Thursday, August 25, 2016

NEW AIRLINE PLANS: Amaszonas Uruguay receives Air Operator Certificate, planning Montevideo (MVD) - Aeroparque (AEP) flights 05Oct16


Amaszonas Uruguay received its Air Operator Certificate from the DINACIA Uruguayan aviation authority on 10Aug16 and the carrier immediately announced plans to start service on the Montevideo (MVD) - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) "Air Bridge" on 05Oct16 using CRJ-200's 2x/daily. 

Amaszonas Uruguay is a division of parent Amaszonas Linea Aerea, which is based out of La Paz, Bolivia and also owns affiliate Amaszonas Paraguay.  

Amaszonas Linea Aerea (parent company)

Amaszonas started charter services with a small fleet of Cessna 208 Caravan and Fairchild Metro turboprop aircraft in 2000.  In 2012, the carrier acquired five 50-seat CRJ-200 regional jets to start scheduled service with the first route being La Paz (LPB) to Santa Cruz de la Sierra (VVI).  By 2014, Amaszonas announced plans to lease nine CRJ-200's and expand its route network to include 40 airports by 2017.   

Amaszonas Paraguay 

Amaszonas' Paraguayan affiliate was founded in 2015 with one CRJ-200, ZP-CRN (c/n 7866), transferred from the parent company operating from its Asuncion (ASU) base to Ciudad del Este (AGT) and Montevideo (MVD).      

Destinations

As of today, Amaszonas Bolivia and Amaszonas Paraguay together operate eight CRJ-200's serving six airports in Bolivia; with La Paz (LPB) and Santa Cruz (VVI) being hub / focus cities, plus Cochabamba (CBB), Rurrenabaque (RBQ), Sucre (SRE), and Uyuni (UYU).  International destinations include Asuncion (ASU), Ciudad del Este (AGT), Cuzco (CUZ), Iquique (IQQ) and Montevideo (MVD).  

The group's two Uruguayan routes are Santa Cruz (VVI) - Asuncion (ASU) - Montevideo (MVD) operated 7x weekly and Asuncion (ASU) - Montevideo (MVD) which is flown 3x weekly and soon expected to also go to 7x/weekly.   

Amaszonas Uruguay 

This carrier had its beginnings in April 2015 when the Amaszonas parent company bought BQB Lineas Aereas from Los Cipreses S.A., owner of the Buquebus Ferry Lines, which operates a near monopoly ferry service over the Rio de la Plata between Argentina and Uruguay.  

Los Cipreses was in the process of shutting down BQB's ATR-72 operation after approx. five years' service out of Uruguay and it was Amaszonas' intent to use this entity as a platform for starting an instant airline operation that would have the status of a Uruguayan carrier with the route rights out of Montevideo (MVD) that would come with that.  However, Amaszonas ran into unexpected legal complications with the ownership structure of BQB with the need to "extract" the BQB entity from Los Cipreses and replace the latter with Amaszonas as the new owner.  This process took the better part of the last year to complete.

Additional to the need to formally acquire ownership of BQB, Amaszonas Uruguay had to undergo the same multi-step process that Alas Uruguay went through to get a Uruguayan air operator certificate which it recently completed having successfully concluded "demonstration" or route-proving flights with the Uruguayan DINACIA aviation authority.    

Interestingly though, the Amaszonas Uruguay website home page shows as BQB Lineas Aereas complete with the former carrier's color scheme and logo.  

Amaszonas Uruguay so far has one CRJ-200, CX-SDU (c/n 7209), transferred from the parent company but it is set to grow its fleet to six CRJ-200's in the next couple of years.    

Amaszonas Group Marketing Strategy  

Amaszonas currently has modest hubs in La Paz (LPB) and Asuncion (ASU), which it plans to expand with flights to more destinations plus the addition of Montevideo (MVD) and Santiago (SCL) for four hubs in all encompassing a regional network consisting of mostly secondary cities in South America's "southern cone".  

Amaszonas Uruguay's first service will be from Montevideo (MVD) to Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP), which will likely be its most lucrative route, even competing with Austral's 5x/daily service with its Embraer 190's and Alas Uruguay's 2x/daily flights with its 737-300's.

Plans are for Amaszonas Uruguay to add its own services from Montevideo (MVD) to Asuncion (ASU) and Santa Cruz (VVI) that would complement those already operated by its two sister carriers.

Flights from Montevideo (MVD) to Cordoba (COR) and Rosario (ROS) are also planned, which would probably be approved by the new Argentine government since it has approved nearly all new service requests by foreign carriers.  

A good example of providing connectivity between secondary cities would be a possible Montevideo (MVD) - Cordoba (COR) - Santa Cruz (VVI) route, which would tap into the large Bolivian population in the Cordoba region. 

Services to Santiago (SCL) and Florianopolis (FLN) and Porto Alegre (POA) are also expected. The latter will not be an easy task as the routes from Montevideo (MVD) to Chile and Brazil are already well served by LATAM, Sky Airlines, Gol and Azul.

Sources:

Monday, August 22, 2016

FLEET UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas received its seventh A330-200 on 05Aug16 + Current Fleet Status


Aerolineas Argentinas received its seventh A330-200, LV-GHQ (c/n 1737), which is also its third new A330-202 direct from the Airbus factory, on 05Aug16.  The other four examples are used A330-223's that were originally delivered to SABENA and Air Afrique, two each in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

Aerolineas' A330-200's are progressively replacing the carrier's seven-strong A340-300 fleet. One of the latter aircraft, LV-CEK (c/n 094), flew its last revenue flight with Aerolineas on 14Aug16 and will be returned to the lessor once it has been refurbished.  Of the other six A340's, LV-CSE (c/n 126), is expected to leave the fleet in mid-September with LV-CSX (c/n 373) scheduled to follow in March 2017.        

Replacement A330's include the newly-delivered LV-GHQ, plus LV-GKO (c/n 587) and LV-GIF (c/n 1748) due to join Aerolineas in late August and October 2016, respectively. 

Eventually, Aerolineas' entire A340 fleet might be replaced by A330's but a lot of that depends on whether the A330's will be able to operate some of Aerolineas' longest routes, such as Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Rome (FCO) nonstop, which is currently covered by the A340's. 

Sources:

Friday, August 19, 2016

NEW AIRLINE PLANS: Avianca puts plans for new Argentina affiliate on hold


Avianca, which planned to start a low-cost Argentine affiliate before the end of 2016, has put those plans on hold until at least 2017 and is reportedly reconsidering the projected airline altogether.      

Avianca seemed to be well on its way to establishing an Argentine operation with the purchase of the small Argentine carrier Macair Jet, interviews with prospective staff and plans to initially place six ATR-72's in service, but the airline has encountered an operating environment in Argentina that it apparently doubts will allow it to successfully establish a low-cost carrier there.

Factors that Avianca perceives as roadblocks include:

* High airport taxes and excessive aeronautical infrastructure fees compared to other countries.

* The mandatory use of Intercargo, the state-owned airport ground handling operator, with its monopolistic fees and practices.

* An Argentine airline labor market characterized by high employee wage scales and low-productivity work rules as benchmarked by Aerolineas Argentinas, the market leader, which would likely lead to substantial resistance to the lower-wage, higher productivity work rules prevalent at low-cost carriers that Avianca would probably want to implement.

* Likely opposition from Aerolineas Argentinas' management and labor to a low-cost carrier in the Argentine domestic market, the only market where Aerolineas makes money (its regional South American flights are marginally profitable at best and its long-haul intercontinental routes are big losers).

* Likely resistance by the Argentine government to a free pricing environment where low-cost carriers typically drop fares to very low levels to stimulate travel and make money on a high-volume, thin-margin passenger traffic profile.  Such a pricing policy, without the  minimum airfare "bands" that exist now, would lead to even larger losses at Aerolineas Argentinas than the already massive deficits of recent years, which the government (and taxpayers) are no longer willing to tolerate.         
           
Avianca has not cancelled plans to start a low-cost carrier in Argentina and might still go ahead with the operation.  The coming months should give a better idea of what to expect.    

Sources:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

FLEET UPDATE: LATAM Argentina received its 14th A320 on 19Jun16


LATAM Argentina's 14th A320, LV-GLP (c/n 1355), flew from Santiago (SCL) to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 19Jun16 and entered service with the carrier three days later on 22Jun16.  

The aircraft was originally delivered to LAN Chile on 11Dec00 where it carried the registration CC-COF until its recent transfer from the parent carrier to its Argentine affiliate.  

LATAM Argentina (formerly LAN Argentina) started service on 08Jun05 with three 737-200's that were joined by two more 200's later that year.  These were replaced between 2006-2008, starting with four A320's in 2006, one in 2007, and five in 2008, but the fleet did not grow beyond these ten aircraft for several years because the carrier was not allowed to bring in any more planes by the ANAC Argentine aviation authority.

Finally, in 2011, two more A320's came over from Chile with one additional aircraft each year in 2014 and 2016 to get to LATAM Argentina's 14-strong A320 fleet today.  The carrier also operates two 767-300's on the Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Miami (MIA) route. 

Sources:

http://www.airfleets.net/ficheapp/plane-a320-1355.htm
http://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/LATAM%20Argentina-active-a320.htm
http://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/LAN%20Argentina-history-b737.htm

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

FLEET UPDATE: Austral received its 26th Embraer 190 on 26Jul16

Austral received its 26th (and last currently on order) Embraer 190, LV-GIQ (c/n 716), direct from the factory in Brazil on 26Jul16.  

Like the carrier's 25th Embraer 190, the Skyteam logo that normally appears near the cockpit windows on Austral's other 190's is missing and the Argentine flag is placed to the back of and below the cockpit windows instead of directly below them.  

LV-GIQ entered service with Austral on 07Aug16 operating a Buenos Aires   Aeroparque (AEP) - Puerto Iguazú (IGR) - Rosario (ROS) - Mendoza (MDZ) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) circular route. 

Sources:

http://linea-ala.blogspot.com.ar/2016/07/llego-el-lv-giq.html
http://linea-ala.blogspot.com.ar/2016/07/el-giq-en-aeroparque.html
http://linea-ala.blogspot.com.ar/2016/08/austral-lineas-aereas-comenzo-volar.html

Monday, August 15, 2016

FLEET UPDATE & PHOTOS: Austral's 24th and 25th E190's, LV-GBK and LV-GIK

Austral Lineas Aereas' 24th Embraer E190, LV-GBK (c/n 291), lands at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 07Aug16.  This aircraft was originally delivered to Republic Airways on 23Sep09 and joined Austral on 02Jun16 on lease from Nordic Aviation Capital.  (Phil Perry Photo) 

Austral's 25th E190, LV-GIK (c/n 715), taxis at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 06Aug16.  It was delivered factory-new to the carrier on 26Jun16.  Note that compared to Austral's other E190's, the Skyteam logo near the cockpit windows is missing and the Argentine flag is placed to the back of the cockpit windows instead of below them. (Phil Perry Photo)   

Sources:

http://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Austral-active-e190.htm

Friday, August 12, 2016

PHOTOS: All Three LATAM Argentina A320's that are in new colors - LV-BRY, LV-BSJ, LV-BRA

Three LATAM Argentina A320's have been painted in the carrier's new colors so far; LV-BRY, LV-BSJ and LV-BRA, in that order.  All three of them were photographed by the editor of this blog, Phil Perry, at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on the weekend of August 6-7, 2016 as presented below:

LATAM Argentina A320, LV-BRY (c/n 1351), taxiing at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 06Aug16.  (Phil Perry Photo)  

This was the first LATAM Argentina aircraft painted in the new colors where it was spotted soon after it came out of the paint shop in San Jose (SJO) Costa Rica on 02May16, three days before the official unveiling of the carrier's new image on 05May16.  It was also photographed at Aeroparque on 08May16.     

LATAM Argentina A320, LV-BSJ (c/n 1332), rolls down Aeroparque's runway 13 on its takeoff run on 06Aug16.  (Phil Perry Photo)    

This plane arrived at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) from the San Jose, Costa Rica paint shop on 29Jun16.

LATAM Argentina A320, LV-BRA (c/n 1304), lands at Aeroparque on 07Aug16.  (Phil Perry Photo)

LV-BRA arrived at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 04Jul16 from the Coopesa facility in San Jose, Costa Rica in the carrier's new colors but only recently entered service again.  

Special thanks to my friend Carlos Abella, editor of Rollout Spotting, 
https://aerospotter.blogspot.com.ar/ for the information he provided for this posting. 

Sources:

http://linea-ala.blogspot.com.ar/2016/05/aqui-estan-estos-son.html
http://linea-ala.blogspot.com.ar/2016/05/se-lanzo-latam.html
http://linea-ala.blogspot.com.ar/2016/06/noticias.html
http://linea-ala.blogspot.com.ar/2016/06/latam-argentina-cuenta-con-otro-a320.html
http://linea-ala.blogspot.com.ar/2016/07/otro-a320-de-latam-argentina-con-su.html
http://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/LATAM%20Argentina-active-a320.htm

Sunday, July 31, 2016

ROUTE UPDATES: Odds & Ends - Air Canada, American, Avianca, British, Conviasa, Emirates

* Air Canada 

Replaced the usual 767-300 aircraft on its Toronto (YYZ) - Santiago (SCL) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Toronto (YYZ) "triangle" route with the 777-300ER for the southern hemisphere "summer" period from October 2015 to March 2016, which resulted in a 65% increase in seating capacity with a total of 349 seats on each flight. 

The Canadian airline will once again operate the 777-300ER on the route from 30Oct16 to 24Mar17.

* American Airlines

Operated the 787-8 between Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) and Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) for only five months (June - November 2015) and then went back to the 777-200, which it is still flying on the route today. 

* Avianca 

Started operating the 787-8 on the Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Bogota (BOG) route on 01Feb15 but apparently replaced it with the A330-200, with the exception of the 787-8 again for a month from 16Aug15 to 17Sep15.  Avianca is currently operating the A330-200 between Argentina and Colombia on a daily basis.   

* British Airways 

After having reduced the frequency on its London Heathrow (LHR) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) route from daily to 5x/weekly on 31Mar15, the carrier returned to daily service operated by 777-200's in November 2015, which it is still flying to this day.   

* Conviasa

Leased a 747-446, EC-LNA (c/n 26346/897), that it started flying from Caracas (CCS) to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) 2x/weekly on 01Nov15.  It is still flying to Argentina on the same basis.  

Emirates 

Upgauged from the 777-200 to the 777-300ER on its daily Dubai (DXB) - Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) service on 01Sep15, which it still maintains today.  

Sources:

http://www.siscoma.com.ar/online/aviacion/2015/avn151029/avn-151029.html
http://www.siscoma.com.ar/online/aviacion/2015/avn150924/avn-150924.html
http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/250247/avianca-adds-boeing-787-buenos-aires-sao-paulo-service-in-augsep-2015/ via Eric Trum
http://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/251801/conviasa-adds-leased-boeing-747-operation-from-nov-2015/ via Eric Trum

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Alas Uruguay - Financial Results, Talks with Azul and Boliviana & Returning One 737-300




Alas Uruguay continues to establish itself on the Montevideo (MVD) to Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) and Asuncion (ASU) routes (also Aeroparque to Punta del Este (PDP) in the summertime) but has fallen well short of revenue projections made in it business plan. 

Passengers Flown

The carrier had flown 27,000 passengers between its 22Jan16 inaugural flight and mid-May, broken down into 800 in January, 2,000 in February, 7,500 in March, and 8,500 in April with a forecast of 8,800 travelers in May.  

Market Share

Alas' market share on the all-important Montevideo (MVD) - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) route was approx. 20% with 13 weekly flights vs. Aerolineas Argentinas' 80% with 32 weekly services as of mid-May but it is gaining ground by about 4-5 percentage points per month, which is not surprising because even being a relatively unknown carrier, the passengers flying this route overwhelmingly originate in the Argentine and Uruguayan capitals with many of them being frequent flyers so it is natural for them to learn about Alas Uruguay without the carrier investing a lot in advertising.  Both carriers charge an average of US$ 195 round-trip on the route.  

Alas flies its other route, Montevideo (MVD) - Asuncion (ASU), 3x/weekly in competition with Amaszonas Paraguay's 10x/weekly flights using CRJ-200's.  

Financial Results

The carrier had US$ 1.3 million in revenue in April and a similar amount in May but this is putting it on track to reach only 25% of its business plan projection of US$ 66 million for its first year of operations.  With monthly expenses in the US$1.6 million range, the airline is losing money.  Alas had projected a 60% load factor but was averaging only about 30%-40% full as of mid-May. 

Alas' employees are reportedly collecting only 50% of their salaries, directing the other 50% to capitalizing the company.  Even so, the airline has fallen behind in paying the reduced amounts.  

By July, the airline's outlook appeared to improve a little bit as it paid back much of the backwages owed and its Aeroparque flights were reportedly completely full due to the Uruguayan and Argentine winter vacation periods.  

Talks with Azul and Boliviana

Alas is also continuing some of the talks that it has already had with other carriers in the past about possible cooperation, mergers or takeovers with one of the latest discussions reportedly being with Azul Linhas Aereas about an investment that the latter wants to make in the Uruguayan airline but only if Alas reduces the number of employees on its payroll, returns all of its 737-300's and replaces them with ATR aircraft (which Azul already operates) and allows Azul to manage the airline, with Alas' management only accepting the proposed change of aircraft so far.  

Boliviana de Aviacion, the state-owned Bolivian 737-300 operator, offered to invest US$ 5 million with co-management of Alas Uruguay at first likely passing on to Boliviana control in a few months with a deadline of 22Jul16 for Alas to make a decision but there has been no news so far.     
Returning one 737-300

Most recently, it became evident that the carrier was going to have to cut back on fixed costs and it announced that it will seek to return one of its three 737-300's, CX-OAB (c/n 28869/2887), to the lessor.   Alas is paying US$ 80,000 per month leases on the 737-300's and it apparently only needs two aircraft for the current level of scheduled service.   

Sources:

http://www.portaldeamerica.com/index.php/columnistas/sergio-antonio-herrera/item/23019-alas-uruguay-acevedo-y-de-los-santos-contra-todos
http://www.portaldeamerica.com/index.php/pda/entrevistas-y-reportajes/item/22770-entre-el-cielo-y-la-tierra-las-alas-de-la-discordia
http://www.portaldeamerica.com/index.php/columnistas/sergio-antonio-herrera/item/22729-alas-uruguay-es-preferible-el-silencio

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Andes Lineas Aereas - 10 years flying in Argentina - MD-82/83, MD-87 & CRJ-900 - PHOTO HISTORY

Aircraft Color Schemes

Andes' aircraft have carried four different, although closely related, color schemes. 

First Scheme

The first aircraft that the airline took delivery of was MD-82 LV-BEP (c/n 49127/1082) on 08May06 with MD-82 LV-BHF (c/n 49508/1449) also joining the fleet on 16Dec06.  Both aircraft flew in Andes' first color scheme as illustrated below: 

Andes MD-82 LV-BEP (c/n 49127/1082) at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) in September 2007.  (Phil Perry Collection)

Second Scheme

The airline then modified the scheme moving the titles to mid-fuselage, doing away with the turismosalta.gov.ar website address, painting the tail and engines white, and modifying the tail logo as seen here:

LV-BNI (c/n 49415/1260) at Aeroparque in December 2008:

http://www.jetphotos.net/photo/6468315

Third Scheme

The third scheme saw the font on the titles change completely with "andes" being preceded and followed by small "www." and "online.com" titles making it into a web address.  The small logo on the engines stayed the same with the tail logo being modified though keeping its basic shape. These changes can be seen below:

Andes MD-82 LV-BTH (c/n 49952/1934) at Aeroparque in March 2009:  

http://www.jetphotos.net/photo/6523161

Fourth Scheme

The fourth variation on the scheme was introduced in 2010 on MD-83 LV-CCJ (c/n 49621/1495) with the only change from the third version being a completely different tail logo as seen below. The carrier continues to use this scheme today. 

Andes MD-83, LV-CCJ (c/n 49621/1495), taxis at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 15Aug14.  (Phil Perry Photo)

Andes MD-87's 

Photos were taken of at least one of Andes' two MD-87's, LV-BZR (c/n 49706/1614) which sported an all-metal fuselage reflecting its previous service with AeroMexico:  

LV-BZR with small titles at Aeroparque in January 2010:             

www.jetphotos.net/photo/6876978 

LV-BZR with large billboard titles at Florianapolis (FLN) in February 2010: 

http://www.jetphotos.net/photo/6791695

Andes CRJ-900's

Andes operated two CRJ-900's, both for about a year in 2010/11.  

Andes CRJ-900, LV-CFD (c/n 15064), at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 03Oct10. This aircraft flew with Andes from 07Jun10 until August 2011.  (Phil Perry Photo) 

Andes CRJ-900, LV-CGW (c/n 15065), taxis at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 20Mar11.  This was the second (and final) CRJ-900 delivered to Andes.  It was delivered to the carrier on 09Sep10 but only flew with the airline until August 2011. (Phil Perry Photo)   

Special Schemes / Stickers

"Travelrock" Billboard Scheme 

Andes MD-83, LV-WGM (c/n 49784/1627), in a special scheme depicting the Travelrock student tour company for which the carrier flies special charters. This photo of the aircraft landing at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) was taken on 10Dec15.  (Phil Perry Photo)

LV-WGM wore the special scheme from 10Aug15 until no later than May 2016 when it was photographed with a white tail, no Travelrock titles, and a "Chevrolet - Bariloche 2016" sticker.    

"Chevrolet- Bariloche 2016" Stickers

Andes MD-83, LV-AYD (c/n 53015/1818), landing at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 07May16 wearing a special "Chevrolet Bariloche 2016" sticker.  (Carlos Abella Photo)  

LV-WGM wearing the same sticker with a white tail at Belo Horizonte (CNF) on 04May16:

http://www.jetphotos.net/photo/8269604

"Racing" Argentine football (soccer) club stickers

LV-AYD wearing this special sticker:  

http://aerospotter.blogspot.com.ar/2015/05/andes-y-racing.html

Two A320's in 2011/12

Andes wet-leased two A320-214's from the Spanish airline Vueling, EC-JGM (c/n 2407) and EC-LLJ (c/n 4661), for a short period of time from 30Dec11 to 05Mar12 and 09Apr12, respectively.  Both aircraft retained their full Vueling colors during the lease. 

Source:

http://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Andes%20Lineas%20Aereas.htm

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Andes Lineas Aereas - 10 years flying in Argentina - Profile & History


Andes Lineas Aereas was founded in Salta (SLA), Argentina in 2005 and started service in June 2006.  The main reason behind its start-up was to add flights between Salta (SLA) and Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) to make up for the loss of capacity on the route due to sharp cutbacks in service, including a significantly down-sized fleet, by the then-owner of Aerolineas Argentinas, the Spanish Marsans tourism group.   

Fleet

Andes fleet has consisted of a total of thirteen MD-82/83 series aircraft, two short-bodied MD-87's, two CRJ-900's and two A320's. It appears that some of the MD-80's never entered service with the airline and were only used for spare parts.  

Andes currently operates four MD-83's, LV-AYD (c/n 53015/1818), LV-CCJ (c/n 49621/1495), LV-WGM (c/n 49784/1627) and LV-WGN (c/n 49934/1764).     

Scheduled Routes

The airline has flown scheduled services, primarily between Salta (SLA) and Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) with extensions in the south to Puerto Madryn (PMY), the Patagonian city located on the Atlantic which is famous for whale-watching, and Jujuy (JUJ) in the north, some 80 miles from Salta.

Charter Services

Very important to Andes has also been its numerous charter services, with perhaps more charter flights during the last decade than any other Argentine airline.  

These include charter flights on behalf of tour operators selling vacation packages, such as to the Brazilian destinations of Florianopolis (FLN), Maceio (MCZ), Natal (NAT), Porto Seguro (BPS), Recife (REC), Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG), and Salvador de Bahia (SSA). the Dominican Republic resorts of Punta Cana (PUJ) and La Romana (LRM) plus Montevideo (MVD) and Punta del Este (PDP) in Uruguay.   

Andes also flies sports charters for professional football (soccer) teams and their supporters all over South America for tournaments such as the Copa de Libertadores and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.    

The airline also flies many domestic charters in Argentina, especially student trips to the lake. mountain and ski resort of Bariloche (BRC) located near the Chilean border and Andes mountain range.  

Andes even painted an MD-83 with the name of one of Argentina's most important student tour operators, Travelrock, emblazoned on the side in billboard titles.  Cities served in Argentina on a charter basis have included Cordoba (COR), Malargüe (LGS), Puerto Iguazu (IGR), Resistencia (RES), San Juan (UAQ), Chapelco / San Martin de Los Andes (CPC), and Ushuaia (USH).

The next posting will feature a photo history of much of Andes' fleet and its aircraft color schemes.  

Sources:

http://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Andes%20Lineas%20Aereas.htm
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andes_L%C3%ADneas_A%C3%A9reas

http://web.archive.org/web/20100825235622/http://www.andesonline.com/andes_site/index.php?l=servicios.php

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.  

Sources:

http://www.puntal.com.ar/v2/article.php?id=187972 http://aeropuertocordoba.blogspot.com.ar/2016/07/aerolineas-argentinas-se-anticipa-la.html 
http://aeropuertocordoba.blogspot.com.ar/2016/06/cordoba-tendra-vuelos-rio-cuarto-y.html