Fred Cox DC-8 Jet Collection – VIA DC-8-63
DC-8 Jet Collection
Internacional de Aviacion Sociedad Anonima
Color Scheme: Third Color Scheme on the DC-8
Dimensions: Length: 16″ (41cm),
Wingspan 12.5″ (32cm)
Produced by Atlantic Models,
Miami, FL. Acquired on January 10, 1997 from The Airplane Shop, Fairfield, NJ.
DC-8 History: VIASA had a relatively
short but colorful life as the National Flag Carrier of Venezuela.
The airline was created in 1959 by a decision of the Venezuelan
Government to transfer the International Routes of Aeropostal
(Linea Aeropostal Venezolana) to a new airline which was to be
free of government influence. This new airline was to be a joint
venture with Aeropostal owning 51% and private investors owning
the remaining 49%. This new airline was named VIASA and was designated
as the Flag Carrier of Venezuela. In 1960 VIASA ordered two Convair
880 Jetliners to fly from Venezuela to North & Central America
and also wet leased DC-8s from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines which
enabled them to begin services to Europe in April 1961. Once again,
KLM offered high quality guidance and expertise to this new airline,
like they had with Garuda Indonesian Airways and Philippine Airlines.
This close relationship between VIASA and KLM lasted for over
25 years and enabled VIASA to provide a high level of customer
service and become profitable right from the start. In 1965/1966
VIASA took Factory Delivery of two DC-8-53 aircraft and in 1968/1969
VIASA received their Factory Deliveries of two DC-8 Super 63 aircraft.
In the late 1960s VIASA also formed an all cargo airline subsidiary
named Transcarga which operated DC-8F Jet Trader aircraft on heavy
cargo routes to North & Central America. VIASA utilized their
DC-8 fleet, including those acquired and leased from KLM, throughout
the 1970s and into the 1980s. Click
Here to See VIASA’s DC-8 Fleet Information. In
fact, even though VIASA had entered the wide body aircraft "age"
in the 1970s, their DC-8-53s continued to play an important role
with the airline until 1984 and the DC-8-63s until 1986.
Sadly, VIASA went out of business in 1997 due to poor guidance
by Iberia (Flag Carrier of Spain) who had replaced KLM in that
role & extremely poor labor relations. There have been some
attempts to resurrect VIASA but none have been successful and
no airline to date has been able to provide the high level of
service that VIASA once did. Click Here
To See A DC-8-53 Model With A Different VIASA Color Scheme.
History Update – November 25, 2004: Up until
the mid 1970s YV-C-VIA (later YV-125C) operated as Venezuela’s
‘Air Force One’ for the president of Venezuela, until the purchase
of a dedicated Boeing 737-200. The seal of the Venezuelan Government
was applied near the nose. The DC-8-63s were also known as "El
Super Coloso" (Super Colossus).
Thanks to Chuck Corway for this additional information.
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