Avianca 100 Not Out

Colombia’s flag carrier celebrates its centenary in the midst of one of the most turbulent periods in its 100-year history. But, backed by able partners and driven by a new-look management team armed with a bold ‘back-to-basics’ turnaround strategy, the airline has reason to be optimistic, as Craig West reports.

Avianca currently operates 13 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners. Its maiden 787-9, N797AV (c/n 48983), was delivered to the carrier on May 30 and stored at Abu Dhabi the following day. SIMON GREGORY/ AVIATION IMAGE NETWORK

 As one of the world’s oldest carriers, Avianca Airlines has certainly endured its fair share of highs and lows, but rarely in its 100-year history has it faced a challenge quite so monumental as it does today.

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