Venezuela's transport ministry has reasserted its intention to acquire Airbus A330-200s for state carrier Conviasa to operate several services across Latin America.
As the carrier embarked on commercial operations between Caracas and Panama City, the country’s air transport minister, Herbert Josue Garcia Plaza, said the airline would take a pair of the twinjets next year.
Acquisition of the two aircraft, the ministry says, will enable the airline to open new routes from its base to Cancun, Montevideo, Lima and Santiago during 2014.
The expansion will be in line with aviation development plans laid out in Venezuela’s strategic programme for 2013-19, it adds.
Neither the ministry nor Conviasa has indicated any further details over the source of the A330s.
Conviasa has opened the daily Panama City service using Embraer regional jets.
It operates a varied fleet which includes Boeing 737s, ATR turboprops and Bombardier CRJs, as well as Embraer 190s, but its long-haul fleet is limited to a single Airbus A340 and a Boeing 767.