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Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano (LAB)

Role: Civil Transport.

The civil airline was formed on 15.9.1925 with one Junkers F-13. Late in July, 1930, LAB initiated International service beginning with regular flights from La Paz, Bolivia to Corumbá, Brazil. Some of the aircraft of LAB were used as transport aircraft during the War of Chaco in the squadron Escuadron ‘Punta de Alas’. On May 14, 1941, by Legal Decree, LAB was nationalized. "Due to the unbearable financial situation of the Company" the government bought the stocks from private individuals at a fair price, thus transferring LAB into the hands of the country of Bolivia. During the following years LAB received some aircraft from Boeing and Fokker. On December 1, 1995, LAB was handed over to the brazilian company VASP (Viacao Aereo de Sao Paulo), which took over the management and direction of the company with the main offices in Cochabamba. The airline closed operations on April 1, 2007 but started flying with a Boeing 727 from Aerosur on May 17, 2007 again. The airline stopped operations again in 2008 and the Boliviana de Aviación was formed as a successor.

Air Bases:
Base Duration

Base Aérea Wilsterman/Cochabamba

1925 - 2008

Aircraft Used:
Type Qty Service Example Serials
Junkers F-13L/W 6/3 1925 - 1935 n/a
Junkers W.34ci 3 1930 - 1942 101-103
Ford 5-AT Trimotor 1 1932 - 1932 n/a
Junkers Ju-52 5 1932 - 1944 CB-17,18,21,22
Junkers K-43 3 1934 - 1935 104-106
Douglas C-47 Skytrain 19 1945 - 1977

CB-26-36,68,72,73,83,84,91,100,101,

CP-529,530,536,538,568,572,573,583,

584,591,600,601,605,607,733-735

Curtiss C-46A Commando 9 n/a - n/a CP-37,CP-67
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 10 1950 - 1968

CP-570,CP-571,CP-579,CP-580,

CP-597,CP-620,CP-621,CP-623,

CP-625,CP-627,CP-686

Douglas C-54 Skymaster 3 n/a - n/a CP-609,CP-610
Douglas DC-6B Skymaster 4 1960 - n/a CP-698,CP-707,CP-715,CP-2291
Lockheed L-188 Electra 1 1968 - 1974 CP-853
Fokker F-27 Friendship 6 1969 - 2007

CP-862,CP-863,CP-2013,

CP-2165,CP-2282,CP-2479

Boeing B-727 17 1970 - 2008

CP-861,CP-1070,CP-1223,CP-1276,

CP-1339,CP-1366,CP-1367,CP-2294,

CP-2323,CP-2324,CP-2365,CP-2427,

CP-2428,CP-2429,CP-2455,CP-2463,CP-2464

Fairchild-Hiller FH-227 4 1974 - 1984

CP-1116,CP-1117,CP-1175,CP-1176

Boeing B-707 2 1977 - 2000 CP-1365,CP-1698
Boeing B-767 3 1989 - 2006 CP-2425,CP-2426
Airbus A-300 1 1990 - 1991 PP-SNN
Airbus A-310 4 1991 - 2004 CP-2232,CP-2273,CP-2307,F-ODVF
Boeing B-737 2 1996 - 2008 CP-2313,CP-2391

 

Unit Insignia:

 

Lloyd Aéreo Boliviano

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