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Nuevo Continente

Nuevo Continente was an airline based in Lima, Peru. It operated scheduled and charter domestic and international services. It was originally named Aero Continente in 1992 and short after it became Peru's leading airline, controlling up to 90% of the market at one point.


The airline was established as Aero Continente on January 4, 1992 and started operations on 25 May 1992. It was formed in Tarapoto to take advantage of tax incentives for investments in outlying regions. Initial operations focused on charter work in support of oil exploration, but commercial flights were added on July 20, 1993.

During the company's early stages, it faced major competition from Peru's flag carrier, Aeroperu. But Aeroperu faced economic problems and Aero Continente began to gain ground on its main rival. After the demise of Aeroperu in 1999, Aero Continente became Peru's largest international air carrier.

Aero Continente joined forces with a Chilean investment group in late 1999 to launch Aero Continente Chile. However, the Chilean government accused the airline's personnel of using their airplanes for trafficking drugs and subsequently grounded Aero Continente Chile in June 2002 and seized their assets. The airline declared itself bankrupt the following month and accused the Chilean government of working to undermine Aero Continente Chile in order to benefit LAN Chile.

In January 2004 Aero Continente aircraft were banned from entering United States airspace due to safety concerns of the US government. On June 1, 2004, the United States Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control added the airline to its Listing of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons, making it illegal for Americans to trade with the company in any way. The same day, Fernando Zevallos was included on the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (the "Kingpin Act") by United States President George W. Bush.

The addition of the airline to the Listing of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons devastated Aero Continente. Because Global Aerospace, Aero Continente's insurer, is partially owned by Americans, Global Aerospace suspended all business with Aero Continente. Peruvian law requires that airlines operating in Peru have insurance, and so Aero Continente was forced to suspend all flights from July 12, 2004.

After being grounded for ten days, in an effort to save the company and its three thousand employees, the airline restarted operations under a new ownership structure and a new brand called Nuevo Continente. The airline was wholly owned by its employees. The United States Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control added Nuevo Continente to its list of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons. As of 2005, Nuevo Continente does not exist.


Up until the company ceased to exist in 2005, it operated services to the following domestic scheduled destinations: Arequipa, Cajamarca, Chiclayo, Cuzco, Iquitos, Juliaca, Lima, Piura, Pucallpa, Puerto Maldonado, Tacna, Tarapoto, Trujillo and Tumbes.

Other, former destinations were Quito, Guayaquil, Bogota, Caracas, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Miami, New York, Madrid, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, La Paz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Sao Paulo.

Fleet Details

3 - Boeing 727-022

3 - Boeing 727-023

2 - Boeing 727-035

2 - Boeing 727-051

2 - Boeing 737-130

1 - Boeing 727-264

2 - Boeing 737-201

1 - Boeing 737-204

1 - Boeing 737-205

3 - Boeing 737-222

1 - Boeing 737-241

3 - Boeing 737-247

1 - Boeing 737-281

1 - Boeing 767-205ER

1 - Boeing 767-219ER

1 - Boeing 767-2Q8ER

1 - Fairchild Hiller FH-227A

1 - Fairchild Hiller FH-227F

3 - Fokker F28-1000 Felowship

2 - Lockheed L-1011-1 TriStar

1 - Boeing 757-2G5

1 - Boeing 757-28A(F)

1 - Jetstream 31

External links

Fleet and Code Information

Historical Website

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