Launching operations with a de Havilland Canada DHC-7 donated by the Venezuelan navy and reinforced with a Boeing 737-300 to perform its international services, Conviasa is gearing itself for fleet and route expansion under a $95 million investment plan backed by the Caracas government. Flying to eight domestic and two international destinations, the airline intends to widen its route network to 60 points in Venezuela and abroad by 2007. Conviasa is finalising negotiations to lease two Boeing 767-300ERs, one of which is scheduled for delivery later this year and in time to launch its services to Madrid, and also expects to receive in August the first of eight Boeing 737-200/500s for domestic flights and short-haul international routes.

Source: Flight International