Venezuela’s Conviasa Launches Airbus A340 Flights To Moscow

Last Friday, the Venezuelan State carrier, Conviasa, launched its newest route, connecting Caracas with Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport.…

Venezuela’s Conviasa Launches Airbus A340 Flights To Moscow

Last Friday, the Venezuelan State carrier, Conviasa, launched its newest route, connecting Caracas with Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport. The airline used its A340-300 to fly between the two cities on a service that mainly carries a political perspective rather than a commercial strategy. Let’s investigate further.

Conviasa launched a new route between Caracas and Moscow. In this picture, we see Conviasa’s A340-300 landing at Vnukovo International Airport. Photo: Getty Images.

Conviasa’s ties to Russia

There’s no surprise in saying that Venezuela, like Cuba, has strong political ties to Russia. According to Yván Gil, Venezuelan vice minister in Europe, the connection between both countries dates back to 2001. As reported by Aviacionline, he said,

“In 2001, after the meet between the Presidents (Hugo) Chávez and (Vladimir) Putin, we started an accelerated process of commercial, technical, political, and military exchange, which led to an intense relationship between both countries.”

Then, on March 25, the Russian Embassy in Venezuela announced the opening of an all-new nonstop route by Conviasa. The launch of this route was first scheduled to happen on April 1, but it was delayed (most likely, due to COVID-19 restrictions). It wasn’t until May 14 that Conviasa operated its first flight between Venezuela and Russia.

The airline used its only A340-300 (it also has one A340-200), registration YV3507. This plane was the last one that entered Conviasa’s fleet. The Venezuelan State carrier took delivery of the A340-300 on December 31, after being reconditioned and painted in Iran.

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Conviasa will operate this route once every two weeks. Photo: Getty Images

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What do we know about the route?

Conviasa plans to operate the Caracas-Moscow route with one flight every two weeks. Flight V03770 will leave the Venezuelan city on Fridays. Eventually, Conviasa will increase the frequency to three flights per week, according to Ramón Velásquez, the airlines’ CEO.

The prices for this route start at US$1,800 per round ticket on economy class. Nevertheless, they can go as high as US$7,684 to be on executive class, said Aviacionline.

Conviasa expects to fly up to 2,000 passengers per month and open up a new port of entry into Europe.

Check out this video to see Conviasa’s A340-300 cabin.

Conviasa’s odd flights

Given the fact that Conviasa is a State-owned airline, it does as the Government wants. Therefore, Conviasa has operated a few odd, eyebrow-raising routes in the last years. Most likely, the strangest of these routes was the famous Caracas-Damascus-Tehran.

In the last month, the airline has been flying to Tehran, via Belgrade. And, in April, it posted a tweet saying it plans to operate cargo flights to 16 destinations worldwide. How? We don’t know.

Conviasa will do cargo flights to Cancun (Mexico), Moscow (Russia), Ankara (Turkey), Damascus (Syria), Dubai (UAE), Tehran (Iran), Kabul (Afganistan), Delhi (India), Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai (China), Bangkok (Thailand), and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

About Conviasa

Conviasa is one of the few Venezuelan airlines that are currently operating. Others are Aeropostal, LASER Airlines, and Avior.

Conviasa started flying in 2004. It has the largest fleet among the Venezuelan carriers, with 13, according to RadarBox.com. It has one A340-200, one A340-300, one ATR 42-320, two Boeing 737-300, and eight Embraer E190.

In 2020, the carrier operated 3,022 flights, mostly on humanitarian operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Would you be interested in flying the Caracas-Moscow route with Conviasa? Let us know in the comments.

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FAA Seeks Further Penalties Against Unruly Passengers

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is continuing to crack down on bad behaviour. Most recently, the FAA has…

FAA Seeks Further Penalties Against Unruly Passengers

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is continuing to crack down on bad behaviour. Most recently, the FAA has proposed penalties ranging from US$9,000 to $52,500. This follows some egregious instances of passenger misconduct.

One Delta passenger is facing a $52,500 fine after a major disturbance on a Honolulu-bound flight. Photo: Vincenzo Pace/Simple Flying

FAA cracks down on unruly passenger behavior

With bad behavior rising in airports and on airlines, the FAA is now enforcing a zero-tolerance policy towards passengers who cause inflight disturbances or ignore follow crew instructions. The policy was to last until March 31 but has since been extended.

Airlines have referred approximately 1,300 cases of passenger bad behavior to the FAA since February. Driving the rise in bad behavior, which can range from minor disturbances to a significant ruckus, is the face mask regime. The FAA also cites a spike in bad behavior inflight around the time of the January disturbances in Washington DC.

Federal law forbids interfering with aircraft crew or physically assaulting or threatening to physically assault aircraft crew or anyone else on an aircraft. When it comes to interfering with the performance of a crewmember’s duties by assaulting or intimidating that crewmember, federal law provides for criminal fines and imprisonment.

Since early this year, the FAA has toughened its stance against unruly passengers. The agency had a previous policy of issuing warning letters in many cases.

“The FAA has seen a disturbing increase in incidents where airline passengers have disrupted flights with threatening or violent behavior,” says FAA Administrator Steve Dickson. Mr Dickson said flying was the safest mode of travel. He also noted that by cracking down on bad behavior, he intended to keep it that way.

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The FAA’s Steve Dickson has no time for misbehaving passengers. Photo: Getty Images

Proposed fines ranges from $9,000 to $52,500

Most recently, the FAA has proposed fines against a range of passengers. That includes a $9000 fine for an Allegiant Air passenger who refused to wear a face mask inflight correctly. That passenger also declined to follow instructions from a flight attendant, and swore at flight attendants. A JetBlue passenger faces a hefty $18,500 fine after refusing to correctly wear his face mask and continuing to drink his own alcohol inflight after being asked not to.

A Southwest Airlines passenger upped the bad behavior stakes on New Year’s Day. As a result, he is now facing a $27,000 fine. His behavior was so bad, he was taken into police custody after the plane diverted to Oklahoma City. According to the FAA, “the passenger began yelling and forcefully banging his hands on the seat in front of him, disturbing nearby passengers. During the flight, he yelled that he was going to kill someone and that he had a bomb and was going to blow up the aircraft.”

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A Southwest passenger faces a substantial fine after an inflight bomb threat. Photo: Vincenzo Pace/Simple Flying

A Delta passenger wins the bad behavior prize

The FAA is saving its biggest proposed fine, $52,500, for a Honolulu-bound Delta passenger. That passenger tried to open the cockpit door, refused to follow instructions, and then repeatedly physically assaulted a flight attendant. Police met the plane on arrival, and the man was taken into custody.

Earlier this month, Delta Air Lines said it had banned around 1,200 passengers for failing to wear a face mask or not wearing a face mask properly. However, the airline notes not all cases made it to the FAA.

Airlines and their employees who work on the frontline and face the brunt of passenger misconduct have welcomed the FAA’s tough stance. Delta CEO Ed Bastian has outlined his view on badly behaved passengers. While he does not speak for other airlines, he has captured the general consensus.

“Those who refuse to display basic civility to our people or their fellow travelers are not welcome on Delta. Their actions will not be tolerated, and they will not have the privilege of flying our airline ever again.”

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