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FORMED IN 1998. CHARTER, PASSENGER JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
NOVEMBER 1998: THE USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) OK'S 1 YEAR EXEMPTION FOR SCHEDULED AND CHARTER FOREIGN COMBI SERVICE VIA SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO TO MIAMI (MIA), USING 1 A320, TRANSMERIDIAN AIRLINES (TAL) WET-LEASED, 170Y PAX.
JULIO ROSARIO PENA PRESIDENT, 1 OF THE FOUNDERS OF (APA).
THE GOVERNMENT OK'S INTERNATIONAL COMBI SERVICE TO CARACAS, BUENOS AIRES, SANTIAGO, SAO PAULO, MILAN AND MADRID.
FEBRUARY 1999: CEASED OPERATIONS.
December 2002: Viva Airlines acquires Queen Air (QUD)'s (AOC) for operations to USA, South America, and Europe, with Falcon Air Express (FAX) wet-leased 727-200's.
February 2003: Aerocontinente Dominicana, subsidiary of Aerocontinente (COH) sells its operation including 737-222 (210-19955, /69) to Viva Dominicana.
April 2003: Viva Air (QUD) buys 49% of Queen Air. Acquires 1 L-1011-1 (1066) which originally was intended for Northeast Airlines (NEA). To be wet-leased to Tropical International.
2 DC-9-30's, ex-(TWA) for operations by Fina Air to provide feeder services. Maintenance by Evergreen Air Center (EVR).
May 2003: Queen Air (on behalf of Auxer's Viva), has tentative approval from Dominican Republic to operate as the flag carrier.
Eric F Paillet, Executive VP of Viva Airlines (QUD), (The Auxer Group), Traverse City, Michigan.
June 2003: Acquires 49% of Tropical Air International, based in St Kitts, whose only asset is its Air Operators Certificate (AOC). Also acquires 45% in Northeast Bolivian Airways so that it can access South American markets.
August 2003: Fine Air (ARW) will wet-lease airplanes to Viva Dominicana in October 2003 for operations linking San Juan with Santo Domingo, Punta Cana, Santiago and Puerto Plata.
October 2003: In December 2003, code share with Royal Aruban Airlines (RAN), Curacao to Aruba to Fort Lauderdale (737, (FAX) wet-leased).
November 2003: DC-9-14 (45725, N600ME), Centec Corporation 3 year leased to (RAN), accepted by (QUD).
November 2005: Viva International said it executed a letter of intent (LOI) to purchase Smyrna, Tennessee - based RegionsAir, previously known as Corporate Airlines. RegionsAir provides service to 11 cities under the Essential Air Services program. Under terms of the (LOI), Viva will acquire the entire operation, including the air operations certificate (AOC), maintenance facilities and airport station agreements.
July 2006: Eastern Caribbean Airlines, a subsidiary of Viva International (QUD) named Pedro Maldonado Director Operations, and Jesus Rodriguez-Pazo Chief Pilot.
May 2017: VivaColombia A320-214 (1578, HK-5164) leased to Viva Air Peru.
August 2017: Latin American low cost carrier (LCC) group Viva (QUD) is considering the launch of new affiliates after placing an order for 50 A320 family aircraft. The 15 A320ceos and 35 A320neos will be used to expand in Colombia and Peru, as well as to support potential start-ups throughout Latin America.
December 2017: Viva Air (QUD) has firmed an order for 35 Airbus A320neo and 15 A320ceo single-aisle aircraft. The group originally signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) for the aircraft at the Paris Air Show in June.
(QUD) said the aircraft will be operated by the group’s airlines VivaColombia and Viva Air Peru and will allow the 2 all-Airbus operators to modernize their fleets and capture growth opportunities across Latin America. “This order reflects our long-term commitment to our customers lowering fares further due to the benefits of this new fleet,” (CEO) & Founder of VivaColombia, William Shaw said. He added that the group planned to accelerate its growth throughout Latin America.
The Airbus (EDS) - VivaColombia relationship began in 2012 when the airline began operations with A320s. VivaColumbia, based in Medellin has been an all-Airbus operator since, and today operates 11 A320s.
Viva Air (QUD) recently launched Viva Air Peru, which currently operates 3 A320s.
Viva Air is a Panamanian-headquartered group created by Irelandia Aviation and led by Declan Ryan. Irelandia specializes in developing (LCC)s and has 6 around the world: Ryanair (RYR), Allegiant (WJE), Tigerair (TGR), VivaAerobus, VivaColombia and most recently Viva Air Peru. Combined, the airlines have a fleet of >420 aircraft.
January 2018: News Item A-1: The China Aircraft Leasing Group (CALC) (CHD) signed a purchase and lease back agreement with (PDP) financing with Latin American (LCC) group Viva Air (QUD), based in Panama, for 5 A320-200ceo family aircraft scheduled for delivery between 2018 and 2019. “In recent years, the aviation market in Latin America has flourished due to the increase in travel and tourism,” (CALC) (CEO) Mike Poon said. “Further expansion into this market is part of the wider push of our globalization initiative.
News Item A-2: Stephen Rapp, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) is responsible for the Viva Air group's existing operations in Colombia and Peru as well as strategic planning for further development.
* How was 2017 for the Viva Air group?
It was another exciting year for Viva Air (QUD). We had 2 big events; we launched VivaColombia (VVC)’s sister airline, Viva Air Peru (VVP), the 1st low cost carrier (LCC) in Peru, and we confirmed the order of 50 new A320 aircraft to modernize the fleet and capture growth opportunities across Latin America. The new aircraft will begin arriving from (Q3) this year.
In 2017, the group transported close to 4 million passengers and carried out >304,000 flights; 3.5 million passengers were mobilized by VivaColombia (VVC) and >305,000 by Viva Air Peru (VVP).
* What has been the reaction to Viva Air Peru (VVP) since its launch? What have been the best performing routes?
We are very excited and encouraged by how the Peruvian market has reacted to our entry. The 1st day we started selling tickets the web page crashed with >6,000 people trying to buy at the same time. It was historic! We see Peru as Colombia was 5 years ago, and now the market has grown and the passengers have benefited the most.
It’s already been 8 months since we launched and we prove the "Viva Effect" (the lowering of travel cost following the entrant of a (LCC) on that route) in all the routes. Air fares have decreased by -32% in Lima to Iquitos to Lima, followed by Lima to Chiclayo to Lima with 27% Lima to Arequipa to Lima with 25%, and Lima to Cuzco to Lima with 20%.
VivaColombia (VVC) has trimmed the number of international routes operated in recent months. Is your strategy to focus on increasing the frequency of domestic routes or are you evaluating other international markets?
At the moment, the group is focused on the modernization of the fleet and transformation of our operation. We have decided to consolidate our network and increase the frequency of existing routes rather than expand this year. We have been offering our customers an improved schedule product with increased frequencies. We have also been betting on our connecting flights, as we know it is a great opportunity to connect our country and our international destinations.
The Viva Air group recently finalized an order for 35 A320neo and 15 A320ceo aircraft. How will the fleet expansion transform the group?
With these 50 new aircraft, we will modernize our fleet, which will allow us to offer a renewed experience to our customers, simplify processes and also offer even lower fares thanks to further cost savings: up to 15% on fuel, 14% in operating costs and 5% in maintenance. The new fleet will be configured with 188Y seats, 8 more per aircraft, which will allow us to continue lowering the price of tickets and expanding our model in Latin America.
* Given the relatively low penetration of (LCC)s in Latin America, is the group looking to establish affiliates in other countries?
(LCC)s have changed the way Europeans and Americans travel for more than a decade. Although in Latin America it is a trend that is growing, we still see excessively high fares in short journeys and there is huge potential for us.
Our biggest dream is to spread low airfares around Latin America, making travel more accessible to all people. We see the potential to deploy most of the 50 new aircraft we have on order from either Colombia or Peru, but we will continue to search for further opportunities to expand our network footprint beyond our existing home countries.
* What key trends do you expect to emerge in the Americas in the next few years?
With the amount of aircraft set to deliver in the region over the coming years it will be an exciting time to travel throughout the continent. We expect the number of travelers to increase, since tourism is 1 of the main engines of the economy. We will continue to work with all government entities that are essential to the growth of the sector, freeing markets from bureaucracy and stimulating growth to everyone’s benefit.