LaMia moves to Bolivia


After over three years of futile efforts to start operations in Venezuela, LaMia is decamping to Bolivia. The airline, then based in Mérida, acquired four Avro RJ85s from CityJet in mid-2011. Although painted in the airline’s colors, however, the four RJ85s remained in storage at Norwich as the airline’s efforts to begin services were continually thwarted by a variety of regulatory, economic, and political obstacles in Venezuela. Three of the RJ85 were eventually ferried to Venezuela, one in October 2013 and two in February-March of this year. Even so, the airline appears no closer to securing approval to operate, and even if it did, Venezuela’s wretched economic conditions may make it hardly worthwhile to do so. LaMia now seems to have decided to seek new skies. RJ85 YV-2979 (msn E2348 ex P4-LOR) was flown to Cochabamba, Bolivia, by August 2014. YV-2889/P4-TIZ (msn E2350) joined her by October, and YV-3035/P4-ARI (msn E2370) by December.

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