History

Avianca

  • 1910

    1919 Colombia's flag carrier was founded on December 5, 1919, under the name Sociedad Colombo Alemana de Transporte Aéreo, SCADTA.

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  • 1920

    1920 The airline’s first Junker aircraft arrived. SCADTA later expanded to operate 25 F-13 aircraft, a Junker W33 and W34.

    1920 September: With Fritz Hammer as pilot, Wilhem Schnurrbush as co-pilot and Stuart Hosie as passenger, SCADTA made its first flight between Barranquilla and Puerto Berrío.

    1921 It established routes between the cities of Barranquilla, Girardot and Neiva.

    1929 On July 23rd it established regular routes between Girardot and Bogotá.

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    1930

    1931 Transportes Aéreos Centroamericanos (TACA) was founded in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

    1934 TACA expanded into Central America, establishing itself in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama and flying with a fleet of 14 aircraft, with 10 pilots and 80 employees.

    1939 The airline began to position itself strongly in the freight market, transporting 10,000 tons of cargo and 200 tons of mail.

  • 1940

    1940 On June 14th Aerovías Nacionales de Colombia S.A. - Avianca was constituted as a result of the integration of SCADTA and the Servicio Aéreo Colombiano - SACO.

    1946 Avianca expanded its flights, operating routes to Quito, Lima and Panama, and then Miami, New York and Europe in DC4 and C54 aircraft.

    1940

    1943 The airline was already present in Colombia and Venezuela and managed to unite all the Americas from the United States to Argentina.

    1946 TACA centralized its operations in New Orleans.

  • 1950

    1956 Avianca transported the Colombian delegation participating in the Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. It took 61 operating hours with the aircraft stopping only to refuel.

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  • 1960

    1960 Avianca began operating its first jet, the Boeing 707-120. In the next 8 years it incorporated the Boeing 720B, 727-100, 727-200 and 737-100 aircraft.

    1960

    1960 The Salvadoran Ricardo Kriete takes control of TACA

    1966 TACA joins the jet age by acquiring the BAC1-11 aircraft from England.

  • 1970

    1976 Avianca became the first airline in Latinamerica, until 1994, to operate the Jumbo 747 aircraft in its -100 and -200B models which were part of the fleet.

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  • 1980

    1981 The passenger ground service potential in Bogota was expanded by the construction and commissioning of the modern Avianca Puente Aéreo Terminal, from where it initially served routes to Miami, New York, Cali, Medellin, Pasto and Monteria.

    1980

    1982 TACA began operations to Houston and Los Angeles and resumed operations in Honduras, specifically to Tegucigalpa.

    1983 In a transition year, TACA established its maintenance station in San Salvador, ceased operations in Guatemala and Costa Rica and began operations to San Francisco.

    1989 The Carrier led the consolidation of the airline industry in the region through the acquisition of operators including Líneas Aéreas Costarricenses S.A. (Lacsa) of Costa Rica, Aviateca of Guatemala, Nica of Nicaragua, Sahsa of Honduras, and five other regional airlines.

  • 1990

    1990 Avianca acquired two of the world's most modern aircraft: the Boeing 767-200 ER, which were named after "Christopher Columbus" and "Amerigo Vespucci".

    1992 The first McDonnell Douglas MD83 arrived and a year later the Fokker 50s.

    1994 It established a strategic alliance linking together the three most important companies in the Colombian aviation sector: Avianca, SAM (Sociedad Aeronáutica de Medellin) and HELICOL (Helicópteros Nacionales de Colombia), which brought the Avianca System to life.

    1990

    1997 The group of airlines officially joined together under the name Grupo TACA.

    1998 The Carrier acquired the first Airbus A319 and A320 and launched its Business Class service.

  • 2000

    2002 On May 20th, Avianca and SAM, together with Aces (Aerolíneas Centrales de Colombia) formed the Alianza Summa. In November 2003, the shareholders decided to initiate the liquidation of the Sociedad Alianza Summa and took steps to strengthen the Avianca brand.

    2005 In line with its objective of being leaders in the region, in 2005 the Company changed its corporate name to Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.

    2008 On February 21st the first Airbus A320 arrived. Today the Carrier operates 55 aircraft from this manufacturer.

    2009 In October the company announced the signing of an agreement between shareholders, approving its merger with the Central American carrier TACA Airlines.

    2009 The Carrier reentered the stock market with an important bond issue in June.

    2000

    2000 TACA expanded into South America through the brand TACA Perú and its Hub in Lima.

    2001 As a result of the crisis in the airline industry in 2001, TACA implemented a transformation plan focused on the renewal of its fleet, optimizing the revenue and cost structure and operational excellence.

    2003 The conquest of new skies in the Americas came to fruition with the opening of routes to various destinations in the United States. Two years later it launched the first direct route between El Salvador and Peru.

    2009 By the end of 2009 it already offered flights to and from the capitals and major secondary cities of South America.

    2009 In October, the company announced the signing of an agreement between shareholders, to start the integration with Aerovías del Continente Americano, Avianca.

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  • 2009

     On October 7, 2009, Synergy Aerospace Corp. and Kingsland Holding Limited, made their intention of merging Avianca and TACA Airlines together public, to strengthen their strategic position in the region and to enhance their growth options in the industry.

  • 2010

    In February, investors formalized their business strategic union. By TACA Group, TACA International Airlines and its participation in Lacsa, TACA Perú, Aviateca, Sansa, La Costeña, e Isleña, are included. By Avianca, the union includes Avianca, Tampa Cargo and AeroGal.

    After formalizing the merger of the airlines of the group, a rigorous process of administrative reorganization, an integration of their routes network, approval processes and capturing sinergies is started. 

  • 2011

    In March, the unified frequent flyer program, LifeMiles, is launched. In late 2001, the program has over 4 million members.

    On March 28th, AviancaTaca issued shares for 500 billion Colombian pesos. The shares demand with preferential dividend and without voting rights exceeded 2.8 billion Colombian pesos, equivalent to 5 times the initial offering.

    Throughout the year 12 new routes were opened and 155 flight frequencies were increased, reaching more than 100 destinations in the Americas and Europe, through more than 4,000 flights per week.

    The plan for strengthening the cargo business is started.  It includes capacity expansion of cargo hold on ground and in air. So, AviancaTaca announces the purchase of four freighter aircraft with capacity of 70 tons, which incorporation will be effective from December 2012

  • 2012

    A purchase order of 51 A320 Neo is signed with Airbus.

    On June 21th, Avianca and TACA Airlines oficially join Star Alliance, the leading global airline network, with the highest number of daily flights, coverage and services, multiplying this way the options and advantages for the travelers.

    On October 10th, the name 'Avianca' as single commercial brand is announced for Avianca Holdings S.A. subsidiary airlines, Avianca, TACA, TACA International, TACA Regional, Tampa Cargo and AeroGal. The execution of this announcement will run in 2013.

  • 2013

    Avianca opens a VIP lounge at Eldorado International Airport.

    Avianca Holdings successfully completed the bond issue in the international market  in the amount of US $300 million.

    After a successful round of meetings aimed at achieving qualified institutional investors, conducted by Avianca Holdings executives and JPMorgan and Citigroup firms in various capital citis in the Americas and Europe, the company enters steadily in the international capital market, after having obtained a demand for more than 2.3 billion in its bond offering.

    The airlines integrated under Avianca Holdings S.A. present their single commercial brand, Avianca.