Bolivia's Aerosur is planning to start scheduled services to Washington Dulles later this month, initially using a Boeing 737 with a stop in Panama.
ATI first reported last August that Aerosur had selected Washington Dulles as its second US gateway after Miami. In a filing last November with the US DOT, Aerosur initially indicated it planned to launch on 8 December a single scheduled flight per week to Dulles from its Santa Cruz base using a Boeing 767-200ER.
Aerosur VP commercial Miguel Angel Roca now tells ATI the carrier, after operating charter flights to Dulles late last year and early this year, is preparing to begin scheduled flights later this month. But he says Aerosur has decided against using for Dulles its 767-200, which it acquired last year primarily for its Santa Cruz-Miami route.
Roca says Aerosur will initially use 737-300/400s on its new Dulles scheduled service, which will require a fuel stop in Panama City. But Roca says Aerosur could potentially upgrade this flight to the 767-200, which is capable of operating Dulles-Santa Cruz non-stop, during the June through August high season.
Aerosur operates three 737-300s and one 737-400 but for now only has one 767. It will be the only carrier operating scheduled services between Washington and Bolivia, according to Innovata.
Roca explains Aerosur decided for now it is more economical to use its 767 on some of its Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo flights when the aircraft is not being used for Miami, which is served three times per week with a fourth flight during peak periods. Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo are each served with one daily flight, primarily using 737s but the larger 767 is now used three times per week on one of the two routes. Roca says a decision on whether to use the 767 on Buenos Aires or Sao Paulo is made each week depending on which route has higher demand.