StarPerú abandons link to Chile’s Latin American Wings

StarPerú BAe 146-300 OB-1923-P

StarPerú BAe 146-300 OB-1923-P landing at Tarapoto in August (Fernando Calderón)

Peruvian BAe 146 operator StarPerú has announced that it has abandoned plans to combine operations with Chile’s Latin American Wings (LAW). The plan had been announced in April. LAW had then taken an ownership stake in StarPerú’s parent company Star UP, and StarPerú had sold LAW’s flights between Lima and Santiago (usually flown by one of LAW’s Boeing 737-300s, but a StarPerú BAe 146-300 also made the trip once). In a statement, StarPerú General Manager Roman Kasianov blamed LAW’s failure to comply with several conditions of the agreement; LAW, for its part, claimed that its due diligence had shown StarPerú to have excessive debt for the joint venture to be viable. As a result of the break-up, LAW will sell its shares in StarPerú and terminate joint operations. StarPerú recently received approval from Peruvian authorities to operate to Bogotá, Santiago, Punta Cana, and Miami. StarPerú’s fleet includes a number of BAe 146s from all three series (100s, 200s, and 300s), including a series 200QT freighter, but not all are currently opeational. It also has two Bombardier CRJ-100s.

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