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Airlines

Name: ECUATORIANA AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: ECU
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: LATIN AMERICA
City: QUITO
Country: ECUADOR
Employees 410
Web: ecuatoriana.com.ar
Email: eu@impsat.net.ec
Telephone: +593 (2) 56 30 03
Fax: +593 (2) 56 39 20
Sita: UIOMMEU
Background
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ECU-ECUADOR

ESTABLISHED IN 1957. NATIONAL AIRLINE. FORMERLY "EMPRESA ECUATORIANA DE AVIACION S A." FULL NAME IS "ECUATORIANA DE AVIACION, S A." SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, DOMESTIC, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
COLON Y REINA VICTORIA
EDIFICIO TORRES DE ALMAGRO
MEZZANINE, PO BOX 17-07-9475
CP 505 QUITO, ECUADOR

THE REPUBLIC OF ECUADOR WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1809, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 283,561 SQ KM, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS QUITO, ITS POPULATION IS 12 MILLION, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS SPANISH.

AUGUST 1995: CONSORTIUM, INCLUDING VASP (VSP), PURCHASED 50.1% OF ECUATORIANA (ECU) FOR $32.9 MILLION. FURTHER 24.9% TO BE SOLD IN THE NEXT 6 MONTHS.

JUNE 1996: THE USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) APPROVED VASP (VSP) WET-LEASED DC-10-30 FOR OPERATIONS TO MIAMI (MIA) AND NEW YORK, SINCE (FAA) SAFETY OVERSIGHT RATING (CATEGORY 2) PREVENTS ECUADOR OPERATORS FLYING INTO THE USA.

1 727-200, (VSP) LEASED FOR OPERATIONS TO MANAUS AND GUAYAQUIL.

OCTOBER 1996: 2 727-200'S (JT8D-17R) (QD088 & QD445), VASP (VSP) LEASED.

FEBRUARY 1997: 1 727-200 (JT8D-17), EX-VASP (VSP).

APRIL 1997: 2ND DC-10-30 TO MADRID AND PARIS.

SEPTEMBER 1997: 1 A310-304 (552), EX-SUDAN AIRWAYS (SUD), (VSP) WET-LEASED, "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK BY SOGERMA.

OCTOBER 1997: 1 727-200 (21689), EX-AEROLINEAS ARGENTINAS (ARG), PAC HOLDING LEASED. 1 A310-304 (552), VASP (VSP) LEASED, EX-SUDAN AIRWAYS (SUD), GUAYAQUIL - MIAMI.

MARCH 1998: LUIS BRUZZONE, EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT, REPLACES COLONEL ANTONIO BROWNE. FREDDY CABRERA, MAINTENANCE MANAGER, REPLACES GUIDO SOSA. MAURICIO ALMEIDA, ENGINEERING MANAGER, REPLACES GUIDO SOSA.

727 (HC-BVM) "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK AT LLOYD AEREO BOLIVIANO (LAB).

OCTOBER 1998: 1997 = -$13.65 MILLION. 1ST 6 MONTHS = 495 MILLION (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC (+168%); 49% LF LOAD FACTOR (+16), 22.59 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-74%), 144,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (+178.3%).

NOVEMBER 1999: 1998 = -$11.52 MILLION (-$13.56 MILLION).

DECEMBER 1999: (FAA) SAFETY OVERSIGHT STILL CLASSIFIES ECUADOR AS CATEGORY 2 (INTERMEDIATE) (STILL RESTRICTIONS ON FLIGHTS TO USA).

JANUARY 2000: 727-2M7F (21502), RETURNED TO (PSS), LEASED TO (MEX).

FEBRUARY 2000: 1 A320-200, AIR JAMAICA (JAM) WET-LEASED FOR GUAYAQUIL - NEW YORK.

MARCH 2000: COLONEL ANDRES CORDOBA, EXEC PRESIDENT, REPLACES JOSE BRUZZONE.

APRIL 2000: (http://www.ecuatoriana.com.ar).

JULY 2000: 1999 = -$2.92 MILLION (-$11.52 MILLION): 656 MILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (-27.9%); 54.9% LF LOAD FACTOR; 157,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (-36.7%); 410 EMPLOYEES (-9.7%).

AUGUST 2000: 1 A320, AIR JAMAICA (JAM) WET-LEASED FOR OPERATIONS NONSTOP TO (JFK).

SEPTEMBER 2000: BOLIVAR POZO, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING REPLACES MAURICIO ALMEIDA WHO RESIGNED.

NOVEMBER 2000: SIGNS COMMERCIAL AGREEMENT WITH LANCHILE (LAN) FOR CODE SHARE, AND WET-LEASE OF (LAN) AIRPLANES, FOR GUAYAQUIL - NEW YORK (JFK), AND BETWEEN GUAYAQUIL, QUITO, AND MIAMI.

2 767-300ER'S (LAN) WET-LEASED TO ECUATORIANA (ECU) IN (ECU) LIVERY. 727-287 (21689), RETURNED TO PEGASUS (PSS).

DECEMBER 2000: VASP (VSP) PLANS TO SELL ITS 51.5% STAKE IN ECUATORIANA (ECU). LANCHILE (LAN) WILL PROBABLY BE INTERESTED.

FEBRUARY 2001: AEROSHELL, QUITO HAS WET-LEASED 1 DC-8-62F (45925), & 1 DC-10-30F (47831) FROM CARGO LION (CGO) TO TRANSPORT FRESH FLOWERS TO MIAMI AND EUROPE.

APRIL 2001: (eu@impsat.net.ec).

NOVEMBER 2001: VASP (VSP) PLANS TO DIVEST ITS EQUITY STAKE IN (ECU). (VSP) JUST SOLD ITS 50.03% STAKE IN (LAB).

MAY 2002: AERO CONTINENTE (COH), OFFERS $42 MILLION FOR 70% STAKE IN ECUATORIANA (ECU), AND WOULD ASSUME $35 MILLION OF (ECU)'S DEBT. THE GOVERNMENT IS TO RETAIN 25% WITH PRIVATE INVESTORS 5%.

July 2002: Plans to resume service in February 2003 following a complete restructuring. Is considering acquiring 737-300 or 737-500 airplanes.

2001 = 320 million (RPK) traffic; 57.8% LF load factor; 94,000 passengers (PAX); 9.75 million (FTK) freight traffic.

November 2002: Volcano Reventador near Quito, renewed its activity with strong emissions of sulphur gas and ash clouds, closing the airport for almost a week.

SITA: UICDDEU.

August 2004: Lloyd Aereo Boliviano (LAB) acquired a 51% interest in Ecuatoriana (ECU) and may take over the airline outright, including taking over its foreign routes.

(LAB) plans to operate Guayaquil to Houston, Los Angeles, & New York, originating in Santa Cruz.

May 2005: Lloyd Aereo Boliviano (LAB) relaunched services with a (LAB) 727-200.

June 2006: The USA (FAA) raised the safety rating of Ecuador to Category 1 following a "reassessment" of the country's civil aviation authority.

November 2006: Ecuatoriana (ECU) operates a Lloyd Aereo Boliviano (LAB) 727-200 between Guayaquil and (LAB)'s Santa Cruz de la Sierra hub.

October 2015: "70s Style" by (ATW) Kathryn M Young in "Time Capsule," October 19, 2015.

Ecuatoriana Airlines (ECU) began international service from Ecuador in 1957 as a business established by American and Ecuadorian investors. Its first international service was Quito - Miami with a stop in Panama City.

American investors departed Ecuatoriana (ECU) in the early 1970s and a new state-owned airline was born. The airline purchased Boeing 707s and had them painted in this beautiful, abstract and colorful paint scheme to draw attention, and to compete with main competitor Braniff (BNF) and its Alexander Calder-designed aircraft.

You know the paint shop had to love this job - - see attached "ECU- 707 1970 Paint Scheme-A/B/C.jpg."

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
ECU-707 1970 Paint Scheme-A.jpg
ECU-707 1970 Paint Scheme-B.jpg
ECU-707 Paint Scheme-C.jpg

November 2006:

1 707-321B (JT3D-3B) (603-19277, /67 HC-BFC), EX-(PAA)/(ATS).

1 727-287 (JT8D) (1427-21689, /78 HC-BXU; 732-22603, /81 HC-BTV), EX-(ARG), (PSS) LSD; 21689 RTND 2000-11.

O 727-2M7 (JT8D) (21502, /78 52 29, RTND (PSS), LST (EOI) 2000-08) (20880, RTND (PSS), LST (VAR), (VSP) LSD.

0 767-300ER, (LAN) WET-LSD 2000-11. 2 RTND.

0 DC-10-30 (57-46575, /72 PP-SFB), EX-(SWS), (VSP) LSD. RTND.

0 A310-304 (CF6-80C2) (552), EX-(SUD), (VSP) WET-LSD, RTND (TIA), LST (ISF) 2001-11.

0 A320-200, (JAM) WET-LSD 2000-02. RTND.

Management:
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DR JOSE LUIS BRUZZONE, EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT (2000-06) & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

GUTHER ZOMMER, GENERAL MANAGER (2000-04).

COLONEL OSWALDO PEREZ, VP TECHNICAL.

GUIDO SOSA, MANAGER MAINTENANCE (UIOMMEU) (1999-01).

BOLIVAR POZO, MANAGER ENGINEERING (UIOOOEU) (2000-08).

FRANCISCO ANDRADE, MAINTENANCE SUPERVISOR (1997-02).

 
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