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Name: AVIANCA ECUADOR
7JetSet7 Code: ERG
Status: Operational
Region: LATIN AMERICA
City: QUITO
Country: ECUADOR
Employees 850
Web: aerogal.com.ec
Email: presidencia@aerogal.com.ec
Telephone: +593 2 2258086
Fax: +593 2 2430487
Sita:
Background
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Click below for data links:
ERG-2004-07-A
ERG-2004-07-B
ERG-2010-11-A320
ERG-2013-05 - UNIFIED AVIANCA LIVERY A320
ERG-2013-07 - AVIANCA REBRAND
ERG-LOGO
ERG-VISIT ECUADOR

FORMED IN 1986. A K A "AEROLINEAS GALAPAGOS S A." DOMESTIC & REGIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
PO BOX 17-01-2444
AVENIDA AMAZONAS 7797
AEROPUERTO MARISCAL SUCRE
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.

DECEMBER 2001: AEROGAL (ERG) PLANS TO EXPAND ITS STAFF, AND OCCUPY THE FORMER SAETA FACILITIES.

2 737-205'S (21729; 21765), TACA INTERNATIONAL (TAC) 6 MONTH LEASED. 1 727-200 (21505), EX-SAETA (SAE).

JANUARY 2002: CAPTAIN PATRICIO MOSQUERA, FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANAGER, REPLACES COLONEL MARCELO MESIAS.

July 2002: 20 employees.

727-227 (21246), ex-Orient Express/Goodrich (BFG).

September 2002: To acquire 1 727-200, for new Quito - Guayaquil route, and a 737, for service to the Galapagos Islands.

June 2003: 20 employees.

August 2003: 737-2B7's (22887, N275AU), ex-US Airways (USA), bought from Business Aviation Group (Jetran).

April 2004: $0.5 Million heavy maintenance contract to Hamilton Aerospace, a wholly owned subsidiary of Renegade Venture Corporation for the Aerogal (ERG) 727.

June 2004: To add service to Cuenca, Coca, Lago Agrio, and Manta.

2 737-2Y5's (23847, HC-CER; 23848, HC-CEQ), ex-Air Malta (MLT), Amtec leased.

August 2004: Quito to Manta and Nueva Loja.

October 2005: 737-2T5 (22979, N120NJ), AeroFinance LLC leased delivery.

November 2005: 737-281 (21770), delivery.

April 2006: Aerogal - Aerolineas Galapagos (ERG) operates passenger and cargo, jet airplane flights primarily between the mainland and the Galapagos Islands, including San Cristobal and Baltra in the Galapgos archipelago.

(IATA) Code: 2K. (ICAO) Code: GLG (Callsign - AEROGAL).

(gsommerfeld@aerogal.com.ec).

Main Base: Quito Mariscal Sucre International airport (UIO).

Hub: Guayaquil Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International airport (GYE).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Cuenca; Guayaquil; & Quito.

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

Ecuador's leading airlines TAME (TAM) and Aerogal (ERG) are now planning flights to Miami and New York.

2 737-244s (22581, HC-CFR; 22589, HC-CFM), ex-Safair (SFA), AERGO Capital leased.

July 2007: 737-247 (23188, PK-KKL), from AdamAir (DHI), initially stored at Manaus.

November 2009: The recent merger of Avianca (AVI) and Taca International (TAC) has now acquired AeroGal (ERG). (ERG) already had equity links to (AVI)'s controlling shareholder, the Synergy Group.

(ERG) has been operating as a relatively small airline, focusing mostly on domestic flights including those to the Galapagos Islands made famous by Charles Darwin. It also serves Bogota and Miami.

February 2010: 757-2K2 (26635, HC-CIY), Avianca (AVI) wet-leased.

March 2010: Avianca (AVI), which finalized its merger with Grupo TACA (TAC) last month, plans to continue growing with the acquisition of Aerogal (ERG), CEO, Fabio Villegas said. Speaking to journalists in the Ecuadoran capital, he said Avianca (AVI) parent, Synergy Aerospace intends to invest $7.2 million on an 80% stake in Aerogal (ERG) while TACA (TAC) parent, Kingsland Holding will acquire the remaining 20%, "Dow Jones" reported. Government approval is pending. Villegas said (ERG) will take delivery of three new A320s in the second half of this year, increasing its overall fleet to 15 airplanes. Poder 360 reported that the sale could be completed by June and that (ERG) Chairwoman, Gabriela Sommerfield said (ERG) will maintain its brand.

July 2010: International services: Bogota, Medellin; & New York.

Employees = 850.

August 2010: AeroGal (ERG) received the first of three A320-214s (4379, HC-CJM - - SEE PHOTO - - "ERG-A320-214-2010-07") it has on order at a ceremony in Quito. (ERG) expects to receive two more by year's end. Airbus (EDS) said (ERG)'s A320s will be configured for two classes seating 150 passengers. The airplanes are replacing 737 Classics.

(ERG) operates mostly domestic services but also Bogota - New York (JFK) flights. It carries around 1.2 million passengers annually.

November 2010: A320-214 (4487, HC-CJW), delivery.

December 2010: A320-214 (4547, HC-CJV), Avianca (AVI) leased, ex-(D-AUBP).

February 2011: Barfield won a 10-year contract from Avianca (AVI) - TACA (TAC) to provide full component support for the A320 fleet operated by the group’s four airlines, Avianca (AVI), TACA (TAC), Aerogal (ERG), and Ocean Air (now Avianca Brazil) (ONE). Barfield’s Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) support includes an option to provide logistics in Miami as well as the supply of consumable items. As part of the agreement, Barfield, which is the USA subsidiary of Sabena Technics (SAB) committed to setting up specific repair capabilities in Bogota to better support Grupo Avianca-TACA’s airlines. The facility will also support other operators in South America.

Sabena Technics (SAB) CEO, Christophe Bernardini called the contract a “milestone” for Barfield. “We are proud of the trust (AVI) - (TAC) has extended to our group and will do our utmost to ensure that our customer’s operations are near perfection,” he said.

March 2012: Bogota-based, AviancaTaca Holding, parent of Avianca (AVI), TACA (TAC), Aerogal (ERG) and Tampa Cargo (TMP), reported 2011 net income of +$109 million, more than tripling a net profit of +$33 million in 2010.

The company did not provide many details, but it said full-year operating revenue rose +24.6% compared to 2010 to $3.8 billion. (EBITDAR) was $739 million, up +11.5% year-over-year.

AviancaTaca (AVI)/(TAC) said it has approved, pending shareholder approval, a profit distribution that will pay $24.1 million to holders of common and preferred stock.

(CEO), Fabio Villegas told the "Los Angeles Times" that Colombia's "economy has taken a quantitative leap in investment, investor confidence and in radically improved security conditions. All that new business translates into a lot more passengers."

May 2012: Bogota-based, AviancaTaca Holding, parent of Avianca (AVI), TACA (TAC), Aerogal (ERG) and Tampa Cargo (TMP), reported passenger boardings were up +16% to 5.5 million in the first quarter. Capacity (ASK)s grew +13.8%. Consolidated numbers show a +23.5% growth at the domestic markets of Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. International boardings were up +7.5%, to 2.4 million passengers.

The group reported 2011 net income of +$109 million, more than tripling a net profit of +$33 million in 2010.

AeroGal (ERG) has retired its single 737-300 (24376, HC-CHB) on May 22 when the airplane has been flown to Miami Opa-Locka Executive airport (OPF). (ERG) now operates 6 A319-100s and two A320-200s.

June 2012: AeroGal (ERG) as well as sister, TACA International Airlines (TAC), TACA Costa Rica and TACA Perú (TNM) could possibly be rebranded using the "Avianca" (AVI) name as part of a plan to use a single brand across the Avianca (AVI)-TACA (TAC) group, according to a report by Colombian newspaper "El Espectador." Avianca Colombia) and Avianca Brasil already obviously use the Avianca (AVI) brand, but Avianca Brasil is at least technically not owned by Avianca (AVI)-TACA (TAC), but by Avianca (AVI)-TACA (TAC) shareholder, Synergy.

October 2012: The AviancaTaca group of airlines will unify all members under the single Avianca (AVI) brand name "Avianca Ecuador" starting in the first half of 2013. Each member carrier will keep its own separate legal corporate status but will be authorized to do business under one brand name.

During the first 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 first half. Aerogal (ERG) will join them in the second 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.”

Avianca Ecuador (ERG), the airline previously known as AeroGal, launched a new route between Ecuador and its parent company’s home country, Colombia, on 23 October. From Guayaquil (GYE), Ecuador’s largest city, the airline now flies three times weekly to Cali (CLO) in western Colombia using 120-seat A319 airplanes. The route is also operated twice a week by sister airline TACA Peru (TNM).

February 2013: TACA International Airlines ((IATA) Code: TA, based at San Salvador Cuscatlán International (SAL)) (TAC) as well as sister carrier TACA Costa Rica ((IATA) Code: LR, based at San José Juan Santamaría International (SJO)), (LAC), TACA Perú ((IATA) Code: TO, based at Lima Jorge Chávez International (LIM)) (TNM) and TAMPA Cargo ((IATA) Code: QT, based at Medellín José Maria Córdova International (MDE)) (TMP) are all expected to be rebranded as "Avianca" in June according to statements made by Avianca Colombia ((IATA) Code: AV, based at Bogotá El Nuevo Dorado International (BOG)) (AVI) said Chief Operating Officer (COO), Estuardo Ortiz. The rebranding of AeroGal (to become Avianca Ecuador) ((IATA) Code: 2K, based at Quito Marsical Sucre (UIO)) (ERG) has been postponed until the end of the year or early 2014.

Ecuador’s new $700 million, Quito International Airport opened February 20, replacing the city’s 52-year-old Quito Mariscal Sucre airport, which closed a day earlier.

The new airport is located 24 km east of Quito. Operations began at the new airport with a Tame Airline (TAM) A319 landing from Guayaquil, followed minutes later by flights operated by Aerogal (ERG) and TAN Ecuador.

Construction began in 2006 as a follow-up of the management privatization of old Quito International in 2002.

Management company Quiport expects the upgraded infrastructure (including a better geographical location and a longer runway) will allow airlines to introduce nonstop operations to destinations such as Madrid.

May 2013: Bogota-based, AviancaTaca Holdings reported a first-quarter net income of +$75.3 million, more than doubled from +$34.9 million in the year-ago.

AviancaTaca Holdings, created by the 2009 combination of Colombia’s Avianca (AVI) and El Salvador-based Grupo TACA (TAC), has formally rebranded itself Avianca Holdings and intends to integrate TACA (TAC) and its other airline subsidiaries under a single “Avianca” brand.

Other carriers in the group to move under the Avianca brand include Tampa Cargo (TMP), TACA Peru (TNM), Costa Rica-based Lacsa (LAC) and Ecuador-based Aerogal (ERG).

Avianca Holdings (CEO), Fabio Villegas said that “the single commercial brand represents a very important milestone.” The combined fleet of Avianca (AVI) and TACA (TAC) stands at 151 airplanes. “Currently, the ‘new Avianca’ (AVI) covers 100 destinations in 25 countries in the Americas and Europe through 5,100 weekly flights,” the company stated.

Avianca (AVI) said the new branding will “gradually” roll out, with its airplane fleet and other facilities moving toward a single visual brand. SEE PHOTO - - "ERG-2013-05 UNIFIED AVIANCA LIVERY A320."

January 2015: A320-214 (4487, HC-CJW), Avianca (AVI) leased, ex-(N448AV).

June 2016: Now renamed as "Avianca Ecuador" (ERG), receives delivery of A320-214 (3408, HC-CRU), ex-(HK-4549).

August 2016: A319-112 (1866, HC-CKL), ferried Quito to Goodyear for storage and return to AerCap (DEA) after lease.

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
ERG-727-227
ERG-737
ERG-737-2B7
ERG-757-200-OCT09
ERG-A319-2011-01
ERG-A320-214-2010-07

September 2017:

0 727-227 (JT8D-9A SUPER 27) (1216-21246, /76 HC-CDJ "PIQUERO"), EX-(BFG), (FOS) LSD. RTND. 149Y.

0 727-251 (JT8D) (1391-21505, /78 HC-BVY), EX-(NWA), (FOS) LSD. RTND.

0 737-2B7 (JT8D-15A) (976-22887, /83 HC-CED), EX-(USA), BF BUSINESS AVIATION GRP 2003-08. RTND. 125Y.

0 737-2E3 (JT8D-15) (811-22703, /81 HC-CFO), JET MIDWEST LSD 2006-05. RTND. 125Y.

0 737-2T5 (JT8D-15) (950-22979, /83 HC-CFH), AEROFINANCE LLC LSD 2005-10. RTND. 125Y.

0 737-2Y5 (JT8D-15A) (1414-23847, /87 HC-CER; 1418-23848, /87 HC-CEQ), EX-(MLT), AMTEC LSD 2004-06. RTND. 125Y.

0 737-205 (JT8D) (572-21729, /79 N240TA; 595-21765, /79 N235TA), (TAC) LSD 2001-12. RTND. 126Y.

0 737-244 (JT8D-17A) (796-22581, /81 HC-CFR; 843-22589, HC-CFM), EX-(SFA), AERGO CAPITAL LSD 2006-06. RTND. 125Y.

0 737-247 (JT8D-17A HK) (1071-23188, /84 HC-CGA), EX-(DHI)/(UKR) 2007-07. RTRD. 125Y.

0 737-281 (JT8D-17) (588-21770, /79 HC-CFG), LQS FINANCE LSD 2005-11.
RTND. 125Y.

0 737-300 (CFM56-3C) (24376, HC-CHB), RTRD 2012-05.

0 757-2K2 (RB211-535E4) (608-26635, /94 HC-CIY), WELLS FARGO LSD, (AVI) WET-LSD 2010-02, EX-(N635AV). RTND. WITH WINGLETS. 12C, 158Y.

0 757-236 (RB211-535E4) (453-25592, /92 HC-CHC - - SEE PHOTO - - "ERG-757-200-2009-10"), PALS LSD 2009-10. RTND. 170Y.

0 767-322ER (PW4060) (449-25287, /92 HC-CIJ "PIQUERO"), AVIATION LEASING SVCS LSD 2009-11. RTND. 30C, 173Y.

5 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6) (1866, /02 HC-CKL; 1872, /11 HC-CKM; 1882, /02 HC-CKN; 1925, /03 HC-CKO; 2126, /04 HC-CKP), 1866; RETURNED TO AERCAP (DEA) AFTER LEASE 2016-08. 12C, 108Y.

1 A320-214 (3408, HC-CRU, 2016-06), EX-(N448AV). 12C, 138Y.

4 A320-214 (4379, /10 HC-CJM - - SEE PHOTO "ERG-A320-214-2010-07;" 4487, HC-CJW, 2010-11; 4547, /10 HC-CJV), (AVI) LSD. 12C, 138Y.

0 FAIRCHILD F-27F (DART 529-7E) (56, /59 HC-BSL; 71, /59 HC-BSV). 56; RTND. 40Y.

0 DORNIERS. 3 RTND.

Management:
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ROBERTO KRIETE, CHAIRMAN AVIANCATACA (AVI)/(TAC) HOLDINGS.

MS GABRIELA SOMMERFIELD, EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT.

JULIO GAMERO, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

DIEGO SERRANO, PRESIDENT.

CARLOS LUSETTI, GENERAL MANAGER.

CAPTAIN PATRICIO MOSQUERA, FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANAGER (2002-01) (aerogal@interactive.net.ec).

CAPTAIN HERNAN CALLE, AIR SAFETY CONSULTANT.

CARLOS MORILLO, VP MAINTENANCE.

CARLOS CHAVEZ, FINANCE MANAGER.

MARIO HERVAS, OPERATIONS MANAGER.

MARCO VALENCIA, MAINTENANCE MANAGER (aerogal@interactive.net.ec).

LIET COLONEL LUIS ACOSTA E, QUALITY CONTROL (QC) MANAGER.

BOLIVAR POZO, ENGINEERING CHIEF (aerogal@interactive.net.ec).

 
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