Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Aerolineas Argentinas was scheduled to substitute 737-800's for A340-300's between Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) and Caracas (CCS) but increase frequency effective 08Aug14

Aerolineas Argentinas was scheduled to downgrade the size of aircraft that it operates from Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to Caracas (CCS) from A340-300's to 737-800's, effective 08Aug14, but at the same time increase frequency on the route from 5x to 6x/week until 01Sep14, at which time the route was scheduled to go to daily service.

Source: 

http://airlineroute.net/2014/06/30/ar-ccs-aug14/ via Eric Trum

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Aerolineas Argentinas took delivery of the last of four used A330's leased from ILFC in June

A330-223 LV-FNJ (c/n 300), the last of four A330's being leased from ILFC, arrived at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 07Jun14.  This aircraft was first delivered to SABENA in 1999 and also served with VG Airlines and Malaysia Airlines before the current lease with Aerolineas Argentinas.  

The other three A330-223's, LV-FNI (c/n 290), LV-FNK (c/n 358), LV-FNL (c/n 364) were all delivered to Aerolineas in the latter part of last year. 

The Argentine airline is due to take delivery of four new A330-200's directly from Airbus in 2015 and 2016. 

Sources:

http://linea-ala.blogspot.com.ar/2014/06/aerolineas-argentinas-arribo-el-lv-fnj.html
http://linea-ala.blogspot.com.ar/2014/06/otro-airbus-330-para-aerolineas.html
http://www.airfleets.net/ficheapp/plane-a330-300.htm
http://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Aerolineas%20Argentinas-active-a330.htm

Friday, September 26, 2014

Aerolineas Argentinas took delivery of 737-8HX LV-FUA (c/n 40548/4995) on 19Jul14

Aerolineas Argentinas took delivery of 737-8HX LV-FUA (c/n 40548/4995), its 11th 737-800 and 33rd 737NG, on 19Jul14 at Boeing Field (BFI) from where it was flown to Caracas (CCS) and Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) arriving on 21Jul14. The aircraft is on lease from Aviation Capital Group of Newport Beach, CA.

Sources:

http://www.planespotters.net/Production_List/Boeing/737/40548,LV-FUA-Aerolineas-Argentinas.php
http://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Aerolineas%20Argentinas-active-b737ng.htm

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Austral started Iguazu (IGR) - Rosario (ROS) - Cordoba (COR) service on 03Aug14

Austral Embraer 190AR, LV-CHO, (c/n 395), with flaps fully-extended as it lands at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 22Jan11.  (Phil Perry Photo)   

Austral Lineas Aereas added a stop in Rosario (ROS) to its existing Iguazu (IGR) - Cordoba (COR) service on 03Aug14.  

The route is being flown 2x/weekly as an Iguazu (IGR) - Rosario (ROS) - Cordoba (COR) roundtrip using Embraer 190's on Wednesdays and Sundays. 

The addition of the legs between Rosario (ROS) and Cordoba (COR) comes as bad news to Rosario-based SOL Lineas Aereas that has been flying the route with Saab 340's since the carrier's inception seven years ago.   

Sources:

http://www.siscoma.com.ar/online/aviacion/2014/avn140605/avn-140605.html
http://www.siscoma.com.ar/online/aviacion/2014/avn140612/avn-140612.html

Monday, September 22, 2014

SOL Lineas Aereas Adds/Drops Routes to adapt to Competitive Market Changes


SOL Saab 340A, LV-BMD, (c/n 123) at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 01Oct10.  (Phil Perry Photo)   

SOL Lineas Aereas has made adjustments to its route structure to adapt to changes in the competitive marketplace, mostly by Aerolineas Argentinas and sister company Austral.

SOL dropped its "Oil Route", Cordoba (COR) - Mendoza (MDZ) - Neuquen (NQN) on 01Jul14 and with Austral adding the Rosario (ROS) - Cordoba (COR) sector, which was SOL's "bread and butter" route, SOL decided to drop Cordoba (COR) altogether, shifting equipment to reinforce Rosario (ROS) - Santa Fe (SFN).

The carrier also discontinued flights to Bariloche (BRC) and Esquel (EQS) in Patagonia and Ushuaia (USH) in southern Argentina on 20May14.

SOL's route system looked like this as of late July:

* Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Rosario (ROS), 15x/week

* Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Santa Fe (SFN), 11x/week

* Rosario (ROS) - Santa Fe (SFN)

* Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) multiple-stop route southward along the eastern seaboard of Argentina to Mar del Plata (MDQ), Bahia Blanca (BHI), Trelew (REL), Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD), Rio Gallegos (RGL), and Rio Grande (RGA) operated 5x/week.  

* Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Villa Gesell (VLG) seasonal service (summer)

All flights are operated with SOL's fleet of five Saab 340's.

Sources:

http://www.siscoma.com.ar/online/aviacion/2014/avn140626/avn-140626.html  
http://www.sol.com.ar/site/new/
http://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Sol%20Lineas%20Aereas.htm

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Turkish has switched from the 777-200 to A330 to 777-300ER on the Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to Istanbul (IST) route

During the last few months, Turkish Airlines changed the equipment it operates on the Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Istanbul (IST) route from the 777-200 to the A330, which features Comfort Class, to the 777-300ER with the airline's new Premium Class offering.   
Source:

http://www.siscoma.com.ar/online/aviacion/2014/avn140501/avn-140501.html

Thursday, September 18, 2014

AR Jet 737-200 LV-ZYY - Still one 737-200 Flying in Argentina !

AR Jet is an Argentine charter airline based at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) that was founded in 2010.  It has flown its sole 737-236A, LV-ZYY, (c/n 21799/660) on a limited basis during that time, mostly for soccer teams and fans traveling to matches, such as for the Paraguayan Football Association in October 2013, the Boca Juniors - River Plate match in Cordoba in February 2014, the River Plate - San Lorenzo match in San Luis in May 2014 and other occasions as well. 
It was last spotted in Catamarca (CTC) in northwest Argentina on 31Jul14.

LV-ZYY, which was delivered to British Airways in 1980 as G-BGDJ also flew for Aerolineas Argentinas from 2002 to 2009.  It is believed to be the only 737-200 still in active service in Argentina.  

Photo of the aircraft in full AR Jet colors and titles in 2011:   

http://www.aviationcorner.net/show_photo_en.asp?id=235376

Photo of LV-ZYY more recently in AR Jet colors but with no titles:  
     
http://todalaaviacion.blogspot.com.ar/2013/10/lv-zyy-boeing-737200-de-vuelta-al-ruedo.html

Sources:

http://aerospotter.blogspot.com.ar/2014/06/ar-jet-quiere-cruzar-los-andes.html
http://loudandclearisnotenought.blogspot.com.ar/2010/07/lv-zyy-boeing-737-236a-cn-21799660.html