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Airlines

Name: ASERCA AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: SEZ
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: LATIN AMERICA
City: VALENCIA
Country: VENEZUELA
Employees 1500
Web: asercaairlines.com
Email: comprasint@asercaairlines.com
Telephone: +58 2129533004
Fax: +58 2418208710
Sita: HDQRRR7
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ESTABLISHED IN 1968. STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1990. FORMERLY ASERCA - AEROSERVICIOS CARABOBO. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL, & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED AND CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
CALLE GUAICAIPURO
RORRE TAECA, PB Y PISO 1, EL ROSAL
CARACAS 2001, 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.

SEPTEMBER 1996: TO BARCELONA (VENEZUELA), MARACAIBO, PUERTO ORDAZ, AND SAN ANTONIO.

1 DC-9-31 (45875), EX-AVENSA (AVN) (COOPESA (COO) DID INTERIOR MODIFICATIONS AND PAINTING).

JUNE 1997: 1 DC-9-31 (JT8D-7B) (45864), EX-JETTRAIN (JTT).

AUGUST 1997: 1 DC-9-30 (JT8D-9A), EX-JETTRAIN (JTT).

FEBRUARY 1998: IN 1998, TO ACQUIRE +6 DC-9-30'S (FOR TOTAL 20) FOR $24 MILLION, & VIASA (VIA) MAINTENANCE FACILITIES, FOR $2.5 MILLION.

APRIL 1998: 891 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 51 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 16 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

(http://www.asercaairlines.com). (asercaairlines@eldish.net).

ALSO FLIES TO PORLAMAR, BARQUISIMETO, LAS PIEDRAS, ARUBA, FORT DE FRANCE, GEORGETOWN, SANTO DOMINGO, AND MATURIN.

DC-9-31 (45867) HAS NEW CORPORATE IMAGE LIVERY.

JULY 1998: LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) TO BUY 75% OF AIR ARUBA (AAU).

SIMEON GARCIA (CEO) EXPECTED TO BECOME (CEO) OF AIR ARUBA (AAU). (AAU) WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE ARUBA, AND KEEP ITS NAME.

ASERCA (SEZ) WANTS TO ADD MORE MD-80'S TO EXISTING 3 AIRPLANES. (SEZ) OPERATES 5 DC-9-30'S IN LUXURY, (2 X 2) LEATHER-SEAT CONFIGURATION, SIMILAR TO MIDWEST EXPRESS (MWX).

AUGUST 1998: LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) 3 ORDERS (NOVEMBER 1998) MD-90'S, HWA-HSIA LEASED.

SEPTEMBER 1998: ALLIANCE WITH CONTINENTAL AIRLINES (CAL) TO NEW YORK AND NEWARK & INCLUDING AIR ARUBA'S FLIGHTS TO TAMPA & MIAMI.

JESUS MORA, VP SPECIAL PROJECTS. MRS MARUJA CORREA, VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.

OF 3 MD-90'S, AIR ARUBA (AAU) WILL OPERATE 2, & ASERCA AIRLINES (SEZ) 1.

NOVEMBER 1998: GOVERNMENT OK'S RIGHTS TO BRAZIL AND ARGENTINA.

5 ORDERS MD-90-30'S, AND 2 ORDERS 737-800'S. MD-90-30 (53580) WET-LEASED FROM AIR ARUBA (AAU).

DECEMBER 1998: 1 MD-90-30 DELIVERY.

FEBRUARY 1999: 2 737-85F'S (28824; 28825), GATX LEASED (GAX). CONSIDERING 13-15 717-200'S, TO REPLACE DC-9'S.

APRIL 1999: 891 EMPLOYEES. SITA: VLNMGR7. VLNEBR7.

MAY 1999: ASERCA AIRLINES (SEZ) & AIR ARUBA (AAU), CARIBBEAN ALLIANCE WITH (ALM).

ENGINEERING, MAINTENANCE, & PLANNING DEPARTMENTS MOVED FROM VALENCIA TO MAIQUETIA "SIMON BOLIVAR" AIRPORT.

VIASA (VIA) SERVICE, STILL PERFORMS HEAVY MAINTENANCE.

CANCELED 2 737-85F'S, (GAX) LEASED.

JUNE 1999: ASERCA AIRLINES (SEZ) HAS 31% DOMESTIC MARKET SHARE, AEROPOSTAL (LAV) 42%, & AVENSA (AVN) 27%.

SEPTEMBER 1999: CODE SHARE WITH CONTINENTAL AIRLINES (CAL) ON HOUSTON TO WASHINGTON, BOSTON, TORONTO, CHICAGO, LAS VEGAS, LOS ANGELES (LAX)/SAN FRANCISCO (SFO)/HONOLULU (HNL).

OCTOBER 1999: STARTS 1ST VENEZUELAN AIR SHUTTLE BETWEEN CARACAS AND MARACAIBO, IN THE HEART OF COUNTRY'S MAJOR PETROLEUM-PRODUCING AREA, TO THE WEST, 10 FLIGHTS/DAY, EVERY 90 MINUTES, 11,000 SEATS/DAY (DC-9, MD-90).

NOVEMBER 1999: RENE MATHEAU VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING RESIGNS.

PLANS TO RETURN MD-90 TO AIR ARUBA (AAU) WITHIN 5 MONTHS. 3 DC-9'S, EX-CONTINENTAL, 1 LEASED TO AIR ARUBA (AAU).

JANUARY 2000: PLANS TO REDISTRIBUTE MAINTENANCE CHECKS, WITH ASERCA AIRLINES (SEZ) DOING TURN-AROUND, DAILY, "A" & "B" CHECKS, AND AVENSA (AVN) TO DO "C" CHECKS.

TO ACQUIRE (APA) INTERNATIONAL AIR, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, AND RESUME OPERATIONS WITH AIR ARUBA (AAU) DC-9'S WET-LEASED.

FEBRUARY 2000: OWNER LAYS OFF MRS MARUJA CORREA, VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING, AS WELL AS ALL ASSOCIATED DIRECTORS, AND APPOINTS FORMER CONSULTANT, MILBETH LAZO, HEAD OF MAINTENANCE ENGINEERING & LOGISTICS.

TAKES OVER ROUTES OF AVENSA (AVN)/SERVIVENSA (SVV), WHO HAD 5 AIRPLANES GROUNDED BY REGULATORY AUTHORITY, AND ONLY ALLOWED 1 AIRPLANE TO CONTINUE FLYING. POSSIBLE MERGER IMMINENT.

MARCH 2000: BUYS OUT HEAVY MAINTENANCE PORTION OF VIA SERVICE (VIA). OWNERS RAFAEL DI NAPOLI, GERMAN TOVAR, & MARUJA CORREA, WILL MAINTAIN LINE MAINTENANCE PORTION, AND STILL PROVIDE CONTRACT LINE MAINTENANCE TO OTHER SOUTH AMERICAN OPERATORS.

JESUS MORA, EX-VP SPECIAL PROJECTS, ASERCA (SEZ) GROUP, BECOMES PRESIDENT OF AIR ARUBA (AAU), REPLACING SIMEON GARCIA, OWNER
OF ASERCA (SEZ) GROUP. RUMORS OF (SEZ) TAKING OVER AVENSA (AVN), AND SIMEON GARCIA BEING MADE PRESIDENT OF (AVN).

APPLIES FOR ALL-CARGO SERVICE TO MIAMI.

APRIL 2000: MERGER TALKS WITH AVENSA (AVN) BREAK DOWN. BOTH AIRLINES ARE IN SERIOUS ECONOMIC DIFFICULTIES. ASERCA AIRLINES (SEZ) EMPLOYEES ARE ALMOST 4 MONTHS BEHIND IN SALARY PAYMENTS. (LOI) SIGNED FOR MERGER WITH (AVN), WITHIN 6 MONTHS.

891 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 51 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 71 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 16 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

PLANS TO LEASE 5 717'S AND 3 DC-10'S. THE DC-10'S TO BE USED FOR FLIGHTS TO SAO PAULO AND BUENOS AIRES.

MAY 2000: 3 DC-10-30's (133 & 156, EX-VARIG (VAR); & 295, EX-CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL (CDI), PEGASUS (PSS) LEASED.

JULY 2000: EDUARDO FERRER, MAINTENANCE MANAGER, REPLACES MILBETH LAZO.

3 DC-10-30's (PSS) LEASED, DID NOT GO THROUGH (NTU). LATER, 3 DC-10-30'S STILL TO BE LEASED, STARTING SEPTEMBER 2000.

AUGUST 2000: LUIS RAMIREZ, PRODUCTION MANAGER, EX-AVENSA (AVN), REPLACES FRANCISCO APONTE.

SEPTEMBER 2000: FIRES 62 MECHANICS (MT), WHO WERE TRYING TO FORM A UNION TO PROTECT THEMSELVES FROM THE ALREADY HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS THEY WORK UNDER. SEVERAL HUNDRED MECHANICS WERE WAITING AT THE DOOR, FOR OPPORTUNITY TO WORK.

GOVERNMENT INJECTS SOME CASH. POSSIBLE MERGER WITH AVENSA (AVN) IS DROPPED.

APRIL 2001: MAIN BASE: VALENCIA AIRPORT.

2 ORDERS DC-9-30's.

JUNE 2001: CODE SHARE WITH VARIG (VAR), CARACAS TO RIO DE JANEIRO TO SAO PAULO.

1 DC-9-32 (730), EX-AIR ARUBA (AAU).

JULY 2001: ALFREDO SALIMA, EX-AVENSA (AVN), DIRECTOR ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE REPLACES EDUARDO FERRER.

AUGUST 2001: SANTA BARBARA AIRLINES (BRR), ACQUIRES 65% OF ASERCA AIRLINES (SEZ) CARGO, TO BE RENAMED SANTA BARBARA AIRLINES (BRR) CARGO. WILL WET-LEASE 747'S FROM SOUTHERN AIR (SOF) FOR FLIGHTS FROM MIAMI, TO CARACAS, MARACAIBO, AND VALENCIA.

OCTOBER 2001: FACED WITH WORST CRISIS IN LATIN AMERICAN AVIATION HISTORY, THE HEADS OF 11 MAJOR AIRLINE MEMBERS OF THE LATIN AMERICAN AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION (AITAL): INCLUDING (ACE); (AVI); (AMX)/(CMA); (LAV); (AVN); (SEZ); (COP); (LAN); (TAC); (VAR); & (VSP), MET IN MIAMI TO SEEK SOLUTIONS AND POSSIBLE HELP FROM GOVERNMENTS.

ASERCA AIRLINES (SEZ) MAY ACQUIRE (TACA) (TAC) FLEET, OF 16 737-200'S, WITH 1ST 3 BEING WET-LEASED.

NOVEMBER 2001: IN DECEMBER 2001, VALENCIA, CARACAS, BARCELONA TO MIAMI.

DECEMBER 2001: 1 737-2K5 (22601, N233TA), 1 737-205 (21765, N235TA) & 1 737-25A (23789, /87 31 19 N239TA), ALL 3 (LACSA) (LAC) WET-LEASED. 737-205 (21729, N240TA), (TACA) INTERNATIONAL (TAC) WET-LEASED. 2 DC-9-15's (45798; 45799), EX-(TWA), CAPITAL AIRCRAFT LEASED.

FEBRUARY 2002: TERMINATES ITS (TACA) (TAC)/LACSA (LAC) WET-LEASES, AFTER SUSPENDING SERVICE TO MIAMI.

July 2002: SITA: HDQRRR7. (pvalle@asercaairlines.com).

1,500 employees.

August 2004: 1,500 employees.

October 2005: 6 DC-9-31's (47095; 47135; 47249; 47343; 47412; 47491) & 4 DC-9-32's (47028; 47107; 47173; 47357), ex-(TWA), bought from Jetran International (CII), which were stored at Roswell.

December 2006: DC-9-30 (YV244T) in new livery - see photo.

November 2007: Aserca (SEZ), Venezuela's 2nd-largest carrier, is taking over Santa Barbara Airlines (BBR). Aserca (SEZ) has announced it is only entering a "commercial alliance" but senior officials admit that the carrier is in fact buying Santa Barbara (BBR) from Spanish-Venezuelan business man, Francisco Gonzalez. He has decided to exit the business in a decision widely viewed as being the result of Venezuelan governmental policies.

Initially, Aserca (SEZ) and Santa Barbara (BBR) will keep separate brands with Santa Barbara (BBR) operating long-haul routes, mostly to Spain and Portugal, and Aserca (SEZ) concentrating on domestic and Caribbean routes. Some fleet rationalization is likely. The takeover is subject to governmental approval.

February 2008: INCDT: (SEZ) DC-9-31 (48147, YV298T) had wing and fuselage damage after possible brake failure.

August 2008: With possible implications for route networks in a heavily regulated and badly managed economy, Venezuela’s privately held Aserca (SEZ) is entering an alliance with its smaller (and also private) rival Santa Barbara Airlines (BBR). It’s also rumored to be interested in buying the carrier outright.

September 2010: Aserca Airlines (SEZ) operates domestic scheduled services linking 9 domestic destinations in addition to regional scheduled jet airplane services to Aruba and Curacao. Charters are also flown to points in the Caribbean, Central America, and the USA.

(IATA) Code: R7 - 717. (ICAO) Code: OCA (Callsign - ASERCA).

(pvalle@asercaairlines.com). SITA: HDQRRR7.

Parent organization/shareholders: Migdalia Garcia (95%); & Simeon Garcia (5%).

Owns: Santa Barbara Airlines (BBR).

Alliances: Varig (VAR).

Main Base: Valencia Arturo Michelena International Airport (VLN).

Hub: Caracas Simon Bolivar airport (CCS).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Barcelona; Barquisimeto; Caracas; Maracaibo; Margarita; Maturin; Porlamar; Puerto Ordaz; San Antonio del Tachira; & Valencia.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Aruba; Curacao; Punta Cana; & Santo Domingo del Tachira.

August 2011: Air One (ADH) Maintenance & Engineering has heavy maintenance contracts from Air Capital Group (CGP) for 2 former American Airlines (AAL) MD-80s on lease to Venezuela-based Aserca Airlines (SEZ) and 1 737-200 VIP for the Mexican Air Force (MXA).

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 aging 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 2 remaining DC-9-50s with 3 ex-Alitalia (ALI) MD-82s. Aserca (SEZ) will replace its last 4 DC-9-30s with 4 ex-AeroMéxico (AMX) MD-83s and MD-87s. Avior (VIO) is in the process of adding 3 737-400s and 6 Fokker F 50s to its fleet to replace its fleet of 7 737-200s. Estelar Latinoamerica (ESV) has added a 1st ex-Seagle Air (CGL) 737-300, (23773, N773KR), as a 1st step towards replacing its 4 737-200s. Laser (LSR) plans to add more ex-American Airlines (AAL) MD-82s to replace its 3 DC-9-30s. State owned carrier, Conviasa (VCV) has taken delivery of 3 brand new E190s, though it continues to operate 2 737-200s. 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 4 727Fs operating for (DHL), is known.

August 2014: Aserca Airlines ((IATA) Code: R7, based at Caracas Simón Bolivar) (SEZ) retired its last remaining DC-9-30 (48139, YV1879) from revenue service on July 28. The DC-9-30 has since been ferried from Caracas Simón Bolivar to Santo Domingo Las Américas, where it is currently awaiting deployment with new owner, (PAWA) Dominicana ((IATA) Code: 7Y, based at Santo Domingo Las Américas).

Aserca (SEZ) continues to operate an extensive McDonnell Douglas (Long Beach) fleet with 4 MD-82s, 8 MD-83s and 2 MD-87s still in service with the Venezuelan regional carrier.

Sister carrier, (PAWA) Dominicana now hopes to relaunch operations towards the end of the 3rd quarter.

Aserca Airlines (SEZ) currently operates 14 airplanes and serves 2 countries, 11 destinations, 19 routes, and 35 daily flights.

February 2018: "The Demise of (SBA) (BBR), Aserca (SEZ), and (PAWA) Dominicana (PWD), by Joao Carlos Medau, "Airways" February 18, 2018.

3 carriers, 1 fate. Venezuelan (SBA) Airlines and Aserca Airlines (SEZ), together with sister carrier from the Dominican Republic, (PAWA) Dominicana (PWD), have all gone belly up in the span of a few weeks.

The 3 carriers, owned by the same conglomerate, Grupo Condor, have either been revoked of their flying permits, their assets have been seized by the governments in which they operate, or simply have run out of cash to pay for insurance.

Venezuela’s Aeropostal (LAV) also has ceased operations.

Grupo Condor, presided (and owned) by Venezuelan entrepreneur Simeon Garcia, has been a crucial long-time player in the country’s commercial aviation scene, owning (SBA) (BBR), and Aserca (SEZ).

(SBA) Airlines (BBR) (the country’s leading carrier since the demise of Viasa and Avensa) operated a large number of regional, narrow body, and wide body airplanes to a vast amount of destinations, including Madrid, Tenerife, Miami, and Panama. At 1 point, (SBA) (BBR) had a relatively strong fleet of 3 767-300ERs and 4 757-200s, with which it flew overseas to Europe and Miami several times per day.

However, as the economic health of the radical South American country faded, so did both (SBA) (BBR) and Aserca Airlines (SEZ) (but not for the same reasons). Even though Venezuela’s communist regime brought down the country’s economy to its knees, both (SEZ) and (BBR) were mismanaged. The owners never cared for their staff and owed them a lot of money. They purchased wrong parts for their airplanes, grounding them indefinitely. They left thousands of passengers stranded, and later fled the country hiding from their responsibilities.

* Aserca (SEZ) Runs Out Of Cash.

Similarly, (SEZ) (the country’s historic domestic carrier announced that its operations were suspended “due to technical reasons”).

However, in reality, (SEZ) had run out of funds to pay for the insurance of its last McDonnell-Douglas MD-83 (YV2971), as published by National Institute of Civil Aviation (INAC) (see following), contradicting (SEZ)’s public statement.

(INAC) – February 16, 2018: Effective immediately, all operations by Aserca Airlines (SEZ) shall remain suspended because the airline has failed to pay for its aircraft insurance. (SEZ) must assist its passengers according to the country’s air transport regulations.

“14 Captains and 10 First Officers were on duty for just 1 plane,” according to an Aserca Airlines (SEZ) pilot (FC). (IATA) shut down Venezuelan offices, as the situation worsened.

In some cases pilots sat at home waiting for a call to operate a 30-minute flight. However, now this wait has ended with the unfortunate news that (SEZ) cannot operate flights any longer.

(SEZ) has 10 McDonnell-Douglas MD-80s, with an average age of 29 years. The latest one to remain in operation was originally delivered in 1997 to Alaska Airlines (ASA). Today, all these planes are grounded at Caracas – Maiquetia International Airport (CCS).

* The (PAWA) (PWD) Scam.

As desperate Aserca (SEZ) pilots tried to fulfill their contracts, other “more fortunate” pilots had been assigned to the group’s carrier in the Dominican Republic, (PAWA) Dominicana (PWD).

A former (SEZ) MD-80 Pilot was granted the opportunity to fly for the Dominican carrier through his contract with (SEZ). “We never had a formal relationship with (PAWA),” he said. “Our contracts were with Aserca (SEZ), and we were given a daily stipend of about $130 to fly the (PAWA) (PWD) jets.” Such stipend, for a Venezuelan Pilot, is remarkable. With a recorded inflation rate of 2616% in 2017, earning money in foreign currency is a privilege. Venezuela’s economy has been listed as the only 1 with hyper inflation rates in the globe.

According to him, (PAWA) (PWD)’s pilots were purposely picked from Aserca (SEZ) because of specific qualifications. “My English was good enough, and I had a good amount of hours as Captain on the MD-80,” he explained. “But we had nothing to do with the airline’s management,” he said. According to the Captain, (PAWA) (PWD) was in “great shape” when he 1st started flying their planes. “They had 6 MD-80s operating at full swing. They had high load factors, and we flew regularly. However, 6 months later, they only had 2 airplanes. And today, they have none.”

The decline in the (PWD)’s operations was evident. Several airplanes were grounded because of missing parts, and even though load factors remained high, the financial difficulties crippled (PWD) rigorously.

“(PAWA) (PWD) is a scam,” said a Venezuelan travel agent. “They sold us a travel package for 4 passengers. When their flights were ultimately canceled, (PWD) didn’t assist our clients or even gave them a refund. They had to find their way back home on their own,” she said.

In the Dominican Republic, (PAWA) Dominicana (PWD)’s assets were seized by the country’s authorities, and (PWD)’s President, Gary Stone was taken into custody as he tried to flee Venezuela to Miami, USA.

“(PWD) has been suspended for 3 months due to the lack of payments to the Dominican government, private institutions, and airport handling companies,” published the Dominican newspaper "Expreso." “(PWD) owes >$7 million to Aerodom, the country’s main airport handler.”

Pilots (FC), flight attendants (CA), staff members of all 3 carriers were, therefore, left without a job. “There was no compensation. We just don’t know what’s going to happen to us,” 1 (SEZ) Pilot said.

* (SBA) Airlines (BBR) Aircraft Operating Certificate (AOC) Revoked.

In Venezuela, (INAC) revoked the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) of the ill-fated (SBA) Airlines (BBR) last month. The sanction has been imposed for at least 90 days because (BBR) continuously breached its schedules and services, therefore grounding all its aircraft because of a severe lack of funds. According to (INAC), to keep the (AOC), (BBR) had to demonstrate “the adequate accomplishment of the technical and legal procedures, which may determine or not the reboot of operations.”

To continue serving their passengers on the coveted Caracas to Miami route, (SBA) Airlines (BBR) had to wet-lease several Aruba Airlines Airbus A320s. However, after running out of funds, (BBR) had to pull the plug and announce the cancellation of all their flights in late November (1 month ahead of the busiest time of the year).

(BBR) announced that it would not be able to operate all its flights from Caracas to Miami until January 15, 2018, citing operative issues with its fleet. (BBR) also said that all tickets were not to be rescheduled, but refunded. However, (BBR) never resumed operations and the aviation authorities revoked its (AOC) in January.

(INAC) reaffirmed through a release their intention to supervise the fulfillment of the aviation duties (SBA) Airlines (BBR) has with its passengers and cargo, as well as the protection of (BBR)’s workers and passengers affected by the circumstances.

“The main problem with (BBR) has been its terrible management,” said a (BBR) Boeing 767 First Officer. “Because of them, all of us, pilots and workers, have been treated with insolence and haven’t been paid in a very long time.” (BBR) pilots were usually granted US$1,200 and First Officers $780 as a monthly bonus to cope with the rising inflation that has crippled the Venezuelan economy since 2014.

* What’s next for (PAWA) Dominicana (PWD)?

“They haven’t paid us in >8 months,” said another Boeing 767 Captain who is now moving to Hong Kong to search for new job opportunities.
"Because of the terrible management and corrupt environment in which these 2 airlines operate, I’m now forced to move to Asia to look for better flying opportunities,” he said. And corruption seems to have stirred the airline’s management for a long time. “Just like the country, corruption is the modus operandi at these airlines,” the 767 Captain said. “Not only they didn’t pay our bonuses, but they also purchased several planes by using preferential government [USD] exchange rates, which are only available to those who support the regime.”

“(BBR)’s Chief Pilot had been given a large ‘incentive’ to keep all other pilots (FC) kept quiet” until (SBA) Airlines (BBR) figured out how “to get out of the [economic] hole.” And from the operational perspective, (BBR)’s management even “purchased the wrong engine” of a Boeing 757-200 which needed replacement. “1 of their 757s had been grounded because of engine malfunctions. A new, overhauled engine had to be bought and (BBR)’s management purchased the wrong one,” the Pilot said. An overhauled 757 engine can cost up to $5 million.

* No Future In Sight

Today, these 3 airlines are practically bust, while all its pilots (FC) are looking for jobs elsewhere. According to 3 (BBR) pilots, there have been numerous attempts from staff to steal airplane parts, computers, and office assets at (BBR)’s headquarters in Caracas to counteract the debt (BBR) holds against them.

In the meantime, Venezuela’s current aviation outlook remains as dark as the country’s political state, which has been highlighted as a dictatorship by numerous governments in the region, including the USA.

The only airlines that remain active with partial operations are Conviasa (VCV, Laser (LSR), Avior (VIO), Turpial, Venezolana (VNE), and Rutaca (RUC) (just a fraction of what once used to be a busy air park with a myriad of domestic and international carriers fighting for slots at the country’s principal airport).

As all Aserca (SEZ), (SBA) (BBR), and (PAWA) (PWD) pilots, crew members, and ground staff are left adrift, the whereabouts of Simeon Garcia remains unclear. Not a single statement has been released from the Group’s (CEO) and both (BBR) and (SEZ) continue to reassure that their operations are “temporarily suspended,” when, in fact, the airlines are practically out of business.

All that’s left is the cemetery of Aserca (SEZ), (SBA) (BBR), and (LTA) Aerotuy planes grounded in Caracas, Miami, and Mexico City, together with the memories of what once was Venezuela’s largest airline.

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SEZ-MD-90-30
SEZ-DC-9
SEZ-DC-9-30 - 2014-08
SEZ-DC-9-30 YV244T DEC06
SEZ-DC-9-31
SEZ-DC-9-APR08

March 2018:

0 737-2K5 (JT8D) (833-22601, /82 N233TA), RTND (LAC) 2002-02.

0 737-205 (JT8D) (595-21765, /79 N235TA; 72-21729, 40), (TAC)/(LAC) WET-LSD 2001-12. RTND (TAC) 2002-02.

0 737-25A (JT8D) (1392-23789, /87 31 19 N239TA), (LAC) WET-LSD 2001-12, RTND.

0 DC-9-15 (59-45798, YV-703C; 45799), EX-(TWA), CAPITAL AIRCRAFT LSD 2001-12. 2 RTND.

0 DC-9-30 (YV244T - SEE PHOTO 2006-12), 16F, 84Y.

0 DC-9-31 (JT8D-7B) (87-47007, /67 YV-714C "EL PILAR" EX-(AUS); 103-45837, /67 YV-720C "EL INDUSTRIAL" EX-(EAL); 151-47005, /67 YV-118T "MADRE MARIA DE SAN JOSE" EX-(ANS); 282-47187, /68 YV-718C "EL EXECUTIVO" EX-(EAL); 283-45867, /68 YV-116T "VIRGEN DEL VALLE" EX-(EAL); 322-47157, /68 YV-125T "EL VIAJERO," EX-(EAL); 389-47271, /68 YV119T "VIRGEN DE LORETO," EX-(EAL); 390-47272, /68 YV-117T "VIRGEN DE LA COROMOTO" EX-(EAL). ALL RTRD. 16F, 84Y.

0 DC-9-31 (JT8D-7B) (365-45875, /68 YV-122T "VIRGEN DE LA CHINITA"), EX-(EAL)/(AVN), RTRD. 16F, 84Y.

0 DC-9-31 (JT8D-7B) (130-45864, /67 YV-1492 "VIRGEN DEL SOCORRO"), EX-(EAL)/(JTT), RTRD. 16F, 84Y.

0 DC-9-31 (JT8D-7B) (47095; 47135; 47249; 47343; 47412; 47491), EX-(TWA), BF JETRAN INTNL (CII) 2005-10. NTU OR PARTS?

0 DC-9-31 (JT8D-7B) (48118, /80 YV241T), SOLD TO (BBR) 2011-02. 16F, 84Y.

0 DC-9-31 (JT8D-9A HK) (943-48119, /80 YV2431 "SAN FRANCISCO DE ASIS"), 2006-09. 16F, 84Y.

0 DC-9-31 (JT8D-7B) (949-48120, /80 YV2259), 2009-09. EUROPCAR COLORS (WFBN) LSD 2006-10. STORED. 16F, 84Y.

0 DC-9-31 (JT8D-9A HK) (1024-48139, /81 YV1879 "VIRGEN DEL PILAR;" 1030-48141, /81 YV2431; 1050-48155, /81 YV-2220 "NUESTRA SENORA DE LOURDES"), 2007-06. 48139, YV1879 LAST DC-9-30 TO BE RETIRED. 16C, 84Y.

0 DC-9-32 (47028; 47107; 47173; 47357), BF JETRAN INTNL (CII) 2005-10. NTU OR PARTS?

0 DC-9-32 (JT8D-9A HK) (210-47128, /67 YV367T; 436-47235, /68 YV371T; 446-47282, /68 YV2444), 2008-09. 16F, 84Y.

0 DC-9-32 (JT8D-9A) (477-47358, /69), EX-(JTT)/(DAL). NTU OR PARTS?

0 DC-9-32 (JT8D-9A HK) (598-47473, /70 YV2434 "SAN JUDAS TADEO"), NEW HORIZON LSD 2007-03. RTND. 16F, 84Y.

0 DC-9-32 (JT8D-15) (605-47479, /70 YV2445 "JAN PABLO II"), 2006-07. RTRD. 16F, 84Y.

0 DC-9-32 (JT8D-9A HK) (614-47518, /70 YV368T "MADRE TERESA DE CALCUTA;" 680-47575, /72 YV372T "SANTA TERESA DE JESUS"), 2008-08. 16F, 84Y.

1 MD-82 (JT8D-217) (1071-49120, /82 YV348T), PALS99 LSD. 14F, 127Y.

2 MD-82 (JT8D-217A) (1161-49258, /84 YV2749; 1162-49259, /84 YV2754), (CGP) LSD 2011-07. 16F, 124Y.

3 MD-82 (JT8D-219) (1317-49486, /86 YV153T; 1467-49668, /88 YV485T; 1581-49846, /89 YV481T), PALS99 LSD 2011-03. 165Y.

2 MD-82 (JT8D-217) (1633-49517, /89 YV493T; 1690-49521, /89 YV494T), 2011-06. 155Y.

1 MD-83 (JT8D-217) (YV2971).

0 MD-90-30 (V2525-D5) (2246-53580) HWA-HSIA LSD. 2 RTND.

0 DC-10-30 (133; 156; EX-(VAR); 295, EX-CDI), (PSS) LSD 2000-09. 3 RTND.

1 SABERLINER 40 (JT12A-8) (282-106, /72 YV120T), 2004-09. EXEC.

Management:
(definitions)

DR JULIAN VILLALBA, EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS (1998-05).

SIMEON GARCIA, EXECUTIVE PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (2000-09).

MS MIEDALIA GARCIA, EXECUTIVE VP.

AGUSTIN FERNANDEZ, VP OPERATIONS.

MARUJA CORREA, VP ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.

JESUS MORA, VP SPECIAL PROJECTS (1999-04) (jmorac@aol.com).

ORIAN VILORIA, VP FINANCE.

LISKA LIAGUNO, VP HUMAN RESOURCES (HR).

JORGE ANDRADE, VP INSTITUTIONS RELATIONS.

NELSON URBINA, VP GROUND OPERATIONS.

ROSALBA PEREIRA, VP LEGAL AFFAIRS.

VICTOR REYES, VP STRATEGIC PLANNING.

CAPTAIN ROBERTO BLASI, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS (rblasi@asercaairlines.com).

ALFREDO SALIMA, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING, EX-(AVN) (2001-07) (asalima@asercaairlines.com).

RENE CORTEZ, MARKETING DIRECTOR.

GABRIELA GARRIDO, CORPORATE RELATIONS MANAGER (ggarrido@asercaairlines.com) (Telephone: 0212 9055271).

YESMIN SANCHEZ, HEAD OF PUBLIC RELATIONS (PR) & PRESS OFFICER (dsanchez@asercaairlines.com) (Telephone: 0212 9055369).

LUIS RAMIREZ, PRODUCTION MANAGER (2000-08), EX-(AVN).

CESAR GUEDEZ, MANAGER QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) (2000-02).

MS ANTONIO ESCALANTE, MANAGER PLANNING (2001-10).

MIGUEL ARNAU, MANAGER ENGINEERING (2001-10) (anaum@cantv.net).

 
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