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Name: AEROSUR
7JetSet7 Code: REO
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: LATIN AMERICA
City: SANTA CRUZ
Country: BOLIVIA
Employees 456
Web: aerosur.com
Email: aerosur@aerosur.com
Telephone: +591 3 364446
Fax: +591 3 330666
Sita: SRZCZ5L
Background
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REO-2004-06
REO-2005-09-A
REO-2009-11 747-443
REO-2010-09-FLEET UPDATE
REO-INTNL ROUTE MAP
REO-LOGO
REO-MAINTENANCE MRO
REO-NEWS
REO-ROUTE MAP

STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1992. FOLLOWING DEREGULATION, "AEROSUR" (REO) WAS CREATED BY MERGING EXISTING CHARTER COMPANIES TO COMPETE WITH NATIONAL CARRIER. A K A "AEROSUR COMPANIA BOLIVIANA DE AEREO PRIVADO." DOMESTIC, SCHEDULED, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
CASILLA CORREO 3104
SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA, BOLIVIA

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

JULY 1995: 460 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 73 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 40 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

AEROSUR (REO) NOW CARRIES >550,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) ANNUALLY, & FLIES DAILY TO 13 CITIES. HAS 54% MARKET SHARE WITH HUB & SPOKE OPERATIONS. SERVICES TO COBIJA, COCHABAMBA, LA PAZ, GUAYARAMERIN, PUERTO SUREZ, RIBERALTA, SAN BORJA, SUCRE TARIJA, TRINIDAD, & YACUIBA.

HUBS AT VIRU VIRU & TRINIDAD.

FRANKLIN TAENDLER FLIX, PRESIDENT, REPLACES CARLOS GONZALES.

2 727-200'S (JT8D-9A) DELIVERIES.

JANUARY 1997: SINCE 3 727'S ARE APPROACHING 60,000 CYCLES, PLANS TO SCRAP & REPLACE WITH 737-200 OR 727-100 AIRPLANES.

APRIL 1997: 398 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 73 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 40 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

1 727-100 (18445), EX-AMERICAN AIRLINES (AAL).

SEPTEMBER 1997: 1 727-23 (18428), EX-(DAP).

FEBRUARY 1998: CONSIDERING DOING AGING AIRPLANE STRUCTURAL CARE PROGRAM.

APRIL 1998: 550 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 44 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 62 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

MAY 1998: 727-100 (18437) PARTED OUT.

SEPTEMBER 1998: 1 727-200 (22538), EX-EXPRESS ONE (EOI), (FSBU) LEASED.

OCTOBER 1998: 1 727-23 (18449), EX-AVATLANTIC (HCL), MIAMI JET LEASED (MJL).

NOVEMBER 1998: 1 727-200, NATIONAL (NAW) LEASED.

DECEMBER 1998: OSCAR ALCOCER, PRESIDENT. JUAN PANDO, TECHNICAL MANAGER. MARCELO RICHTER, MAINTENANCE/QUALITY ASSURANCE MANAGER, REPLACES GARY HILBURN.

(mail@aerosur.com).

MARCH 1999: 737-100 (18428) PARTED OUT. YAK-40 (9041860) (OB-1653) DELIVERY.

APRIL 1999: 430 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 10 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 34 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 40 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

(haracio.grundy@aerosur.com). SITA: SRZCZ5L.

MAY 1999: 727-100 (19429) PARTED OUT.

JUNE 1999: 727-100 (18445) PARTED OUT.

SEPTEMBER 1999: PLANS TO ACQUIRE 737-200.

JANUARY 2000: 727-221 (1782-22538) RETURNED TO (FSB).

FEBRUARY 2000: HAS OK FOR INTERNATIONAL ROUTE FROM COCHABAMBA TO BUENOS AIRES.

1 727-221 DELIVERY. 2 727-200'S ARE USED ON MOSTLY DOMESTIC ROUTES. 727-100 (18449) PARTED OUT.

APRIL 2000: 430 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 10 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 34 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 40 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

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

JUNE 2000: 1 727-200, EX-NATIONAL (NAW).

JULY 2000: 1999 = 155 MILLION (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC; 47.7% LF LOAD FACTOR; 665,000 (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC; 347,000 PASSENGERS (PAX); 430 EMPLOYEES.

SEPTEMBER 2000: 1 727-2M7 (21655), AVANT (LIC) LEASED.

JANUARY 2001: CODE SHARE WITH TACA PERU (TNM), LA PAZ - SANTA CRUZ WITH FLIGHT ORIGINATING IN LIMA.

JULY 2001: ONLY 1 727-23 IN FLYING CONDITION. ALL OTHER AIRPLANES, INCL 2 LET 410'S AND 1 YAK-40, ARE GROUNDED AND STORED.

DECEMBER 2001: RECEIVES RIGHTS TO FLY INTERNATIONALLY AND PLANS FLIGHTS TO CHILE, AND ARGENTINA.

+2 727-200'S DELIVERIES. 1 A320, TACA PERU (TNM) WET-LEASED FOR OPERATIONS TO LA PAZ.

APRIL 2002: (http://www.aerosur.com)

OWNERS: PRIVATE OWNERSHIP - BOLIVIAN INVESTORS (100%).

July 2002: 2001 = 86 million (RPK) traffic; 44.7% LF load factor; 188,000 passengers (PAX); 1.22 million (FTK) freight traffic; 550 employees.

Cochabamba - Buenos Aires (727-200, 3/week).

August 2002: Eduardo Eurnekian agreed to sell AIRG (LAZ) to Aeroandina SA (Aerosur of Bolivia) (REO). The new airline will keep its offices at Aeroparque, as well as maintain its current routes. The intent of Aerosur (REO) is to break away its maintenance dept from the airline flying business, to operate as an independent Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO), to be named Aeropuertos 2000, which is owned by Eduardo Eurnekian.

September 2002: Cochabamba - Sao Paulo.

727-264 (22156) bought from Mexicana (CMA).

October 2002: 2 A310-300's for service to Sao Paulo, Miami, and Madrid.

December 2002: Santa Cruz - Sao Paulo (3/week).

July 2003: 550 employees. (vchavez@aerosur.com).

September 2003: Code share with Taca Peru (TNM), La Paz - Santa Cruz. & (TNM)'s Lima - La Paz.

November 2003: 737-2H4 (21970, CP-2428), Celsius Aviation leased.

May 2004: Is planning to acquire 2 A310-300's for long-haul routes into the USA and Europe.

4 727-264's (22411; 21617; 21638; 22156), WFU. 1 order 727-264 (22409).

June 2004: 2 A310-300's for service to Mexico City, Madrid, and Italy, in cooperation with Iberia Airlines (IBE), Air France (AFA), and Alitalia (ALI).

July 2004: 2003 = 260 million (RPK) traffic (+10.3%); 49.4% LF load factor; 504,000 passengers (PAX) (+31.5%); 1.76 million (FTK) freight traffic (-30.3%).

Began "Aero Tour" services from Cochabamba to Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia's expansive salt flats), Rurrenabaque (Amazon), & to the historic sights of Sucre and Potosi with a Super DC-3, 30 PAX, refurbished by Aerolineas Canedo.

August 2004: 727-264 (22409, CP-2447), bought from Mexicana (CMA).

September 2004: 550 employees.

727-264 (22158, CP-), bought from Mexicana (CMA).

August 2006: AeroSur (REO) inaugurated nonstop service from La Paz (Bolivia) to Miami. The airline has 3 weekly flights departing La Paz on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Saturdays and Miami on Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays operated with and by a Ryan International (RYN) 757-28A (24544, N735NA).

October 2006: Employees = 456.

747-146B (23150, CP-2480), ex-Japan Air Lines International (JAL), Logistics Air (LGC) leased.

November 2006: 737-281 (21768), ex-WestJet (WJI), Pipeline Investment leased.

December 2006: 737-281 (21769), delivery. 747-287B (22592, EZ-ICL), Air Plus Comet (APZ) wet-leased - see photo.

September 2007: Aerosur (REO) is a private airline operating a domestic schedule linking 9 cities and flying to other South American destinations.

Employees = 550.

Parent organization/shareholders: Privately held (Bolivian investors) (100%).

(IATA) Code: 5L - 275. (ICAO) Code: RSU (Callsign - AEROSUR).

Alliances: Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG); American Airlines (AAL); (LAN) Airlines; Lufthansa (DLH); TACA Peru (TPU); & Varig (VAR).

Main Base: Santa Cruz Viru Viru International Airport (VVI).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Cobija; Cochabamba; La Paz; Puerto Suarez; Santa Cruz; Sucre; & Tarija.

International, scheduled destinations: Buenos Aires; & Sao Paulo.

Plans to extend its international network to include Asuncion, Caracas, Lima, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, and Santiago de Chile.

August 2007: Plans to order 6 787 Dreamliners for delivery starting in 2012.

December 2007: 757-236 (24794, N526NA), ex-British Airways (BAB), Ryan International (RYN) wet-leased.

January 2008: 757-28A (24544), returned to (ILFC) (ILF), leased to Zoom Airlines (ZOM).

June 2008: AeroSur (REO) is now flying its own airplanes to Miami, having replaced 757-200s wet-leased from Ryan International (RYN) - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO OF - - "REO-727-223-2008-06" landing at Miami International airport.

August 2008: 747-312 (CP-2525 "Torisimo") - - SEE PHOTO - - "REO-747-312-2008-08."

April 2009: EMB-190-100 IGW (0269, HK-4599), delivery.

July 2009: 727-2K3 (21494, CP-1366), (LAB) leased.

August 2009: 737-33A (24790, CP-2595 - - SEE PHOTO - -"REO-737-33A-2009-08"), delivery.

November 2009: 747-443 (321339, CP-2603), delivery, ex-Virgin Atlantic Airways (VAA), ex-(G-VROM) - - SEE PHOTO - - "REO-747-443-2009-11." Aerosur (REO) will use this airplane to introduce "Super Turismo" on the route to Madrid.

February 2010: 757-28A (25621, G-STRX), Astraeus Airlines (AUA) wet-leased. 767-260ER (23107, CP-2521), WFU and stored at Miami International.

July 2010: 737-36N (28554, /96 CP-2656 "Sicuri"), ex-Air China (BEJ)/BMI (BMA) with "Sicuri" (Snake) colors and 737-497 (25663, CP-2653 "Puma"), ex-Garuda Indonesia (GIA), deliveries.

August 2010: (AWAS) (AWW) delivered a 767-284ER (24742, CP-2659 "Sharko") to AeroSur (REO), (REO)'s second of the type.

September 2010: SEE ATTACHED "AIRLINER WORLD" - - "REO-2010-09-FLEET UPDATE."

March 2012: AeroSur (REO) will resume Santa Cruz - Madrid service in the second half of April, following the lease of one 747-400 from the Sky Holding Company.

April 2012: Aerosur (REO) suspended all operations on March 31 after losing a legal dispute with the Bolivian government over unpaid taxes. It had operated a 737-200, five 737-300s and a 737-400 on domestic and short-haul services as well as a 767-200ER and a 747-400, the latter dry-leased from Virgin Atlantic (VAA) on long-haul services.

Later, however, (REO) seems to have only temporarily suspended its operations and has resumed the vast majority of its scheduled services with its fleet. It has, however, been forced to suspend its Santa Cruz Viru Viru International (VVI) - Madrid Barajas (MAD) route until it takes delivery of an ex-Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG) 747-400 later this month as the lease for the 747-400 it had leased from Virgin Atlantic (VAA) had expired in March.

(REO) is still struggling to keep its operations up and running and has now delayed the resumption of its Santa Cruz Viru Viru International (VVI) - Madrid Barajas (MAD) route to "May" as its new ex-Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG) 747-400 has still not been added to its air operator certificate (AOC). Meanwhile, reports about extensive flight delays of up to several days and flight cancellations are starting to become more frequent and (REO)'s single 767-200ER (24742, CP-2659) has been returned to the lessor. It is currently discussing a rescue plan with the Bolivian government that reportedly includes a cooperation agreement with state owned competitor BoA Boliviana de Aviación (LAB).

(REO) has seen its participation in the (IATA) clearing house and billing and settlement plans suspended on April 24 as a result of unpaid bills. This means in practice that travel agents are not currently able to issue (IATA) tickets in global distribution systems (GDS)s for Aerosur (REO) flights and that (REO) is no longer able to receive or pay interline charges for tickets sold by or for other airlines.

May 2012: Aerosur (REO) has cancelled all international flights and is reportedly just operating a single 737-300 on domestic services now. (REO) has not paid salaries to its employees for three months with some of them now going on hunger strike and is hoping to avoid bankruptcy by securing an investment from Franklin Mining, a USA company that operates several mines in Bolivia.

Later, (REO) apparently suspended all remaining flight operations on May 17 until further notice even though its website still does not show any official signs of an airline on the brink of being out of business. Potential USA investor, Franklin Mining has pulled out of talks with (REO) leaving its short term future even more uncertain.

June 2012: AeroSur (REO) is still grounded and in talks with potential USA investor William Petty who has signed a memorandum of understanding to invest up to 15 million US$ in the Bolivian carrier. The Bolivian Public Services Minister, Vladimir Sánchez has publicly stated that he does not believe that this will be anywhere close to enough to the current capital requirements of Aerosur (REO).

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 one airplane. Four consecutive rescue plans have been presented by a pair of international entrepreneur partners. The federal government has refused three of the plans; it is considering the fourth 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.

Fleet:
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REO-727 CONFIG
REO-727-222-FEB09
REO-727-223-JUN08
REO-727-23
REO-727-264
REO-737 CONFIG
REO-737-201-JUL09
REO-737-33A-AUG09
REO-747-287B
REO-747-312-AUG08
REO-747-443-2009-11-B
REO-757
REO-757 CONFIG
REO-767-284ER-SHARKEY-2010-11
REO-A310
REO-A310 CONFIG
REO-DC-3

July 2012:

0 727-23 (JT8D-7B) (132-18449), EX-(HCL)/(CSV), (MJL) LSD 1998-10 PARTED OUT 2000-02.

0 727-23 (JT8D-7B) (228-19132, /66 CP-2374), EX-(AAL), (AVP) WET-LSD. RTND. 10C, 108Y.

0 727-23 (JT8D-7B) (362-19429, /67 CP-2277), EX-(AAL), (AVP) LSD 1995-06, 10C, 108Y.

0 727-23 (JT8D-7B) (592-20044, /68 CP-2377), JIS AIRCRAFT LSD 1999-02. STORED. 10C, 108Y.

1 727-2K3 (JT8D-17R HK QWS) (1373-21494, /78 CP-1366, 1403-21495, /78 CP-1367), (LAB) LSD. WITH WINGLETS. 21495; STORED. 12C, 134Y.

0 727-214 (JT8D-9A) (743-20169, /69), (COD) LSD, RTND. 148 PAX.

0 727-221 (JT8D) (1782-22538), EX-(EOI), RTND 2000-01 TO (AAV). BROKEN UP AT MIAMI 2004-02.

0 727-221 (JT8D) (1799-22542, /82 CP-2385), (AAV) LSD 2000-02, RTND.

1 727-222 (JT8D-15) (1528-21904, /79 CP-2515 - - SEE PHOTO - - "REO-727-222-2009-02"), PIPESTONE INVESTMENTS LSD 2008-06. 12C, 138Y.

1 727-223 (JT8D) (1755-22463, /81 CP-2498 - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "REO-727-223-2008-06"), 12C, 138Y.

0 727-200 (JT8D), (NAW) LSD 1998-11, RTND.

0 727-200 (JT8D), EX-(NAW), 2000-06, RTND.

0 727-2M7 (JT8D) (1452-21655, /79 CP-2389), RTND (LIC) 2000-11.

0 727-264 (JT8D-17R HK) (1416-21617, /78 CP-2422; 1457-21638, /79 CP-2423), (CMA) WET-LSD 2001-12. WFU 2004-05 & STORED. 12C, 138Y.

0 727-264 (JT8D-17R HK) (1607-22156, /80 CP-2431), (CMA) WET-LSD 2002-09. WFU 2004-05. 12C, 138Y.

2 727-264 (JT8D-17R HK) (1642-22158, /80 CP-2462 SEE PHOTO, 2004-09; 1676-22409, /80 CP-2447 2004-08), BF (CMA). 12C, 138Y.

0 727-264 (JT8D-17R HK) (1696-22411, /80 CP-2424), (CMA) WET-LSD 2002-11. WFU 2004-05 & STORED. 12C, 138Y.

0 737-2H4 (JT8D) (613-21970, CP-2435), EX-(SWA)/(ROY), CELSIUS AVIATION LSD 2003-11. RTND. 12C, 96Y.

1 737-2P6 (JT8D-15 HK) (530-21613, /78 CP-2561), BUFEO COLORS. 12C, 96Y.

0 737-201 (JT8D-9A HK) (589-21815, /79 CP-2438), PARSONNAGE & ASSOC LSD 2003-10. WET-LST AEROSUR PARAGUAY. 12C, 96Y.

3 737-281 (JT8D-17 HK) (586-21768, /79 CP-2484 "AEROSURITO" 2006-11; 587-21769, CP-2486, 2006-12; 21771, CP-2476), EX-(WJI), PIPELINE INVESTMENT LSD. 12C, 96Y.

1 737-33A (CFM56-3C-1) (1955-24790, /90 CP-2595 "YACARE" - - SEE PHOTO - -"REO-737-33A-2009-08"), EX-(N790AW) 2009-08. (AWW) LSD 2009-08. 148Y.

1 737-36N (CFM56-3) (2835-28554, CP-2656 "SICURI"), EX-(BEJ)/(BMA). IN "SICURI" (SNAKE) COLORS. EX-(N541MS) 2010-07.

1 737-382 (CFDM56-3) (24366, CP-2640 "POTRO"), (PGS) LSD 2010-04.

1 737-497 (CFM56-3) (2382-25663, /92 CP-2653 "PUMA"), EX-(GIA) 2010-07. WITH "PUMA" MARKINGS. EX-(PK-GZA).

1 747-146B (JT9D-7A) (601-23150, /84 CP-2480), EX-(JAL), (LGC) LSD 2006-10. 511Y.

0 747-287B (JT9D-7Q) (532-22592, /81 EC-IZL - SEE PHOTO), EX-(ARG) 2004-06, WET-LST (COR). (APZ) WET-LSD 2006-12. RTND. 46C, 346Y.

0 747-312 (23030, CP-2525 "EL TORISIMO" - - SEE PHOTO - - "REO-747-312-2008-08), STORED.

1 747-443 (CF6-80C2B1F) (1275-32339, /01 CP-2603 "SUPER TORISMO" - - SEE PHOTO - - "REO-747-443-2009-11"), IN A YELLOW & RED VERSION OF THE "RAGING BULL" LIVERY. 14F, 58C, 379Y.

0 757-2Q8 (RB211-535E4) (25621, G-STRX), ASTRAEUS (AUA) WET-LSD 2010-02, EX-(N459AX). RTND.

0 757-236 (RB211-535E4) (278-24794, N526NA), EX-(BAB), (RYN) WET-LSD 2007-12. RTND.

0 757-28A (RB211-535E4) (280-24544, /90 N753NA), EX-(NNA), (RYN) WET-LSD 2006-08. RTND (ILF) 2007-01, LST (ZOM). 24C, 162Y.

0 757-28A (RB211-535E4) (457-25621, /92 G-STRX), (AUA) WET-LSD 2010-02. RTND. 14C, 132Y.

0 767-260ER (JT8D-7R4E) (93-23107, /84 CP-2521), WFU, RTND (TBC). AIRLINE CAPITAL LSG LSD 2008-12. (BF (ETH) 2008-12). (ETOPS), RTND. 24C, 175Y.

0 767-284ER (24742, CP-2659 "SHARKO"), (AWW) LSD 2010-08. RTND 2012-04.

6 ORDERS (2012-?) 787 DREAMLINER:

0 A310-300, 2002-10. 2 RTND.

0 A310-300, 2004-06. RTND. 32C, 204Y.

0 A320, WET-LSD 2001-12. RTND.

3 LET L410 UVP-E (M-601E) (892313, /89 CP-2246; 912534, /91 CP-2244; 912535, /91 CP-2245), STORED. 19Y.

0 FAIRCHILD METRO III.

0 FAIRCHILD METRO 23.

0 YAK-40 (9041860, OB-1653), STORED.

0 DC-3S (R-1820-82) (43365, /44 CP-2421), 30Y.

1 EMB-190-100 IGW (0269, HK-4599), 2009-04.

Management:
(definitions)

HUMBERTO ROCCA LEIGUE, MANAGING DIRECTOR.

CARLOS MEYER BUSTAMANTE, GENERAL MANAGER (2001-10).

OSCAR OLMOS, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).

HORACIO GRUNDY, INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIRECTOR.

JUAN PANDO, TECHNICAL MANAGER, (jpando@aerosur.com) (1998-11).

HERCULES DE SOUZA, COMMERCIAL MANAGER.

CARLOS MOYANO, OPERATIONS MANAGER.

MACELO RICHTER, MAINTENANCE/QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) MANAGER (11/98).

AUGUSTO MOSCOSO RAFFO, ENGINEERING PLANNING MANAGER (1998-10).

ARMANDO VARGAS, CARGO MANAGER.

 
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