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Aero República
IATA
P5
ICAO
RPB
Callsign
AEROREPÚBLICA
Founded November 23, 1992
Hubs
Focus cities
Frequent flyer program OnePass
Member lounge Presidents Club
Fleet size 12
Destinations 16
Company slogan Pasión por el servicio
Parent company Copa Holdings S.A.
Headquarters Bogotá, Colombia
Key people Roberto Junguito (CEO)
Website aerorepublica.com/Sites/co/en/Pages/homepage.aspx

Aero República is an airline based in Bogotá, Colombia. It is the second largest air carrier in Colombia behind Colombian flag carrier Avianca. It operates scheduled services from Bogotá to 11 domestic destinations and to Panama, as well as domestic and international charter services to the USA and the Caribbean. Its main base is El Dorado International Airport, Bogotá, with a hub at José María Córdova International Airport, Medellín.[1]

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History [2]

The airline was established on November 23, 1992 by founders Amos Ginor and Alfonso Avila. It started operations on June 19, 1993 with a fleet of 3 Boeing B727-100 aircraft, between Bogotá, D.C. El Dorado International Airport, Cartagena and Santa Marta, as well as the offshore Colombian island of San Andrés. It was the first new airline in Colombia for over 25 years when it began trading in 1993. Plans were announced to begin international services to the USA in 1997, but these never came to fruition.

Aero República's corporate headquarters were located in Bogotá, Colombia. A third of the airline was owned by Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela and the rest by Promotora de Inversiones Superior (at January 2005). On June 1, 2005, Copa Airlines, Panama's flag carrier, announced that it had purchased 90% of Aero República after having announced plans to codeshare with them. With this purchase the whole board of directors was replaced. The airline is now owned by Copa Holdings, S.A. (99.8%) and Promotora de Inversiones Superior (at March 2007)[1].

A fleet modernisation process took place replacing the MD-80s with Embraer E-jets. This allowed the airline to create a more flexible schedule due to the reduction in capacity (the MD-90 seats around 150 while the E-190 seats around 100 in an all-coach configuration). The airline started flying to Panama City from several points in the country and recently started its second international destination, Caracas.

In September 2007 Alfonso Avila, former president of AeroRepública (now Aero República) established a new regional carrier named EasyFly.

Destinations

AeroRepúblcia provides service to 12 cities in Colombia and 3 international destinations.[3]

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Central America and the Caribbean

South America

North America

Fleet

Aero República's fleet consists of the following aircrafts (as February 2010)[6]

AeroRepública's Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Engine Passengers
Business/Economy
Routes
Embraer 190 12 CF34-10E6 106 Short and medium Haul

AeroRepublica's fleet modernization and expansion plan includes firm orders for 4 additional Embraer 190 aircraft (3 signed from GECAS and 1 from manufacturer), as well as options for 20 additional aircraft.[citation needed]

On October 18, 2006 announced that it has signed with GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS) a lease agreement for an E-190 aircraft to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2007. This agreement increases AeroRepublica's delivery commitments to eight Embraer E-190 aircraft through 2007, three of which will be leased through GECAS and five purchased directly form the manufacturer. In addition to these commitments, AeroRepublica has options and purchase rights for twenty additional E-190 aircraft through 2011. Further more, AeroRepublica is considering of taking two 737-700s from its sister airline COPA as they are also replacing some of their older 737s.[citation needed]

OnePass

OnePass is the Aero República frequent flyer program through a partnership with Continental Airlines. Customers accumulate miles from flight segments they fly through Aero República, Copa Airlines, Continental Airlines or other partners. OnePass elite tiers are Silver, Gold, and Platinum Elite which have benefits such as mileage bonus, priority check-in, priority seats and priority boarding.

Codeshare Agreements [7]

Incidents and accidents

References

External links


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