Searca Vuelos Charter is Colombia’s largest charter operator. The company has more than 300,000 flight hours and operates 30 aircraft – a Gulfstream G200, five Hawker Beechjet 400As, 19 Beechcraft 1900Ds and five Let 410 UVP-Es. From its four bases in Colombia, Searca serves locations across South America and the Caribbean, offering business and pleasure travel. With a team of 250 professionals, Searca also operates a comprehensive maintenance and training center.
Jorge Campillo founded Searca in 1992 and has more than 40 years of experience piloting a wide variety of aircraft. Originally from Medellin, Jorge’s career has been driven by a passion for aviation. In the 1980s, he worked as a test pilot for Cessna, an experience he regards as foundational. Today, Jorge is current on all aircraft in Searca’s fleet and also flies his personal Raytheon Premier 1A for pleasure.
“About 70% of our flights are within Colombia for corporate clients, including energy companies such as Chevron, Ecopetrol and Oxy,” explains Jorge. “Mostly, we’re shuttling employees in-and-out of remote locations. We fly every day of the week. The balance of our business is tourism. People come from all over the world to visit Colombia’s jungles and Pacific coast. Our aircraft can access airports too small to be served by commercial carriers.”