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7JetSet7 Code: BBR
Status: Operational
Employees 80
Web: sbairlines.com
Email: jalvarez@santabarbaraairlines.com
Telephone: +58 212 204 4400
Fax: +58 212 242 3260

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Formed in 1995 and started operations in 1996. Formerly Santa Barbara Airlines (BBR). Scheduled, domestic, regional & international, passenger and cargo, jet airplane services.

Calle 3B, Edificio Tokay Piso 3, La Urbina
Caracas, Distrito Federal 1073, 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.

AUGUST 2001: Owners/Shareholders: Aserca Airlines (SEZ) 65%; Gonzales Group.

Hub: Maracaibo (La Chinta International airport (MAR)), Venezuela's 2nd largest city and oil capital.

Santa Barbara Airlines (BBR) acquires 65% OF Aserca Airlines Cargo (SEZ), to be renamed Santa Barbara Airlines Cargo. Will wet-lease 747's from Southern Air (SOF) for flights from Miami to Caracas, Maracaibo, and Valencia.

July 2002: Code share with AVENSA (AVN).

August 2002: 1 DC-10-30F, wet-leased for daily cargo service from Miami to Curacao, Cracas, and Aruba. An An-26 based at Curacao provides, connections to Valencia and Maracaibo.

80 employees.

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

(http://www.sbairlines.com). (sba@santabarbaraairlines.com).

September 2002: 1 DC-10-30 (47867, YV-1040C), ex-Continental Airlines (CAL), Pegasus (PSS) leased.

February 2003: 727-2D3 (22269, YV-1056C), ex-Avensa (AVN), Pegasus (PSS) leased.

June 2004: In July 2004, TransMeridian Airlines (TAL) will operate Miami - Caracas for Santa Barbara Airlines.

In summer, Caracas - Santiago de Compostela.

July 2004: 400 employees.


Miami - Caracas (757-200ER, 2/day).

2003 = 171 million (RPK) traffic (+45.4%); 44.2% LF load factor; 429,000 passengers (PAX) (+16.6%); 1.94 million (FTK) freight traffic.

September 2004: Applies for service Caracas - Portugal & Italy. If granted will acquire 2 MD-11's.

October 2004: 727-231 (21968, YV-1174C), Pegasus (PSS) leased.

June 2005: Santa Barbara Airlines (BBR) operates scheduled domestic, and regional, jet airplane routes from its hub at Maracaibo, Venezuela's 2nd city and oil capital.

(IATA) Code: S3 - 249. (ICAO) Code: BBR (Callsign - SANTA BARBARA).


Parent organization/shareholders: Islas Airways (100%).

Alliances: Avior Airlines.

Main Base: Maracaibo La Chinta International airport (MAR).

Hub: Caracas Simon Bolivar airport (CCS).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Barqisimeto; Caracas; Cumana; Las Piedras; Maracaibo; Merida; San Antonio; Santa Barbara Zulia; & Valencia.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Aruba; Guayaquil; Madrid; Miami; Quito; & Tenerife.

757-2G5 (24497, N740PA), Primaris (PRM) wet-leased.

October 2005: Santa Barbara Airlines (BBR) announced it plans to introduce a 767 onto its Spanish service from Caracas earlier than expected. The 767 was due to start operations in December but because of problems with the (BBR) DC-10, the start date has been advanced.

INCDT: A Santa Barbara Airlines (BBR) DC-10 operating flight S3 1332 en route from Caracas to Madrid was forced to return to the Simon Bolivar Airport on Friday for an emergency landing after one of its engines failed.

November 2005: 767-3YOER (24953, TF-FIA), Icelandair (ICE) wet-leased.

March 2006: Iberia Airlines (IBE) signed deals with Santa Barbara Airlines (BBR) of Venezuela and Star Peru (SRU) allowing the South American carriers to use its Resiber reservations management system.

April 2006: Venezuela's threat to restrict flights by USA airlines into the country, appears to have been successful, as the USA (FAA) raised the nation's safety rating to Category 1, meaning it complies with (ICAO) standards. USA aviation officials conducted a safety audit and inspections last month, after the South American country agreed to postpone until April 25 its ban on all operations conducted by Continental Airlines (CAL) and Delta Air Lines (DAL) and some American Airlines (AAL) flights. Venezuela had been a Category 2 country since 1995, the last time (FAA) conducted a safety assessment. The action meant that Venezuelan airlines could not add flights to the USA. Venezuela said when it proposed the ban in February that the USA was ignoring its progress on safety and regulatory issues and was not living up to the terms of the bilateral agreement between the countries. The (FAA) said that two (ICAO) audits conducted since 1995 have uncovered "increasing improvements."

October 2006: 757-236 (24118, YV2243), Pegasus Aviation (PSS) leased, ex-(N958PG). 767-383ER (25365, TF-FIB), Icelandair (ICE) wet-leased - see photo.

November 2006: 757-236 (24119, YV2242), Pegasus Aviation (PSS) leased, ex-(N962PG).

November 2007: Aserca (SEZ), Venezuela's second-largest carrier, is taking over Santa Barbara Airlines (BBR). (SEZ) has announced it is only entering a "commercial alliance" but senior officials admit that the carrier is in fact buying (BBR) from Spanish-Venezuelan business man, Francisco Gonzalez. He has decided to exit the business in a decision widely viewed as being the result of Venezuelan governmental policies.

Initially, (SEZ) and (BBR) will keep separate brands with (BBR) operating long-haul routes, mostly to Spain and Portugal, and (SEZ) concentrating on domestic and Caribbean routes. Some fleet rationalization is likely. The takeover is subject to governmental approval.

February 2008: ACCDT: Search teams discovered the wreckage of a Santa Barbara Airlines (BBR) ATR42-300 (028, /86 YV1449) that had lost contact with air traffic control (ATC) following takeoff from Merida the day before. Venezuelan officials said all 43 passengers and three crew (FC)/(CA) were killed. Wreckage was spotted from rescue helicopters over mountains just a few miles from Merida. The flight was on its way to Caracas, but crashed in the Andes approximately 4,000 m above sea level. "By the way it crashed, we can determine there are no survivors," said Ramon Vinas, head of the national civil aviation authority, according to the "Associated Press." No communication was received from the pilot (FC) following takeoff, Santa Barbara (BBR) President, Jorge Alvarez said.

The accident was the worst since the November crash of an Atlasjet (ABE) MD-83 that killed 57 and the worst involving an ATR42, according to the Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network, which said the (BBR) airplane first flew in 1986. According to "Reuters" and the British Broadcasting Corp (BBC), pilots (FC) require special training to fly from Merida, which necessitates steep ascents to avoid the nearby mountains. Only daylight flights are permitted.

(BBR) operates five additional ATR42-300s as well as two 757-200ERs, and two 767-300ERs. (BBR) said on its website that it intends to add the 737-300 to its fleet soon. It serves eight domestic and six international destinations, including Miami, Madrid, and Tenerife.

June 2008: New website: http://www.sbairlines.com

See new livery on attached photo - - "BBR-757-NEW LIVERY-2008-06."

August 2008: With possible implications for route networks in a heavily regulated and badly managed economy, Venezuela’s privately held Aserca (SEZ) is entering an alliance with its smaller (and also private) rival Santa Barbara Airlines (BBR). It’s also rumored to be interested in buying the carrier outright.

January 2009: MD-82 (49486, N486SH), ex-TransMeridian Airlines, Sky Holding (Pegasus Leasing (PSS)) leased.

July 2009: APG-GA was selected by Santa Barbara Airlines (BBR) as its General Service Agent (GSA) in Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the Nordic and Baltic countries, France, and the UK.

November 2009: MD-82 (49120, YV348T), delivery, ex-(N993PG).

May 2010: 757-208 (24760, TF-FII), Icelandair (ICE) wet-leased.

September 2010: Santa Barbara Airlines (BBR) operates scheduled domestic, and regional, jet airplane routes from its hub at Caracas to destinations including Barranquilla, Curacao, Guayaquil, Lima, Miami, Quito, and Santiago Compostela.

Employees = 80.

(IATA) Code: S3 - 249. (ICAO) Code: BBR (Callsign - SANTA BARBARA).


Parent organization/shareholders: Aserca Airlines (100%).

Alliances: Avior Airlines.

Main Base: Caracas Simon Bolivar airport (CCS).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Barqisimeto; Caracas; Cumana; Las Piedras; Maracaibo; Merida; San Antonio; Santa Barbara Zulia; & Valencia.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Aruba; Barranquilla, Curacao; Guayaquil; Lima, Miami; Quito; & Santiago de Compostela.

February 2011: DC-9-31 (48118, YV2430), bought from Aserca (SEZ), ex-(YV241T).

April 2012: Conviasa (VCV) has signed an agreement with SBA Airlines (BBR) to re-protect its Caracas Simón Bolívar International airport (CCS) - Madrid Barajas airport (MAD) passengers on (BBR) services on the route following the (EU) ban on Conviasa VCV)'s operation to Madrid. (BBR) currently uses two 767-300ERs wet-leased from SmartLynx (LAJ) on the route.

October 2012: Icelandair (ICE) has added a 767-300ER (25000, TF-LLB) to its fleet again. The 767-300ER currently operates on a wet-lease contract on behalf of SBA Airlines (BBR) on routes from Caracas to Miami International (MIA), Panamá City Tocumen International (PTY) and Tenerife Norte (TFN). It had previously also been operated for (BBR) by Icelandair (ICE)'s Latvian charter subsidiary, SmartLynx Airlines (LAJ). (ICE) dry-leases two other 767-300ERs to Air Niugini (NIU) on a long-term lease.

July 2013: 767-3P6ER (23764, N964PG), Pegasus Aviation leased.

May 2014: SBA Airlines ((IATA) Code: S3, based at Maracaibo) (BBR) will terminate its existing Caracas Simón Bolivar to Panamá City Tocumen International service with effect from May 19 citing unspecified operational problems with the route. Sources at (BBR) state the problems began in January when the Venezuelan currency-control regulatory body, (CADIVI), eliminated USA Dollar allocations given to Venezuelans travelling to Panama. In the wake of rising tensions, Caracas cut diplomatic and political ties with the Central American nation in March after accusing it of being a puppet of the USA.

The resulting decline in demand for travel to Panama severely impacted (BBR)'s cash flow, culminating in the route's termination, the source said. As a replacement, (SBA) will instead begin offering flights to Lima (a route previously served by TAME Ecuador ((IATA) Code: EQ, based at Quito International) until it suspended its Venezuelan services in January) also effective May 19.

(BBR) operates three 757-200s, two 767-300ERs and two MD-83s on flights which also include Miami International and Tenerife Norte.

(BBR) operates 7 airplanes, and serves 4 countries, to 4 destinations 3 routes and 8 daily flights.

August 2014: (SBA) Airlines (BB3) has terminated its only international longhaul route (to Tenerife Norte) until further notice. While (SBA) has offered no specific reasons for the suspension, it is believed it is linked to the country's foreign currency crisis.

Earlier this year, (SBA) suspended its Tenerife Norte operations when its lack of foreign exchange hampered its ability to buy spare parts and pay for Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) services.

As it stands, (SBA) still serves Miami International and Panamá City Tocumen International using a fleet of three 757-200s, two MD-83s and two 767-300ERs, both of which are currently undergoing maintenance in México City.


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BBR-757-NEW LIVERY-2008-06

April 2016:

1 727-2D3 (JT8D-217C/17 SUPER 27) (1701-22269, /80 YV-1056C), EX-(AVN) PALS LSD 2003-02. 149Y.

0 727-231 (JT8D-217C/15) (1565-21968, /79 YV-1174C), (PSS) LSD 2004-10. RTND. 161Y.

0 757-2G5ER (RB211-535E4) (228-24497, /89 N740PA), (PRM) WET-LSD 2005-07. RTND. 28C, 142Y.

0 757-208 (24760, TF-FII), (ICE) WET-LSD 2010-05. RTND 2010-06. 28C, 142Y.

2 757-21B (RB211-535E4) (233-24402, /89 YV288T; 262-24174, /90 YV304T), PALS LSD 2009-03. 8C, 192Y.

0 757-230 (RB211-535E4) (275-23737, N741PA), (PRM) WET-LSD 2006-10. RTND. 28C, 142Y.

2 757-236 (RB211-534E5) (163-24118, /88 YV2243, 2006-10; 167-24119, /88 YV2242, 2006-11 - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "BBR-757 NEW LIVERY-2008-06"), (AWW) LSD. 24C, 154Y.

1 767-3P6ER (23764, N964PG), PEGASUS AVIATION LSD 2013-07.

1 767-3Q8ER (PW4060) (619-27993, /96 N27993), PALS LSD 2009-11.24C, 238Y.

0 767-3YOER (PW4060) (405-24953, /91 TF-FIA), (ICE) WET-LSD 2005-11. RTND. 42C, 185Y.

2 767-3YOER (PW4060) (357-24952, /90 YL-LCY; 386-25000, /90 YL-LCZ), SMARTLYNX (LAJ) WET-LSD 2007-03. 25000, TF-LLB; NOW WET-LSD FROM (ICE) 2012-10.

0 767-35DER (CF6-80C2B6) (659-28656, /97 SP-LPC), (LOT) WET-LSD 2006-12. RTND. 18C, 213Y.

0 767-383ER (PW4060) (395-25365, /91 TF-FIB - SEE PHOTO), (ICE) WET-LSD 2006-10. WITH "SANTA BARBARA" TITLES & COLORS. RTND. 28C, 239Y.

1 DC-9-31 (JT8D-9A HK) (942-48118, /80 YV2430 "SAN RAFAEL"), WELLS FARGO BANK LSD 2009-10. BF ASERCA (SEZ) 2011-02. EX-(YV241T). 16F, 84Y.

1 MD-81 (JT8D-217) (1071-49120, /82 YV348T), EX-(N993PG), PALS LSD 2009-11. 14F, 127Y.

1 MD-82 (JT8D-217) (1317-49486, /86 YV388T), EX-(TAL), (PALS) LSD 2009-01. 165Y.

1 MD-83 (1467-49668, N668SH), (PSS) LSD 2010-01.

0 DC-10-30F (CF6-50C2) (133-46944, /74 YV-1052C; 178-47867, /73 YV-1040C "CIUDAD PUERTO DE LA CRUZ"), EX-(CAL), (PSS) LSD, (AVN) WET-LSD 2002-09. RTND. 24C, 238Y.

1 ATR 42-300 (PW120) (028, /86 YV1449, W/O & DESTROYED IN CRASH - SEE ACCDT 2008-02; 038, /87 YV2314), 46Y.

4 ATR 42-320 (PW121) (300, /92 YV-1017C; 340, /93 YV-1018C; 351, /94 YV-1023C; 358, /94 YV-1016C; 360, /93 YV-1423 "VIRGEN DEL CARMEN;" 363 /93 YV-1019C; 366, /93 YV-1036C; 368, /93 YV-1014C "MI CHINITA"), 351; 358 RTND 2003-07. 363 RTND 2004-05. 48Y.

2 CESSNA 208B GRAND CARAVAN (PT6A-114A) (0888, /01 YV-1037C; 0889, /01 YV-1038C; 0901, /01 YV-1039C), CESSNA LSD. 0888; RTND. 12Y.

0 AN-26, RTND.


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JORGE ALVAREZ MORERO, PRESIDENT & GENERAL MANAGER (jalvarez@santabarbaairlines.com).












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