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Rebranded from Santa Barbara Airlines (1995-2008)

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Maracaibo La Chinita (MAR)
Venezuela B
South America B

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4 Countries served
4 Destinations served
3 Routes served




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  • Read more 02FEB2014: Venezuela's SBA Airlines temporarily suspends flights to Tenerife
    SBA Airlines (S3, Maracaibo) has temporarily suspended flights from Caracas Simón Bolivar to Tenerife Norte with effect from February 1. While the Venezuelan carrier did not elaborate on the exact reason for the route's suspension simply referring to "reasons that are beyond their control", it is believed the country's foreign currency exchange crisis has played a part. So dire has the situation in the Latin American country become that fellow local carrier, RAVSA Venezolana (AW, Maracaibo), has been forced to suspend its operations as it is unable to pay insurance premiums on its aircraft to its London-based insurer. SBA has reportedly also returned its wet-leased B767-300(ER) TF-LLB (msn 25000) to Icelandair (FI, Reykjavik Keflavik) at the end of January. TF-LLB operated the last departure from Tenerife Norte. El Universal newspaper says SBA has been unable to access funds needed to buy spare parts and pay for MRO services owing to the lack of foreign liquidity at the Venezuelan government's forex control commission (Comisión de Administración de Divisas - CADIVI). The ch-aviation aircraft database shows SBA's international fleet consists of three B757-200s, two of which are currently undergoing maintenance, and two own B767-300(ER)s. Despite the long-haul route suspension, SBA will continue to operate flights from Caracas to Miami Int'l and Panamá City Tocumen Int'l.
  • Read more 05NOV2013: PAWA Dominicana to relaunch in 1Q2014 using two DC9s, one MD83
    PAWA Dominicana (7Y, Santo Domingo Las Américas) will now resume operations in either late January or early February 2014 using its original fleet of two DC-9-30s and a MD-82. In addition, four more MD-83s are set to join the airline during the first half of the year. According to sources privy to the start-up's operations, the following destinations will be served out of Santo Domingo Las Américas: Curacao, Valencia Arturo Michelena Int'l, Aruba, Caracas Simón Bolivar, Miami Int'l, Paramaribo Int'l, St. Maarten, and Punta Cana. New York JFK flights will commence during the second half of 2014 using a B767-300(ER) operated by Venezuela's sister carrier SBA Airlines (S3, Maracaibo).
  • Read more 21OCT2013: Venezuela's LTA keen on SBA's parked ATR42 fleet
    LTA - Linea Turistica Aereotuy (L4, Caracas Simón Bolivar) has expressed an interest in acquiring four parked SBA Airlines (S3, Maracaibo) ATR42-300s, all of which are currently stored at Caracas Simón Bolivar. While no official confirmation on the pending move has been issued by LTA thus far, sources familiar with LTA's maintenance operations have confirmed that preliminary inspections have been carried out of late. In addition, a Conviasa (V0, Caracas Simón Bolivar) ATR72-200, YV2422 (c/n 486) has also undergone checks though it is uncertain as to what interest, if any, LTA has in the aircraft. LTA operates a single ATR42-300 alongside a Dash 7 on a largely Venezuelan network with Aruba its only foreign destination.
  • Read more 01OCT2013: PAWA Dominicana to resume flights using an SBA 767?
    PAWA Dominicana (7Y, Santo Domingo Las Américas) is reportedly planning to resume flights using a B767-300(ER) from Venezuela's SBA Airlines (S3, Maracaibo). According to information at hand, the route being considered at this time is Caracas Simón Bolivar - Santo Domingo Las Américas - New York JFK. Prior to going out of business last year, PAWA had operated scheduled flights between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, Puerto Rico, Curaçao and other Caribbean destinations.
  • Read more 03JUN2013: Latvia's SmartLynx retires its sole B767-300
    SmartLynx Airlines (6Y, Riga) has retired its last B767-300, YL-LCY (msn 24952), from active duty following the end of a wet-lease contract with Venezuelan carrier, SBA Airlines (S3, Maracaibo). The move now means SmartLynx operates an exclusively Airbus Industrie (AIB, Toulouse Blagnac) fleet consisting of eight A320-200s for use on ad-hoc passenger, ACMI and charter flights across Europe, Africa and Asia.


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Aircraft TypeActiveInactiveTotalOn Order* BØ Age P  
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* Includes new or used aircraft not yet delivered for which a construction/manufacturer serial number is already known.


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