Friday, August 1, 2014

Aerolineas Argentinas offers for sale retired 737-200's and 747-200's

Aerolineas Argentinas recently put up for sale several of its retired 737-200's and 747-200's.  The airline has more than a dozen such aircraft parked at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) and other locations with most apparently being too derelict to fly again.  The examples being offered for sale are presumably airworthy or can at least be used for spare parts.

Aircraft were available for viewing at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) between 30Jun14 and 04Jul14 with offers being accepted at Aerolineas' headquarters until 14Jul14.

The specific aircraft are:

LV-MLO 747-287B (c/n 21725/349) delivered to AR on 13Jan79

LV-MLR 747-287B (c/n 21727/404) delivered to AR on 26Oct79

LV-JTO 737-287 (c/n 20537/291) delivered to AR on 23Dec71

LV-ZEC 737-236 (c/n 21796/648) delivered to British Airways on 07Apr80 and joined AR on 23Jun98

LV-ZYG 737-236 (c/n 21795/645) delivered to British Airways on 20Mar80 and joined AR on 20Nov01.  This is the same aircraft that was painted in Aerolineas Argentinas' newest colors, displayed in the Tecnopolis technological fair, moved to the Moron Airport & Air Base and painted in a modified scheme with "Sudamerican Airlines" titles for a TV show.    

LV-ZZI 737-236 (c/n 23166/1067) delivered to British Airways on 13Dec84 and joined AR on 15Jul03


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Aerolineas Argentinas took delivery of 737-8BK, LV-FRQ, (c/n 41561/4860) on 10Apr14

Aerolineas Argentinas took delivery of another 737-800, LV-FRQ, (c/n 41561/4860) on 10Apr14 at Boeing Field near Seattle. WA.  The aircraft departed on it delivery flight that same day to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) via Caracas (CCS).  

This is the ninth 737-800 and 31st 737NG series to join the Aerolineas fleet.

Photo and more details on the aircraft:


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Macair Jetstream 32P Regional Operations

Macair Jetstream 32P, LV-ZST (c/n 941) rests at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 20Jun14.  (Phil Perry Photo)  

Macair, which is based at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP), has flown extensive subservices in the past for two airlines, Lineas Aereas Entre Rios and AeroChaco, based in the Argentine provinces of Entre Rios and Chaco located northwest of Buenos Aires but appears to be currently flying regional Jetstream 32P services in its own right.

Current routes are highlighted by two "triangle" patterns from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) to Sunchales (NCJ), continuing to Villa Maria (VMR) and back to AEP plus AEP to Goya (OYA), continuing to Reconquista (RCQ) and also back to AEP.  Services are flown only on weekdays catering to business travelers.  

Some simple roundtrips from AEP to Sunchales (NCJ) and Villa Maria (VMR) are also flown.  

Flights to Goya (OYA) and Reconquista (RCQ) were suspended in August 2013 because of the moratorium on regional aircraft with fewer than 30 seats at Aeroparque but the airline gained a waiver to this rule.

Macair has six Jetstreams in its regional fleet; LV-ZOW (c/n 869), LV-ZPW (c/n 861), LV-ZPZ (c/n 931), LV-ZRL (c/n 928), LV-ZSB (c/n 942) and LV-ZST (c/n 941). 


Sunday, July 27, 2014

BQB Lineas Aereas Cutting Routes, Reducing Some Staff & possibly Canceling A319 Lease

It all started on Wednesday, July 23 when the Uruguayan football / soccer club Defensor Sporting's return flight from Asuncion (ASU) to Montevideo (MVD) after a match was supposedly delayed for weather reasons.  But when the delay became indefinite, concerns started to mount that something more than the weather was at play.  The BQB aircraft did finally arrive the following day to fly the team home but the delay set off a chain of events revealing changes and possibly problems at the airline.

While BQB has announced the arrival of three A319's and the introduction of many new services from Montevideo (MVD) the last few months, only one such aircraft has arrived and only a handful of the destinations are currently served; Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP), Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE), Asuncion (ASU), Curitiba (CWB), and Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU).  Destinations that have seen service suspended include Porto Alegre (POA), Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG) and Santiago (SCL).  Furthermore, it appears that Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE), Curitiba (CWB), and Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) will be dropped, though Porto Alegre (POA) will apparently be added back on.  

Additionally, 12 pilots have been laid off / made redundant, at least on a temporary basis.  There have been rumors that the A319 lease has been cancelled but that is uncertain.  The Uruguayan newspaper El Pais quotes sources at the airline as saying that the carrier is not having financial problems but is merely adapting to "changed circumstances".  Both claims appear to be plausible as BQB is part of the Buquebus group that operates very successful ferry services between Argentina and Uruguay plus certain destinations out of BQB's Montevideo base are becoming more competitive, such as Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG) and Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) where TAM is adding substantial new service.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

BQB Lineas Aereas - Growing Route Network

BQB Lineas Aereas of Uruguay, owned by the Buquebus Ferry Lines, has been growing steadily in the last few years, especially since the collapse of PLUNA in July 2012.   

Starting with two ATR-72-212A's, CX-JCL (c/n 805) and CX-JPL (c/n 816), in early 2010, the airline added two more ATR-72's, CX-LFL (c/n 570) and CX-POS (c/n 636) in 2013 plus a Vueling A320 that operated for four months with BQB in late 2013 / early 2014 prior to being replaced on 10May14 with an A319, CX-SAN (c/n 1703) leased from Air Lease Corporation.  

As of late March 2014, BQB operated the following routes and frequencies: 

Montevideo (MVD) to:


Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - 14 weekly flights with ATR-72
Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - 7 weekly flights with ATR-72


Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - 5 weekly flights with A320 
Rio de Janeiro (GIG) - 5 weekly flights with A320
Porto Alegre (POA) - 6 weekly flights with ATR-72
Curitiba (CWB) - 5 weekly flights with ATR-72


Santiago (SCL) - 6 weekly flights with A320


Asuncion (ASU) - 6 weekly flights with A320


Thursday, July 24, 2014

ex-Austral MD-83, LV-BHN, (c/n 53190) crashes in Mali flying with Swiftair for Air Algerie as EC-LTV

ex-Austral MD-83 (c/n 53190) that crashed in Mali on 24Jul14 while flying with Swiftair on a wet-lease to Air Algerie.  Photo was taken at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 05Sep10.  (Phil Perry Photo)


Aerolineas Argentinas finally started 2nd A330 flight from Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to Miami (MIA) in July

Aerolineas Argentinas announced in late March that it would delay the start of a second A330-200 flight from Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to Miami (MIA) from 01May14 until 01Jun14.  Checking the website, as of 01Jul14 the carrier still operated one flight each with the A330 and A340 on the route but as of 23Jul14 both flights were operated with the A330. 

Sources: via Eric Trum