The airline was established on 1 November 1995 and started operations on 1 March 1996. It was wholly owned by Islas Airways until September 2006, when it was sold to the Canary islander group Grupo SOAC. At first it only covered airline flights to Cabimas, MÃ©rida, El VigÃa and Santa BÃ¡rbara del Zulia. The route to Alberto Carnevalli Airport in MÃ©rida was diverted to El VigÃa-Juan Pablo PÃ©rez Alfonzo International Airport after the crash of Flight 518. Later, the airlines took new destinations which covered the routes to Barquisimeto, Caracas, CumanÃ¡, Las Piedras (Punto Fijo), San Antonio del TÃ¡chira and Valencia with a single overseas flight that covered the route Caracas - Oranjestad (Aruba) and also international routes from Caracas to Barranquilla, Guayaquil, Lima, Madrid, Miami, Quito, Santiago de Compostela, Tenerife and Willemstad.
About the airline
Santa BÃ¡rbara Airlines C.A, doing business as SBA Airlines and formerly as Santa BÃ¡rbara Airlines prior to 2008, is an airline with its headquarters on the third floor of the Edificio Tokay in Caracas, Venezuela. It operates scheduled domestic and international services. Its main base is SimÃ³n BolÃvar International Airport (CCS), MaiquetÃa (Caracas), with a hub at La Chinita International Airport (MAR), Maracaibo.
SBA serve the following destinations: Panama (Panama City - Tocumen International Airport), Spain (Tenerife - Tenerife North Airport), United States (Miami - Miami International Airport) and its hub in Venezuela (Caracas - SimÃ³n BolÃvar International Airport Hub)
The SBA Airlines fleet consists of the following aircrafts: 4 Boeing 757-200, 2 Boeing 767-300ER, 2 MD-82 and 2 MD-83.
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