Thursday, July 21, 2016

ROUTE UPDATES: Cordoba (COR) - Aerolineas Argentinas - More New Routes & Summer Charters

More Cordoba (COR) route news:

Aerolineas Argentinas - Cordoba (COR) - Porto Seguro (BPS) - eff 09Sep16

The route will be operated 1x/weekly using 737-800's.  This type of route to a Brazilian beach resort is normally operated as a seasonal summer service but the airline is getting an early start on it this year. 

Aerolineas Argentinas - Cordoba (COR) - Rio Cuarto (RCU) - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) round-trip - eff 11Sep16

This service will be flown 6x/weekly using Austral E190's departing Cordoba (COR) in the early morning, stopping in Rio Cuarto (RCU), and continuing to Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP), arriving there at 9:10am.  The return journey is the same routing in reverse departing Aeroparque to Rio Cuarto and Cordoba at 8:25pm, making for very convenient daytrip possibilities for Rio Cuarto residents traveling to Buenos Aires for business or other reasons. 

The Rio Cuarto (RCU) - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) route was served by Sol Lineas Aereas using their Saab 340's during approx. 2008 - 2011 and also Aerolineas Argentinas in decades past.  Rio Cuarto (RCU) - Cordoba (COR) was served for a short time by Southern Winds using their CRJ-200's in the late 1990's. 
Aerolineas Argentinas - Cordoba (COR) to Florianopolis (FLN) and Salvador de Bahia (SSA) - eff December 2016 / January 2017

Aerolineas has already confirmed its southern hemisphere summer 2017 charters from Cordoba (COR) to Brazil, probably using 737-700's or 800's due to range considerations (not Austral E190's due to lack of range when carrying a full payload).    

No word yet on Cordoba (COR) to Mar del Plata (MDQ) and Cancun (CUN) charters which were operated in summer 2016 using Austral E190's and Aerolineas A340-300's, respectively.  


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

ROUTE UPDATES: Cordoba (COR) - Gol, LATAM Brazil, and Aerolineas Argentinas More New Routes

* Gol - Cordoba (COR) - Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG) - eff 01May16 

Gol Transportes Aereos has dropped its 3x/weekly flights from Cordoba (COR) to Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) and replaced them with daily "red-eye" 3:15am departures nonstop to Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG) using 737-800's.   

* LATAM Brazil - Cordoba (COR) - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - eff 01Jun16 upgrade

With Gol dropping the COR - GRU route, LATAM Brazil recently upgraded its 6x/weekly service on this city pair from A320's to A321's offering approx. 50 more seats per flight to accommodate the passengers no longer served by Gol on this route.    

Aerolineas Argentinas - Cordoba (COR) - Resistencia (RES) - eff 07Sep16

This service will be operated 3x/weekly using Austral E190's.  

This sector was previously flown by 19-seat Macair Jetstream 32's between 2009 - 2013 but was discontinued when subsidies were withdrawn. 


Saturday, July 16, 2016

ROUTE UPDATES: American Airlines from Cordoba (COR) to Miami (MIA) ?

American Airlines 787-8 aircraft.  The carrier currently has 17 examples in its fleet. (American Airlines Photo)  

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The rumors of the last ten years or more that American Airlines will start flying from Cordoba (COR) to Miami (MIA) continue, even with Aerolineas Argentinas having recently discontinued service on the route for the fifth time in the last 40 years.     

The possibility of American serving the Cordoba route appeared strong in the late 1990's when the Argentine economy was doing well but the country soon entered recession culminating in the late 2001 economic crisis and ensuing deep recession that Argentina endured for several years.   

Advancing Technology & Improved Aircraft Economics 

However, with advancing aviation technology and especially the much greater of efficiency of the newest aircraft, such as American's 787-8, "long, thin routes" (long-distance with relatively little passenger traffic), such as Cordoba (COR) - Miami (MIA), are much more economically viable as fewer travelers are necessary for the routes to be profitable.   

Until the advent of the 787, the only aircraft with sufficient range for long routes were planes such as the 767 / A330, with approx. the same number of seats as the 787 but more expensive to operate or the 777 / A340 with many more seats and considerably more costly to fly.  

More economical aircraft, such as the 737-700/800 or A320/A321 class, with fewer seats and cheaper to fly are more suitable to fly from Cordoba (COR) to Miami (MIA) from a cost point of view but cannot fly such a long sector non-stop, which would be necessary for passenger convenience.

American's Miami (MIA) Hub

One important difference between a prospective American Airlines service out of Cordoba (COR) and that of Aerolineas Argentinas is that the latter carried point-to-point traffic with passengers terminating their journeys in Miami (MIA) while, in contrast, American would offer travelers connections to dozens of US cities through its massive Miami (MIA) hub operation.  

Currently, passengers can travel from Cordoba (COR) to US cities other than Miami (MIA) only on LATAM to Los Angeles (LAX), New York City (JFK), Orlando (MCO), and Washington-Dulles (IAD) or on COPA to about a dozen US cities through its Panama City (PTY) hub.  Those wanting to travel to all other points must first go to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to fly on American, Delta or United to connect via their major US hubs.  

"Triangle" Route ?

There has been talk of American possibly flying from Miami (MIA) to Cordoba (COR) on a "triangle" basis, which the editor of this blog assumes would be something along the lines of Miami (MIA) - Asuncion (ASU) - Cordoba (COR) - Miami (MIA).  American flew from Miami to Asuncion for several years, recently discontinuing the service when tax moratoriums that had been granted to the carrier by the Paraguayan government as an incentive to fly the route expired.  

Another possibility would be Miami (MIA) - Puerto Iguazu (IGR) - Cordoba (COR) - Miami (MIA), which could be popular with tour operators that include the spectacular Iguazu Falls in their South American tour programs. 

Until such time that American possibly starts flying from Cordoba (COR), Argentina's only non-stop flights to the United States will be from Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE), in contrast to some other South American countries that have flights from more than one city, such as Colombia (Baranquilla, Bogota, Cali, Cartagena, Medellin and even Armenia), Ecuador (Guayaquil and Quito) and Brazil, which has flights from approx. 7-8 different airports to the US.   

Source: via

Thursday, July 14, 2016

ROUTE UPDATES: History of Aerolineas Argentinas' Cordoba (COR) - Miami (MIA) Service - 4 Previous Attempts

Aerolineas Argentinas recently discontinued its Cordoba (COR) - Miami (MIA) service for the fifth time since 1979.  The previous four attempts had mixed success, with some attempts lasting much longer than others.    

The blog Aeropuerto Internacional Cordoba outlined the history of airline service between these two cities, which is summarized below (see link below "Sources" at the bottom of this posting for full details in Spanish):
First Attempt - 1979 - 1983  

Aerolineas flew the 707 from Cordoba (COR) to Miami (MIA) for four years until 1983, the longest that the carrier has ever maintained service on this route. 

Departures were on Wednesdays and Sundays with the Wednesday flight stopping twice, in Jujuy (JUJ) in northern Argentina and Bogota (BOG), with the Sunday flight being nonstop.  

This routine changed a little in 1980/81 with the Wednesday flight originating at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) and stopping in Cordoba (COR) and Bogota (BOG) before arriving in Miami (MIA).  The flight was the same on Sundays but without the stop in Bogota (BOG).  Jujuy (JUJ) still had its own flight to the US 1x/weekly via Bogota (BOG).

Second Attempt - 1985

The second try at service from Cordoba (COR) to Miami (MIA) was in 1985 as part of a marketing plan to establish Cordoba (COR) as a national hub for Aerolineas, given the city's central location in Argentina and being the city with the country's second largest population.    

"Conexion Cordoba" involved flights to approx. 17-18 Argentine cities plus a couple of foreign destinations too.

The Miami (MIA) service had an inconvenient circuitous routing and even a change of aircraft, which probably explained its limited success.  

The service operated 1x/weekly on Fridays using a 737-200 from Cordoba (COR) to Tucuman (TUC) and Jujuy (JUJ) where there was a change of plane to a 727-200, which proceeded northward to Guayaquil (GYE) and Bogota (BOG) before finally arriving in Miami (MIA).  This service only lasted a few months being discontinued in 1985.

Third Attempt - 1994 - 1995

This was the most short-lived of all the Cordoba (COR) - Miami (MIA) services, lasting only 10 1x/weekly flights between 23Dec94 and 10Mar95 in the southern hemisphere summer.      

The flights followed a Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Cordoba (COR) - Miami (MIA) routing operated with 747-200's.  Rarely did as many as 150 passengers board in Cordoba (COR) which apparently was considered not enough to justify operating the route again the following summer. 

Fourth Attempt - 1998

This service flew 4x/weekly from Cordoba (COR) to Miami (MIA) nonstop with 747-200's from 01Jul98 to December when it was discontinued.  


Tuesday, July 12, 2016

ROUTE UPDATES: Aerolineas Argentinas' Cordoba (COR) - Miami (MIA) service discontinued for 5th time since 1979

Aerolineas Argentinas A330-223, LV-FNI (c/n 290), is the aircraft from the airline's fleet that operated the fewest number of the total 141 flights between Cordoba (COR) and Miami (MIA), only 4 legs.  (Phil Perry Collection)

Aerolineas Argentinas' Cordoba (COR) - Miami (MIA) flights, which started on 04Jul15, were recently discontinued with the last flight departing Cordoba (COR) on 29May16.  This was the fifth time that service between the two cities was attempted but abandoned since 1979, once again leaving Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) as the only Argentine airport with nonstop flights to the United States.

The service operated 2x/weekly on Saturdays and Sundays with the aircraft operating the flights departing Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) early on Saturday morning on a ferry flight to Cordoba (COR) where they departed in the late morning to Miami (MIA) arriving there in the early evening.  Once in Florida, they turned around to fly back to Cordoba (COR) overnight arriving back in Argentina on Sunday morning where it started the same circuit again, finally ending with a ferry flight from Cordoba (COR) to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on Monday morning.       

A total of 141 sectors was flown between the two cities during the 11 months of operations with A340-300's operating 109 of the flights and A330-200's the remaining 32 legs (for full details on the number of sectors flown by each of the aircraft in Aerolineas' long-haul fleet, see the link below "Sources" at the bottom of this posting).  

Passenger loads ranged from a low of 88 travelers on the last Cordoba (COR) - Miami (MIA) leg, which was to be expected given that it was an "orphan" leg with no corresponding return to Cordoba (COR).  The largest number of passengers was on the very first flight from Cordoba to Miami (MIA) on 04Jul15 with 292 people on board.  

In all, there were 15 flights with more than 250 passengers aboard and the average load of all the flights was over 200 travelers.  However, Aviacion News claimed that the load factor was below 70% and there was very little high yield traffic in Business Class.    

Only a few of the Ezeiza (EZE) - Cordoba (COR) - Ezeiza (EZE) legs were open for public sale, which meant that nearly all such flights were a "dead" operating cost burden to the overall profitability of the route. 

In the opinion of the editor of this blog, the repeated failures of the Cordoba (COR) - Miami (MIA) service have been mostly due to its having been operated as a point-to-point route, with no feed to other flights on either end, a situation which would be much different with American Airlines flying the route feeding into its massive Miami (MIA) hub with connections to approx. 100 destinations in the United States.             


Sunday, July 10, 2016

ROUTE UPDATES: New Montevideo (MVD) Service Announcements in 2016 - PART 2

New service announcements for Montevideo (MVD) in 2016 - Part 2:

* Azul Linhas Aereas - Montevideo (MVD) - Porto Alegre (POA) - eff 01Jul16

Azul recently started service on this route flying ATR-72-600's 2x/weekly (although the original announcement was for 4x/weekly).    
* Amaszonas Uruguay - Montevideo (MVD) - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - July 2016 ?  

Amaszonas Uruguay, recently formed from the leftover BQB Lineas Aereas entity, was authorized by the Argentine ANAC aviation agency in late April to fly the Montevideo (MVD) - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) route with flights expected to start in July with CRJ-200's.  Amaszonas Uruguay already has one aircraft, CRJ-200LR, CX-SDU (c/n 7209), which was transferred from the parent company with two more CRJ-200's expected to arrive in July and August, respectively, and a total fleet of eight aircraft by 2018. 

For full details on this new operation:
* Sky Airline - Montevideo (MVD) - Santiago (SCL) - eff 12Sep16 

The Chilean "Low-Cost Carrier" is due to start daily nonstop service to Uruguay in September using A320's as part of its expansion to international destinations, such as Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE), Cordoba (COR) and Lima (LIM).    

Sources: via Eric Trum

Friday, July 8, 2016

ROUTE UPDATES: New Montevideo (MVD) Service Announcements in 2016 - PART 1

New service announcements for Montevideo (MVD) in 2016 - Part 1:

Iberia - Montevideo (MVD) - Madrid (MAD) increasing 3x to 5x Weekly - eff 03Feb16

Iberia recently increased its nonstop service between these two cities and now operates this route using its new A330-200's.  

The Spanish airline flew the route several years ago only to cancel the service in 2013 which was replaced soon thereafter by Air Europa.  After Iberia underwent some restructuring, it restarted flights between Spain and Uruguay on 01Sep14 using A340-300's and today both airlines operate the route with A330-200's with 8x/weekly flights between them.      

Amaszonas Paraguay - Montevideo (MVD) - Asuncion (ASU) - eff 18Mar16

The Paraguayan affiliate of Amaszonas Bolivia started service between the Uruguayan and Paraguayan capitals in March using CRJ-200's on a 3x/weekly basis.  Subsequent to this new service, the Amaszonas Group took the remains of BQB Lineas Aereas that it acquired in 2015 and used them to formally establish Amaszonas Uruguay, which currently also flies the Montevideo (MVD) - Asuncion (ASU) route 7x/weekly, complementing Amaszonas Paraguay's service for a total of 10x/weekly flights on the route by airlines from the group. 

Gol Transportes Aereos - Montevideo (MVD) - Recife (REC) - eff June 2016 

Gol recently started 1x/weekly service on Saturdays between the Uruguayan capital and the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife using 737-800's.  

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

HISTORICAL PHOTO: Aerotransportes Litoral Argentino (ALA) C-47A, LV-GHZ at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) in 1968

Aerotransportes Litoral Argentino Douglas C-47A, LV-GHZ (c/n 25354/13909), at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) in 1968.  Note the two other ALA C-47's in the background.  (Phil Perry Collection) 

Aerotransportes Litoral Argentino (ALA) was founded in 1957 in Rosario, Santa Fe province, Argentina's third-largest city, to operate flights with four Aero Commander 680 Supers from Rosario (ROS) to Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) and northern points.  In 1958, the carrier bought four C-47's from Panair do Brasil and added two more in 1959, the above pictured example being one of the latter.  Compania Austral de Transportes Aereos SACI purchased a 30% share of ALA in 1966 with the two airlines fully merging in 1971 to form the present-day Austral Lineas Aereas.

LV-GHZ was built and initially delivered to the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) on 14Jul44 as 43-48093 and went on to fly with a couple of smaller U.S. carriers and possibly Pan American World Airways as NC75737 before entering service with Mexicana de Aviacion as XA-GUJ on 28Jan48.

LV-GHZ was involved in a bizarre incident on 24Sep52 when a bomb was set to go off on a timer inflight with the objective of killing the 8 people on board and collecting life insurance on them. The bomb apparently went off but the scheme failed with no injuries. 

The aircraft went on to join ALA on 11Sep59 where it flew until 1969 and was involved in two incidents; in Catamarca (CTC) on 16Feb60 where it was partially damaged and at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) where it was involved in a ground collision with a De Havilland Dove on 11Sep67.  The aircraft's final days were spent in private ownership before it was withdrawn from use and scrapped in 1972. 

La Historia de ALA, Segunda Parte: La Etapa Porteña by Marcelo W. Miranda y Pablo L. Potenze via

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

ROUTE UPDATES: New Cordoba (COR), Rosario (ROS) & Salta (SLA) International Flights by Air Europa, Copa, LATAM Peru, Sky

Significant new international service from important cities of the Argentine interior has been or will soon be introduced.    

* LATAM Peru - Salta (SLA) - Lima (LIM) - eff 16Jun16

This new service from northwest Argentina is being operated 3x/weekly with A319's.  It is very convenient for travelers to/from the area because it allows them to fly to many international points via LATAM Peru's Lima (LIM) hub without first flying two hours southeast to Buenos Aires to make international connections there.        

* LATAM Peru - Rosario (ROS) - Lima (LIM) - eff 01Jul16

This new service operates 4x/weekly using A319's allowing "Rosarinos" to fly via LATAM's Lima (LIM) hub without driving fours hours southeast to Buenos Aires. 

* Copa Airlines - Rosario (ROS) - Panama City (PTY) - eff 01Jul16 

This city got lucky with significant northbound international service via major hubs starting on the same day.  Copa has started service to its Panama City (PTY) hub 4x/weekly with 737-800's enabling very convenient connections to Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico and approx. 12 cities in the United States. 

Copa put stickers with the logos of Rosario's two major football (soccer) teams,
Newell's Old Boys and Rosario Central, on one of its 737-800's to mark the occasion as noted in the Argentine blog Rollout Spotting:

* Sky Airlines - Cordoba (COR) - Santiago (SCL) - eff 16Jul16 

The Chilean LCC is breaking the monopoly that LAN Airlines / LATAM Chile have had on this route during the last 15 years or so that resulted in airfares twice that of typical Buenos Aires - Santiago fares in spite of Cordoba - Santiago being half the distance !  Service will be operated 5x/weekly with A319's.

Air Europa A330-243, EC-LNH (c/n 551), in special Skyteam colors at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 30Jun15.  (Phil Perry Photo)

* Air Europa - Cordoba (COR) - Asuncion (ASU) - Madrid (MAD) - eff 19Dec16

Cordoba (COR) regains service to Madrid (MAD) that it last had when Iberia discontinued serving the route on 19Jan12, which it had operated with A340-300's. 

Air Europa's new Madrid (MAD) service will be operated 4x/weekly with A330-200's.  
Sources: via Eric Trum via Eric Trum via Eric Trum

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Andes Lineas Aereas looking to acquire four A319's

Andes Lineas Aereas of Salta, Argentina is looking to replace its fleet of five active MD-80's with four A319's to enable it to operate Caribbean charters with the longer-range Airbus product (7,300km / 4,500 miles).

Andes flies a limited Argentine domestic network from its Salta (SLA) base in northwest Argentina and neighboring Jujuy (JUJ) to Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) and Puerto Madryn (PMY) on the Atlantic coast of Patagonia.   However, perhaps its most important business is charters on behalf of sports teams, for student travel agency Travelrock (it has a logojet with the agency's markings on it) and seasonal tourist flights to Brazil and other beach destinations.


Friday, July 1, 2016

FLEET UPDATE: Austral's 25th Embraer 190, LV-GIK, arrived at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 28Jun16

Austral Lineas Aereas recently took delivery of its 25th Embraer 190, LV-GIK (c/n 190-00715), a factory-fresh aircraft which flew from Embraer's Sao Jose dos Campos (SJK) factory in Brazil to Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) arriving on 28Jun16. 


Thursday, June 30, 2016