The Venezuelan flag bearer Conviasa starts a rather unusual, but by no means surprising route.
New route connects Venezuela and Russia
The Russian Embassy in Venezuela has announced that Conviasa will start a new twice-weekly route between Caracas and Moscow from April 1, 2021. This is interesting on several levels:
- I love how the Russian embassy announces a new route for a Venezuelan airline
- The route starts with just a few days’ notice, suggesting that this may be more cargo than passengers. In fairness, cargo is a motivator for many routes these days, although I was able to see this flight with other types of cargo as well
The announcement from the Russian embassy ends with the following question:
“Ya te sientes la emoción del viaje?”
Which does ______________ mean:
“Are you already feeling the thrill of the trip?”
Ya te sientes la emoción del viaje? pic.twitter.com/paijr7lZUc
– EmbajadaRusaVEN (@EmbajadaRusaVen) March 25, 2021
The Venezuelan government severely restricts the countries that flights can be operated to, even though Russia is one of the countries that are allowed.
Conviasa operates some routes …
In some cases, Conviasa has a fleet that consists of about two dozen aircraft, but only two of which are broad bodies. This contains:
- A 28 year old A340-200 that has flown for Air France and Air Tahiti Nui, among others
- A 23-year-old A340-300 that has flown for Air China and Cathay Pacific, among others
In the past few months, the two aircraft have mainly operated a route from Las Piedras, Venezuela, to Tehran, Iran, Belgrade, Serbia and back to Las Piedras. Not sure if the Belgrade stop is just for refueling or what the connection is (no pun intended).
In January 2020, Conviasa was in the news for the start of a new route to Damascus, Syria, although it didn’t last very long.
And then there was that time when the Iranian airline Mahan Air started a flight between Tehran and Caracas.
Conviasa will start a new route between Caracas and Moscow on April 1, 2021. At least that is what the Russian embassy in Venezuela claims. While most of the route growth we’ve seen lately has been between places like Cleveland and Pensacola, this new route definitely stands out.
As an Avgeek and someone who loves to experience different airlines, I can’t even say how intrigued I would be to take this flight. I realize it isn’t happening, but that won’t stop me from dreaming about what the experience might be like …
What do you think of this new Caracas to Moscow flight?
(Featured image courtesy of Andres Ramirez)