Avianca Restores Boeing 787 Flights Between Colombia And The UK

Avianca flight AV120 departed from Bogotá during the weekend heading for London Heathrow for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic forced governments to introduce travel bans. The move was first announced in November 2021, when the UK lifted entry restrictions for travelers from South America.

London calling

Avianca resumed flights between Bogotá’s El Dorado International Airport (BOG) and London Heathrow International Airport (LHR), scheduling one daily frequency onboard the Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

Restoring the connectivity to the UK allows the Colombian carrier to make about 3,500 seats available on seven weekly round flights.

Avianca flight AV120 departs from Bogotá at 23:15 local time, and AV121 takes off from London at 22:40 local time.

Ana María Copete, Avianca’s Sales Director in Colombia said,

“We are very proud of resuming our direct connectivity between Latin America and the UK, increasing our presence in the Colombia-Europe market with 84 flights due to the operation of five routes: Bogotá-London, Bogotá-Madrid, Bogotá-Barcelona, ​​Cali -Madrid, and Medellin-Madrid”.

Next month, Avianca will offer 42 weekly flights between Colombia and Europe to serve these five routes. Bogotá-Madrid is the airline’s workhorse, operating three daily flights, one more than Iberia.

Avianca is the only operator between Bogotá and London currently.


Avianca returns to London

Avianca has restored its flights to London. Photo: Avianca.

Long-haul connectivity – key for Avianca

Keeping the long-haul connectivity, anchored by its Boeing widebody fleet, is one of Avianca’s post Chapter 11 pillars. Avianca emerged from bankruptcy protection in November 2021, and it is now putting in place the changes outlined in its Plan of Reorganization.

“When we outlined our new business model, we decided to keep the long-haul connectivity because we are sure it is a benefit that adds value to our clients. This route (BOG-LHR) will allow more travelers to fly no-layover flights and pay competitive fares,” said Ana Maria Copete.

Avianca’s post Chapter 11 strategy includes mixing the benefits of a low-cost operation with a legacy-type service many of the airline’s customers have been used to. The Bogotá-based carrier is renewing its narrowbody and widebody fleet and recently confirmed an order for 88 new Airbus A320neo aircraft and purchase options for an additional 50 planes.


Avianca BOG

Avianca operates a long-haul fleet composed of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Photo: Daniel Martínez Garbuno | Simple Flying.

Avianca’s widebody fleet

Despite not having fully recovered from the COVID-19 crisis, Avianca is increasing its summer capacity, operating nearly 4,000 flights per week. The airline’s widebody fleet maintains its role as vital for Avianca’s operations. Avianca has 13 Boeing 787-8 and one B787-9. It also has two undelivered Dreamliners, which should arrive in the company in 2024.

Avianca’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet is heavily employed in long-haul flights to North America and Europe. According to Cirium, Avianca will operate 120 weekly flights with its widebody fleet next month.

From Bogotá, Avianca deploys its Dreamliners to Madrid, London, Los Angeles, Barcelona, ​​Munich, Medellín, and Cali. From Cali and Medellín, the airline employs this widebody aircraft in outbound flights to Madrid.

Avianca confirmed the Boeing 787 Dreamliner will be its only widebody aircraft last year. Onboard the airline’s 787-8, there are 28 flatbed seats in business and 222 standard seats in economy.

Have you ever been onboard Avianca’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft? How was the experience? Let us know in the comments below.


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