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Viva Air Announces Investment By Cartesian Capital Group

May 11, 2019

MEDELLÍN, Colombia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 11, 2019--Viva Air Group are pleased to announce an important milestone in its further growth and expansion plans through an equity capital injection of USD 50 million from Cartesian Capital Group into Viva Air’s Procurement subsidiary. This innovative financing arrangement will support Viva’s pending deliveries of Airbus A320 aircraft and the Group’s continued growth in Colombia, Peru and beyond.

Cartesian Capital Group, a global private equity firm, has sponsored the development of dozens of transnational companies, including airlines such as Gol in Brazil and Flybondi in Argentina.

Irelandia Aviation, the world’s premier low-cost airline developer, will remain majority shareholder after the investment.

“The fact that an equity firm such as Cartesian selected Viva Air Group for investment confirms the huge progress we have made in recent years and the growth opportunities we have developed in the region and benefiting our growing passenger numbers year on year,” said Felix Antelo, President and CEO of Viva Air.

Viva Air is based in Colombia and Peru and operates national and international flights in more than 21 destinations. In 2019 the airline will carry 7.5 million passengers. Viva Air has a strong expansion plan supported by the order of 50 new aircraft Airbus A-320 CEO and NEO.

“We are delighted to have found a partner with the level of experience and caliber of Cartesian Capital Group, a globally known engaged investor, whom not only adds capital, but also brings knowledge and experience and it is a huge vote of confidence in our company and business,” said John Goode, Senior Partner of Irelandia Aviation.

“With a valuable orderbook of A320s and world-class management team, Viva Air will continue Irelandia’s demonstrated track record of democratizing air travel around the world. We are privileged to be their partner,” noted Peter Yu, Cartesian’s Managing Partner.

BofA Merrill Lynch acted as Viva Latinamerica S.A.’s exclusive financial advisor in connection with this transaction.

About Viva Air

Viva Air is a pioneer group of low-cost airlines based in Colombia and Peru, created by Irelandia Aviation, developer leader of low cost airlines worldwide. Operates national and international flights in more than 21 destinations and in 2019, will carry 7.5 million passengers. Viva Air has a strong expansion plan supported by the order of 50 new aircraft Airbus A-320 CEO and NEO.

About Cartesian Capital Group

Cartesian Capital Group, LLC is a leading global private equity firm with a demonstrated ability to grow companies internationally. With historic funds comprising $3 billion in capital commitments, Cartesian’s team has helped to build 50 companies operating across 30 different countries.

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CONTACT: Press Information

Catalina Rendón Jaramillo

Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs Viva Air

catalina.rendon@vivaair.com

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