Línea Aérea Amaszonas
Línea Aérea Amaszonas S.A., usually shortened to Amaszonas,[note 1] is an airline based in Bolivia, headquartered in La Paz. It operates scheduled and chartered short-haul passenger flights throughout the northern and northeastern regions of the country as well as to neighboring Peru, Chile and Paraguay, with its network's hub being located at El Alto International Airport.
|Hubs||El Alto International Airport|
|Focus cities||Viru Viru International Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||Jet Class Miles|
|Headquarters||La Paz, Bolivia|
|Key people||Sergio de Urioste (General manager)|
The company was founded on 1 October 1998, but flight services were only commenced in 2000. Initially, Amaszonas operated chartered flights using a small fleet of turboprop airliners of the types Cessna 208 Caravan and Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner. In 2012, following the demise of AeroSur, five Bombardier CRJ200 were acquired from Avmax Aircraft Leasing Inc. in order to launch scheduled passenger services. The first one of these 50-seat jet aircraft was put in service in late August on the La Paz-Santa Cruz de la Sierra route.
In late 2014 Amaszonas announced it would lease 9 CRJ200 aircraft to expand its regional network and intended to fly to up to 40 destinations by 2017.
Purchase of BQB Líneas AéreasEdit
In 2015 the Bolivian airline purchased the Uruguayan BQB Líneas Aéreas 5 days after the company shut down its operations due to a crisis that began in 2014. From 4 May, the airline takes over the routes operated by BQB before the closure of operations, which are Buenos Aires and Silvio Pettirossi International Airport.
As of January 2017, Amaszonas offers scheduled flights to the following destinations:
The Amaszonas fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2019):
|De Havilland Canada DHC-8-100 Dash 8||1||—||37|
|De Havilland Canada DHC-8-200 Dash 8||2||—||37|
As of April 2014, Amaszonas has interline agreements with the following airlines:
- On 10 July 2001 at 16:47 local time, the two pilots of an Amaszonas Cessna 208 Caravan (registered CP-2395) carrying eleven passengers had to execute an emergency landing on a hill near Viacha, six minutes into a flight from La Paz to Rurrenabaque, due to an engine problem. When hitting the ground, the aircraft turned over and was destroyed, but all persons on board survived.
- On 25 January 2005 at around 10:00 local time, another Amaszonas Caravan (registered CP-2412) crash-landed, this time near Colquiri. The aircraft with two pilots and ten passengers on board had been on a chartered flight from La Paz to Sucre, when it encountered atmospheric icing conditions, thus being unable to maintain height. There were no fatalities, but as a consequence, Amaszonas was stripped of the allowance to operate Caravans on passenger flights.
- On 27 February 2011 at 15:10 local time, an Amaszonas Fairchild Metro 23 (registered CP-2473)  was substantially damaged when the left landing gear collapsed upon landing at El Alto International Airport. The aircraft carrying six passengers and two crew members had been on a scheduled flight from San Borja to Rurrenabaque when problems with the undercarriage occurred, leading the pilots to divert to La Paz. All persons on board survived the ensuing crash landing.
- On November 9th 2017 an Amaszonas Uruguay Canadair CRJ-200 was operating flight 749 from Asuncion, Paraguay to Montevideo, Uruguay and suffered a tyer explosion at the gate damaging another aircraft and seriously injuring a ground worker. The worker was taken to a military hospital where he had both legs amputated. The airline postponed all operations of November 10 and reestablished services on November 11.
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- "Amaszonas 2001 crash landing at the Aviation Safety Network". Aviation-safety.net. 2001-07-10. Retrieved 2013-02-03.
- "Amaszonas 2005 crash landing at the Aviation Safety Network". Aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2013-02-03.
- "Accident Description Aviation Safety Network". Aviation-safety.net. 2011-02-27. Retrieved 2013-02-03.
- "Amaszonas 2011 crash landing at the Aviation Safety Network". Aviation-safety.net. 2011-02-27. Retrieved 2013-02-03.
- "Accident: Amaszonas Uruguay CRJ2 at Montevideo on Nov 9th 2017, tyre explosion on the ground causes amputation of both legs of ground worker". The Aviation Herald. 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
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