Albatros Airlines

Albatros Airlines by Nella is a Venezuelan commercial airline with private capital, authorized to carry out flights for the transfer of passengers and cargo.

Albatros Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
G0 GAL ERRANTE
FoundedNovember 27, 2007
Commenced operationsMay 20, 2010
AOC #GAL-035
HubsSimón Bolívar International Airport
Fleet size2
Destinations6
Parent companyNella Linhas Aéreas
HeadquartersMaracay, Venezuela
Key peopleMarvin Linares (CEO)
Employees400
Websitealbatrosair.aero

HistoryEdit

 
A former Albatros Cessna 208B Grand Caravan landing at Los Roques Airport in 2011

Albatros Airlines was founded on November 27, 2007 and received the Air Services Operator Certificate issued by the National Institute of Civil Aviation on May 20, 2010, to carry out commercial air transport operations, passengers, cargo and mail on an national and international level.[citation needed]

On May 13, 2010, the airline made its first commercial flight with a Cessna 208B Caravan on the Porlamar-Carúpano route. During the rest of that year, new routes were opened in the eastern region of Venezuela, with departures from Porlamar to Maturín, Cumana, Barcelona and Güiria and to Los Roques, with departures from Maiquetía and Maracay.

The airline has made charter flights to various international destinations, including Aruba, Curaçao, Port of Spain, and Haiti.

In mid-2010 and 2011, the airline dedicated itself exclusively to the corporate market, serving different passenger and cargo transfer companies on different national routes.

On July 27, 2012, Albatros introduced the Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia for commercial flights from Porlamar to Carúpano and Maturín, and including flights to Tucupita and Maracay and the Carúpano route to Caracas.

In the expansion project of the company, the acquisition of one Boeing 737-500 was made to increase its fleet and services. With it, it operates flights to San José, Costa Rica with two weekly frequencies, being the only direct flight between Maiquetía and San José.[1][2]

On December 5, 2018, Albatros began commercial flights from Caracas to Barranquilla, on a 2-day frequency, flying non-stop direct.[3]

On November 12, 2019, the airline received its first Airbus A320-200 from Montreal under a wet-lease scheme, landing in Porlamar, becoming the second Venezuelan commercial airline with this aircraft type, after Aeropostal Alas de Venezuela operated under this same scheme between 1998 and 2001.

On July 19, 2021 it was announced Brasilian start-up airline Nella Linhas Aéreas acquired Albatros Airlines.[4][5]

DestinationsEdit

 
An Albatros Boeing 737-500 parked at East Midlands Airport in 2015
Country City Airport Notes Refs
Aruba Oranjestad Queen Beatrix International Airport Suspended
Colombia Barranquilla Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport Terminated
Colombia Bogotá El Dorado International Airport Terminated
Colombia Cali Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport Terminated
Colombia Medellín José María Córdova International Airport Terminated
Costa Rica San José Juan Santamaría International Airport Suspended [6]
Curaçao Willemstad Curaçao International Airport Suspended
Dominican Republic Punta Cana Punta Cana International Airport Suspended
Trinidad and Tobago Port of Spain Piarco International Airport Terminated
Venezuela Caracas Simón Bolívar International Airport Hub
Venezuela Carúpano General José Francisco Bermúdez Airport Seasonal
Venezuela Las Piedras Josefa Camejo International Airport Terminated
Venezuela Maracay Mariscal Sucre Airport
Venezuela Porlamar Santiago Mariño Caribbean International Airport Charter
Venezuela Puerto Cabello General Bartolomé Salom Airport
Venezuela Tucupita San Rafael Airport Charter

FleetEdit

Current fleetEdit

 
An Albatros Embraer EMB 120

The Albatros Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft as of June 2022:[7][8]

Albatros Airlines fleet
Aircraft In
service
Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-500 1 114
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 1 TBA [9]
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 1 TBA [9]
Total 2 1

Former fleetEdit

Albatros Airlines formerly operated the following aircraft:

Albatros Airline former fleet
Aircraft Total Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A320-200 1 2019 2020 Leased from SmartLynx Airlines Estonia
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan 2 2010 2017
Embraer EMB 120 Brasilia 1

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Albatros Airlines volará directo entre Costa Rica y Venezuela". La Nación. April 20, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "Ahora podrás volar directamente a Costa Rica con Albatros Airlines". La Patilla. April 15, 2016. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "El peculiar vuelo Barranquilla-Caracas". El Heraldo. December 21, 2018. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  4. ^ "La brasileña Nella adquiere la venezolana Albatros Airlines". transponder1200.com (in Portuguese). 2021-07-20. Retrieved 2021-07-23.
  5. ^ "Albatros Airlines se fusiona con Nella Airlines". Elnacional.com. Retrieved July 27, 2021.
  6. ^ "Return of airlines to Costa Rica has already taken off, but not flying high". Qcostarica.com. Retrieved August 26, 2021.
  7. ^ "Albatros Airlines Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.com. Retrieved 27 July 2022.
  8. ^ "Albatros Airlines fleet details". Airfleets.net.
  9. ^ a b "Venezuela: Albatros Airlines incorporará equipos MD-80 a la flota". Transponder1200.com (in Spanish). Retrieved November 24, 2021.

External linksEdit

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