BoA to strengthen Santa Cruz hub with new routes

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Bolivia's state owned flag carrier Boliviana de Aviación (BoA) plans to add new routes and more aircraft to strengthen its hub in Santa Cruz during 2013.

BoA chief executive Ronald Casso revealed to local journalists that the Cochabamba-based airline will start operating three weekly flights from Santa Cruz to Salta, Argentina, in February after launching four weekly flights to Madrid in December.

He also confirmed that the airline is "closing in" on options to launch flights to Miami. BoA, which operates a fleet of Boeing 737-300s on its domestic and regional routes, uses an Airbus A330-200 wet leased from Portugal's HiFly for longer flights.

Casso also confirmed that BoA will start to "look into renewing its fleet" during 2013, but did not specify if it plans to buy new aircraft or substitute its 737-300 with newer generation, second hand aircraft.