On February 8, I posted that there were rumors circulating of Avianca starting service from Boston Logan to Bogota, Colombia, which would be Logan’s first non stop flight to South America.
Recently, the validity of these whisperings was augmented, as Avianca has put Boston to Bogota flights on sale from June 2, 2017. The flights will operate four times per week in each direction, leaving Bogota on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, and returning to Colombia on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and the cheapest flights are initially showing for around $640 round trip.
A Look at the Aircraft
Predictably enough, the Airbus A319-100s operating these 2,612 mile flights will be the smallest aircraft of any Logan-involved intercontinental flight. Even the specially-configured Boeing 737-700s utilized by Scandinavian Airlines on its Boston to Copenhagen flights – 737s which feature a significant reduction in capacity in exchange for added range – are larger. However, I think the A319 is a prudent choice for these flights. For one, it won’t have to deal with the same degree of headwinds – and the consequent reduction in range – that a westbound transatlantic flight would encounter. Moreover, the 120 seats (12 business/108 economy) provide an ideal balance of capacity (necessary to generate revenue) without significant sacrifices in comfort, which is necessary for a six-hour flight.
It remains to be seen whether this flight will be successful or not. What is certain, though, is that this is a win for Boston-based travelers who, up to this point, have had to make connections through Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or other airports in the Southeastern United States in order to get to South America. And while there are a number of other potential markets on that continent as well, including places in Brazil like Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, I find this to be a very good start.