The Sinaloa Cartel would have more aircraft than Qatar Airways and Air France

Although they use smaller aircraft, the Sinaloa Cartel fleet is comparable to the main airlines in the world

The Sinaloa Cartel would have more aircraft than Qatar Airways and Air France

"The cartel's fleet is even comparable to some of the major international airlines," said Jorge Gustavo Arévalo-Kessler, the pilot who was flying for the Sinaloa Cartel and sentenced to 11 years in prison. Although they generally use smaller aircraft than the Boeing and Airbus used to transport passengers, the criminal network has a larger fleet than many airlines around the world, with which it moves large amounts of drugs and money.

Leer en español: El Cartel de Sinaloa tendría más aviones que Qatar Airways y Air France

In fact, the New York Times pointed out that the Sinaloa Cartel generates close to 3,000 million dollars a year. Although there is evidently no database with information on the logistics and operations of the cartel, the size of its air fleet is estimated based on the number of aircraft confiscated by the Mexican authorities. Between 2006 and 2015, 599 aircraft and helicopters linked to the cartel were confiscated.

"Considering that this number is exclusively confiscated air fleet, not active, the absolute total is probably higher and we can expect the cartel to replenish its losses after these operations," said an article published by Infobae. When knowing the number of airplanes of the drug trafficking group, it has been said that they have a larger fleet than Aeromexico, the largest airline in the country. Next, we compare the data of the Sinaloa Cartel with some of the main airlines in the world.

Sinaloa Cartel

Country: Mexico

Foundation: 1989

Alliances: Gulf Cartel, The Knights Templar

Fleet: 599 confiscated aircraft and helicopters. It is presumed that they replace aircraft to maintain operations

Types of aircraft: Cessna, Gulfsteam, Piper, Boeing

Tours

4771 clandestine airstrips in the northern states of Mexico

It is estimated that they have operations in 50 countries, but it is difficult to identify routes.

Qatar Airways

Country: Qatar

Foundation: 1993

Alliances: Oneworld

Fleet: 214 aircraft

Types of aircraft: Airbus, Boeing

Routes: 81 countries - 167 destinations - 244 routes

https://www.pexels.com/photo/aerial-air-air-traffic-air-travel-674783/

Air France

Country: France

Foundation: 1933

Alliances: Sky Team, Air Corsica

Fleet: 217 aircraft

Types of aircraft: Airbus, Boeing

Routes: 92 countries - 191 destinations - 265 routes

http://corporate.airfrance.com/sites/default/files/styles/main_image_node/public/une_actu0928_787.jpg?itok=W2uzuzFJ

Avianca

Country: Colombia

Foundation: 1919

Alliances: Star Alliance

Fleet: 224 aircraft

Types of aircraft: ATR, Airbus, Boeing

Routes: 26 countries - 82 destinations - 174 routes

http://www.staralliance.com/documents/20184/665264/Hero_avianca.jpg/3e629e44-ed81-48bd-8aaf-4697d60e98f4?t=1440805908000

LATAM

Country: Chile and Brazil

Foundation: 2012

Alliances: Oneworld

Fleet: 313 aircraft

Types of aircraft: Boeing, Airbus

Routes: 26 countries - 142 destinations - 359 routes

https://www.flickr.com/photos/carlosdob777/33907622701/

Delta Airlines

Country: United States

Foundation: 1924

Alliances: Skyteam

Fleet: 671 aircraft

Types of aircraft: Airbus, Boeing, McDonnell Douglas

Routes: 61 countries - 332 destinations - 1096 routes

https://www.flickr.com/photos/airlines470/15493379776/

Lufthansa

Country: Germany

Foundation: 1953

Alliances: Star Alliance

Fleet: 728 aircraft

Types of aircraft: Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Canadair, Embraer, De Havilland Canada, Sukhoi Superjet

Routes: 82 countries - 233 destinations - 415 routes

https://www.pexels.com/photo/a380-air-airbus-aircraft-358220/

American Airlines

Country: United States

Foundation: 1926

Alliances: Oneworld

Fleet: 950 aircraft

Types of aircraft: Airbus, Boeing, Embraer, McDonnell Douglas

Routes: 61 countries - 359 destinations - 1184 routes

https://www.pexels.com/photo/aeroplane-air-travel-airbus-aircraft-321159/

Latin American Post | Paula Bautista
Translated from “ El Cartel de Sinaloa tendría más aviones que Qatar Airways y Air France”

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