Avianca S.A. (formerly Aerovías Nacionales de Colombia S.A., currently Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.) is the flag carrier airline of Colombia since 1919, when it was initially registered under the name SCADTA. Its hub is at the El Dorado International Airport, Bogota. Avianca is the largest airline in Colombia and a major one in Latin America.
In 1940, SCADTA merged with Colombian Air Carrier SACO, forming Avianca. In 1994, a strategic alliance was established to merge three of the most important enterprises of the aeronautical sector of Colombia: Avianca, the regional carrier SAM and the helicopter operator Helicol, which brought life to Avianca’s new system of operations.
The merger of Colombia’s Avianca and Salvadoran-based TACA in 2009, is the latest sign that consolidation in the Latin American airline sector is picking up. Since 2010, OceanAir is being rebranded Avianca Brazil. In 2012, Avianca and TACA were accepted as official members of Star Alliance.