American private start-up carrier Aero Honduras is seeking to become the only
Honduran airline to serve the USA by launching flights using Boeing 727-200
aircraft wet-leased from a US air carrier.
in early January, Aero Honduras is looking to launch services around June this
year. It plans to operate scheduled flights between the Honduran capital
Tegucigalpa and Miami, with some services will flying via the Honduran city of
San Pedro Sula.
the US FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment scheme Honduras is
classified as Category 2, meaning that it does not comply with ICAO
recommendations. Because of this, Aero Honduras cannot use its own aircraft but
instead must wet-lease its fleet from an ICAO-compliant country.
carrier does not specifically identify the source of the aircraft but in an
application to the US Department of Transportation for approval to serve the
USA it lists several 727-200s under consideration which are currently owned by
Pegasus Aviation and operated by US-based charter carrier Falcon Air Express.
has had an ‘open skies’ agreement with the USA in place since May 1997 but
services between the two countries are currently operated only by US or third-party
carriers including American Airlines, Iberia, Continental Airlines and the El
Salvador-based TACA Group – although TACA includes a Honduran partner.
Honduras is 96%-owned by its president, Ricardo Martinez. Its management team
includes chief financial officer Mario Lopez and North American vice-president