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Airlines

Name: AVANT AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: LIC
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: LATIN AMERICA
City: SANTIAGO
Country: CHILE
Employees 1020
Web: avant.cl
Email: webmaster@avant.cl
Telephone: (56) 2 2905000
Fax:
Sita:
Background
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LIC-MAINTENANCE MRO

STARTED OPERATIONS IN DECEMBER 1996. DBA AVANT AIRLINES. BOUGHT OUT BY TUR BUS, A LARGE TOUR COMPANY. FORMERLY "LINEAS AEREAS CHILENAS," NOW CALLED "AVANT." DOMESTIC, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

NOVEMBER 1996: 2 LEASED 737-200'S BEING RECONFIGURED IN USA.
PLANNING FOR A 3RD 737-200.

JANUARY 1997: DOING BUSINESS AS AVANT AIRLINES. STARTED ROUTE TO PUNTA ARENAS WITH 2 STOPS.

2ND 737 TO FLY NORTH TO ARICA WITH 2 STOPS.

JUNE 1997: FERNANDO FERNANDEZ, GENERAL MANAGER.

OCTOBER 1997: 2 737-229'S ADVANCED, LEASED. BY 11/97, 4 737-200'S. PLANS FOR 6 737-200'S BY 6/98, (21596; 21840), EX-SOBELAIR (SBL).

NOVEMBER 1997: CHARTERS TO FLORIANOPOLIS.

DECEMBER 1997: TO CONCEPCION, LA SERENA - COPIAPO, & VALDIVIA.

FEBRUARY 1998: ACQUIRES NATIONAL AIRLINES (NAW) FOR $75M.

MAY 1998: 2 737-200'S, EX-NATIONAL AIRLINES (NAW).

SEPTEMBER 1998: COMBINED FLEET OF AVANT AIRLINES (LIC) AND NATIONAL (NAW), CURRENTLY 1 727-200 & 10 737-200'S, WILL REDUCE TO 8 737-200'S.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF A JET AIRPLANE MAINTENANCE HANGAR HAS BEEN POSTPONED FOR MANY MONTHS. -180 PERSONNEL (-15%) HAVE BEEN LAID OFF. NOW 1,020 EMPLOYEES.

SUSPENDS ALL NATIONAL AIRLINES (NAW) SCHEDULED OPERATIONS.

NOVEMBER 1998: ALL AIRPLANES, INCLUDING THOSE OF NATIONAL AIRLINES (NAW), NOW ALL PAINTED IN AVANT (LIC) LIVERY.

PLANS TO CONSTRUCT OWN MAINTENANCE HANGAR, TO START 1/99, & COMPLETE 9/99, FOR "D" CHECKS.

SERVICE CALAMA - ANTOFAGASTA - SANTIAGO.

737-222 (185-19945), 737-248 (252-20223), 3 737-204'S (316-20632; 318-20633; 342-20808) TRANSFERRED FROM NATIONAL (NAW) TO (LIC). 737-248 (227-20221) RETURNED TO (IAL).

DECEMBER 1998: CODE SHARE WITH CONTINENTAL AIRLINES (CAL), NEWARK - SANTIAGO.

FEBRUARY 1999: 2 737-248'S (19424; 20221), RETURNED TO (IAL), SOLD TO PERUVIAN AIR FORCE (PRF).

MARCH 1999: 727-2M7 91452-21655), LEASED TO SUN COUNTRY (SCA).

MAY 1999: ACCOMPLISHED 1ST 737 "C" CHECK IN NEW HANGAR. OTHER
OFFICES TO OPEN IN 7/99. POSSIBLE 737 EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) APPROVAL.

2 737-200'S (20223; 20417) PURCHASED OFF LEASE.

JULY 1999: ALEJANDRO ECHEVERRIA, HEAVY MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR.

AUGUST 1999: NOW HAS 28% DOMESTIC MARKET.

OWNED 90% BY DIEZ FAMILY, & 10% BY COMERCIAL HUECHURUBA LTD.

OCTOBER 1999: CODE SHARE WITH DINAR (DIR), TO MENDOZA, CORDOBA, BARILOCHE, AND TUCUMAN.

JANUARY 2000: POSSIBLE 10 ORDERS 737-700 LEASED.

MARCH 2000: PLANS TO INCREASE ITS SHARE OF CHILEAN DOMESTIC MARKET FROM 30% TO 35%, BY END 2000.

APRIL 2000: (http://www.chilnet.cl/empresas/l/96794750.htm).

JULY 2000: 1999 = 545M RPK (PASSENGER TRAFFIC); 62% LF (LOAD FACTOR); 3.38M FTK (FREIGHT TRAFFIC); 536K PASSENGERS (PAX).

727-2M7 (1452-21655) LEASED TO AEROSUR (REO).

NOVEMBER 2000: 727-2M7 (1452-21655) SOLD TO CHANCHANGI AIRWAYS, NIGERIA (CGI).

FEBRUARY 2001: 737-229 (617-21840), RETURNED TO GLENDALE SERVICES,
LEASED TO LANCHILE (LAN).

MARCH 2001: SUSPENDS OPERATIONS AND LAYS OFF ALL EMPLOYEES. ONGOING LOSSES DUE TO A FARE WAR WITH AERO CONTINENTE CHILE (CCL) WITH ACCUSATIONS OF PRICING BELOW COST. AVANT AIRLINES (LIC) OPERATED CHILE DOMESTIC ROUTES FOR 5 YEARS AND AT ONE TIME HAD >20% OF MARKET.

PLANS TO OPERATE AS A 3RD PARTY, JET AIRPLANE MAINTENANCE REPAIR & OVERHAUL (MRO) FACILITY.

1 737-204 (20808) & 1 737-229 (21596) SOLD TO LANCHILE (LAN).

JULY 2001: PLANS TO RESUME OPERATIONS IN NOVEMBER, USING A NEW NAME. SERVICES TO INCLUDE BUENOS AIRES AND MIAMI.

December 2003: Avant Servicios Integrales de Transporte plans to begin domestic and international cargo services from its base in Chile. It shares the same owners as the former Avant Airlines who closed in 2001.

Fleet:
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LIC-737-200

May 2003:

0 727-2M7 (JT8D) (1452-21655, CC-CSW) (/79 CP2389), ST (CGI) 2000-11.

1 737-204 (JT8D) (255-20417, /70 CC-CSD; 316-20632, /73 CC-CSH; 318-20633, /73 CC-CSI; 342-20808, /74 CC-CSP), EX-(BRI)/(CPH). (20808 ST (LAN) 2001-03; 633, 2001-06).

0 737-222 (JT8D) (185-19945, /69 CC-CSF), EX-(UAL)/(ECC). RETIRED AT SANTIAGO 2004-06.

1 737-229 (JT8D) (529-21596, /78 CC-CVC; 617-21840, /79 CC-CVD), EX-(SBL)/(EUL); 21840 RTND 2001-02, LST (LAN); 21596 ST (LAN) 2001-03.

1 737-248 (JT8D) (252-20223, /70 CC-CSL), EX-(ARL)/(LTT).

Management:
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JESUS DIEZ-MARTINEZ, PRESIDENT/OWNER OF TUR-BUS & (LIC).

FERNANDO FERNANDEZ, EXECUTIVE VP (1998-07).

IVAN AVENDANO, GENERAL MANAGER (2001-06).

ALEJANDRO ECHEVERRIA, COMMERCIAL & DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR (2001-06).

CRISTIAN GARCIA, DIRECTOR TECHNICAL SUPPORT (2001-06) (cgarciah@avant.cl)

CESAR AREVALO, QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) MANAGER (2001-06).

 
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