There were two moments in 2013 signaling Avianca’s arrival as a formidable player in the global airline industry. The first came in June at the Paris Air Show, where the Colombian carrier’s first ATR 72-600—emblazoned with Avianca’s livery—was prominently displayed throughout the event. The airline formally took delivery of the aircraft in a champagne-soaked handover ceremony under sunny skies at Le Bourget. The second moment came in November in New York, where ...

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