Lessor CDB Aviation requested return of Embraer jets from Amazonas carrier – report

Bolivian airline has been flying four E190 jets since 2019, but reportedly owes more than $12 million in debt

Owner of the four Embraer E190 jets that fly with the Bolivian airline Amaszonas, CDB Aviation reportedly asked the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC), the country’s civil aviation authority, to suspend the operation of the aircraft.

The jets, leased between 2019 and 2020, are the only operational aircraft for the airline, which previously also flew CRJ aircraft until last year.

According to reports in the local press, Amaszonas would have accumulated a debt of US$ 12 million due to the late payment of the leasing of Embraer jets.

Of the four E190s, two were operating until July 3, aircraft registration CP-3135 and CP-3171. A third jet had been sent to Embraer’s headquarters in Brazil on June 14 for maintenance services while the fourth plane has been idle for months in Santa Cruz.

Amaszonas was acquired by Nella Linhas Aereas in 2021

“Complete Normality”

In its social networks, Amaszonas, which is also known as “Amas Línea Aérea”, stated that the information about the continuity of its services “are not real and are totally malicious, by people outside our company”.

The carrier says it will continue to offer its services with complete normality on the routes operated, although it has changed the flight schedule in recent days.

Amaszonas was founded in 1998 and started charter flights in 2000 with small planes. In 2012, with the end of AeroSur, the airline incorporated CRJ 200 jets to start commercial flights.

In 2021, the company Nella Linhas Aéreas acquired 100% of the capital of Amaszonas, after the airline almost went bankrupt.

Last year, the new owner announced the renewal of the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and plans to replace the fleet of E-Jers with Boeing 737-800s.


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