Wednesday, July 19, 2017

ROUTE UPDATES: Avianca Argentina starts flying subservices and charters, not regularly scheduled flights

Avianca Argentina flew its first commercial services on 12Jul17 operating subservices for Andes Lineas Aereas that has been experiencing severely delayed flights, apparently due to delays in the addition of more aircraft to its fleet.   

Avianca Argentina's two ATR-72-600's, LV-GUG (c/n 1343) and LV-GUH (c/n 1395), flew from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) to Jujuy (JUJ) and Salta (SLA) respectively, in the early evening of Wednesday, 12Jul17 somewhat unexpectedly and with no prior announcement.  The aircraft operated services that would normally be operated by Andes' MD-80's or its single 737-800.

Three days later on Saturday, 15Jul17, the airline's two ATR-72-600's again flew commercial services in the form of three charter flights from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) to the small airport of Malargue (LGS) that serves the well-known Argentine ski resort of Las Lenas.  The airline reportedly has a contract to operate several more such charters through mid-August. 

It was originally announced that Avianca Argentina would start regularly scheduled services on 11Jul17 from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) to Resistencia (RES) replacing the flights operated by the ex-Macair Jetstreams that it acquired when it bought the small carrier in 2016 but scheduled flights have apparently been delayed until approximately October 2017.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

ROUTE UPDATES: Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) international flights to move to Ezeiza (EZE) (except Uruguayan flights)

Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) only had domestic flights and international service to Montevideo (MVD) and Punta del Este (PDP) Uruguay up until 01Mar10 when new international routes were authorized to the neighboring countries of Brazil, Chile and Paraguay.  

Since then, several airlines, including Aerolineas Argentinas, Amaszonas Paraguay, Austral, Gol, LATAM Argentina, LATAM Brazil and LATAM Chile, have added service between Aeroparque and these countries but by order of the ANAC Argentina National Aviation Agency, they will have to move half of their flights to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) by 09Apr18 with the other half to be moved there by 01Apr19.  Additionally, no new international flights (other than to Uruguay) may be added from Aeroparque effective 10Jul17.  

The objective of this new policy is to free up space for the continued growth of domestic service by Aerolineas, Austral, Andes and LATAM Argentina plus new flights by the anticipated start-up of Avianca Argentina, Norwegian Argentina and possibly other new carriers too.  

Current international flights out of Aeroparque, other than to Uruguay, are listed below.  They add up to an average of 424 flights per week (departures and arrivals) out of a total of 2,420 weekly commercial movements, comprising 17.5% of Aeroparque's weekly airline flights.     

* Aerolineas Argentinas

BoliviaSanta Cruz de la Sierra (VVI)

BrazilPorto Alegre (POA), Porto Seguro (BPS), Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG), Salvador de Bahia (SSA), Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)

ChileSantiago (SCL)

* Amaszonas Paraguay

Paraguay: Asuncion (ASU)

* Austral

BoliviaSanta Cruz de la Sierra (VVI)

BrazilCuritiba (CWB), Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG)

ParaguayAsuncion (ASU)

* Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes

Brazil: Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)

* LATAM Argentina

Brazil: Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)

Chile: Santiago (SCL)

* LATAM Brazil

Brazil: Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)

* LATAM Chile

Chile: Santiago (SCL)


Monday, July 17, 2017

ROUTE UPDATE: Flyest flying Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Asuncion (ASU) for Amaszonas Paraguay

Flyest CRJ-200ER, LV-GIJ (c/n 7466), taxis at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 11Jul17 flying a regularly-scheduled service for Amaszonas Paraguay to Asuncion (ASU).  (Phil Perry Photo) 

At least during the week of Monday 10Jul17, Flyest, the Argentinean airline that is the reincarnation of Sol Lineas Aereas, flew some rotations on behalf of Amaszonas Paraguay on the Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Asuncion (ASU) route.   This appears to be an outgrowth of the relationship that the Spanish carrier Air Nostrum had with Sol and Amaszonas Paraguay, which is a joint venture between Air Nostrum and Amaszonas Linea Aerea of Bolivia.   

Sol ceased operations on 16Jan16 when subsidies that it was receiving from Aerolineas Argentinas were abruptly cut off by the new administration of the national carrier put in place by the incoming government of Argentine president Mauricio Macri.  Sol had flown several Saab 340's since it started operations in August 2006 plus three CRJ-200's that it acquired under a joint venture agreement with Air Nostrum in the final months of 2015.

Two of the three CRJ-200's flew back to Spain but the third, LV-GIJ (c/n 7466), was stored in Asuncion (ASU) until 07Mar17 when it flew back to Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP).  The aircraft sports the basic Austral colors that it wore while flying for Sol under the Aerolineas subsidies but with Flyest titles added.  The airplane is apparently still the property of Air Nostrum .             

Amaszonas Paraguay also flies CRJ-200's so it is natural for Flyest to fly subservices for the Paraguayan carrier.  It will be interesting to see where this cooperation will lead.  Maybe an Amaszonas Argentina joint venture between Air Nostrum and Amaszonas Linea Aerea using Flyest as a platform ?      


See past postings for Amaszonas, Amaszonas Paraguay, Flyest, and Sol Lineas Aereas.  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

PHOTO GALLERY: Cessna Citation Series at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Part 1 of 3

Continuing with photos of business jets and turboprops organized by theme, this post features aircraft from the Cessna Citation series shot at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) by blog editor Phil Perry.

Limansky S.A. Cessna 500 Citation I, LV-BPW (c/n 500-0341), at Aeroparque on 18Sep10.  (Phil Perry Photo)

Banco Finansur S.A. Cessna 501 Citation ISP, LV-BPZ (c/n 501-0040), at AEP on 01Oct10.  Phil Perry Photo)

JCR S.A. Cessna 510 Mustang, LV-CBO (c/n 510-0265), at AEP on 01Oct10.  (Phil Perry Photo)

Grupo Sancor Seguros Cessna 550 Citation II, LV-BCO (c/n 550-0458), at AEP on 01Oct10.  (Phil Perry Photo)

Aviajet S.A. Cessna 550 Citation II, LV-CFS (c/n 550-0310), at AEP on 28Oct10.  (Phil Perry Photo)


Thursday, July 13, 2017

PHOTO GALLERY: Andes MD-83 LV-WGM painted in Travel Rock colors with variations from same scheme in 2015

Andes MD-83, LV-WGM (c/n 49784/1627), in the special Travel Rock billboard scheme at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 11Jul17.  (Phil Perry Photo) 

The same aircraft in the same scheme at Aeroparque on 10Dec15 but with a few differences as described below.  (Phil Perry Photo)

The Travel Rock logo on the front of the aircraft previously had the wording "TRAVEL ROCK TRAVEL COMPANY" but it now reads "TRAVEL ROCK, ROCK YOUR LIFE".

Previously there was script lettering above the billboard titles with the legend "La compania de viajes de egresados mas grande del mundo" (the largest company in the world of graduating student trips) in reference to Travel Rock but those are not there now. 

The "ROCK YOUR LIFE" logo on the engine now replaces what in 2015 was at first a simple logo followed by the brown colors illustrated above. 

This year the tail has the new-style "andes" lettering on the tail compared to the "TRAVEL ROCK TRAVEL COMPANY" logo painted there in 2015.  

Sunday, July 9, 2017

PHOTO GALLERY: Business Aircraft at San Fernando (FDO) on Friday, 03Mar17

All of the photos below were taken on 03Mar17 by blog editor Phil Perry.  Special thanks to Eric Trum for his fine editing of the photos that otherwise would have been very dark !  

Terminal Building at Aeropuerto Internacaional San Fernando (FDO), located some 20 miles (32 km) north of downtown Buenos Aires.  This is the main airport for business aircraft movements in the Buenos Aires metropolitan area. Airline service was briefly operated here by smaller aircraft during the closure of Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) for a month or so a few year ago due to runway work. (Phil Perry Photo)

Piper Seneca V, CX-TCS, visiting from Uruguay.  (Phil Perry Photo) 

Quilque S.A. Pilatus PC-12-47E, LV-CBP (c/n 1168).  (Phil Perry Photo)

Patagonian Air S.A. Cessna 650 Citation III LV-CQK (c/n 650-0093). (Phil Perry Photo) 

Lima Victor S.A. Cessna 551 Citation II/SP, LV-WXD (c/n 551-0396). (Phil Perry Photo)

Gates Learjet 25B, N343RK (c/n 25-110).  (Phil Perry Photo) 

Servicios Aereos Sudamericanos / Pertrans S.A. Canadair Challenger 600S, LV-BAS (c/n 1053). (Phil Perry Photo)


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Old Terminal Demolition & North Parking Lot Closure

Layout of Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP)'s terminal and parking facilities.  Note that Terminal A has been extended towards the South Parking Garage since the above diagram was published, adding several more jetways.  

The very informative blog, recently reported that the long-rumored demolition of Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP)'s old terminal and closure of the adjacent parking lot which has been used for aircraft spotting and photography for decades, will probably both happen in the coming months.

The existing terminal facility is an "L"-shaped structure consisting of the old terminal at the base of the "L" to the north, followed by Terminal B and Terminal A to the south, with the newest section of the latter being a very modern facility that was completed in recent years (see above illustration).  The old terminal, which dates back to 1960, is primarily used for offices and is home to the old control tower situated on its top.  The North Parking Lot is next to the taxiway for aircraft taxiing to the base of runway 13 for departure and is perfect for spotting and photography. 

Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP)'s new control tower as it appeared on 19Apr17. (Phil Perry Photo) 

A new control tower (pictured above), which will soon be finished, is being built on top of Terminal A.  After its completion, the process of tearing down the old terminal and old control tower will start with the North Parking Lot closing too. A new "Terminal B" will be constructed as an extension of the existing Terminals A and B with the parking lot to be converted to ramp space that will reportedly accommodate five new jetways. 

A new parking garage with 600 spaces that is scheduled to open soon will replace the 550 spaces that will be lost when the parking lot closes. 

In addition, the military sector, which is currently southeast of the terminals will be relocated to make room for two more parking positions for commercial aircraft.  

All of the above plans are preliminary and subject to change.  Good spotting and photography locations will still be available to the north and south of the terminals near both ends of the runway.  


Sunday, July 2, 2017

FLEET UPDATE: Argentine Presidential Transport 757 T-01 Update

Republica Argentina 757-23A, T-01 (c/n 25487/470), taxis at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 01Oct10. (Phil Perry Photo)

The Argentine Presidential Transport 757, also known as "Tango Cero Uno", has been out of service and stored at El Palomar (EPA) airport / military base since December 2015. It is up for sale at the reduced asking price of US$ 1.5 million, down from the previous US$ 2.5 million listing. 

The aircraft was delivered directly by Boeing to the Argentine government in July 1992 and, as would be expected with a government VIP transport aircraft, it has accumulated little time, apparently fewer than 20,000 hours, a fraction of the time that a 757-200 would log in a similar number of years in airline service.

Nonetheless, the aircraft has had a couple of incidents including a hard emergency landing at El Palomar (EPA) on 19Oct04 after an inflight engine fire. It is also due for heavy maintenance and repairs with an estimated bill of US$ 20 million for all the work. If it were to continue in a VIP role, its executive interior would probably have to be extensively modified and updated to the tastes of any potential buyers. A conversion to cargo service would be costly with the interior having to be ripped out and a large cargo door added. Most of all though, the estimated $ 20 million maintenance and repair bill has sadly made the aircraft primarily a candidate for parting out with any useful spare parts to be sold for re-use.


Friday, June 30, 2017

PHOTO GALLERY: Bombardier Global 5000 & Challengers at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP)

Continuing with photos of business jets and turboprops organized by theme, this post features aircraft manufactured by Bombardier; a Global 5000 and several Challengers shot at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) by blog editor Phil Perry.

Bombardier Global 5000, N404NA (c/n 9356), taxis at Aeroparque on 07Aug17. (Phil Perry Photo)

Perez Companc / Cheyenne S.A. Bombardier Challenger 300, LV-BSS (c/n  20219), lands at Aeroparque on 23Jan11. (Phil Perry Photo)

Royal Class Canadair Challenger 601-3A, LV-BYG (c/n 5032), at Aeroparque on 15Aug14. (Phil Perry Photo)

Condor Express Canadair Challenger 605, LV-CCW (c/n 5805), at Aeroparque on 06Aug16. (Phil Perry Photo)


Thursday, June 29, 2017

ROUTE UPDATES: Aerolineas Argentinas / Austral and Azul

Continuing the ongoing expansion of routes that directly connect Argentina's provinces without going through Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP), Aerolineas Argentinas / Austral are adding three more new routes, all be two of them seasonal in nature: 

Rosario (ROS) - Ushuaia (USH) - eff 01Jul17 - End of August

To be operated by Austral E190's 1x/weekly.

Bahia Blanca (BHI) - Bariloche (BRC) - eff 03Jul17 - End of August 2017 and eff 08Dec17 - Easter 2018

To be operated by Austral E190's 2x/weekly.

Bahia Blanca (BHI) - Neuquen (NQN) - eff October 2017

To be operated by Austral E190's 4x/weekly.

Azul is adding seasonal summer service to these two Brazilian oceanside resort areas:

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Navegantes (NVT) - eff 11Dec17 - 04Mar18

To be operated with E195's 1x/daily from 11Dec17 to 17Feb18 and 4x/weekly from 18Feb18 to 04Mar18.

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Cabo Frio (CFB) - eff 16Dec17 - 03Mar18

To be operated with E195's 1x/weekly.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

ROUTE UPDATE: COPA adding Mendoza (MDZ) - Panama City (PTY) eff 16Nov17

Mendoza (MDZ) - Panama City (PTY) - eff 16Nov17

To be operated with 737-800's 4x/weekly.

Mendoza (MDZ) will be the fourth Argentine airport served by COPA with the others being Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE), Cordoba (COR) and Rosario (ROS).

This new service will connect Mendoza (MDZ) with 13 US cities, 4 in Mexico, 2 in Canada, and 25 destinations in Central America and the Caribbean. 

Mendoza (MDZ) already has international service to the United States through LATAM Chile's hub in Santiago (SCL) but to only three destinations; New York Kennedy (JFK), Miami (MIA) and Los Angeles (LAX).


Sunday, June 25, 2017

ROUTE UPDATES: LATAM to fly seasonally from Santiago (SCL) to Bariloche (BRC) and Punta del Este (PDP)

Santiago (SCL) - Bariloche (BRC) - eff 03Jan18 - 28Feb18

Flights to be operated with A320's 3x/weekly.  

Bariloche (BRC) is only the latest Argentine destination to be added to LATAM's international route system.  New airports to be served by the carrier this year include Neuquen (NQN), San Juan (UAQ) and Tucuman (TUC), which will be joining LATAM's international flights to Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP), Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE), Cordoba (COR), Mendoza (MDZ), Rosario (ROS), and Salta (SLA).   

Santiago (SCL) - Punta del Este (PDP) - eff 04Jan18 - 25Feb18 

Flights to be operated with A320's 2x/weekly.