In December 2014, and in just 13 days, Avianca received delivery of its first four Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. This signals the end of the first phase of incorporation of the Dreamliners. The remaining aircraft will be incorporated into the fleet between 2015 and 2019.
“It was a herculean task, a process that took place over a very short period of time and an accomplishment no other airline has been able to achieve,” said Avianca´s Vice President of Engineering and Maintenance, engineer Miguel Montoya. “Boeing expressed their admiration and said that they had never seen such a demanding team as the Avianca group were, and highlighted the attention to detail displayed in each activity.”
The first Boeing B787-8 departed from the city of Seattle early in the morning at 2:21 a.m., landing in Bogotá on Thursday December 18th at 11:17 a.m., under the command of captains Alberto de la Cruz and Juan Pablo Obando.
The second Boeing B787-8 with registration N781AV, flew from Seattle in the United States and touched down in Bogotá on December 20th, commanded by Capitan Carlos Hernando Sinisterra Pardo.
The third Boeing B787-8 departed on Wednesday December 24th at 3.15 a.m. from Charleston in South Carolina (United States) headed towards Colombia. Under the command of Captain Santiago Escallón and copilot Timothy James Patterson it landed in the José María Córdova International Airport in Rionegro, just outside the city of Medellín, at 10.23 a.m.
The fourth Boeing B787-8 took off on December 31st at 5.15 a.m. from Charleston in South Carolina (United States) and landed at Medellín’s José María Córdova International Airport at 9.00 a.m., under the control of Commander Fabián Hernando Méndez Cortés.
Following arrival in Colombia, the Avianca B787-8 aircraft will undergo the nationalization process, as well as the accreditation of the Colombian Civil Aviation Authority and the US FAA (Federal Aviation Administration).
Avianca´s Boeing 787-8 aircraft will be assigned to cover interoceanic flights, connecting travelers departing from Bogotá, Cali and Medellín to Madrid, Barcelona and London. They will also be assigned to routes from Colombia to Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Santiago and Mexico.