Late 1960s to early 1970s: Entering the jet age
International services between Barranquilla and Miami commenced during 1963. In April 1969 the company began re-equipping with Lockheed L-188 Electra turboprops, which replaced their fleet of classic piston engine airliners. LADA entered the jet age during late 1972, purchasing an ex-American Airlines Boeing 720B. A Canadair CC-106 Yukon was also acquired for freight services during 1972 and a second ex-American Airlines Boeing 720B was added to the fleet during 1974. Introduction of jetliners modernized the airline's image and enabled it to begin operating jet services to Aruba, Curaçao, Guatemala City, Santo Domingo, Panama, and Port-au-Prince whilst also increasing the frequency of Miami services from Medellin, Bogotá, and Isla de San Andres. During 1975, financial control of LADA passed from the company's foundation management to Jorge Barco Vargas, formerly an Aerocivil chairman and the brother of a former president of the republic.