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Founded 1962
Hubs El Dorado International Airport
Fleet size 15 ([1])
Destinations 38 ([2])
Company slogan Primero mi país. (2011)
SATENA Es Colombia.
Parent company Colombian Air Force
Headquarters Bogotá, Colombia
Key people General Javier Perez

SATENA (acronym of Servicio Aéreo a Territorios Nacionales) is a Colombian government owned airline based in Fontibón, Bogotá, Colombia.[3][4][5][6] It operates regional, domestic and international routes. Its main hub is El Dorado International Airport.


SATENA was first established on April 12, 1962 by the President of the Republic, Alberto Lleras Camargo, who created the airline using Decree 940 in order

"to form an aerial transport service for the benefit of the underdeveloped regions of the country, with the object of promoting the welfare of educational campaigns, agricultural and pastoral development and the economic and social progress of such territories."

In order to achieve this under government auspices, the airline was then entrusted to the control of the Colombian Air Force, initiating its first operations with the routes Bogotá - Leticia and Leticia - Tarapacá - El Encanto - Puerto Leguízamo. The Government equipped the company with one C-54, two C-47, two Beaver L-20 aircraft, and later added two PBY Catalina amphibious aircraft, property of the Rotatory Fund of the Colombian Air Force. Later, in 1964, it added three additional C-47 and two more C-54 aircraft, all of them donated by the United States International Development Agency.

In 1965, SATENA, in coordination with the Bank of Bogotá, began a new service named AeroBanco, which was created to facilitate air travel to other areas largely or completely inaccessible by road.

Due to great success in the areas served by the airline, President Carlos Lleras Restrepo put into effect Law 80 of December 12, 1968 where it was decreed that SATENA would be treated as a public establishment, with all legal functions controlled by the Ministry of National Defence.

In 1972, SATENA acquired newer British-Built AVRO HS-748 turboprop aircraft capable of carrying 48 passengers. Between 1984 and 1985, the airline incorporated two Fokker F28 jet aircraft with the capacity to transport 65 passengers.

Since its creation, the airline has performed many public services on behalf of the Colombian people, having provided service during crises in the country's history, as was the case of the Huila and Cauca earthquake of June 6, 1994, when SATENA performed search and rescue operations, airlifted local residents, as well as transporting needed medicines, foods and aid in general to the site of the tragedy.

In 1996, the largest modernisation of the airline began, with the arrival of six Dornier Do328 turboprop aircraft capable of carrying 32 passengers. These aircraft represent the new generation of equipment for regional routes.

In 2002, SATENA incorporated into its fleet one Embraer ERJ 145 with capacity for 50 passengers which arrived to replace the departing Fokker F28, which was reaching its maximum airframe hours.

In 2004, SATENA became the airline with the newest and most modern aerial fleet in Colombia, when it incorporated two new Embraer ERJ 145 aircraft, allowing it to perform faster and more efficient services to its mostly isolated destinations.


The new Embraer 170 will be used to increase frequencies on existing routes and to open new domestic destinations. These will include Barranquilla, Leticia, La Primavera, El Encanto and Yopal, Corozal


As of 27 November 2010, the SATENA fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 13.3 years:[7]

The last Dornier 328 is to be phased out by November 14, 2013 with Beech 1900 aircraft replacing them while the passenger demand dies out. Satena also has Let L-410 Turbolet planes, operated by Searca mostly between San Andrés and Providencia and one of the Y-12 is to be implemented into the route. One other Y-12 is to operate between Neiva and Florencia and the other to be based at Medellin's Olaya Herrera Airport.

Accidents and incidents

  • On 20 November 1977, Douglas C-47B FAC-1127 crashed in Colombia.[14]


  1. ^ 2006
  2. ^ 2006
  3. ^ "Oficinas." SATENA. Retrieved on January 20, 2011. "Oficina Principal Av. El Dorado No. 103 - 08, entrada 1, interior 11."
  4. ^ "Mecanismos de Control." SATENA. Retrieved on January 20, 2011. "Oficina Principal: Avenida Eldorado Entrada 1, Interior 11."
  5. ^ "Satena Aerolíneas." City of Bogota. Retrieved on January 20, 2011.
  6. ^ "Satena." City of Bogota. Retrieved on January 20, 2011. "Avenida El Dorado # 103 - 08."
  7. ^ SATENA fleet list at
  8. ^ "FAC-685 Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "FAC-661 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 September 2010. 
  10. ^ "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 17 August 2010. 
  11. ^ "FAC-663 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "FAC-676 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 15 August 2010. 
  13. ^ "FAC-1125 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  14. ^ "FAC-1127 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  15. ^ "FAC-1120 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 August 2010. 
  16. ^ "FAC-668 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  17. ^ "FAC-1129 Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  18. ^ "FAC-1126 Accident report". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  19. ^ "Official accident investigation report". Autoridad Aeronáutica Civil. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 

External links

  • SATENA (Spanish)
  • SATENA route map
  • Satena photos by
  • Video Tribute
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