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Name: BOLIVIANA DE AVIACION
7JetSet7 Code: LAB
Status: Operational
Region: LATIN AMERICA
City: COCHABAMBA
Country: BOLIVIA
Employees 1664
Web: boa.bo
Email: ventasweb@boa.bo
Telephone: +591 44140873
Fax: +591 441 14643
Sita: CBBDDLB
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Click below for data links:
LAB-2004-10 - 727-2K3 WINGLETS
LAB-2004-12-A
LAB-2004-12-B
LAB-2004-12-C
LAB-2004-12-D
LAB-2004-12-E
LAB-2004-12-F
LAB-2004-12-G
LAB-2008-02-ACCDT
LAB-2014-05 - TOP 10 COUNTRY MARKETS
LAB-2014-05 - TOP 12 AIRLINES IN BOLIVIA
LAB-LOGO-2014-05
LAB-MRO

FORMED IN 1925. GOVERNMENT AIRLINE. FORMERLY "LLOYD AEREO BOLIVIANO" (LAB). DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
CALLE JORDAN #202 ESQ
NATANIEL AGUIRRE
COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA

BOLIVIA WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1825, COVERS AN AREA OF 1.1 MILLION SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 7.4 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL IS LA PAZ, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS SPANISH.

AUGUST 1991: ACCDT: A LLOYD AEREO BOLIVIANO (LAB) 707-323C (358-18692, /63 55 23), WAS DESTROYED BY FIRE. THERE WERE NO INJURIES.

JANUARY 1993: OPERATES TO 13 CITIES DOMESTIC, AND 17 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS.

1992 = -$11.9 MILLION (NET LOSS): +3.5% (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC, +0.5% PASSENGERS (PAX), -14.6% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.

OCTOBER 1993: HONEYWELL (TCAS) ORDERS FOR 3 727'S, & 1 A310.

JANUARY 1995: 1994 = +$3.5 MILLION. NOW LOSING $700,000 PER MONTH.

NOVEMBER 1995: VASP (VSP) PURCHASED 49% ($48 MILLION), INCLUDING A $32 MILLION 737-300, & $5 MILLION CASH INJECTION. PILOTS (FC) IMMEDIATELY WENT ON STRIKE. BOLIVIAN GOVERNMENT OWNS 48.27%, PRIVATE INTERESTS 2.73%.

ULISSES CANHEDO AZEVEDO, PRESIDENT, EX-VASP (VSP), REPLACES NAPOLEON ARAUJO.

OCTOBER 1996: 1 A310-300 (CF6-80C2) (661), (ILF) 3 YEAR LEASED (2ND), EX-SAETA.

DECEMBER 1996: 1ST 737-300. BEING OPERATED FROM SANTA CRUZ TO SAO PAULO, RIO DE JANEIRO, & COCHABAMBA, + 1 TRIP TO BUENOS AIRES, AND SALTA, ARGENTINA.

APRIL 1997: JUAN DELGADO RODRIGUEZ, MAINTENANCE MANAGER.

1,546 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 344 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 12 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

WANTS +2 727-100'S. 3RD A310, LEASED. ADDED 12C BUSINESS CLASS SECTION.

JUNE 1997: +3 727-200'S. PLANS FOR A310 TO OPERATE TO EUROPE, VIA RECIFE, POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1997. "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK ON CP1070, TOOK LONGER THAN PLANNED. 1 727-200 (JT8D-17) DELIVERY.

JULY 1997: LLOYD AEREO BOLIVIANO (LAB) INTERESTED IN BOEING ON LINE DATA (BOLD).

9TH 727, LEASED.

SEPTEMBER 1997: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1996 = +$1.25 MILLION.

LA PAZ - CUZCO.

727-78 (18795), NAMED "CITY OF TRINIDAD." 1 727-287 (22605) LEASED NAMED "CITY OF ORURO."

OCTOBER 1997: BOLIVIA'S NEW GOVERNMENT UNDER HUGO BANZLER, PRESIDENT, IS INVESTIGATING LLOYD AEREO BOLIVIANO (LAB)'S PRIVATIZATION, & PURCHASE BY VASP (VSP).

STILL WORKING ON "D" CHECK, FOR 727-100, BUT WORK IS HAMPERED BY LACK OF SPARE PARTS, AND PERSONNEL.

1 727-200 (21823), EX-(ARG), PAC HOLDING LEASED. +2 ORDERS (NOVEMBER 1998) A310'S.

NOVEMBER 1997: TO CAMPO GRANDE, CANCUN, AND CORDOBA.

JANUARY 1998: PLANS TO OPERATE A330'S FROM MAY 1998 TO MADRID & FRANKFURT, WITH A STOP IN RECIFE, BRAZIL.

FEBRUARY 1998: CONTRACT MAINTENANCE "C" CHECK ON ECUATORIANA (ECU) 727 (HC-BVM). 1ST "C" CHECK ON 737-300.

OCTOBER 1998: (FAA) OVERSIGHT SAFETY, RATES BOLIVIA CATEGORY 2, WHICH PREVENTS LLOYD AEREO BOLIVIANO (LAB) FLYING INTO THE USA. AMERICAN AIRLINES (AAL) CANCELS INTERLINE AGREEMENTS, CITING PAST DUE PAYMENTS.

THE GOVERNMENT SUPREME COURT DECIDES ON $10 MILLION SEVERENCE PAY FOR EMPLOYEES, TO BE PAID BY THE AIRLINE. THE UNION OBTAINS AN INJUNCTION AND EMBARGOES NEWEST AIRPLANE 737-300 FROM VASP (VSP), GROUNDED SINCE SEPTEMBER 1998. VASP HAS A FEW PROBLEMS WITH ITS NEW SUBSIDIARY.

DECEMBER 1998: ALFREDO PANONI, ACTING TECHNICAL MANAGER, REPLACES CARLOS GARDOZ0. NESTOR VARGAS MAINTENANCE MANAGER, REPLACES JUAN DELGADO.

APRIL 1999: 1,713 EMPLOYEES. SITA: CBBDDLB.

(sugerencias@labairlines.bo.net).

AUGUST 1999: A310-300 (CF6-80C2) (661) RETURNED TO (ILF), LEASED TO ROYAL JORDANIAN (RJA).

DECEMBER 1999: 3 737-300'S, LEASED.

APRIL 2000: LA PAZ - MADRID, & BARCELONA (1/WEEK), VIA SAO PAULO, WHERE PASSENGERS TRANSFER TO VASP (VSP). LOOKING AT OTHER EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS, VIA BRAZIL, AND ALSO TO QUITO, WITHOUT CURRENT CONNECTIONS IN LIMA, OR BOGOTA.

1,713 EMPLOYEES.

MAY 2000: 24-HOUR STRIKE BY BOLIVIAN AIRLINE PILOTS (FC), OVER ENTRY OF TAM MERCOSUR BOLIVIA (TPR) INTO BOLIVIAN, MARKET WHICH COULD CAUSE LLOYD AEREO BOLIVIANO (LAB) AND AEROSUR (REO) TO GO BANKRUPT.

JUNE 2000: VASP (VSP) TO SELL ITS 50% IN (LAB) TO LUFTHANSA (DLH).

CONTRACT TO DUGANAIR TECHNOLOGIES, WASHINGTON, USA, FOR STAGE 3, QUIET WING HUSHKITS, FOR 727-200 (21494) +1 OPTION. 1 737-300, EX-TAESA (TES), PEGASUS (PSS) LEASED, +1 IN JULY 2000.

AUGUST 2000: 1999 = +$287,000 (NET PROFIT) (-$3.5 MILLION): 1.7 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (-19.7%); 61% LF LOAD FACTOR; 19.16 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC; 1.53 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (-13.1%); 1,713 EMPLOYEES.

1 737-382 (1699-24366, /89 30 17, N934PG), EX-TAESA (TES), PEGASUS (PSS) LEASED.

SEPTEMBER 2000: DANIEL DOERING, PRESIDENT. ANTONIO SANCHEZ, GENERAL MANAGER.

DECEMBER 2000: 1 707-323C (19586), SOLD TO BETA CARGO (BRQ). 727-1AO (CP-861) HAS SPECIAL "50TH ANNIVERSARY" TAIL MARKINGS.

JANUARY 2001: IN EFFORT TO AVOID BANKRUPTCY, MANAGEMENT PLANS TO SELL 1 A310-200, AND -10% CUT IN WORKFORCE, ACHIEVED BY RELOCATION, AND RE-ENGINEERING TO STREAMLINE THE AIRLINE.

INCDT: 1 (LAB) 727-287 (1787-22605, CP-2323) WRITTEN OFF (W/O) FOLLOWING LEFT MAIN GEAR COLLAPSE ON TAKEOFF AT BUENOS AIRES-EZEIZAN AIRPORT.

APRIL 2001: 1,742 EMPLOYEES.

MAY 2001: IN 2000, CONTINUED TO HOLD 60% SHARE OF LA PAZ - LIMA, DESPITE COMPETITION FROM TACA PERU (TNM), AND AEROCONTINENTE (COH), & CARRIED 23,000 PASSENGERS.

AUGUST 2001: DUE TO GROUNDING OF AERO CONTINENTE CHILE (CCL), CHILE'S CIVIL AVIATION BOARD OK'S LLOYD AEREO BOLIVIANO (LAB) NOW OPERATING DOMESTIC SECTORS, BETWEEN ARICA & IQUIQUE IN NORTHERN CHILE AND SANTIAGO, TO CARRY DOMESTIC PASSENGERS ON THOSE SEGMENTS. THIS PAVES THE WAY FOR CABOTAGE RIGHTS IN CHILE.

SIGNS SERVICE AGREEMENT WITH GRUPO TACA (TAC), WHEREBY (TAC) WILL PROVIDE 2 A319'S TO LLOYD AEREO BOLIVIANO (LAB), AND CODE SHARE, BETWEEN BOLIVIA, TO BOGOTA, AND CARACAS.

FOLLOWING (FAA) AND (ICAO) SAFETY AUDITS, BOLIVIA NOW RATED CATEGORY 1 (HAS BEEN CATEGORY 2 SINCE 1994).

OCTOBER 2001: WHILE A310 IS UNDERGOING MAINTENANCE, LLOYD AEREO BOLIVIANO (LAB) IS OPERATING THE LA PAZ - MIAMI ROUTE WITH A 727-200.

WILL RESTRUCTURE, INCLUDING RISK INSURANCE LIABILITY, WITH NO HELP FROM THE GOVERNMENT, & WILL NOT CARRY OUT ANY JOB CUTS. A RECENT STUDY, STATED THAT (LAB) COULD BE PROFITABLE, IF IT FOUND A STRATEGIC PARTNER TO TAKE MORE ADVANTAGE OF ITS SANTA CRUZ HUB IN EASTERN BOLIVIA, AND RENEWED ITS AGING FLEET.

VASP (VSP) PLANS TO SELL ITS 50% STAKE IN (LAB). REMAINING 50%: 2% BY EMPLOYEES & 48% BY GOVERNMENT.

NOVEMBER 2001: BOLIVIAN ATTORNEY GENERAL, ORDERS ARREST OF LLOYD AEREO BOLIVIANO (LAB) PARENT, VASP (VSP) OWNERS, WAGNER AND ULYSSES CANHEDO, FOR ILLEGALLY SELLING (LAB)'S SHARES IN SITA, THE AIRLINE COMMUNICATION FIRM. VASP SELLS ITS 50.03% EQUITY STAKE IN (LAB) TO ERNESTO AZBUN, AN ENTREPRENEUR FROM COCHABAMBA, BOLIVIA'S 2ND-LARGEST CITY, WHO WILL BECOME (LAB)'S NEW PRESIDENT.

SEEKING NEW STRATEGIC PARTNERS. AMONG (LAB)'S PARTNERS ARE LUFTHANSA CONSULTING (DLH), WHO ARE MENTIONED FOR MANAGEMENT HELP, AND GENERAL ELECTRIC (GEC) FOR AIRPLANE AND WORKING CAPITAL.

April 2002: 1,718 employees (including 150 Flight Crew (FC); 190 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 245 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

(http://www.labairlines.com). SITA: CBBDDLB.

Owners/Shareholders: Ernesto Asbun (50%); Government (48.27%).

Alliances: AeroSur (REO); TACA Peru (TNM); & TAME (TAM).

Domestic, scheduled services: Cobija; Guayaramerin; La Paz; Riberalta; Santa Cruz; Sucre; Tarija; & Trinidad.

International, scheduled services: Asuncion; Bogota; Buenos Aires; Cancun; Caracas; Cuzco; Havana; Lima; Mexico City; Miami; Panama City; Salta; Santiago; & Sao Paulo.

July 2002: Intends to make strategic alliances with two international airlines. Plans to restore Manaus - Miami (MIA), and add service to USA West Coast, and to cities in Brazil, and the Caribbean.

2001 = 1.55 billion (RPK) traffic (-14%); 62.2% LF load factor; 1.44 million passengers (PAX) (-11.1%); 13.29 million (FTK) freight traffic (-15.6%); 1,718 employees (-1.4%).

Plans to lease a 727-200F.

August 2002: To La Paz - Cuzco.

September 2002: 2 orders 727-200's (one is a freighter), and 2 orders 767-300ER's (23764; 24349), ex-Transbrasil (TBL), all Pegasus (PSS) leased. Sells 737-300 to (PSS) and leases back. A310-300 (562), (ILF) leased for services to Cancun, and Mexico City.

November 2002: In December 2002, to Santa Cruz - Miami - Cochabamba (weekly).

767-3T8ER (158-23764, /88 CP-2425), Pegasus (PSS) leased.

December 2002: In January 2003, to resume Manaus - Miami.

727-259 (22475), ex-Sun Country (SCA), Aircraft Lease Finance leased.

April 2003: 1,664 employees (including 150 Flight Crew (FC), 190 Cabin Attendant (CA), & 245 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

June 2003: 1,530 employees. (sugerencias@labairlines.bo.net).

September 2003: Resumes Arica - La Paz.

Code share with Sky Airlines (SSV).

1 767-300ER delivery.

October 2003: Will add destinations and frequencies from Manaus, creating a mini-hub there. Miami - Manaus - La Paz (3/week). New service to Caracas.

April 2004: 1,664 employees (including 150 Flight Crew (FC), 190 Cabin Attendant (CA), & 245 Maintenance Technician (MT)).

(presidencia@labairlines.com.bo).

As the Bolivian flag carrier, Lloyd Aereo Boliviano (LAB) operates a network of passenger and cargo services within Bolivia and to international destinations.

(IATA) Code: LB - 051. (ICAO) Code: LLB (Callsign - LLOYDAEREO).

Parent organization/shareholders: Ernesto Asbun Gazaui (50%); & Bolivian government (48.27%).

Alliances: (TACA) Peru (TNM); & (TAME) Linea Aerea del Ecuador (TAM).

Main Base: Cochabamba airport (CBB).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Cochabamba; La Paz; Santa Cruz; Sucre; Tarija; & Trinidad.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Arica; Asuncion; Bogota; Buenos Aires; Cancun; Caracas; Cuzco; Havana; Lima; Madrid; Manaus; Mexico City; Miami; Panama City; Recife; Rio de Janeiro; Salta; Santiago; Sao Paulo; & Washington.

May 2004: Plans to acquire a 757-200.

July 2004: 2003 = 1.61 billion (RPK) (+25.3%); 57.1% LF load factor; 1.3 million passengers (PAX) (+9%); 22.61 million (FTK) freight traffic (+82.3%).

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

Plans to operate Guayaquil to Houston, Los Angeles, & New York, originating in Santa Cruz.

November 2004: 727-290 (21510), BATA Leasing leased.

January 2005: 2 727-223's (22463; 22464), ex-Laker Airways Bahamas (LAK), (ACG) Acquisitions leased. 727-287 (22606), Pegasus (PSS) leased. 757-28A (32448, N756NA), North American Airlines (NNA) wet-leased.

September 2005: 737-382 (24366, PP-VTW), returned to Varig (VAR).

May 2006: After a series of strikes and protests led by the airline's pilots (FC), Ernesto Asbun, has agreed to step down and sell his 50% stake in an effort to end (LAB)'s crisis.

(LAB) still faces debts of $160 million and the threat of airplane seizures by its lessors.

August 2006: Angel Ernesto Zaballa, General Manager, following the airline's takeover by its unions after 6 stormy months. Zabella, an economist was (LAB)'s former administrator. Raul Espinoza, Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Majority owner Ernesto Asbun has resigned, relinquished his shares and left Bolivia.

September 2006: Lloyd Aereo Boliviano (LAB) was scheduled to resume service from Santa Cruz (Bolivia) to Madrid this past weekend. The airline has planned 2x-weekly, departing Santa Cruz on Mondays & Thursdays, and Madrid on Tuesdays & Fridays, using a leased L-1011-500 and will likely add a 3rd weekly flight later in September. Eventually the airline will use its own 767-200s which are to arrive shortly.

2 767-396ERs (23764; 24349), returned to Pegasus (PSS), then leased to Mexicana (CMA).

October 2007: Swiss Transatlantic has cancelled plans to buy Bolivia's beleaguered (LAB), citing numerous obstacles including a court's seizure of (LAB)'s shares, due to delinquent pension fund payments. Even if the seizure is lifted, it is uncertain the USA firm will reconsider.

February 2008: ACCDT: A Lloyd Aereo Boliviano (LAB) 727-259 (1690-22475, /80 CP-2429), en route from La Paz to Cobija, crash-landed approximately 2 miles short of an airport in Trinidad, Bolivia, where it was attempting to divert owing to poor weather. All 159 passengers and crew (FC)/(CA) survived the hard landing in a jungle clearing, but the airplane sustained serious damage, according to reports. Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network said "fuel exhaustion" was a possible reason the 727 was forced to land so far short of the airport - SEE ATTACHED "LAB-ACCDT-2008-02."

(LAB) hopes to re-certificate itself as a scheduled carrier this month after bankruptcy forced its grounding last April. Since the end of 2007, it has resumed charter flights, through which it hopes to be reauthorized as a scheduled carrier.

December 2008: "Boliviana de Aviacion," a state-owned start up designed to replace Lloyd Aereo Boliviano (LAB), will take delivery of its 1st 2 airplanes by year end, General Manager, Ronald Casso told "Reuters." Three more will be leased soon, he added, and "Bolivia de Aviacion" will begin flying domestic services next year.

1 737-33A (25118, CP-2550), (ILF) 5 year leased - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "LAB-737-2008-12" WITH NEW TITLES AND LOGO.

February 2009: (AWAS) (AWW) announced the delivery of 737-382 (24449, A449AN) to state-owned start-up Boliviana de Aviacion (LAB).

December 2011: BOA - Boliviana de Aviacion (LAB) is the national airline linking the main cities of Cochabamba, Cobija, La Paz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Sucre, and Tarija, with an international connection to Buenos Aires, plus other passenger and cargo jet airplane services.

(IATA) Code: OB. (ICAO) Code: BOV.

Parent organization/shareholders: Ministry of Works, Services & Housing (100%).

Main Base: Cochabamba airport (CBB).

Hub: Santa Cruz Viru Viru International airport (VVI).

Destinations: Buenos Aires; Cobija; Cochabamba; La Paz; Santa Cruz de la Sierra; Sucre; and Tarija.

January 2012: Boliviana de Aviacion (LAB), government owned, is profitable and growing. It currently flies 6 737-300s in all economy (Y) configuration.

March 2012: Bolivia state-owned, Boliviana de Aviación (LAB) announced that passenger traffic grew 30.5% in 2011, up to 966,400 boarding passengers. (LAB) has a 49% market share of the Bolivian market.

(LAB) estimates it will grow +12% this year. (LAB) is planning to increase its number of international destinations served adding to the routes to Buenos Aires Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini airport (EZE) and São Paulo Internacional Guarulhos airport (GRU) currently already offered. It reportedly plans to open new services to Caracas Simón Bolívar International airport (CCS), Havana José Marti International airport (HAV), Lima Jorge Chávez International airport (LIM), Miami International airport (MIA), Panamá City Tocumen International airport (PTY) and Santiago de Chile Arturo Merino Benítez International airport (SCL).

Bolivian President, Evo Morales has revealed plans for Boliviana de Aviacion to purchase 6 Embraer E190 JETS.

May 2012: Boliviana de Aviación (LAB) is considering launching its own flights to Madrid Barajas airport (MAD) after Aerosur (REO) is now unlikely to resume its 747-400 operations between Santa Cruz Viru Viru International (VVI) and Madrid, given its major financial troubles. (LAB) will also add a seventh 737-300 to add additional flights to its network.

July 2012: Bolivian authorities have withdrawn the air operators certificate (AOC) for AeroSur (REO) after (REO), which had been grounded since May 18, failed to fulfill requirements to have its temporary (AOC) reinstated. (REO) had been granted a temporary permit June 12, minister of public works, housing and services Vladimir Sanchez Escobar told local media.

(REO), which has served as the flag carrier of Bolivia from 1998, was once the market leader in Bolivia.

(REO) began to lose its status as mounting debt led (REO) to search for a new investor. In February, the financially troubled carrier began to reduce its services and fleet from 11 to 1 airplane. 4 consecutive rescue plans have been presented by a pair of international entrepreneur partners. The federal government has refused 3 of the plans; it is considering the 4th plan, and is estimated to announce a decision soon.

Minister Sanchez told media (REO) can still apply for an operating permit, but now will have to start from scratch.

In the meantime, Bolivia state-owned Boliviana de Aviación (LAB) is filling the void left by (REO). An airline spokesperson told media the carrier reached a 68% domestic market share in the accumulated first half. It is also bringing two additional leased in 737-300s to join the fleet between now and September, increasing it to eight airplanes. International Santa Cruz - Madrid service is estimated to begin sometime in August.

August 2012: 737-3Q8 (26309, CP-2716), (AWAS) (AWW) leased, ex-(PR-WJP).

October 2012: The former (LAB) Airlines ((IATA) Code: LB, based at Cochabamba Jórge Wilsterman International airport (CBB)) could reportedly resume operations later this or early next year as a cargo operator according to various news reports in Bolivia saying an unnamed investor from the Middle East would be behind these plans. (LAB) was previously the largest operator in Bolivia and has a long history dating back to 1929. Its operating license (AOC) was revoked in 2010, when it had been forced to suspend operations following years of losses and declining fleet and passenger numbers.

November 2012: (LAB) Airlines ((IATA) Code: LB, based at Cochabamba) seems to be planning to resume operations as early as December 15. According to Bolivian media reports, an Abu Dhabi based investor is willing to invest up to $350 million USD to revive (LAB) and establish it as a major player in the Bolivian market. (LAB) Airlines plans to operate scheduled passenger services, initially possibly with the 2 727-200s (21494, CP-1366; 21495, CP-1367) it had last operated some years ago before the airplanes were dry-leased to air force owned competitor, Transporte Aéreo Militar - (TAM) Bolivia (TBO).

Later, Boliviana de Aviación (LAB) revealed plans to wet-lease an A330-200, reportedly from Portuguese wet-lease (ACMI) carrier HiFly (LXA), for its proposed first long-haul route linking Santa Cruz Viru Viru International (VVI) and Madrid Barajas (MAD) airports. (LAB) plans to resume flights on this route previously served by defunct Bolivian airline Aerosur (REO) from as early as December 7. It will face competition from Air Europa (ARE) which will also serve the route twice weekly with A330-200s as of November 29, although some of (ARE)'s flights in November and December initially have been combined with Buenos Aires Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini (EZE) and Caracas Simón Bolívar International (CCS) airport services, presumably highlighting lower than expected demand for the route.

December 2012: Boliviana de Aviación (LAB) commenced operations on the ex-Aerosur (REO) route from Santa Cruz Viru Viru (VVI) to Madrid (MAD) airport on December 7TH. 4x-weekly flights are offered on the 8,900 km route, and (LAB) uses a leased A340 to operate it. (LAB) faces competition from Air Europa (ARE)’s 2x-weekly frequencies, which launched on November 29. Commenting on the launch of the new service, Ronald Casso, (LAB)’s (CEO), said: “We launched this route chiefly for the Bolivian community in Spain. Inaugural services were full in both directions.”

February 2013: BoA - Boliviana de Aviación ((IATA) Code: OB, based at La Paz El Alto (LPB)) (LAB) has now temporarily wet-leased A340-300 (133, CS-TQL) from its Portuguese (ACMI) wet-lease operator HiFly ((IATA) Code: 5K, based at Lisbon Portela de Sacavem airport (LIS)) which has replaced the A330-200 (262, CS-TQW) that typically operates between Santa Cruz Viru Viru International (VVI) and Madrid Barajas (MAD) for (LAB) BoA since January 31 already. (LAB) offers 4x-weekly flights between Santa Cruz and Madrid on its only long-haul route.

June 2013: 737-33A (25057, CP2718), ex-(N706DB) delivery.

December 2013: 737-3U3 (28738, CP-2815), ex-(ZK-SJC) (GEF) leased.

April 2014: 767-33AER (27377, CP-2881), ex-(N368MS), (AWW) leased.

May 2014: BoA - Boliviana de Aviación ((IATA) Code: OB, based at La Paz El Alto) (LAB) has taken delivery of its 1st own long-haul airplane (a 767-300ER (27468, PT-MSQ), formerly with (TAM) Linhas Aéreas ((IATA) Code: JJ, based at São Paulo Congonhas) (TPR). The twinjet was ferried from São Paulo Guarulhos to Cochabamba, where it it is now undergoing pre-entry into service checks.

(LAB) also operates 767-200ER (30436, N234AX), on wet-lease from Omni Air International ((IATA) Code: OY, based at Tulsa International) (OAE) for use on international flights to Madrid Barajas.

BoA - Boliviana de Aviación (LAB) has reportedly firmed an agreement with Xian Aircraft Company (Xi'an Yanliang) for 4 MA-60s due for delivery in the 2nd half of this year. The turboprops will be placed with (LAB)'s nascent domestic subsidiary, BoA Regional (La Paz El Alto), which plans to serve Riberalta, Guayaramerin, Rurrenabaque, Villamontes, Uyuni, Potosí, Oruro, and Puerto Suárez.

Fellow Bolivian carrier, Transporte Aéreo Militar - (TAM) (La Paz El Alto) (TBO), acquired 2 MA-60s in February 2008, becoming the 1st Latin American operator of the type.

Bolivia’s capacity increases by 27% in 2013; Boliviana de Aviacion (LAB) commands 50% of weekly seats. Examination of annual capacity reveals that around 4.4 million 1-way seats were offered on services involving Bolivian airports in 2013, representing an impressive increase of +27% over the previous year. That said, all 3 of the biggest airports managed to post capacity increases when compared to 2012 figures, with Santa Cruz (also known as Viru Viru International Airport) recording the largest growth (35%), followed by La Paz (30%) and Cochabamba (26%). In fact, these top 3 airports accounted for around 81% of all seats last year.

Overall, looking at the annual seat figures since 2004, the combined capacity of Bolivian airports noted almost +72% growth in 2013. Not surprisingly considering the country’s political and economic instability in recent years, these airports saw an uneven development during this time frame.

As of May 2014, Bolivia is served by a total of 13 carriers - - SEE ATTACHED - - "LAB-2014-05 - TOP 12 AIRLINES IN BOLIVIA," with Boliviana de Aviacion (LAB), the state-owned national flag carrier, being the dominant player in this country market, as it commands over half of weekly seats. (LAB) operates a total of 16 airport pairs, of which 3 are international routes. That said, Buenos Aires Ezeiza is (LAB)’s most frequently served international destination with a total of 9 weekly flights from Santa Cruz, while the other 2 are Sao Paulo Guarulhos (daily) and Madrid (3x-weekly). Furthermore, (LAB) has a 63% share of weekly seats in the Bolivian domestic market, on which it directly competes with Amaszonas and Ecojet, with the former having commenced 3x-weekly flights from Santa Cruz to Cuiaba.

Total weekly seat capacity in Bolivia has gone up +20%, with 6 out of the 13 carriers recording growth, when comparing data from this May with the same period last year, while 4 airlines saw their operations unchanged. (LAB) is not only the biggest airline, but also the fastest growing one, with a net increase of +4,526 weekly seats or +9.2% over the last 12 months. By comparison, (GOL) (GOT), the Brazilian low-cost carrier (LCC), noted the greatest capacity decline (-39%), due to reducing its frequency on the 1,851 km Guarulhos - Santa Cruz airport pair from 11x-weekly to daily.

While the domestic sector is Bolivia’s biggest country market representing almost 83% of all weekly seats, nine countries can be reached non-stop from Bolivian airports - - SEE ATTACHED - - "LAB-2014-05-TOP 10 COUNTRY MARKETS." At around 4,200 weekly seats and +6.5% more than in the corresponding month last year, neighboring Peru tops the list of foreign countries served, with a combined total of 37 weekly flights operated by Amaszonas, Avianca (AVI) and (LAN) Airlines from La Paz and Santa Cruz.

With the exception of the domestic market that has posted a net growth of >16,500 weekly seats in the past 12 months, Spain and Paraguay have shown the most significant increases, +35% and +32%, respectively. As part of its rapid expansion over the last year, Amaszonas commenced 4x-weekly flights from Santa Cruz to Asuncion in Paraguay on November 20th. Unsurprisingly considering (GOL) (GOT)’s frequency decrease to Guarulhos, operations to Brazil posted a decline of around -23% (-674 seats) in weekly capacity.

(LAB) operates 13 airplanes and serves 4 countries, 10 destinations, 19 routes, and 58 daily flights.

June 2014: Boliviana de Aviación (LAB), the flag carrier of Bolivia, began scheduled services from Santa Cruz (VVI) in Bolivia to Miami, Florida (MIA) on June 6th. The 5,150 km route will be operated 4x-weekly by (LAB)’s 737-300s, and will include a technical stop in Panama City on both inbound and outbound trips. No other carrier currently serves this market.

August 2014: (BoA) - Boliviana de Aviación ((IATA) Code: OB, based at La Paz El Alto) (LAB)has secured financing for the purchase of 3 767-33AERs, EX-(TAM) (TPR) due later this year. (CEO) Ronald Casso told the "La Razon" newspaper in an interview that the deal had been arranged via an undisclosed lease financing firm with the 1st 767-33AER (27468, PT-MSQ), currently at Cochabamba awaiting its official unveiling. The 2nd is currently in México City and will arrive on September 30, he said.

During the month of October, the 767-33AERs will be used on flights to Miami International and Madrid Barajas, taking over from a 737-300 and a 767-200ER on wet-lease from Omni Air International ((IATA) Code: OY, based at Tulsa International) (OAE), respectively.

(LAB) operates 15 airplanes and serves 6 countries, 13 destinations, 26 routes, and 63 daily flights.

January 2015: 737-37Q (28548, CP-2920), ex-(N28548), 2015-01.

February 2015: 737-33R (28868, CP-2921), ex-(N886CL), Cara Capital Corporation leased.

March 2015: BoA - Boliviana de Aviación ((IATA) Code: OB, based at La Paz El Alto) (LAB) has begun phasing out its fleet of 12 737 Classics (11 737-300s and 1 737-500) in favor of newer, Next Generation models.

"This year, we will begin to switch out the airplanes and as such, it is a very important investment. We currently have 12 airplanes in domestic service and these will be replaced," (CEO) Ronald Casso told local media.

Casso said (LAB) will lease in the 12 jets at a cost of USD1.5 million per unit or USD20 million in total. The 1st of the airplanes (737-700s) has already arrived with a further 3 due later this year. (LAB) is planning to add 737-800s to its fleet from mid-summer.

(LAB) also operates two 767-300ERs on flights to Buenos Aires Ezeiza, Miami International, and Madrid Barajas with a 3rd due to enter revenue service shortly.

(LAB) has abandoned plans to equip its proposed new domestic subsidiary, BoA Regional (La Paz El Alto), with Chinese MA-60s, (LAB)'s Regional Director for Europe, José Romay, has disclosed. He
said the MA-60's lack of Hot-and-High certification had forced the company to abandon its plans for the type. As such, the Bolivian operator is now studying more robust airplanes in the 50 - 70 seater range with Bombardier (BMB)'s jets and turboprops as well as B Ae Systems' Avro/146 quadjets, which have proven particularly popular with local operators such as EcoJet, Fuerza Aérea Boliviana, Minera San Cristóbal, LaMia Bolivia, and Transporte Aéreo Militar - (TAM), currently being looked at.

Xian Aircraft Company was to have delivered 4 MA-60s to BoA Regional last year ahead of their planned use in opening up flights to the Bolivia's remoter settlements of Riberalta, Guayaramerin, Rurrenabaque, Villamontes, Uyuni, Potosí, Oruro, and Puerto Suárez.

August 2015: 737-7Q8 (28219, CP-2922), ex-(N7125Y), AerCap (DEA) leased.

November 2015: 737-33A (27458, CP-3019), EX-(N458AN), (AWAS) (AWW) leased.

May 2016: News Item A-1: Sucre Juana Azurduy de Padilla, the airport that has served the Bolivian constitutional capital of Sucre for 40 years, has closed to all traffic as of May 14.

As such, BoA - Boliviana de Aviación (LAB), Amaszonas (AZN), Transporte Aéreo Militar - (TAM) Bolivia (TBO) and EcoJet ((IATA) Code: 8J, based at Cochabamba) transferred their respective operations to the newly constructed Alcantari airport on May 15.

December 2016: 737-73A (28498, CP-3018), ex-(N715DB).

Fleet:
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LAB-727
LAB-727-171C
LAB-727-1AO 2011-11
LAB-727-223
LAB-727-78
LAB-737-300-2014-06
LAB-737-DEC08
LAB-767-3P6ER
LAB-A310-304
LAB-A330-200-2014-05
LAB-A330-223-2014-05

September 2017:

0 707-323F (JT3D-3B) (670-19586, /68), EX-(AAL), ST (BRQ) 2000-12.

0 727-1A0 (JT8D-9A) (748-20279, /70 CP-861 "CITY OF SUCRE" - - SEE PHOTO - - "LAB-727-1AO 2011-11"). LLOYD AEREO BOLIVIANO (LAB) OPS. 12C, 99Y.

0 727-171C (JT8D-9A) (599-19860, /68 CP1070 "CITY OF PUERTO SUAREZ"), EX-(TSM). LLOYD AEREO BOLIVIANO OPS. 12C, 99Y.

0 727-78 (JT8D-9A) (104-18795, /65 CP1223 "CITY OF TRINIDAD"), EX-(TTA)/(BNF). LLOYD AEREO BOLIVIANO OPS. 12C, 99Y.

0 727-2B7 (JT8D-17 HK) (1743-22164, /81 CP-2427), (PSS) LSD 2003-11. RTND. 12C, 134Y.

0 727-2J4 (JT8D-9A) (1588-22079, /80 CP2294), EX-(STR)/(CIC), (VSP) LSD. RTND. 12C 134Y.

0 727-2K3 (JT8D-17R HK QWS) (1124-21082, /75 CP1276 "CITY OF COCHABAMBA;" 1373-21494 /78 N1366 "CITY OF LA PAZ;" 1403-21495, /78 N1367 "CITY OF SANTA CRUZ"). 21494; LST AEROSUR (REO) 2009-07. LLOYD AEREO BOLIVIANO OPS. WINGLETS. 12C, 138Y.

0 727-2M7 (JT8D-17 HK) (1591-21823, /80 CP2324 "VIRGEN DE URKUPINA"), EX-(HAW)/(ARG), (PSS) LSD. RTND. 12C, 134Y.

0 727-2M7F (JT8D-17R HK) (1339-21502, /78 CP-2428 "EKEKO"), (PSS) LSD 2003-05. RTND. FREIGHTER.

0 727-223 (JT8D-15 HK) (1755-22463, /81 N706AA; 1758-22464, /81 N707AA), EX-(AAL)/(LAK), ACG ACQUISITIONS LSD 2005-01. 22436; RTND. LLOYD AEREO BOLIVIANO OPS. 12C, 140Y.

0 727-259 (JT8D-17R HK) (1690-22475, /80 CP-2429), EX-(SCA) 2002-12 (1 IS A FREIGHTER), (PSS) LSD. 22475; CRASHED IN JUNGLE - W/O - SEE ACCDT REPORT 2008-02. 12C, 134Y.

0 727-287 (JT8D) (1787-22605, /82 CP-2323), EX-(ARG), (PSS) LSD, W/O 2000-12 (TAXIING INCIDENT).

0 727-287 (JT8D-17 HK) (1812-22606, /82 CP-2455), (PSS) LSD 2005-01. LLOYD AEREO BOLIVIANO OPS. RTND. 12C, 140Y.

0 727-290 (JT8D-17 HK) (1359-21510, /78 CP-), BATA LSD 2004-11. RTND. 12C, 134Y.

0 737-3A1 (CFM56-3C1) (2836-28389, /96 CP-2313 "PAITITI), (VSP) LSD, GROUNDED. ALL WHITE COLORS. 12C, 108Y.

1 737-3M8 (CFM56-3B2) (2024-25041, /91 CP-2552), AERCO GROUP LSD 2009-11. 136Y.

1 737-3Q8 (CFM56-3C1) (2635-26303, /94 CP-2554; 2674-26309, /94 CP-2716), (AWW) LSD, EX-(EI-ELS & PR-WJP) 2012-06. 148Y.

1 737-3U3 (CFM56-3C) (28738, CP-2815), EX-(ZK-SJC), (GEF) LSD 2013-12.

1 737-33A (CFM56-3) (25057, CP-2718), EX-(N706DB) 2013-06. 134Y.

1 737-33A (CFM56-3C1) (2065-25118, /91 CP-2550) (ILF) 5 YR LSD 2008-12 - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "LAB-737-2008-12" WITH NEW TITLES AND LOGO. EX-(N401LF). 138Y.

1 737-33A (CFM56-3C1) (2709-27455, /95 CP-2664), EX-(PR-WJP) 2012-08. 148Y.

1 737-33A (CFM56-3C1) (27458, CP-3019), EX-(N458AN), (AWAS) (AWW) LSD 2015-11. 148Y.

1 737-33A (CFM56-3C1) (28868, CP-2921), CARA CAPITAL LSD 2015-01.

1 737-37Q (CFM56-3C1) (28548, CP-2920), EX-(N28548) 2015-01.

2 737-382 (CFM56-3B2) (1857-24449, /90 CP-2551, 2009-09; 1873-24450, /90 CP-2553, 2010-04), (AWW) LSD. 138Y.

1 737-382 (CFM56-3B2) (1699-24366, /89, CP-2391), EX-(TAP), (PSS) LSD. 8C, 118Y.

1 737-53A (CFM56-3C1) (1921-24788, /90 CP-2717), EX-(LV-BIX), 2012-12. 12CY, 100Y.

1 737-7Q8 (CFM56-7B) (28219, CP-2922), EX-(N7125Y), (DEA) LSD 2015-08.

1 737-73A (CXFM56-7B) (28498, CP-3018), EX-(N715DB) 2016-12.

0 757-28A (RB211-535E4) (967-32448, N756NA "CLAUDETTE ABRAHAMS"), (GEF) 6 YR LSD 2001-06, (NNA) WET-LSD 2005-01. RTND. 24C, 179Y; OR 215Y.

1 767-200ER (30436, N234AX), (OAE) WET-LSD 2014-04.

0 767-3P6ER (CF6-80C2B4) (158-23764, /88 CP-2425), EX-(TBL), (PSS) LSD 2002-11. RTND 2006-09, LST (CMA). 15F, 18C, 182Y.

0 767-3P6ER (CF6-80C2B4) (244-24349, /88 CP-2426), EX-(TBL), (PSS) LSD 2003-02. RTND 2006-09, LST (CMA). 15F, 18C, 182Y.

767-33AER (CF6-80C2B6F) (584-27468, /95 PT-MSQ), ALL WITH "THE MAGIC RED CARPET" TITLES, (AWW) LSD 2008-09. 27468; TO (LAB) 2014-08. 30C, 175Y.

1 +1 ORDER (2014-10) 767-33AER (CF6-80C2B6F) (560-27376, /94 PT-MSU, 561-27376, /94 PT-MSR; 584-27468, /95 PT-MSQ), EX-(TPR) 2014-04. 30C, 175Y.

1 767-33AER (CF6-80C2B6F) (27377, CP-2881), EX-(N368MS) (AWW) LSD 2014-04. 30C, 175Y.

0 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (562, /90 CP-2232), 661 EX-(SAE) (661 RTND (ILF), LST (RJA) 1999-09). (ILF) 3 YR LSD, MAINT BY (KLM). 562 RTND 2002-09.

0 A319, (TAC) LSD 2001-10. 2 RTND.

1 A330-223 (PW4168) (262, /99 CS-TQW), 2012-12. 24C, 242Y.

1 A340-300 (133, CS-TQL), HIFLY (LXA) WET-LSD 2012-12.

6 ORDERS EMBRAER E190:

0 F27-200 FRIENDSHIP (DART 536-7P) (10138, /59 CP-2013 "REINA BEATRIX"), RTND. 40Y.

4 MA-60, FOR BoA REGIONAL OPS.

Management:
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LAB-CEO

RONALD CASSO, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), BOLIVIANA DE AVIACION (2008-11).

ANGEL ERNESTO ZABALLA, GENERAL MANAGER (2006-08).

RAUL ESPINOZA, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO) (2006-08).

VLADIMIR MENDIZABAL, VICE PRESIDENT.

CLAUDIO ASBUN, SUPPLY DIRECTOR.

JOSE ROMAY, REGIONAL DIRECTOR EUROPE.

FERNANDO GUZMAN, FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANAGER.

ELIZABETH DE REVOLLO, COMMERCIAL CARGO MANAGER.

CARLOS DE MARCHI, FINANCE MANAGER.

MILTON PEREIRA, PURCHASING & ADMINISTRATION MANAGER.

NELSON SANJINES, GENERAL COUNSEL.

ROBERTO CARVALHO, MAINTENANCE ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT.

CARLOS BARRERO, TECHNICAL MANAGER, (CBBMZLB) (1999-08).

NESTOR VARGAS, MAINTENANCE MANAGER (CBBMZLB) (1998-11).

JAIME ARANDIA, MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT CHIEF.

EDGAR MARANON, QUALITY CONTROL (QC) INSPECTION CHIEF.

CARLOS CARDOZO, ENGINEERING PLANNING CHIEF (TECHNICAL MANAGER 1996-03).

SAMUEL PRADO, ENGINEERING MANAGER (CBBEILB).

LUIS MELEAN, PLANNING DIVISION CHIEF.

 
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