A new airline has filed paperwork to operate a series of domestic routes in Peru with a fleet list a mile long. Is Capricornio Air for real or more aptly named Baltia Peru? And if real, where does it expect to get a Boeing 777-400? (such planes do not exist)
Capricornio Air Seeks Regulatory Approval To Operate In Peru
The new airline, Capricornio Air SA, filed paperwork with Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) and has been granted a provisional permit to operate according to this report. Now the new company must initiate a certification process that will verify a number of safety and operational concerns before being allowed to take off.
Capricornio Air Fleet
In its regulatory filing, the airline lists an ambitious and diverse fleet of aircraft and helicopters, including:
- 777-400 (sic)
My goodness, this is an exhaustive list of aircraft.
Capricornio Air Destinations
The list is especially exhausting when you consider the new airline only plans to service domestic routes from its hub at Jorge Chávez International Airport in Lima (LIM). Those include 266 “minimum” weekly frequencies:
- Arequipa (AQP) – 35+ weekly frequencies
- Cajamarca (CJA) – 14+ weekly frequencies
- Chiclayo (CIX) – 14+ weekly frequencies
- Cusco (CUZ) – 56+ weekly frequencies
- Iquitos (IQT) – 21+ weekly frequencies
- Jaén (JAE) – 14+ weekly frequencies
- Juliaca (JUL) – 14+ weekly frequencies
- Piura (PIU) – 14+ weekly frequencies
- Pucallpa (PCL) – 14+ weekly frequencies
- Puerto Maldonado (PEM) – 14+ weekly frequencies
- Tacna (TCQ) – 14+ weekly frequencies
- Tarapoto (TPP) – 14+ weekly frequencies
- Trujillo (TRU) – 14+ weekly frequencies
- Tumbes (TBP) – 14+ weekly frequencies
While it may start with exclusively national flights, Capricornio Air’s diverse fleet signals more global ambitions.
Is Capricornio Air For Real?
New airlines are frequently proposed. Few actually get off the ground. Capricornio has actually filed paperwork with the government, but there are a number of concerns:
- Who is behind it?
- Who will run it?
- What is going on with the nonsensical fleet plan?
- Why is there not even a website?
Now it could be the fleet plan includes every possible aircraft and helicopter so Capricornio does not have to go back and add additional aircraft types later. But were that to be the case, it shows a tremendous deficit in planning for a carrier which hopes to begin operations later this year.
I’d be very surprised if Capricornio Air is for real. In this strange world I never say never, but this idea to flood Peru’s domestic market with a glut of new flights, especially if using widebody aircraft, certainly makes me scratch my head.