Colombian carrier Aero Republica is seeking approval from the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for a potential launch of service in June of this year from Bogota, Colombia to Miami possibly using Boeing narrowbodies.
The Copa Airlines' subsidiary tells regulators that it plans to offer seven weekly flights on the Bogota-Miami route using Next Generation Boeing 737-700s/800s or Embraer E-190s. Aero Republica currently only operates E-190s, but it tells DOT it plans to "acquire two Boeing 737/800 aircraft to operate medium and long-distance routes", including the Miami flights and "an additional route from Bogota to Sao Paulo, Brazil", during the first quarter of 2010.
Aero Republica did not state how the two aircraft would be sourced, and was not immediately available for comment. But Aero Republica's parent Copa is scheduled to take delivery of eight 160-seat 737-800s this year.
In August 2009 ATI reported that Aero Republica was seeking rights from Colombian authorities to serve Miami, and at the time carrier CEO Roberto Junguito said the 737 would be a good option if the carrier takes on US routes. Aero Republica in December secured Bogota-Miami rights from Colombia's CAA.
Junguito also said at the time a Miami launch or the introduction of any new international destinations would depend on market conditions.