Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
National Air Transport Company
A once-large national airline and flag carrier for The New Republic of Sangria, with its main hub in the new capital of Ciudad Garcia. Founded through the merger of seven smaller regional airlines in 2926, the company has always been the largest in the nation, and among the top five on the planet. It is also the second-oldest air transport company on the planet behind Royal Marcos Airlines based out of San Marcos.
Trade Symbol : Avian
Home Office : System – Dumassas
President/CEO : Germán Efromovich
Founding Date : October 7th, 2926
Avianca FB-2772 “Airbus” landing at El Dorado International Starport, San Succi
Aerona “Longhaul” FB-335 undergoing night cargo loading a 100-ton submarine
The company operates a number of planes, under several separate divisions;
Avianca fleet on the tarmac at Diego Airfield, Ciudad Garcia
Avianca : The heart of the company’s operations, Avianca operates two-dozen (24) modern FB-2772s in international passenger and light cargo services, serving Buntar, Delancourt, and San Isabel. Its passenger flights to San Marcos, Tragnar and Von Doom have been curtailed greatly by recent civil disorder, but still flies charter flights on occasion.
Formerly this fleet was broken into separate small companies, built from the failed fleets of each nation’s national airlines, but the company has abandoned the pretext since, and openly fly all their planes under the single Avianca banner.
Avianca Cargo : Formerly known as Transportes Aereos Mercantiles (TAM), this company offers general cargo services across the planet using their modern Longhaul FB-335 cargo planes. It is internationally popular, and its planes are always in high demand, usually to destinations such as Von Doom and its starport.
Helicol “Pegasus” approaching Diego Airfield, Ciudad Garcia
Helicol “Airstream” in flight
Helicol : Based from Ciudad Garcia, Helicol operates a dozen (12) “Pegasus” helicopters and a dozen (12) “Airstream” small passenger planes. The company is unique, in that it operates all its helicopters and planes with electric fuel cells. It offers executive transport, air ambulance, and resource exploration services.
The company has its origins in 2926 with a single cargo plane operated by its founder, Ernesto Cortissoz, who eventually became the first president of the airline. He began flying passengers and mail, and within a year had grown his fleet to three DC-3D “Condor” STOL Air Transports. Over the next year, he managed convince the government he could transport its packaged mail, securing a contract, and then used that promise to secure a loan and several more surplus military planes. By 2932, he had ten planes and began international flights across the seas to San Marcos, and Delancourt.
In 2947 the company had become the national airline of Sangria, and went on to increase its fleet and international destinations. By 2962, the company started upgrading its fleet, selling-off the older “Condors” for more modern aircraft. In 2978, it merged with Helicol , and began a series of mergers with regional airlines to make it become, in 3009 the second-largest airline on the planet, with numerous subsidiary and regional lines associated with it and under its control.
In 3021, during the Sangrian Civil War, the airline shifted its hub to Ciudad Garcia, and was forced to reduce its regional presence with the loss of several of its planes in their hangars in the capital at San Succi. Although now reduced in size and local importance, it remains a force to be reckoned with in planetary hauling efforts, and was recently acknowledged as an important company by being introduced to The Industrialist’s League as a full member.
The airline continued to dominate passenger traffic across the planet, particularly with regular access to the orbital station of “The Factory” through only a few select locations, that are generally connected internationally only by Avianca. The troubles of both civil and world disorder, and the 3025 Outworld Flu hurt the company appreciably, but after scrapping several older planes for parts, they are still in a good situation financially, and are poised to profit from the international failure of many other national airlines.
In mid-3026, the company bought-out the national airline in San Isabel, and expanded its fleet to completely replace that nation’s international flight service, while allowing the smaller local airlines to pick-up the smaller domestic flights and cargo shipments. It also reached an arrangement with BQB’s parent company Buquebus, to provide ancillary passenger services in WIGE transport between key markets. So far, the deal has proven profitable for all parties involved, and given Avianca an important role as the potential future carrier for The Commonwealth of Nations.