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ESTABLISHED IN 1945 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1946. DOMESTIC AND REGIONAL, SCHEDULED AND CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
AVENIDA HINCAPIE 12-22
ZONE 13, AEROPUERTO LA AURORA
GUATEMALA CITY 01013, GUATEMALA
GUATEMALA (REPUBLIC OF GUATEMALA) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1839, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 108,889 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 11 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS GUATEMALA CITY, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS SPANISH.
AUGUST 1995: ACCDT: 737-2H6 (23849, /87), CRASHED AND DESTROYED, IN EL SALVADOR.
MAY 1997: (TACA) INTERNATIONAL (TAC) OWNS 30%.
(FAA) SAFETY OVERSIGHT, RATES GUATEMALA CATEGORY 2, WHICH PREVENTS EXPANSION TO USA, UNTIL IMPROVEMENTS MADE.
OCTOBER 1997: NON-STOP TO DALLAS/FORT WORTH (DFW) (737-300).
FEBRUARY 1998: SAN PEDRO SULA TO GUATEMALA CITY TO DALLAS/FORT WORTH (DFW).
MAR 1998: JORGE SOLARES GENERAL MANAGER, REPLACES ENRIQUE
MAY 1998: AIRPORT CLOSED FOR 4 DAYS DUE TO ERUPTION OF PACAYA VOLCANO.
APRIL 1999: 500 EMPLOYEES.
APRIL 2000: 500 EMPLOYEES.
APRIL 2001: (http://www.grupotaca.com).
AVIATECA (AVT) IS 1 OF THE OFFICIAL AIRLINES OF THE MAYA WORLD, DUE TO ITS EXTENSIVE COVERAGE OF THE REGION.
SEPTEMBER 2001: TO FLORES AND FLORES TO CANCUN (ATR 42).
November 2002: 3 737-2H6's (20582; 20583; 20586) returned to Debis AirFinance (DEA), leased to Sky Airline (SSV).
April 2005: Aviateca (AVT) is the national flag carrier and operates regional, scheduled and charter, passenger, jet airplane services.
(IATA) Code: GU. (ICAO) Code: GUG.
Parent organization/shareholders: (TACA) International Airlines (TAC) (30%).
December 2006: ATR 42-300 (109) sold to (SANSA) (SSA).
August 2007: Ramco said (TACA) (TAC) Regional, which consists of Grupo (TACA) (TAC)'s domestic carriers operating within Central America (Inter (IDV) and Aviateca (AVT) (Guatemala), Islena (Honduras), Sansa (SSA) (Costa Rica) and Aeroperlas (APE) (Panama)) will deploy its Maintenance & Engineering Solution and Aviation Financial Solution.
October 2009: Avianca (AVI) has confirmed it is merging with Grupo (TACA) (TAC). In a letter to employees, (AVI) (CEO) Fabio Villegas said (AVI)'s board after months of study has decided to pursue a "strategic merger" with Grupo (TACA) (TAC). But Villegas stressed that each company intends to maintain its own identity and will continue to operate independently. He said "the project offers big opportunities given the multitude of synergies" the 2 carriers will be able to pursue. Their combined network will also provide (AVI) and (TAC) customers with improved connections throughout the Americas and the world. The 2 carriers already code share on some routes.
"I am sure with the commitment of all employees we will create with (TAC) the most important airline leader in Latin America," Villegas said. He called the deal with (TAC) "of great significance for our company and the Latin American aviation industry in general". Villegas said combined, the carriers have an "optimistic future" which is sure to be "recognized nationally and internationally".
(LAN) Airlines is now the biggest airline group in Latin America, with passenger airlines in Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, and Peru, plus cargo airlines in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and the USA. Publicly-traded (LAN) also has been looking at establishing new passenger airlines in Colombia and Brazil, perhaps through a merger or acquisition.
Grupo Taca (TAC) includes airlines in nearly every Central American country as well as in Peru. (TAC), which is privately owned, also has a stake in Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris (VLS).
(AVI) is predominately owned by Brazil's Synergy Group, which also owns Brazilian carrier OceanAir (ONE) and Ecuadorean regional carrier, (VIP). It is unclear if the (AVI) (TAC) tie-up will include these smaller carriers but (AVI) already last year took over the management of OceanAir (ONE). (AVI) last year also acquired Colombian cargo carrier Tampa (TMP).
Once the transaction is complete, (TAC) (CEO) & Chairman Roberto Kriete will serve as Chairman of the new group’s board of directors and (AVI) (CEO) Fabio Villegas plans to serve as (CEO). Other members of the new company’s senior management team include current (TAC) (COO) Estuardo Ortiz who will assume the same role upon the company’s formation, and (AVI) (CFO) Gerardo Grajales, who also assumes the same role once the merger is complete.
(AVI) is roughly double the size of (TAC) on a revenue basis with the former generating about $2 billion in annual revenues and the latter about $1 billion. (LAN) as a group last year generated $4.5 billion in revenues.
Amadeus reached a 5-year, full-content distribution agreement with (TACA) International Airlines (TAC) covering all inventory from (TAC) as well as its subsidiaries Lacsa (LAC), Aviateca (AVT) and (TACA) Peru (TNM).
October 2012: The AviancaTaca group of airlines will unify all members under the single Avianca (AVI) brand name starting in the 1st half of 2013. Each member carrier will keep its own separate legal corporate status but will be authorized to do business under 1 brand name.
During the 1st stage, Avianca (AVI), Tampa Cargo (TMP) and the (TACA) (TAC) group of airlines ((TACA) International (TAC), Lacsa (LAC), TACA Peru (TNM) and Aviateca (AVT)) will adopt the single brand name in the 2013 1st half. Aerogal (ERG) will join them in the 2nd half.
Since the Avianca (AVI) and (TACA) group of airlines merged, it has implemented 45 new routes, increased (ASK)s by +37% and simplified its fleet by reducing it from 11 to four airplane family types. It also unified their respective frequent flyer programs into a single product, "LifeMiles" and joined the Star Alliance (SAL).
(CEO) Fabio Villegas Ramirez said, that in addition to the upgrade in infrastructure and technology and network expansion, the integrated member airlines have “simultaneously registered highly satisfactory results in domestic and international markets, as well as impressive customer satisfaction figures, which has facilitated growth and positive financial results.”
July 2014: ATR 72-600 (1167, TG-TRC), ex-(F-WWEH), Avianca (TACA) Holding leased.
September 2014: ATR 72-600 (1174, TG-TRD), ex-(F-WWEB), Avianca
(Taca) Holding leased.
December 2014: As part of being part of the Avianca Group, Aviateca (AVT) has been renamed Avianca Inter Regional (AVT).
February 2018: In Guatemala, Connecting With Spirits Through Giant Homemade Kites.
Every year, the people of Sumpango, Guatemala, celebrate the Day of the Dead with giant, colorful handmade kites. The town, known globally for its massive All Saints Day Kite Festival, takes these creations very seriously. These giant kites are masterpieces that require great skill, patience and 6 months of hard work to construct. This ancient tradition, which dates back nearly 300 years, is also a way for residents to connect with the past. Some believe that the hum sound each kite emits when flown protects the souls of departed loved ones from bad spirits.
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1 737-2H6 (JT8D-15 HK) (302-20582, /72 55 68; 3-20583, /72 56 66;
7-20586, /72 57 67; 8-20587, /72 57 67 N123GU), EX-(MAS), (ILF) LSD, (20582; 20583; 20586; RTT (DEA) 2002-11, LST (SSV), 111Y.
1 737-242 (JT8D-9A HK) (619-22074, /79 42 37 N127GU), EX-(NOR), (AFG) LSD, 111Y.
1 ATR 42-300 (PW120) (109, /88; 113, /88), EX-TITAN AIRWAYS (TIU), (GEF) LSD. 109 ST (SSA) 2007-12. 46Y/FREIGHTER.
2 ATR 72-600 (1167, TG-TRC; 1174, TG-TRD), AVIANCA TACA HOLDING LSD 2014-07 & 2014-09.
JULIO GOMES, PRESIDENT.
JORGE SOLARES, GENERAL MANAGER (1998-03) & VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
ERNESTO RUIZ, VP MAINTENANCE (2000-06) & ENGINEERING.
LARRY GANSE, VP OPERATIONS (1999-01).
SERGIO ALBUREZ, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS (firstname.lastname@example.org) (GUAOCG).
IGNACIO FERNANDEZ, DIRECTOR QUALITY CONTROL (QC)/TECHNICAL SERVICES (AEROMAN - AEM) (SALMDTA) (email@example.com) (2000-09).
RENE DEBROY, MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR.
ROBERTO MADRIGAL, SENIOR MANAGER ENGINEERING & QUALITY ASSURANCE/QUALITY CONTROL (AEM) (1996-07).
MARIO JUAREZ, MAINTENANCE MANAGER.
ROLANDO JURADO, CHIEF LINE & HEAVY MAINTENANCE.
JORGE RIZO, MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE.
FREDDY FLOREZ, CHIEF OVERHAUL SHOPS.
JULIO RODAS, MANAGER QUALITY CONTROL (QC) (1998-07).