Lineas Aéreas de Transporte Nacional

of the Paraguayan Air Force
 

Key Facts

Short Name: LATN
Nickname: unknown
Main Role: Transport
Secondary Role:
First Formed: 1944
Parent Unit: Air Force HQ
Current Status: Disbanded

History

The unit was formed on 12.7.1944. But it was not until August 1945, when the airline started operations with some aircraft from the Paraguay Air Force (FAP). The main operations base at that time was Base Aérea Ñu-Guazú, as the was no commercial airport operational in Asunción. In 1947 seven Stinson aircraft replaced the Travel Air and Breda aircraft. During the revolution LATN had to stop operations from March 8, 1947 until September 9, 1947. In 1950 the center of operations was shifted to the Aeroclub of Paraguay at Kilometer 5 on Route Mariscal Estigarribia but the airline moved another time in 1951 to its permanent base at the Asunción International Airport. During the next years LATN many some additional aircraft. Due to financial problems the government decided in May 1989 to transfer all aircraft to the Grupo Aéreo de Transporte Especiales of the FAP. But it was only in 1991, when the assets of LATN were restored from aircraft received from the FAP. It was only four years later, when the airline had financial problems again and the government decided to liquidate the company and auctioned off all airline assets in 1995.

Subordinate Units

None.

Aircraft

Type Qty Service Example Serials
Consolidated Fleet 2 3 1931 – 1966 ZP-TAE,TAF,TAG
Breda Ba.44 1 1933 – 1947 T-15
Travel Air 6000 2 1945 – 1947 ZP-SEC,SED
Caproni Ca.309 Ghibli 2 1939 – n/a ZP-TAL,TAM
Stinson 108 Voyager 2 1947 – 1950 ZP-CAA,CAB
Stinson SR-10 Reliant 5 1947 – 1950 ZP-CAC,CAD,CAE,CAF,CAG
Aeronca Chief 11A 1 n/a – n/a ZP-TCF
Aeronca Sedan 15AC 4 1950 – n/a ZP-CAH,CAI,CAJ,CAK
Beech C35/D35/S35/A36 Bonanza 10/1/2/1 1951 – 1995 ZP-CAL,CAM,TAO,TAP,TAQ,TAR,TAV,TAW,TAX,TAZ,TBB
Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer 4 1953 – n/a ZP-CAN,CAO,CAP,CAQ
Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman 5 1954 – n/a ZP-CAV,CAW,CAX,CAY,CAZ
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina 2 1955 – 1988 ZP-CBA,CBB
Beech UC-45F Expeditor 8 n/a – n/a ZP-CBF,CBG,CBH,CBI,CBJ,CCB,TBG
Cessna 185 (U-17A) Skywagon 2 1961 – n/a ZP-CAF,CBE
Beech C33 Debonair 3 n/a – 1995 ZP-CAU(2),CAW(2),TWC
Cessna U-206G Stationair 5 1990 – 1992 ZP-CBR,CBS,CBU,CBV,CCA
Cessna 180 1 n/a – n/a ZP-CBW
Cessna 207 7 n/a – 1995 ZP-CCB(3),CCC,CCD,CCI,CCM,CCN, CCO
Cessna 402B Utililiner 1 n/a – n/a ZP-CCL


Unit Markings

Figure 1
To be added


Main Bases

Base Duration
Base Aérea Ñu-Guazú/Asunción 1944 – 1950
Route Mariscal Estigarribia/Asunción 1950 – 1951
Base Aérea Silvio Pettirossi IAP/Asunción 1951 – 1995


Photographs

None currently available.

More Information

References

Other Sources

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