Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Former PLUNA employees announces successor for the failed carrier

The union of employees of the failed Urugayan flag-carrier PLUNA has announced a successor for the former national airline. PLUNA was forced to cease operations on July 5, 2012 and was soon put into liquidation. The airlines fleet of Bombardier CRJ900 ware sold in October. The most of the airlines routes have been overtaken by BQB Airlines.

The successor is scheduled to commence operations on April 1, 2013 with an fleet of several CRJ900, according to several sources nine of those jets are expected (old PLUNA had 13 CRJ900). The airline shall start with 490 employees, an huge number of the former staff of 750 PLUNA employees. The airline is managed and owned by the worker´s union. The company name until now is COOPLUNA, but the final name is not clear until new. Maybe the airline will pick up the former PLUNA branding (like Swiss) or adopt a brand new name (like Brussels Airlines did). The company is based on Montevideo Airport.

The government of Uruguay has announced to subsidize the new airline with USD 15 million. According to the business plan, the new PLUNA will make losses around USD 7 million in its first year of operation.


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