The Ecuadorian startup airline Lineas Aereas Cuencanas (LAC) plans to start scheduled operations in April, after successfully completing a number of test flights required to obtain its air operator's certificate.
The Cuenca-based airline, which is owned by the local Astudillo family, planned to start operations in mid-2012 after receiving its sole Bombardier CRJ700 in May 2012 but certification was delayed due to a "number of adverse conditions", according to a company source.
LAC is looking at CRJ900s to complement its existing CRJ700, says the source. It previously planned to operate Embraer 145s.
The carrier plans to fly to Guayaquil and Quito from Cuenca, as well as to Loja from Quito from April. The addition of a second aircraft would allow it to add service to Latacunga and Manta.