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Formed and started operations in 1974. A K A "Rutas Aereas. Domestic and regional, scheduled & charter, passenger and cargo, jet airplane services.
Av Jesus Soto, Edificio Tailer Mares
Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela
Venezuela was established in 1810, it covers an area of 912,050 sq km, its population is 24 million, its capital city is Caracas, and its official language is Spanish.
July 2002: 1 737-2M8 (21231, YV-215C), ex-LanChile (LAN), Pegasus (PSS) leased.
November 2002: Caracas (Porlamar) - Port of Spain - Barbados (737-200, 2/week).
June 2003: 1 737-2S3 (21774, YV-216C), ex-Delta Airlines (DAL), Cypress Leasing leased.
May 2004: Maracaibo - Medellin.
November 2004: 110 employees.
October 2008: INCDT: Rutaca (RUC) 737-2H4 (23055, YV162T) came off the left side of runway 28R on landing at Caracas on October 16th and came to rest in a tail high attitude with its nose gear stuck in a drainage ditch. At the time of the incident, the airplane was operating a flight from San Antonio with 47 passengers and 7 crew (C)/(CA) aboard. The passengers were evacuated via the emergency slides and no injuries were reported.
June 2010: 737-242 (22074, YV472T), P & S Aeronautics leased.
September 2010: Rutaca Airlines (RUC) is a large Venezuelan charter company operating throughout the country with a fleet comprising mostly of light airplanes.
Employees = 110.
(IATA) Code: RM - 839. (ICAO) Code: RUC (Callsign - RUTACA).
Main Base: Ciudad Bolivar Airport (CBL).
June 2013: Aeropostal - Alas de Venezuela (LAV) along with Aserca Airlines (SEZ), Avior Airlines (VIO), Estelar Latinoamerica (RSV), Laser Airlines (LSR), and Conviasa (VCV) have all announced plans to replace their ageing DC9s, 737-200s and 727s in line with a (NOTAM) issued by Venezuela’s National Institute of Civil Aviation (Instituto Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil - INAC) that will prohibit operations of those airplane types in the country from November 1, 2013.
Aeropostal (LAV) will replace its two remaining DC-9-50s with three ex-Alitalia (ALI) MD-82s. Aserca (SEZ) will replace its last four DC-9-30s with four ex-AeroMéxico (AMX) MD-83s and MD-87s. Avior (VIO) is in the process of adding three 737-400s and six Fokker F 50s to its fleet to replace its fleet of seven 737-200s. Estelar Latinoamerica (ESV) has added a first ex-Seagle Air (CGL) 737-300, (23773, N773KR), as a first step towards replacing its four 737-200s. Laser (LSR) plans to add more ex-American Airlines (AAL) MD-82s to replace its three DC-9-30s. State owned carrier, Conviasa (VCV) has taken delivery of three brand new EMB-190s, though it continues to operate two 737-200s. However, there is no information regarding either the future of Rutaca Airlines (5R, Ciudad Bolívar) and its fleet of 737-200s or that of Vensecar Internacional (VEC) and its fleet of four 727Fs operating for (DHL), is known.
October 2013: Rutaca Airlines (RUC) is reportedly going to be the recipient of the two remaining 737-200s and three 737-300s of Venezuelan national carrier Conviasa ((IATA) Code: V0, based at Caracas Simón Bolivar) (VCV) as the latter takes delivery of additional new EMB-190s. Conviasa (VCV) currently already operates six of the Embraer EMB-190 regional jets alongside its fleet of 737s, two ATR72-200s and three CRJ-700s. (VCV) plans to retire its 737 fleet, allowing Rutaca (RUC) to renew its fleet of nine 737-200s, the vast majority of which are currently grounded for maintenance.
Rutaca (RUC) currently serves 2 countries, 10 destinations, and 10 routes.
August 2014: 737-3Q8 (26311, YV-), ex-(N221LF).
August 2015: News Item A-1: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has suspended Aeropostal - Alas de Venezuela ((IATA) Code: VH, based at Caracas Simón Bolivar) (LAV) from selling tickets via its Billing & Settlement Plan (BSP) systems as of last week. The (BSP) allows for the settlement of financial transactions between travel agents and airlines.
Venezuela's Ultimas Noticias said (IATA) (ITA) undertook the move after (LAV) reportedly failed to make payments related to processing and administrative costs. Fellow carrier, Rutaca Airlines ((IATA) Code 5R, based at Ciudad Bolívar) (RUC), is faced with similar sanctions though no official announcement has yet been made.
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0 737-2H4 (JT8D-9A HK) (970-23055, YV162T - - SEE INCDT OCTOBER 2008), EX-AVIOR (VIO), EX-JET MIDWEST, NEWJET CORP LSD. RTND. 12C, 99Y.
1 737-2M8 (JT8D-9A) (462-21231, /76 YV170T), EX-(LAN), (PSS) LSD 2002-07. 18F, 98Y.
2 737-2S3 (JT8D-15 HK) (563-21774, /79 YV-1381 - - SEE PHOTO - - "RUC-737-2S3-2011-08;" 577-21776, /79 YV-169T), EX-(DAL), CYPRESS LSD 2003-06. 119Y.
2 737-230 (JT8D-15) (649-22113, /80 YV369T), EX-(DHL), (DEA) LSD 2008-12. 130Y.
2 737-230 (JT8D-15 HK) (694-22115, /80 YV379T; 745-22127, /81 YV380T), EX-(DLH), WELLS FARGO BANK LSD N2008-11. 124Y.
1 737-230 (JT8D-15 HK) (752-22128, /81 YV390T), EX-(DHL), (DEA) LSD 2008-11. "PDVSA" TITLES & LOGOS. 119Y.
1 737-242 (JT8D) (22074, YV472T), P& S AERONAUTICS LSD 2010-06, EX-(N131MS).
1 737-3Q8 (26311, YV-), EX-(N221LF) 2014-08.
0 DC-3 (PW R-1830-92) (7386, /43, YV-222C; 19121, /43 YV-226C), BOTH RETIRED. 22Y.
0 DC-3F (PW R-1830-92) (19000, /43 YV-227C), RETIRED. FREIGHTER.
4 CESSNA 208B GRAND CARAVAN (PT6A-114A) (0527, /96 YV-790C; 0555, /96 YV-791C; 0608 /97 YV-792C; 0795, /99 YV-794C). 14Y.
6 EMBRAER 110P1 BANDEIRANTE (PT6A-34) (293, /80 YV-247C; 325, /80 YV-245C; 363, /81 YV-246C; 376, /81 YV-248C; 382, /81 YV-249C; 403, /82 YV-787C). 19Y.
5 AN-2 (ASH-621R) (1G185-58, /80 YV-205C; 1G233-42, /89 YV-206C; 1G177-38, /77 YV-208C; 1G240-31, /91 YV-220C; 1G190-02, /80 YV-227C), 12Y.
MRS ROSEMARIE DE MARES, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
CAPTAIN EUGENIO MOLINA, FINANCE DIRECTOR.
CAPTAIN JUAN PABLO MARES, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
CAPTAIN JUAN VERGARA, CHIEF PILOT.
CAPTAIN RICARDO MARTINEZ, DIRECTOR AIR SAFETY.
GERARDO MONTEZUMA, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE (email@example.com).