How Latin America’s Airlines Will Differ Following Coronavirus?

The coronavirus pandemic will affect the fleet size of airlines all around the world. We’ve seen airlines like Lufthansa, American and…

How Latin America’s Airlines Will Differ Following Coronavirus?

The coronavirus pandemic will affect the fleet size of airlines all around the world. We’ve seen airlines like  and others start to park some of its aircraft permanently. But what about Latin America? How are the fleets in the region going to change? Let’s investigate further.

How are the fleets in the region going to change? Photo: Daniel Martínez Garbuno/Simple Flying

No Latin American airline has officially reduced its fleet

As of 20 April, no Latin American airline had made an official announcement regarding a reduction of the size of their fleets. 

This may be due to several reasons. The first is the fact that most airlines in the region focus on domestic or interregional travel. As we know, domestic tourism will bounce back sooner than international demand. So maybe Latin American airlines are waiting to see what happens in the next weeks. 

Still, we already see some changes that the fleets are going to change. The Brazilian airline, GOL, . This would allow the carrier to reduce its fleet from 130 airplanes to 100. 

Last year, Copa Airlines announced it would . While the Panamanian airline hasn’t updated on the subject, it is fair to think that it will continue with this strategy. 

As Copa’s CEO said, after the crisis, . So, while it may not receive its Boeing 737 MAX new units, Copa will try to get rid of some of its airplanes to deal with the fall of the international demand. 

Copa Airlines
Coronavirus could hit Copa Airlines the hardest. Photo: via Wikimedia Commons.

Latin American fleets are not old

Another explanation as to why airlines are delaying an announcement on the subject is their planes’ age. The fleets in the region are younger than the fleets in Europe and North America. 

For instance, in the past years, Aeromexico retired its older B777 airplanes and now has a Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. Aerolíneas Argentinas recently 

Avianca . Among other initiatives, the airline sold 10 Airbus A318, four A320, and 10 Embraer E190. This helped Avianca’s restructuration and reduced its fleet. There’s been a regional effort to buy new airplanes.

Still, the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association’s CEO said that the fleets in the region will be smaller. 

“The companies will have fewer airplanes, fewer employees, and fewer destinations. These measures will allow them to retake the growth they had and come back to the levels seen in December 2019,” Luis Felipe de Oliveira said. He added that Latin America would recover from the crisis by December 2021. 

TAME Ecuador
Which airlines could disappear? Photo: Kambui via Wikimedia Commons.

Will all of them recover?

Currently, no airline in Latin America has filed for bankruptcy due to coronavirus. But most likely, a few airlines will disappear in the next months. Or at least they will change dramatically. 

 At the beginning of the year, the Mexican low-cost airline had a fleet of 66 Airbus planes and 22 Sukhoi. Now, Interjet has 13 A320, one A321, and . If Interjet comes out of the crisis alive, it will look remarkably different. 

Very likely, Interjet will have to reduce and cancel a good bunch of its previous routes. Maybe it will have to abandon its South American destinations and focus more on Mexico and the US. And maybe, just maybe, it will have to relaunch more flights with its parked Sukhoi fleet. It already belongs to the airline, so why not use it, if possible?

Another example of an airline that could disappear is TAME Ecuador. According to local newspapers,  on 7 April due to a lack of payments. 

Finally, Wingo could also be on the spot. It is not Wingo’s fault; it is more actually just bad luck. Its parent, Copa Airlines, will probably have no room to keep the low-cost carrier after the crisis ends. It means Copa Airlines will have to withdraw from the Colombian market, leaving way to Avianca and Viva Air to consolidate in it. 

What changes do you expect to see in Latin America? Let us know in the comments.

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Air Canada Allows Passengers To Earn Status Sitting At Home

From now through May 31st, Aeroplan members can earn Air Canada Altitude status without ever leaving their house.…

Air Canada Allows Passengers To Earn Status Sitting At Home

From now through May 31st, Aeroplan members can earn Air Canada Altitude status without ever leaving their house. If you earn 50,000 Aeroplan Miles through “Travel at Home” activities, you will receive Altitude Prestige 25K status through 2021.

Air Canada is offering passengers a chance to earn status at home. photo: Air Canada

Earning status at home

All a person has to do to earn Prestige 25K status is acquire 50,000 miles. This can come from a variety of sources, including welcome bonuses from a new Aeroplan credit card, spending money on a co-branded credit card, making purchases through the eStore, or by transferring 50,000 worth in miles to the program from a partner credit card or hotel program. For full details, check out the program’s page on the promotion here.

The program requires passengers to register online. Photo: Air Canada

Additional earnings for Altitude members

For elite members, you can unlock a lot of options, including a one-time upgrade to Altitude Elite 75K, which is the second-highest tier. Here are what existing status members have to do for a boost:

  • 15,000 miles = Bonus 1,500 Altitude Qualifying Miles (AQMs)
  • 30,000 miles = Bonus 3,000 Altitude Qualifying Miles (AQMs)
  • 70,000 miles = 20 eUpgrade credits (which can be used to upgrade flights on Air Canada)
  • 100,000 miles = $1,000 Bonus Altitude Qualifying Dollars (AQDs)
  • 250,000 or more miles = One-time Altitude status upgrade to Elite 75K

Again, these miles can be earned in the same ways as mentioned above. However, note that you cannot combine both promotions. That is, if you receive Prestige 25K status through the initial offer, you will not receive the added benefits available for current elite members.

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Existing elite status members will receive additional bonuses. Photo: Air Canada

What status will I earn?

Prestige 25K status will be awarded through 2021. Passengers will receive the following when flying Air Canada:

  • Priority seat selection
  • Priority airline contact
  • A 50% discount on preferred seats (if you purchase a Flex fare)
  • Priority check-in
  • Priority boarding.
  • Complimentary checked baggage allowance of two bags (23 kg each)
  • Waived surcharge fees on travel within Canada or between Canada and the US

Passengers will get to choose Select Privileges that include additional mileage bonuses, discounted lounge membership, and more.

Prestige 25K
Prestige 25K is the lowest tier in the program. Photo: Air Canada

Prestige 25K is the lowest tier in the Altitude program and equivalent to Star Alliance Silver status. So, you will not receive the most fabulous host of benefits. However, this can be a great way to get started with Aeroplan.

Using Aeroplan miles

Aeroplan is an excellent award program that unlocks many opportunities on Star Alliance carriers and other partners like Cathay Pacific, Cathay Dragon, and GOL. This author has made some incredible redemptions using Aeroplan, including SWISS transatlantic business class on a 777, Lufthansa Cityline ERJ190 business class, and Lufthansa First Class on a Boeing 747-8 with all the ground amenities as well.

Lufthansa First
Lufthansa First was an excellent way to make a long-haul journey. Photo: Jay Singh/Simple Flying

Air Canada uses an award chart that is linked here. There are plenty of fantastic redemption opportunities. From Canada and the mainland USA, business class to most of Europe is available for 55,000 miles one-way, or you can fly First Class for 70,000 miles one-way. Other redemptions sweet spots include 75,000-78,000 miles per way in business class to Asia from Canada or the US or 105,000-108,000 each way in First Class. This can unlock some amazing opportunities.

One-way business class from North America to Europe is available for 55,000 miles. Photo: Air Canada

Is it worth it?

If you fly Air Canada with some frequency, then the status could be beneficial. Most of the benefits are reserved only for flights on Air Canada so, while Star Alliance Silver status might be useful, you won’t get the same benefits as if you hit entry-level status in your local Star Alliance carrier’s program.

Will you take advantage of this promotion? Let us know in the comments!

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