Avianca S.A. (acronym in Spanish formerly for Aerovías Nacionales de Colombia S.A. (National Airways of Colombia), currently Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. (Airways of the American Continent)) is the flag carrier airline of Colombia since December 5, 1919 when it was initially registered under the name SCADTA.

It is headquartered in Bogotá, D.C. with its main hub at the El Dorado International Airport. Avianca is also a trademark comprising a group of seven independently IATA-coded and -owned Latin American airlines, whose operations are combined to function as one airline using a code sharing system. Avianca is the largest airline in Colombia and second one in Latin America: Avianca together with their subsidiaries has the most extensive network of destinations in Latin America and one of the largest and most modern aircraft fleets on the continent.[citation needed] It is wholly owned by Avianca Holdings S.A., a Latin American holding company established in Panama and specializing in air transport. The company is part of the Synergy Group and is listed in the Colombia Stock Exchange.

On October 7, 2009, it was announced that Avianca would merge with TACA. In 2009 Avianca reached their 90th anniversary and is the world's second oldest airline still in operation (behind KLM); Avianca is the oldest continuously operating airline in the Western Hemisphere.

On June 21, 2012, Avianca was introduced as an official member of Star Alliance after a process that lasted for around 18 months since their initial announcement of being invited in joining the Alliance.

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Lufthansa Systems today announced that the Latin American airline Avianca, part of Avianca Holdings, has opted to use its NetLine/Ops and NetLine/Crew planning solutions on its operator based in Colombia. The two IT solutions are perfectly integrated with each other so that airlines can optimize ...


The 15 ATR 72-600s fleet financing for the Colombian national flag carrier Avianca has been awarded by Airfinance Journal as “Regional Jet/Turboprop Deal of the Year 2013”. The award has been granted to the carrier at the 15th Annual Deals of the Year Awards Dinner ceremony, held in New York....

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