Cosmo acquires ex-Pluna CRJ900s
Spain's Cosmo Lineas Aereas has won the tender process to acquire seven ex-Pluna Bombardier CRJ900s from the Uruguayan state.
The 2008-built aircraft, MSN 15165, 15169, 15175, 15180, 15185, 15204 and 15209 are equipped with CF34-8C5 engines. According to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database, Canada's Scotiabank was the main lender participant in the seven aircraft fleet.
The Uruguayan government, which inherited the ownership of the aircraft from bankrupt Pluna as their financial guarantor, tried to sell the aircraft initially in a tender on 3 September. But lack of interest from potential bidders forced the government to cancel the process and reschedule it, with improved conditions. Despite initial reports that Venezuela's Conviasa and Uruguay's BQB Air had shown interest in the tender process, Cosmo, was the only bidder to deposit the required $13.6 million bank loan to qualify.
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