Avianca was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Bogota, Colombia. The name is an acronym for Aerovias del Continente Americana S.A. In May, 2013 Transportes Aereos del Continente Americano (TACA) merged into Avianca. The parent company now has subsidiaries in Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
In all, the Avianca fleet consists of around 175 aircraft and flies to some 114 destinations. The airline, and all its subsidiaries, is a member of the Star Alliance. Avianca became a full member of the alliance in 2012.