Recently, myself and some others were digging deep to find some non generic retro routes that we could fly, and we stumbled across the DC10 routes of Aerovías Venezolanas Sociedad Anonima or just Avensa for short. So, I decided to do one of them as an overnighter along with @unicorn, @Igor_M, @Ryan_Gibb and @CaptainHugh.
Flight Number: AVE1004
Departure Airport: Caracas Símon Bolívar (SVMI) 🇻🇪
Arrival Airport: Santiago Rosalía de Castro (LEST) 🇪🇸
Flight Time: 7h 20m
Starting off we have a tail shot of us all at the gate. We honestly couldn’t have picked a better time to depart because the sunset was unreal 🤌
Another angle of the stunning departure
After sleeping through the boring part of the flight, we woke up to a beautiful sunrise over North West Spain.
Bit of an experiment with angles, but I think it turned out well. Here’s a picture of @unicorn on final with me passing overhead
The last arrival coming into Santiago - @Igor_M Would have been Ryan but ofc he was still asleep
After our turnaround, we headed back to Caracas. Here’s a shot of @CaptainHugh banking out of Santiago
After around 16hr flight time in total, we were finally back approaching the Venezuelan coastline. If you look, you can even see Símon Bolívar Airport in the distance
The final shot, an absolute greaser by yours truly 😏 Unfortunately the same can’t be said for Hugh’s landing
It was an extremely fun group flight, and well worth the effort of finding the route. We decided to add the Avensa DC10 routes into our routes database, and they can be found under the Latin America section of This Sheet.