1931The airline Transportes Aéreos Centroamericanos (TACA), was founded in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in 1931.
1934TACA expanded into Central America, operating in El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama and flying a fleet of 14 aircraft, 10 pilots and 80 employees.
1939The airline began to position itself as a strong player in the Air Cargo Market transporting 10,000 tons of cargo and 200 tons of mail.
1940On June 14, 1940, Aerovías Nacionales de Colombia S.A. - Avianca, was constituted; the company resulted from the integration of SCADTA and Servicio Aéreo Colombiano – SACO.
1943 By this year, TACA already had presence in Colombia and Venezuela and was able to unite all of the Americas from the United States to Argentina.
1946Avianca expands it's flights to Quito, Lima, Panama, Miami, New York and Europe which were operated in DC4 and C54.
1946TACA centralized its operation in New Orleans.
1956Avianca flew the Colombian delegation that participated in the Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. A total of 61 hours of operation, stopping exclusively for refueling.
1960Avianca operates its first jet, the Boeing 707-120. In the following eight years the Boeing 720B, 727-100/200 and 737-100 were incorporated to the fleet.
1960The Salvadoran entrepreneur Ricardo Kriete gained control of the airline TACA.
1966TACA became part of the jet era, acquiring the BAC1-11 aircraft, originally from England.
1973Transportes Aéreos Mercantiles Panamericanos – Tampa Cargo S.A. is created and begins operations with flower exports to the United States.
1974First non-U.S. international flight in the route Mexico - Medellin. "Aeronáutica Civil” (Civil Aeronautics) authorizes Tampa the operation of the Medellín - Bogotá route.
1976Always at the forefront, Avianca became the first Latin American airline to operate the 747 jumbo jet (models - 100-200B), which until 1994 was part of its fleet.
1979Tampa Cargo acquired Two Boeing 707 – 320C
1981The possibilities for ground service for passengers in Bogotá expanded thanks to the construction and commissioning of the modern Terminal Puente Aéreo of Avianca. Initially the routes to Miami, New York, Cali, Medellín, Pasto and Montería were served from this terminal.
1982TACA began operations to Houston and Los Angeles and resumed Honduras operation, specifically to Tegucigalpa.
1982Hub opening: Barranquilla and Cali. Two new aircraft B-707 became part of the Tampa Cargo fleet.
1983During a year of transitions, TACA created its maintenance station in San Salvador, ceased to operate in Guatemala and Costa Rica and began operations to San Francisco.
1988Tampa acquire his first Douglas DC8 aircraft.
1989Towards the end of the 80’s and during the early 90`s, TACA led the regional air industry consolidation, through the acquisition of operators such as Lacsa from Costa Rica, Aviateca from Guatemala, Nica from Nicaragua, Sansa from Honduras and five more regional airlines.
1990Avianca acquired two of the most modern airplanes in the world: Boeing 767-200 ER, which were baptized with the names of Cristóbal Colón and Américo Vespucio .
1990Tampa Cargo was decorated with the "Cruz al Mérito Aeronáutico", granted by the Colombian Government.
1991The first Douglas DC8-71 F for Tampa Cargo arrive.
1992The first McDonnell Douglas MD83 arrives. A year later, the Fokker 50 arrived for Avianca.
1994A strategic alliance was created, which linked the three most important companies in the aeronautical sector in Colombia: Avianca, SAM (Sociedad Aeronáutica de Medellín), and HELICOL (Helicópteros Nacionales de Colombia), which gave life to the Avianca system.
1996Tampa's agreement with Martinair, a Dutch airline part of the renown KLM group; was signed.
1997The Group of airlines was officially consolidated under the name Grupo TACA.
1998TACA acquired the first A319 and A320 and introduces Clase Ejecutiva Service (business class)
2000TACA expanded to South America with the TACA Peru brand, and starts operating the Lima hub.
2000Tampa cargo constructs a new hangar Rionegro Antioquia, becoming one of the most modern in Latin America .
2001As a result of the 2001 airline industry crisis, TACA began a transformation plan focused on the renewal of its fleet, implementing operational excellence and the optimization of the revenues and costs structure.
2002On May 20, Avianca and SAM along with Aces (Central airlines of Colombia) created the Alianza Summa. In November 2003 the shareholders decided to initiate the liquidation of the Summa Alliance society and gear their efforts towards consolidating the Avianca brand.
2003The conquest of new skies in America came with the introduction of flights to various destinations in United States. Two years later, TACA launched the first direct route between El Salvador and Perú.
2003Tampa Cargo celebrates 30 years transforming their corporate image and renewing its fleet of aircraft, receiving four Boeing 767-200 aircraft.
2005In line with its goal of achieving leadership in the region, the company changed its corporate name and registered as Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.
2008On February 21, the first Airbus A320 arrived; to date Avianca operates 55 aircraft from this manufacturer.
2008In July, it becomes part of the Synergy Group, which also owns Avianca; and in November assumes the operation of the capacity of the bellies of all Avianca International filghts
2009Avianca returns to the stock market through an important advance bond issue in June.
2009Towards the end of 2009 TACA includes in its flight offer routes to and from main capitals secondary cities throughout South America.
2009In October, Aerovías del Continente Americano, Avianca; and the Central American TACA Airlines announce the signing of an agreement between shareholders which consequently begin their integration as AviancaTaca.