-9-51 (47685) SOLD TO AVIATION CONCEPTS FOR PART OUT.

MAY 1998: 727-22 (18327) RETURNED FROM SERVIVENSA (SVV) AND 727-281 (20876) RETURNED FROM MEXICANA (CMA).

JULY 1998: OBTAINS ROUTES TO LISBON, MADRID, AND ROME, FORMERLY OPERATED BY VIASA (VIA).

4/6 ORDERS (JT8D-217C) ENGINES FOR 5 727-200'S, TO MEET STAGE 3 NOISE RULE. "SUPER 27" UPGRADE, 20,000 LBS THRUST, REPLACE 16,000 LB (JT8D-17), INCLUDING NOZZLE/ACOUSTIC MIXER, FOR CENTER ENGINE.

SEPTEMBER 1998: NEW ENGINE MODIFICATIONS WILL REQUIRE A MASTER CHANGE (MC) FOR MAXIMUM TAKEOFF WEIGHT INCREASE.

NOVEMBER 1998: 727-281 (20727) BROKEN UP.

JANUARY 1999: TO ROME, MADRID & LISBON.

1 DC-10-30, EX-VARIG (VAR), FOR OPERATIONS TO EUROPE, (46945), PEGASUS (PSS) 4 YEAR LEASED. PLANS FOR LEASE OF 2ND DC-10-30 IN 3/99, EX-(VAR).

FEBRUARY 1999: 727-27 (19534) LEASED TO SERVIVENSA (SVV).

MARCH 1999: GERARDO MONTEZUMA, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING, REPLACED GERARDO ALTUNA, WHO LEFT THE AIRLINE.

DC-10-30 (46944), EX-VARIG (VAR).

APRIL 1999: 2,700 EMPLOYEES. (http://www.avensa.com.ve).

MAY 1999: GOVERNMENT, WHO OWNS 20%, PLANS TO FULLY PRIVATIZE AVENSA (AVN) THIS YEAR.

JUNE 1999: AVENSA (AVN) HAS 27% DOMESTIC MARKET SHARE, AEROPOSTAL (LAV) 42%, & ASERCA (SEZ) 31%.

JULY 1999: STILL IN SERIOUS FINANCIAL DISTRESS. LAUNCHES BOGOTA TO CARACAS TO LISBON (DC-10-30), WITH SERVIVENSA (SVV).

SEPTEMBER 1999: HENRY BOULTON, PRESIDENT & CEO.

NOVEMBER 1999: CODE SHARE WITH (TAP) AIR PORTUGAL, FOR FLIGHTS TO LISBON AND OPORTO.

JANUARY 2000: ORDERS STAGE 3 HUSHKITS FROM RAISBECK, FOR 2 727-100'S (19165, 19534) & 1 727-200 (20877), FOR INSTALLATION AT MAIQUETIA AIRPORT, CARACAS FACILITY. PLANS TO REDISTRIBUTE MAINTENANCE CHECKS, WITH ASERCA (SEZ) DOING TURN-AROUND, DAILY, "A" & "B" MAINTENANCE CHECKS, AND AVENSA (AVN) DOING "C" CHECKS.

FEBRUARY 2000: REQUESTS $60 MILLION IN EMERGENCY FINANCING FROM VENEZUELAN BANKS TO DEAL WITH LOSSES FROM LAST YEAR'S CATASTROPHIC MUDSLIDES. POSSIBILITY OF MERGER OF AVENSA (AVN) WITH AEROPOSTAL (LAV), OR ASERCA (SEZ). REGULATORY AUTHORITY GROUNDS 5 AIRPLANES, AND ALLOWS ONLY 1 TO CONTINUE FLYING. ASERCA (SEZ) TOOK OVER MOST OF ROUTES. THIS AFFECTED SERVIVENSA (SVV) AIRPLANES. POSSIBLE MERGER IMMINENT.

MARCH 2000: DECLARES CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY IN ATTEMPT TO RESTRUCTURE ITS DEBTS.

RESTRICTS OPERATIONS TO 2 727'S & 1 737, FOR OPERATIONS TO MIAMI (MIA), BOGOTA, MEDELLIN, LIMA, AND POR LOMAR. LAYS OFF -200 MECHANICS (MT).

WILMAR CASTRO, PRESIDENT & CEO, REPLACES HENRY LORD BOULTON.

APRIL 2000: MERGER TALKS WITH ASERCA (SEZ) BREAK DOWN. BOTH AIRLINES ARE IN SERIOUS ECONOMIC DIFFICULTIES. (LOI) TO MERGE WITH (SEZ) WITHIN 6 MONTHS.

2,700 EMPLOYEES.

JUNE 2000: SUSPENDED FROM (IATA) CLEARING HOUSE, DUE TO UNPAID DEBT OF $3 MILLION, AN ISSUE, WHICH THREATENS MERGER WITH ASERCA (SEZ).

FRANCISCO DUERINGER, GENERAL MANAGER MAINTENANCE, RESIGNS.

1 727-200, FALCON AIR EXPRESS (FAX) WET-LEASED, FOR MIAMI (MIA) ROUTE.

JULY 2000: SINCE GOVERNMENT OWNS 20% OF AVENSA (AVN), POSSIBLE BAILOUT BY GOVERNMENT, WHICH SEES NEED FOR +$50 MILLION TO CONTINUE DOMESTIC OPERATIONS, & +$100 MILLION FOR INTERNATIONAL RESTRUCTURING. GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZES (AVN) HAS SUBSTANTIAL DEBTS WITH BANKS, THE STATE, & OTHERS, AND LACKS "CREDIBILITY."

AUGUST 2000: GOVERNMENT REFUSES TO BAIL OUT AVENSA (AVN). AEROPOSTAL (LAV) OFFERS $20 MILLION TO BUY 80% OF (AVN).

(http://www.avensa.com).

EDUARDO FERRER, MAINTENANCE MANAGER; & LUIS RAMIREZ, PRODUCTION MANAGER, RESIGN TO JOIN ASERCA (SEZ).

OCTOBER 2000: POSSIBLE MERGER WITH ASERCA (SEZ) DROPPED.

727-22 (18325), 727-114 (19815), AND 727-281 (20878), ALL SCRAPPED. PLANS TO RE-LEASE 2 DC-10-30'S, FROM (PSS), CURRENTLY AT VARIG (VAR), FOR OPERATIONS TO EUROPE. 1 DC-10-30 (46945), (PSS) LEASED (WAS PAINTED IN LAC - LIGNES AERIENNES CONGOLAISES (CQC) (YV-50C).

OCTOBER 2001: FACED WITH WORST CRISIS IN LATIN AMERICAN AVIATION HISTORY, THE HEADS OF 11 MAJOR AIRLINE MEMBERS OF THE LATIN AMERICAN AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION (AITAL) INCLUDING: ACES (ACE); AVIANCA (AVI); AEROMEXICO/MEXICANA (AMX)/(CMA); AEROPOSTAL (LAV); AVENSA (AVN); ASERCA (SEZ); COPA (COP); (LAN); TACA INTERNATIONAL (TAC); VARIG (VAR); & VASP (VSP), MET IN MIAMI TO SEEK SOLUTIONS AND POSSIBLE HELP FROM GOVERNMENTS.

(AVN) AND VENEZUELAN AIR FORCE (VEN) ARE PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING A COMPREHENSIVE AIRPLANE MAINTENANCE COMPANY. INITIALLY (VEN) WILL PROVIDE COMPONENT LEVEL OVERHAUL, WITH POSSIBLE AIRPLANE HEAVY MAINTENANCE IN THE FUTURE.

1 DC-10-30 (47867), EX-CONTINENTAL AIRLINES (CAL), PEGASUS (PSS) LEASED.

NOVEMBER 2001: 5 727-100'S (AOG) OR SCRAPPED. 1 IN "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK. 2 OF 11 727-200'S FLYING, 9 AIRPLANE ON GROUND (AOG). 2 OF 3 737-200'S FLYING. ONLY 1 DC-9-50 FLYING OF ALL DC-9'S. 1 DC-10-30 (AOG).

DECEMBER 2001: MARACAIBO - MIAMI.

July 2002: Code share with Santa Barbara Airlines (BBR).

(informacion@avensa.com.ve).

August 2002: Plans to transfer its last 2 operating airplanes: 1 727-200 and 1 DC-10-30 to Santa Barbara Airlines (BBR). Santa Barbara (BBR) will operate these airplanes on the same (AVN) international routes.

September 2002: 1 DC-10-30 (178-47867, YV-60C), Pegasus (PSS) leased, operations by (BRR). Avensa (AVN) only operates Embraer 135 airplanes now.

October 2002: 1 EMB-120 Brasilia for service to Las Piedras, in the northwest of the country.

January 2003: 727-2D3 (1701-22269), returned to Pegasus (PSS), leased to Santa Barbara (BBR).

September 2004: (info@avensa.com.ve).

November 2004: (ICAO) Code: AVE - AVE.

Fleet:
(definitions)

Click below for photos:
AVN-EMB-120RT

January 2003:

0 727-193 (443-19815, /67 YV-840C), EX-(PSA)/(TES), RTND.

0 727-22 (JT8D-7B) (141-18325, /65 YV-839C; 189-18853, /65 YV-837C; 95-5, /65 YV-88C), EX-(UAL), 18325; 18853; WFU, 8C, 97Y. RTND.

0 727-27 (454-19534, /67 HK-3845X), LST (ACE).

0 727-35 (JT8D-7B) (292-19165, /66 YV-838C), EX-(NAL)/(ACE), 8C, 97Y. RTND.

0 727-2D3 (JT8D-217C/17 (BFG) SUPER 27) (1055-20885, /74 YV-97C; 1641-22268, /80 YV-762C; 1701-22269 /81 YV-823C; 1709-22270, /81 YV-844C), EX-(RJA), 4 RTND (PSS). 22269 LST (BBR) 2003-02. 8C, 91Y.

0 727-2M7 (1302-21457, /77 YV-786C), EX-(HAW). RTND.

0 727-227 (816-20394, /70 YV-76C), EX-(BNF). RTND.

0 727-281 (JT8D-17) (954-20724, /73 YV-92C; 1026-20876, /74; 1029-20877, /74 YV-94C; 1034-20878, /74 YV-95C), EX-(ANA), 8C, 91Y. 4 RTND.

0 737-229 (JT8D-15A HK, 1 GROUNDED 2/00 (352-20908, /74 YV-79C; 353-20909, YV-74C), 8C, 101Y. RTND.

0 737-236 (JT8D-15A HK) (1055-23161, /84 YV-52C), EX-(BAB), (PSS) LSD 6/00, 8C, 101Y. RTND.

0 DC-9-31, 7 GROUNDED.

0 DC-9-50, 4 GROUNDED.

0 DC-10-30 (CF6-50C2) (156-46945, YV-50C), EX-(VAR), (PSS) LSD 2000-10, (133-46944, YV-69C), RTT (PSS), LST (VAR). 24F, 238Y.

0 DC-10-30 (CF6-50C2) (178-47867, YV-60C), EX-(CAL), (PSS) LSD 2002-09, (BRR) OPS. 24F, 238Y.

6 CONVAIR 580.

1 EMB-120RT BRASILIA (PW118) (120067, /88 YV-100C), (TBC) LSD 2002-01. 30Y.

0 EMB 135. RTND.

Management:
(definitions)

ANDRES BOULTON, CHAIRMAN.

COLONEL WILMAR CASTRO, PRESIDENT & CEO (2000-03).

HERMI ROJAS, PRESIDENT ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE (1998-07).

AUGUSTO CAPRILES, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE (2002-09).

CAPTAIN DAVID ITIAGO, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

RAFAEL DI NAPOLI, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE (2000-09), (rafael_di_napoli@hotmail.com)

ENRIQUE BRICENO, MANAGER ENGINEERING (2000-09) (CCSEEVE & CCSFZVE),
(avensaingenieria@hotmail.com) (enriquebriceno@cantv.net).

OSCAR BASTIDAS, MANAGER PLANNING.

JESUS BULLONES, MANAGER PRODUCTION.

LUIS FERNANDO RAMIREZ, BASE MAINTENANCE MANAGER RESIGNED, TO (SEZ) 2000-08.

EDUARDO FERRER, LINE MAINTENANCE MANAGER RESIGNED, TO (SEZ) 2000-07.

JUAN IGLESIAS, MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE (2000-09) (CCSFZVE).

 
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