The launch of Venuezuelan airline Línea Aérea Mérida Internacional de Aviación C.A. (LaMia) is being hampered by political opposition. One member of the National Assembly, in particular, has launched a myriad accusations against the airline and the municipal authorities that support it – accusations that both have strongly rejected. As a result, the National Civil Aviation Institute (INAC) has yet to issue an AOC to the airline. In frustration, LaMia withdrew its personnel from Mérida’s Alberto Carnevali Airport in mid-September. Delivery of the airline’s first RJ85 has thus been delayed. EI-RJL (msn E2349) left Norwich for Dublin on September 8 in anticipation of her ferry flight to Venezuela, but she remains parked at Dublin. The airline’s second RJ85, EI-RJM (msn E2350) was recently rolled out in full LaMiA colors at Norwich, and then test flown. Like EI-RJL, she is a former CityJet example, and had been in storage at Norwich. LaMia’s third RJ85, EI-RJV (msn E2370), on the other hand, was until recently active with CityJet. She was ferried to Norwich on August 22, and is currently being painted.
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