Venezuelan flag carrier Conviasa is launching a rather unusual, but not at all surprising, route.
New route will connect Venezuela & Russia
The Russian Embassy in Venezuela has announced that Conviasa will launch a new twice weekly ~6,200 mile route between Caracas and Moscow as of April 1, 2021. This is interesting on a couple of levels:
- I love how it’s the Russian embassy announcing a new route for a Venezuelan airline
- The route is launching with just a few days advance notice, suggesting that perhaps this is more about cargo than passengers; now, in fairness, cargo is a motivator for a lot of routes nowadays, though I could also see this flight carrying some other kinds of cargo
The announcement from the Russian Embassy finishes with the following question:
“Ya te sientes la emoción del viaje?”
Which translates to:
“Do you already feel the thrill of the trip?”
The government of Venezuela greatly limits the countries to which flights can be operated, though Russia is among the countries that’s allowed.
Conviasa operates quite some routes…
For some context, Conviasa has a fleet consisting of roughly two dozen planes, though only two of those are wide bodies. That includes:
- A 28 year old A340-200 that used to fly for for Air France and Air Tahiti Nui, among other airlines
- A 23 year old A340-300 that used to fly for Air China and Cathay Pacific, among other airlines
In recent months the two planes have primarily been operating a route from Las Piedras, Venezuela, to Tehran, Iran, to Belgrade, Serbia, and back to Las Piedras. I’m not sure if the Belgrade stop is simply in order to refuel, or what the connection is there (no pun intended).
In January 2020, Conviasa was in the news for launching a new route to Damascus, Syria, though that didn’t last for very long.
And then there was that time when Iranian carrier Mahan Air launched a flight between Tehran and Caracas.
Conviasa is launching a new route between Caracas and Moscow as of April 1, 2021. Or at least that’s what the Russian Embassy in Venezuela is claiming. While most of the route growth we’ve seen lately has been between places like Cleveland and Pensacola, this new route most definitely stands out.
As an avgeek and as someone who loves to experience different airlines, I can’t even begin to say how fascinated I’d be to take this flight. I recognize it’s not happening, but that won’t stop me from daydreaming about what the experience might be like…
What do you make of this new Caracas to Moscow flight?
(Featured image courtesy of Andres Ramirez)