Sunday, August 28, 2005

TANS and Airline Industry: Reuters (Robin Emmott) inserts the TANS crash into a broader piece on the airline industry. "The gruesome TANS jet crash that killed 39 people in Peru's jungle last week has underscored the dangers of air travel in a country where hundreds of people already die every year in road accidents, overshadowing the country's hopes to boost tourism." CITED: Carlos Palacín, (Peru's Association of Domestic Airlines and head of carrier Aerocondor, which operates two aircraft in Peru); John Elliot, president of Peru's Civil Aviation Association. NOTE: TANS, founded in the 1960s by the air force to help serve jungle communities, has around $15 million in debt, according to industry estimates. ALSO: Peru's five operators -- LAN, StarPeru, Aerocondor, TANS and El Salvador's TACA -- are struggling with record fuel prices that account for half their overheads." NOTE: "At least seven commercial planes have crashed in Peru in the past five years, killing more than 90 people, according to the InterAmerican Commission of Aviation Lawyers."NOTE: "Only four of the 52 airports in Peru have the technology to operate after dark and most are little more than airstrips built decades ago. Only Lima has a radar." ALSO: "None of the five airlines operating Peru's domestic routes make any money and only Chile's LAN Airlines has cash to invest because of the success of its international routes, according to Peru's Association of Domestic Airlines."NOTE: "Peru does have new airlines vying to take advantage of rising tourist flows, including Spanish travel group Marsans, which plans to start running Aerolineas del Peru this year. Brazil's OceanAir says it will soon begin running domestic flights in Peru via its Wayra Peru unit." See Also: 'Peru's Skies Crowded Again' in January 3's Flight International.

Other TANS Stories:

Comrade Artemio Reappears: Reuters reports on today’s interview in La Republica with ‘Comrade Artemio,’ "the man who said he was the top leader of Peru's Shining Path rebels outside of prison ... and announced the resumption of armed actions by the communist organization, which is on Washington's list of terror groups." The newspaper said it was "an exclusive interview in the Peruvian jungle last week," and included a photograph of "Comrade Artemio" in a black ski mask and black T-shirt. SEE ALSO: ‘Sendero Suggests Strikes’ in April 30, 2004’s Peruvia.

Toledo At 10%: Angus Reid Conultants reviews the latest Datum International poll and concludes that "Alejandro Toledo maintains a low level of public support in Peru." NOTE: Only 10% of respondents approve of the president’s performance, down two points since June. SEE ALSO: The most recent University of Lima poll and 'Toledo's Numbers Dismally Up' in August 23's Peruvia.

Discovering Tiwanaku, cont.: The Cleveland Plain Dealer reviews Charles Mann’s 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus. For extended information, see ‘Discovering Tiwanaku’ in Friday’s Peruvia.

No Llamas For India: Kashmir Live (Majid Jahangir) reports that "India’s Central Government has shot down a proposal of the state government to import two breeds of camelia family. The J- K Government was planning to introduce the two animals — Lhama and Alpaca — from South America, to meet the increasing demand of meat and wool in the state. The state government had recently written to the Central Ministry of Agriculture for allowing them to import ten animals each of Lhama and Alpaca to study their adaptability and productivity in this region." CITED: Dr. Mohammed Deen, Secretary of Animal and Sheep Husbandry.

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