Thursday, May 28, 2015

ROUTE UPDATE: Four of Aerolineas Argentinas' scheduled European Flights to make stop in London-Heathrow (LHR) in September

Four of Aerolineas Argentinas' scheduled flights to Barcelona (BCN) & Rome - Fiumucino (FCO) will make a stop in London-Heathrow (LHR) in September taking fans to the 2015 Rugby World Cup, which Argentina will be participating in.  

Aerolineas' normal Buenos Aires - Barcelona round-trip flights will operate on a "triangle" basis with a stop in London on 18/19Sep15: 

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - London-Heathrow (LHR) - Barcelona (BCN) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE).

A similar routing will be followed on 25/26Sep15 but stopping in London after Barcelona: 

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Barcelona (BCN) - London-Heathrow (LHR) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE).

A similar concept will be implemented in October towards the end of the competition adding London to the normal Rome route instead:

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - London-Heathrow (LHR) - Rome-Fiumicino (FCO) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 09/11Oct15.

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Rome-Fiumicino (FCO) - London-Heathrow (LHR) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 17/18Oct15.

All of the flights will be operated by Aerolineas Argentinas' A340-300's. 

Source: via Eric Trum

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ROUTE UPDATE: LAN to operate two round-trip charters from Montevideo (MVD) to La Serena (LSC) Chile

LAN is scheduled to operate two A320 charters between Montevideo (MVD) and La Serena (LSC) Chile in June 2015.  The passengers are apparently Uruguayan as the first flights are originating in Montevideo (MVD) on June 14 and 15 with the returns staggered a few days later on June 17 and 21. The reason for the charters appears to be some sort of an event, such as a rugby championship.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

PHOTO GALLERY: Beech King Airs at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP)

Below are a half-dozen photos of Beech King Airs taken by blog editor Phil Perry at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) in recent years. 

Beech B200GT Super King Air, LV-CHW (c/n BY-58), belonging to Ledesma SAAI   (paper, alcohol & sugar products) at AEP on 16Jan11.

Beech F90 King Air, LV-ZPY (c/n LA-89), belonging to 
Bravo Foxtrot Srl at AEP on 06Feb11.

Beech 200 Super King Air, LV-OFT (c/n BB-699), belonging to 
Don Roberto S.A.A.C.I at AEP on 11Feb12.

Provincia del Chubut Beech C90B King Air, 
LV-WPB (c/n LJ-1416), at AEP in October 2012.

Provincia de Santiago del Estero Beech C90A King Air, 
LQ-ZRB (c/n LJ-1552), at AEP on 20Jun14.

Beech 300LW Super King Air, LV-WLT (c/n FA-221), 
belonging to Tango Jet S.A. at AEP on 15Aug14.

This aircraft crashed when it suddenly nose-dived into two homes in the Nordelta luxury housing complex north of Buenos Aires while on approach to Aeroparque (AEP) on 14Sep14, killing both the pilot, Andy Deutsch, the former owner of LAPA Airlines, and his wife.  Nobody on the ground was hurt but both homes were destroyed by the ensuing fire.  

There was speculation in the Buenos Aires press that Mr. Deutsch, who was 78 years old at the time of the accident, might have suffered some sort of sudden physical impairment resulting in loss of control of the aircraft.  The editor of this blog is unaware that this was ever verified.     

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

ROUTE UPDATE: United to introduce the 787 between Houston Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE), effective 25Oct15

United will introduce the 787 on its daily flight between Houston Bush Intercontinental (IAH) and Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE), effective 25Oct15, becoming the fifth airline to fly the aircraft type to EZE, joining LAN, Avianca, AeroMexico and American Airlines.   

United will also introduce the 787 on two other South American routes, Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG) in August 2015 and Santiago (SCL) in January 2016, both also from Houston.  United currently has a fleet of 17 787 "Dreamliners" consisting of 12 787-8 and 7 787-9 (the longer model). 


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ROUTE UPDATE: Sol Lineas Aereas Seasonal Routes this Past Summer

Sol Lineas Aereas Saab 340A, LV-CEI (c/n 12), taxis at Buenos Aires Aeroparque on 15Aug14.  Note the titles. (Phil Perry Photo)

Sol Lineas Aereas Seasonal Summer Routes from the Summer just concluded

Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Villa Gesell (VLG)

6x/weekly, Sunday - Friday effective 02Jan15

Rosario (ROS) - Punta del Este (PDP) (Uruguay)

6x/weekly, Sunday - Friday, effective 02Jan15  

Sol has a fleet of four Saab 340's, two 340A's and two 340B's covering 11 destinations in Argentina and one in Uruguay.    


Sunday, May 17, 2015

FLEET UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas took delivery of two new A330-200's in February & April

Aerolineas Argentinas recently took delivery of the first two of an eventual four brand-new A330-202's to be delivered from the Airbus factory in Toulouse, France.   

A330-202 LV-FVH, (c/n 1605) was delivered on 28Feb15 and LV-FVI (c/n 1623) was handed over to Aerolineas on 30Apr15. Both have 243 economy and 24 first-class seats and are powered by two General Electric CF6-80E1A4 engines rated at 70,000 lbs. thrust. These aircraft will be first used on routes that do not take the aircraft too far from airports that could be used for emergency landings, such as Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to Miami (MIA) and New York Kennedy (JFK), but transatlantic flights to Europe requiring ETOPS (Extended- range Twin Operations) certification will have to wait until the airline is qualified to operate such services, which is expected to happen in July when the airline is scheduled to introduce the A330-202's on the Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Madrid (MAD) route.             

The factory-new A330-202's join four A330-223's already in Aerolineas' fleet that are owned by the ILFC leasing company, two of which were originally delivered to SABENA in 1999 with the other two having been delivered to Air Afrique in 2000.