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Boliviana de Aviación BoA was created under the order of the Ministry of Public Works and the Ministry of Services and Housing. It is the national airline of Bolivia, and owned in its entirety by the government.
It was established by the Bolivian Government under the president Evo Morales, replacing the troubled Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano, which had started operations back in 1925 but ceased in 2008 as flag carrier.
The creation of the new airline was made clear by the president, who remembered that the state-owned airline was to attend the country in emergency situations, like the bankruptcy of the former flag carrier Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano (LAB), which lead to hundreds of unemployed people. BoA's inaugural flight was made on 29 March 2009 connecting the cities of La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz de la Sierra. In 2010, BoA became the only airline in Bolivia to operate international flights outside Latin America after AeroSur ceased operations. The initial fleet of aircraft, which came from the former LAB, were Boeing 737-300. It only started operating with two of this aircraft, and as more routes opened it added a third soon after. All other former LAB aircraft were disposed of or sold by the government.
In less than three months of operations (after its inaugural flight), Boliviana de Aviación extended its domestic network serving the city of Tarija. In a gradual time the airline extended its services to the principal cities in Bolivia to consolidate its presence in the national market. After a few years of growing its domestic market share and presence it applied to fly internationally. Then on 14 May 2010, Boliviana de Aviación received all the operative authorizations for flying internationally inaugurating its first international flight from Cochabamba to Buenos Aires. In November 2010, the airline inaugurated its second international destination: São Paulo. By April 2011, BoA received its 5th Boeing 737-300.
Following AeroSur's demise in 2012, BoA became the principal carrier of Bolivia, and leased an Airbus A330 to inaugurate the key link to Madrid, Spain in November 2012. BoA later leased Boeing 767-200 to operate this flight from June 2013. Boliviana de Aviación also planned to open new services to Lima, Peru.
In November 2014, the airline took delivery the Boeing 767-300ER, which it upgraded it services to Madrid, Spain and Miami (USA). It eventually took delivery of 3 more examples. Then in March 2015, BoA took delivery of its first next generation Boeing 737-700 and 737-800 in November the same year. It deployed them on international routes from its base at Santa Cruz.
From December 2015, BoA started operating to smaller domestic cities in Bolivia with leased Bombardier CRJ-200 planes, the flights operated under a new subsidiary called "BoA Regional". The airline mainly leases its planes and so has been taking more Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 767-300ER after its posted good results for the first few years of operation and expands its presence in the latin American continent. New destinations announced in 2018 are Lima, Caracas and Asuncion.
History source: Wikipedia.org + airfleets.net
Operations and Destinations 🌍:
Boliviana de Aviación operates as the country's flag carrier since 2009, and is currently the only national airline operating in the country. Despite this, there are a few other smaller airlines starting operations domestically, though BoA remains the major player flying internationally out out of the country. The main hub is located at Santa Cruz de la Sierra, which is the main city but not the capital. It also has focus cities at Jorge Wilstermann (Cochabamba) and at El Alto Airport (La Paz). International flights, including long-haul services to Madrid and Miami operate out of Viru Viru in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. whilst other domestic destinations are possible to fly direct from La Paz, Sucre or Cochabamba directly. Boliviana de Aviación currently flies to 13 destinations in 5 countries.
Boliviana de Aviacion flies to the following destinations*:
*Destination list is for reference only. Please check directly with the airline for updates.
*Note some destinations are only seasonal.*Correct info as of July 2019.
The airline has grown its fleet in recent years to cope with the expansion and the demand for air travel. Especially as its the only international airline operating in the country its working hard to establish (recover) the routes that were previously operated by the other former LAB Airline. Its fleet has seen it use mostly Boeing classic jets, the Boeing 737-300 and the Boeing 767-300ER are the backbone of the fleet. However, newer generation aircraft like the 737-800 are being leased and operated to international destinations. It also has taken CRJ-200 for its regional subsidiary BoA Regional.
The fleet* consists of the following aircraft:
|✈Short haul and regional
|Boeing 737-300 (domestic). Bombardier CRJ-200 (regional)
|✈ Medium haul
|✈ Long haul
*Correct fleet info as of July 2019.
Boliviana de Aviacion Photo Slide 📷:
|✅National Airline of Bolivia, for more reliability.
|👎 Old fleet of Aircraft (boeing 737-300)
|✅Best airline to fly to Bolivia and domestic connections.
|👎Limited number of destinations outside South America. (only Madrid and Miami)
|✅ Frequencies of flights to domestic cities.
|👎Not member of any global alliance.
|✅ Included in most tickets are luggage and complimentary snacks/drinks on board.