Viva Colombia – Pt 3. Avianca Airlines

It’s surprising how many people don’t know Colombia has a flagship airline. Let me be the one to tell you: Avianca paves the way.

Avianca logoAvianca has been taking people to and from Bogota and points in Colombia for nearly 70 years, and for the modest way they have of doing business they certainly maintain solid operations. With 18 destinations in Colombia and 18 more internationally they have a solid route map. We flew from Los Angeles to Bogota, a 7 hour flight (only slightly longer than it takes to get from New York to LA), and were made to feel quite comfortable. The planes for this particular route were not updated yet with the seatback entertainment but I was told this would be happening before the end of the year. They also have plans to be the first South American carrier to fly Boeing’s new 787s once they go into production—they have 10 on order!

The airline’s current US-Colombia planes are 767s which have the desirable 2-3-2 seat configuration. For their flights to Spain they use the Airbus A-300 which has a 2-4-2 configuration, which, as far as I’m concerned, are any plane’s best arrangement. It’s like sitting in a loveseat in your livingroom, kinda.

map of colombia The seat configurations are not the only reason to try this airline, Avianca has some amazing fares and great route options. If you’ve never been to Colombia but are planning a South American excursion, they allow a free stop over in Bogota on the way. Or if you’re coming from the Miami gateway, you can stop in Cartagena first, then Bogota then continue to your other destinations, making for a fine way to start a South American swing. Not to mention the flight attendants wear cute little red bowler hats and bright red shawls.

If you’re interested in making Colombia a part of your itinerary, and why not, take a spin on Trip Planner and add it in. Or else you can call one of our Travel Consultants to discuss the best ways to include it into your trip.

So often Colombia is overlooked due to preconceived notions people have about it: that it’s dangerous, that it’s too complicated or expensive to get to, or that there’s nothing to do there. If I haven’t persuaded you yet, feel free to read over the last few blog posts this week and perhaps rethink your perception. Traveling to Colombia won’t disappoint you, plus your friends will have that much more admiration and respect for your so-called daring.