Francisco Pope's visit to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay
2 years after the visit of Pope Francisco to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay are met. At this time, we made a special coverage of the arrival of Pope Francisco to South America from the point of view aeronautical and all the logistics around her as media visit.
They spent more than 30 years since the last time a pope visited Ecuador, this time was John Paul II in 1985 also coming to Venezuela, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago. Ecuador opportunity in this recent visit and repeated Bolivia and Paraguay joined other countries honored to receive the "First Pope Sudamericano".
Remember the story
John Paul II began his visit to South America in 1985 Venezuela on January 26 from Rome. Upon arrival immediately he transported into a DC-10-30 of the former Vyasa YV-138C captained by Rogelio Cortez. This DC-10 moved between the Maiquetia and Maracaibo. Aeropostal later would take him on a DC-9 registration YV-24C between Maracaibo-Merida-Maiquetía / Maiquetia-Ciudad Guayana-Maiquetía.
It was on Tuesday, January 29, 1985 at 17:56 pm when John Paul II landed in the now former Mariscal Sucre International Airport of Quito on a DC-10 registration I-DYNC and named "Luigi Pirandello" Alitalia official airline and it has always been commissioned to transport the Pope from Italy to the rest of the world. From Venezuela landed on the military Mariscal Sucre platform for welcoming speeches and protocol visits also make the case. He later moved to the cities of Latacunga, Cuenca and Guayaquil, provided by the local official transporter that occasion, the former SAN - National Air Services, which on a Boeing 727-100 HC-BIB "Ciudad de Cuenca" transported from Quito the Pontiff to those cities. The aircraft had an interior renovated especially for the Pope's visit, with special VIP seating and a "first class" as well-off according to technical requirements of the Vatican.
The visit to Ecuador would end on 1 February of the same year in Guayaquil, when at 12 noon John Paul II continued his journey to the neighboring country of Peru where in Lima continue with your visit, this time again aboard the DC -10 Alitalia. During his visit in Peru he visited 8 cities in which it was carried on a Boeing 727 from the world famous and now defunct Aeroperú between cities like Arequipa, Piura, Cuzco and others.
Rome to Quito
Francisco's journey to South America, his first visit to this region of the planet, began at 9 am local time from Rome - Fiumicino aboard the Vatican official airline, Alitalia. This time, unlike other papal trips, was conducted in an Airbus A330 instead of regular Boeing 777 transported to the Pope on other occasions. Possibly at airports operational complexity high, as is Quito or even to make the trip more economical and less entourage. The plane chosen for this occasion was the Airbus A330-202 EI-EJL, with only 3 years of operations for the Italian flag carrier.
After 12 hours and 30 minutes direct flight from Rome he landed at the Mariscal Sucre in Quito, leaving behind the 30 who had to wait for the Ecuadorian Catholic people to get their land back to a pope. After a brief holding pattern over the North VOR to reach the recommended start approach procedure flight number AZ4000 down to the capital of Ecuador and minutes later was seen aligned on track and ready to land altitude. From the control tower he was granted authorization and Pope Francisco was already in Ecuadorian lands in the middle half of the world.
The plane took the 4,100 meters of runway to leave the same, time in which the pilots took the opportunity to poke through the windows of the cabin, in a very nice ceremonial gesture, the flags of Ecuador and the Vatican, Francisco was minutes Ecuadorian stepping lands for the first time as pope. Following a "Follow Me car" the plane headed toward the general aviation platform and protocols, which had been adapted and pre-tested with the A330 Tame to ensure that the size and ground services work perfectly, was the first time such a large aircraft occupied the platform. Tame during the visit was the official airline to transport the party, guests and international press between Quito and Guayaquil, and also provide transportation to religious leaders from neighboring countries to which the airline flies.
Controls and prior security on arrival had been extreme, and the airport, which closed its operations for 2 hours, was restricted only passengers were allowed to reach the only way enabled, even as a means of communication we are complicated arrive to the terminal. Given these restrictions the number of people waiting for the Pope was no more, but the interest of the airport staff was tall and taking advantage of 2 free hours by closing the airport were an excuse to get as close as possible to the plane and take pictures.
South raudamente the plane north of the runway sense parked, the passenger stairs descent were installed, and few minutes later the Pope was already in Ecuadorian lands.
The next day, Monday, July 6 at 9 AM, Pope Francisco moved to Guayaquil, unlike the previous visit by local flights in SAN, made it aboard the Alitalia Airbus A330 flight number AZ4002. After 25 minutes of flight, the airbase Simon Bolivar received for the second time in its history so important eminence. On the same day at 17 hours materialized return to Quito, where on July 8 would move to Bolivia.
Quito to La Paz
On July 8 planned the trip from Quito to La Paz. Given the complexity of the operation in the El Alto International Airport, which requires special certification for operation over 13 thousand feet (airport Height: 13,314 feet) and even landing and takeoff operation with oxygen mask at all times. With that in mind it was necessary to have a local operator to safely move the pontiff between these airports. It is so BoA - Boliviana de Aviacion, became the official airline of the transfer of Pope between Quito, La Paz and Santa Cruz, on other visits by a pope to Bolivia was the Loyd Aereo Boliviano defunct airline in charge of this operation and privilege .
BoA landed for the first time in Quito the same 8 July, bringing its newest aircraft, the Boeing 737-700NG CP-2923 that flew as Bolivian Pastoral 900. The output was scheduled for 12 noon, but the flight was delayed 1 hour. While BoA flight carrying the Pope to La Paz, the Airbus 330 Alitalia traveled straight to Santa Cruz, Viru Viru landing at the International Airport where the Pope would expect to continue to Paraguay.
After 3 hours, the Papal flight entered the airspace of Bolivia and was escorted by 2 airliners T-33 Air Force. Bodyguards followed the flight until the aircraft landed safely and uneventfully in Bolivian lands. After following the protocols established in La Paz, the flight continued on to Santa Cruz at 20 local time, where his visit would end on July 10 at 12:45 noon. The journey continued again aboard the Alitalia plane to Asuncion.
Santa Cruz to Asuncion
Lasting 2 hours 15 minutes arrived in Paraguay Pope Francis aboard "his plane" the A330. In time he landed in Asuncion Silvio Pettirosi International Airport where it would be his last stop on his first visit to the region. His visit in the last Latin American country lasted until Sunday, July 12, always remaining in the Paraguayan capital. During the visit of John Paul II to Paraguayan lands this was made in a historic Boeing 707 disappeared and remembered LAP
At 19 local time, the Airbus 330 began its final leg, this time with flight number AZ4001 direct to Rome, this time to Ciampino-GB Pastine International Airport or known as Rome Ciampino Airport. After more than 13 hours of flight the Pope was back on Italian soil ending a 9-day trip that involved a major air logistics and high safety parameters throughout its operation involved, with the backing of the authorities of each country he was fully complied, leaving very high throughout the region.
Papal whole trip took more than 3,500 aeronautical people involved directly and indirectly from 4 participating countries, including Italy. Between controllers, pilots, ground staff and others, totaling more than 82,000 man hours to carry all protocols and entrusted to the visit of Pope Francisco, which flew approximately slightly more than 15,000 miles between Europe and South activities going on 6 different airports and flying both Airbus and Boeing.
We conclude with a special thanks to Quiport SA for allowing access platform to get close to the Alitalia plane, Captain Enrique Burgos by historical photos 1985 Dusan Mercado, David Cari and Spotting And Aviation of Bolivia for the photos his country and Juan Carlos Andrada www.aeronauticapy.com by collaboration from Paraguay.
Technical data Alitalia
|Home HUB||Rome Fiumicino International Airport|
|Destinations (national and international)||102|
|Seating||C28 W21 Y175|
|Engines||2 x GE CF6-80E1A4|
technical data BoA
|Home HUB||Jorge Wilstermann International Airport|
|Destinations (national and international)||12|
|Airplane||Boeing 737-700 NG|
|Seating||Y186 (Modified for the occasion 4 VIP seats)|
|Engines||2 x CFMI CFM56-7B20|