AviancaTaca Holding S.A. Incorporates Its First Airbus A330F Exclusively for Cargo Transport

  AviancaTaca Holding S.A. Incorporates Its First Airbus A330F Exclusively for
  Cargo Transport

-Tampa Cargo is the first operator of the A330-200 Freighter in the Americas.

-The first A330-200F aircraft to be operated by Tampa Cargo S.A. will be
assigned to international cargo services between Colombia, the United States,
Mexico, Brazil, and Peru among other countries in the region.

-AviancaTaca Holding S.A. ordered a total of four A330F type aircraft from the
European manufacturers which are ideal to serve highly demanding cargo
markets.

-In parallel with the expansion of the freight capacity and as part of the
preparation process for the incorporation of the new cargo fleet, Tampa Cargo
S.A. has optimized its processes, expanded its routes network and
significantly increased space in its on ground facilities.

Business Wire

MEDELLÍN, Colombia -- January 17, 2013

On Thursday, January 17, Tampa Cargo S.A. , the cargo airline of AviancaTaca
Holding S.A. headquartered in Colombia, officially incorporated the first of
four new Airbus A330-200F freighters purchased by the company from the
European manufacturer.

With the addition of this new eco-efficient aircraft on routes to and from
Colombia, the United States, Mexico, Brazil and Peru, Tampa Cargo S.A. offers
its customers in Latin America and the United States a modern and efficient
tool to provide greater capacity for transporting goods and merchandise.

The new Airbus A330-200F is the world’s most modern mid-size freighter which
is ideal to cover international routes to destinations with high operational
demand. These aircraft, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 772 engines, with a
capacity to transport up to 70 tons of cargo with a range of up to 4,000
nautical miles, are part of AviancaTaca’s strategy to consolidate its capacity
to transport freight in the region.

The new Airbus A330-200F aircraft, which boasts cutting-edge technology, is
known for its highly efficient operation and low levels of noise and
emissions. Its design was specifically devised for the simultaneous transport
of various cargo types, which makes the A330-200F the ideal solution to
transport different kinds of goods or materials on the same flight. This is
thanks to special devices that control temperature by zones.

According to AviancaTaca´s CEO, Fabio Villegas Ramírez, "Trends in the cargo
market throughout the Americas encourage us to expand this part of our
business. We want both importers and exporters in the region to see
AviancaTaca and Tampa Cargo as optimal partners for fulfilling their business
objectives. We expect this first Airbus A330-200F freight-only model to become
an invaluable support to companies who need to move goods and merchandise
throughout the continent."

                 Preparation for the arrival of the new fleet

Following Avianca and Taca Airlines operational integration, the synergy
capturing program for the cargo business was set in place with an integrated
effort in the design and implementation under a common policy led by the
Holding´s Vice President of Cargo. Thus the unification approval process for
transporting goods on passenger aircraft belies for all the group airlines, as
well as for the freighter fleet began.

As part of the preparation for the arrival of the new fleet, important
investments were set in place such as the expansion of on ground physical
space and the improvement of key processes which are an important link in
AviancaTaca´s air service chain and that include the expansion of the cargo
network route.

Ground Infrastructure, hangar and warehouse expansion

Over the past two years the facilities for receiving and packing cargo in
Bogotá, Lima and Medellín were refitted. This included the expansion and
refurbishment of warehouse space, administrative offices and aircraft
maintenance hangars. In the Eldorado International Airport in the Colombian
capital, warehouse capacity was increased by more than 200% and the
refrigerated cargo areas were expanded by 114%, which now have additional
spaces for the storage and preservation of goods that require cold chain
handling.

Meanwhile in Peru, the operational and administrative processes were unified
and the facilities and warehouses of Lima Cargo City were expanded in order to
provide service from a single point from the Jorge Chávez International
Airport in the Peruvian capital. During the first quarter of 2013, completion
of the tasks that will increase capacity for handling cargo in the warehouse
located in Miami is scheduled. The objective is to achieve an average increase
of 50% in the transport of imports and exports to and from this city, and a
77% increase in refrigerated cargo, which combined will achieve an average
growth of 57%.

Finally, the company also remodeled the aircraft hangar for Tampa Cargo S.A.
aircraft in Rionegro, (Antioquia). With a total area of 3,830 square meters,
the freight line has optimal spaces for inspection and maintenance of Boeing
B767-200, B767-300, B757-200, the Airbus A320 and A330 family as well as their
engines.

Process improvement and merchandise monitoring platform implementation

The reorganization of the cargo processes included the implementation of the
SkyChain system, by which all the cargo information from all the airlines of
the group was consolidated into a single platform. Thanks to this system,
customers are able to view the available capacity on each flight, make
bookings and track shipments online, ship their cargo at any station of the
group, use air waybills with any of AviancaTaca Holding S.A. airlines, enter
the respective documentation, reconcile their accounts and streamline their
deliveries.

Product portfolio expansion

The optimization and professionalization of the processes that make up this
important link in the chain of imports and exports has allowed the holding to
expand its portfolio of services to clients. Tampa Cargo is now at the
forefront of freight transportation, handling goods such as live animals,
perishable items, newspapers and printed materials, among others.

About AviancaTaca Holding. AviancaTaca Holding comprises Avianca, TACA,
AeroGal and Tampa Cargo, along with other regional airlines, providing air
services in several countries in Latin America, the United States and Europe,
with a modern fleet of 150 short, medium and long haul aircraft and an
exceptional team composed of more than 17,000 staff. Avianca, TACA, AeroGal
and Tampa Cargo directly serve more than 100 destinations in 25 countries,
which connect to more than 750 cities worldwide through partner airlines
around the globe. It has a frequent flyer program, LifeMiles, with more than
4.4 million members, its multi-hub operating model offers passengers and cargo
customers multiple flight options through its hubs in Bogotá, Colombia; San
Salvador, El Salvador; Lima, Peru and San José, Costa Rica. The airline group
also offers a broad portfolio of aviation products and services, including air
cargo services, courier services, aircraft maintenance services, specialized
training and tourist packages. After receiving the most prestigious awards for
the rigor and quality of its air and ground services, all the airlines of the
group continue to search and capture synergies for the benefit of their
customers. For more information please visit taca.com; avianca.com;
tampacargo.com and tacacargo.com

Contact:

AviancaTaca
Gilma Úsuga, (+571) - 587 77 00 Ext. 2246
Communications and Corporate Affairs
gilma.usuga@aviancataca.com
janeth.benitez@aviancataca.com
or
Claudia Arenas, (+502) 22795700 / 5600
claudia.arenas@aviancataca.com
 
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