Boliviana de Aviación, often referred to as simply BoA, is the flag carrier airline of the Plurinational State of Bolivia and is wholly owned by the country's government. It was established in October 2007 and began operations in March 2009. The airline is headquartered in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, with its main hub at Viru Viru International Airport and focus cities at El Alto International Airport and Jorge Wilstermann International Airport. Most international flights, however, including long-haul services to Madrid and Miami operate out of Viru Viru in Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Boliviana de Aviación currently flies to 13 destinations in 5 countries and is the largest airline in Bolivia in terms of fleet size and passengers carried.
The airline was established as a state-owned enterprise in 2007 under the government of president Evo Morales as the successor airline of former flag carrier Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano (LAB), which ceased operations after 87 years of continuous operation and in 2011, following the demise of the country's second largest airline, AeroSur, Boliviana de Aviación expanded its network to international destinations and became the only major airline in Bolivia.
Boliviana de Aviación previously operated an all-Boeing fleet, which consisted of Boeing 737s and Boeing 767s and it recently ordered two Bombardier CRJ200 regional aircraft to begin regional services under the airline's new regional branch BoA Regional. The airline is undergoing a major expansion, it is currently updating its Boeing 737 Classic fleet to newer Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft and is planning to add new destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean
In November 2014, the Boliviana de Aviación became a full member of the International Air Transport Association.
Boliviana de Aviación BoA was created by means of the Supreme Decree Nº 29318 of October 24, 2007 like a Strategic National Public enterprise, under the order of the Ministry of Public Works and the Ministry of Services and Housing. It is supported with articles of association approved by means of Supreme Decree Nº 29482 of March 19, 2008. The airline's principal intention is to provide the State a direct mechanism of execution of the aeronautical politics and the democratization of the air transport in Bolivia.
It was established by the Bolivian Government under the president Evo Morales, replacing the troubled Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano as flag carrier. The president remembered that the state-owned airline was created to attend the country in emergency situations, like the bankruptctcy of the former flag carrier Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano (LAB), leaving hundreds of unemployed people. BoA's inaugural flight was made on 29 March 2009 connecting the cities of La Paz, Cochabamba and Santa Cruz de la Sierra. In 2010, BoA became the only airline in Bolivia to operate international flights outside Latin America after AeroSur ceased operations.
Boliviana de Aviación (BoA) is currently undergoing a rapid expansion. In a little time, the airline received the title of flag carrier, along with AeroSur. This fact generated a strong competence among the two airlines. The main reason that generated BoA's success is the strong support and effort by the government.
In less than three months of operations (after its inaugural flight), Boliviana de Aviación extended its domestic network serving the city of Tarija. In a gradual time the airline expects to extend its services to the principal cities in Bolivia to consolidate its presence in the national market. The inaugural flight to Tarija was made from El Alto International Airport.
Boliviana de Aviación operates a comprehensive network of scheduled domestic flights, covering all the principal cities of Bolivia. However the airline's fast growth allowed BoA to commence operating international routes. On 14 May 2010, Boliviana de Aviación received all the operative authorizations for flying internationally inaugurating its first international flight from Cochabamba to Buenos Aires. In November 2010, the airline inaugurated its second international destination: São Paulo. BoA currently offers six weekly frequencies to Buenos Aires and three trips to São Paulo, which will be extended to five frequencies.
Boliviana de Aviación also plans to open new routes: Caracas (Venezuela), Havana (Cuba), Lima (Peru), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) and Miami (USA), Las Vegas (USA).
Boliviana de Aviación started operations with only two Boeing 737-300s.On 29 September, BoA announced the arrival of its 3rd Boeing 737.
On 14 April 2010, BoA received its 4th Boeing 737.
In April 2011, BoA received its 5th Boeing 737, president Evo Morales celebrated the new acquisition and emphasized the positive results in the coverage of the internal market.
The President anticipated that to consolidate this state company, like the biggest and youngest of Bolivia, this year Boliviana de Aviación will acquire a sixth airplane.
On 29 March 2009, Boliviana of Aviación (Boa) made its inaugural flight. To almost a year of the fact, the participation of the state company in the regular aeronautical market came to a close of 50% and his utilities to some US$2.2 million. Some domestic networks have been dominated by the services of BoA. Most of the airline's financial success is due to the 10% reduction of all its fares in domestic flights compared with AeroSur.
Since 2010, the airline began taking leadership in some domestic routes, in decline of the private flag carrier AeroSur. According to the Authority of Inspection and Social control of Transport and Telecommunications (ATT), Boliviana de Aviación achieved the passengers' biggest quantity in three routes:Cochabamba-Cobija (64%)
Boliviana de Aviación's main hub is in Cochabamba at Jorge Wilstermann International Airport. Its focus cities are La Paz and Santa Cruz de la Sierra. Most international flights, including long-haul services to Miami and Madrid operate out of Viru Viru International Airport due to the airport's capability to handle larger aircraft.
Boliviana de Aviación has codeshare agreements with the following airlines (as of January 2016):Iberia
The fleet of Boliviana de Aviación includes the following aircraft as of January 2017:
Since its inception, Boliviana de Aviación has operated the following aircraft:Airbus A330-200
The Bolivian Government and the Russian ambassador are negotiating the acquisition of the Antonov An-148 for official and civil uses. Bolivia is interested in acquiring 8 planes, one as the presidential carrier and 7 to the state-owned airlines which are Boliviana de Aviación and Transporte Aéreo Militar. According to the negotiation, BoA would receive 4 planes and TAM 3 planes of this type. However, the negotiation depends on the cooperative advances between the Bolivian and Russian governments as regards a credit for US$250 million.