Wednesday, February 25, 2015

ROUTE UPDATES: Seasonal Summer Flights: Aerolineas Argentinas 28x/week to Mar del Plata + LAN Argentina 1x/week to Porto Seguro & Salvador

Some news on seasonal summer flights:

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Mar del 
   Plata (MDQ)

   Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral doubled their service from Aeroparque to 
   Mar del Plata from the normal 14x/week flights to 28x/week for the southern
   hemisphere summer season. 

* LAN Argentina - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Porto Seguro (BPS) - 
   Salvador de Bahia (SSA)
   LAN Argentina added 1x/week flight on Sundays using A320's on the above 
   triangle route effective 11Jan15 until 08Mar15.

Sources: via Eric Trum

Monday, February 23, 2015

ROUTE UPDATE: American Airlines to fly the 787-8 on the Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) route eff 04Jun15

American Airlines will introduce its new 787-8 on three routes from its Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW) hub; to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) on 07May15, Beijing (PEK) on 02Jun15 and Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 04Jun15.  

The aircraft's economy-class will be in a 3-3-3 configuration with 48 seats in Main Cabin Extra (up to 6 inches of extra legroom) and 150 seats in its Main Cabin.  Business Class will feature 28 fully lie-flat seats in a 1-2-1 configuration plus a walk-up bar with snacks and refreshments.

American has firm orders for 42 787's with 12 expected to be delivered this year, three in each quarter.  The airline holds options on a further 58 787's. 

The 787-8 will replace the larger-capacity 777-200 on the DFW - EZE route, suggesting a softening of traffic for American in the USA-Argentina market or at least on that route, which could be the case with the Argentine economy slowing down and Argentines comprising the vast majority of travelers between the two countries.  


Saturday, January 17, 2015

ROUTE UPDATE: AeroMexico to introduce the 787-8 between Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) and Mexico City (MEX)

AeroMexico will start flying the 787-8 between Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) and Mexico City (MEX) on 01Apr15, operating four of its nine weekly flights between the two capitals, eventually going to daily 787 service on the route in October. The carrier currently has five 787-8's with four more on order plus six 787-9's due for delivery, as well.     


Thursday, January 15, 2015

ROUTE UPDATE: Air New Zealand to start Auckland (AKL) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) nonstop service in December 2015

Air New Zealand recently announced plans to start Auckland (AKL) to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) nonstop service in December 2015 with 777-200's on a 3x/weekly basis.  

The flights will have connections to/from Australia and southeast Asia plus Brazil on the South American end codesharing with Aerolineas Argentinas.  Aerolineas flew the Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Auckland (AKL) sector for several years but gave up the route in March 2014.  Buenos Aires also had flights to Australia operated by QANTAS until the Argentine aviation authorities denied that carrier codesharing rights with TAM to Brazil prompting the Australian airline to transfer its South American gateway to Santiago (SCL) offering connections with its Chilean Oneworld counterpart, LAN.    


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

FLEET UPDATE: Last 3 ex-PLUNA CRJ-900's depart Montevideo (MVD)

NOTE:  This posting originally indicated that CX-CRN (c/n 15275) was one of the three ex-PLUNA CRJ-900's to depart Montevideo (MVD) on 12Jan15 but reader "MG" has indicated that this is incorrect as the aircraft "departed Uruguay in late-2012 and has been flying for Mesa Airlines in the USA as N249LR for nearly two years."

The last three ex-PLUNA CRJ-900's reportedly departed Montevideo (MVD) on the afternoon of Monday, 12Jan15.  They appear to have been CX-CRD (c/n 15180), CX-CRF (c/n 15204) re-registered as C-GSKK to Skyservice Business Aviation of Montreal, Toronto and Calgary plus one other example.

PLUNA CRJ-900, CX-CRD (c/n 15180) at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 17Sep10. (Phil Perry Photo)

PLUNA CRJ-900 CX-CRF at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 22Jan11.  (Phil Perry Photo)

CX-CRF pictured with C-GSKK registration as it departed Montevideo on 12Jan15:


Monday, January 12, 2015

ROUTE UPDATES: Amaszonas starts Montevideo to Santa Cruz / TAM increasing flights Montevideo to Rio De Janeiro / LAN Argentina restarts Bahia Blanca flights / British reducing service from Buenos Aires to London

Amaszonas Lineas Aereas started 3x/weekly service between Montevideo (MVD) and Santa Cruz de la Sierra (VVI) via Asuncion (ASU) on 11Dec14 using CRJ-200's.  From VVI, passengers will be able to connect to Cuzco (CUZ) and Arequipa (AQP) in Peru, La Paz, Bolivia (LPB), Iquique, Chile (IQQ), and Salta, Argentina (SLA). 

* TAM Brazilian Airlines will increase service from Montevideo (MVD) to Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG) from 4x to 7x weekly effective 31Dec14 with all flights being operated with A320's. 

* LAN Argentina will reintroduce service between Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) and Bahia Blanca (BHI) on a daily basis effective January 2015 using A320's.  The airline suspended service on the route earlier this year due to the need for aircraft on heavily-traveled winter routes, but also because the Argentine aviation authorities would not grant the carrier permission to add more aircraft to its fleet, not even to replace airplanes out of service on a temporary basis for maintenance.  

British Airways will reduce service between Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) and London Heathrow (LHR) from 7x to 5x/weekly effective 29Mar15, the end of the southern hemisphere summer season.  The service used to be operated with 747-400's via Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) but transitioned to nonstop 777-200's a few years ago which will be maintained.  Drop in demand is cited as the main reason for the service reduction. 

Sources: via Eric Trum

Friday, January 9, 2015

ROUTE UPDATE: Lufthansa introduced 747-8I between Frankfurt (FRA) and Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 26Oct14

Lufthansa flew the 747-8I from Frankfurt (FRA) to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) a few times earlier in 2014 but officially introduced the aircraft on a daily basis on the route on 26Oct14, the last Sunday of October, the traditional summer/winter schedule changeover date of the international airline industry.

Some interesting facts:

* The 747-8I is the longest-ever passenger-carrying aircraft at 250 ft. 2 inches (76.3m) compared to the A380 at 239 ft (72.73m). 

* Frankfurt (FRA) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) is Lufthansa's longest non-stop route.  

* Lufthansa's 747-8I is the only 747 of any version currently flying in Argentina.