TANS and Airline Industry
(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
: "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:
The Associated Press
(Monte Hayes) follows up on TANS travellers Monica Glenn and William Zea
The NY Daily News
(Nicole Bode) continues their follow up on the Vivas family. NOTE
: The family and the reporter flew out of Pucallpa on a Star Peru
The Times of London
reviews the four most recent air crashes which have "claimed the lives of 334 people.
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
The Washington Post
printed two letters in appreciation (and one less so) of last week’s trave article to Manu. See ‘Travel’ in August 21’s Peruvia
The Kansas City Star
(Darryl Levings) offers a story titled ‘Perils of the Amazon,’ a family-oriented travel piece datelined, ‘Somewhere Off the Napo River
’ and that started in Iquitos aboard Explorama’s
three-decker Amazon Queen. "Our particular trip was with dozens of Pembroke Hill School seventh-graders and parents." NOTE
: "Peter Jenson, Explorama’s founder, thinks the Amazon gets a bad rap. ‘There’s nowhere near as many mosquitoes here as there is in Wisconsin. And it’s not as hot as Washington, D.C.
" A Slide Show
as well as a ‘Getting There
’ sidebar accompany the story.
The Times of London
offers the ‘Confessions of a Tourist,’ an attempt at humour. "But it’s in South America that my dignity has most comprehensively imploded. I was in Chivay, a tiny village at 12,000ft in the Peruvian mountains. Chivay
had one shop, one post office and an Irish pub. I went to the pub and ordered a "bacon burger". "Would you like it heated?" asked the Irish barman, José. "No, I’d like it cooked." But José wafted the burger over the lukewarm coals just long enough to galvanise every dormant bacterium in Peru. Half an hour later, I was running for the loo."
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.