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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BQB Lineas Aereas recieved its first A319, CX-SAN, on 09May14

This is a photo of Vueling A320, EC-JTQ, (c/n 2794) apparently photoshopped with the BQB colors since it is not the one that the airline leased from Vueling earlier this year.  (Photo: BQB)  
BQB's first A319-132, CX-SAN, (c/n 1703) arrived in Montevideo (MVD) on 11May14 on delivery from Bordeaux. France (BOD), via Espargos, Ilha do Sal, Cape Verde (SID) and Recife, Brazil (REC).  
The aircraft, which is on lease from Air Lease Corporation, was first delivered to TAM on 31May02 as PR-MAI with which it flew until December 2013 when it was stored until recently.

BQB was expecting to make good use of the new aircraft, especially with its 144 all-economy class seating for charters to the Uruguayan soccer team games at the World Cup in Brazil.   

Photo of CX-SAN at Ilha do Sal (SID) on 09May14:


Sunday, July 20, 2014

American Airlines 777-200 inbound to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 14Jul14 diverts to Mendoza (MDZ)

American Airlines 777-223ER, N778AN, (c/n 29587/223) scheduled to arrive at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) from Miami (MIA) on 14Jul14 diverted to Mendoza (MDZ) due to fog at EZE and also at the usual alternate airports of Montevideo (MVD) and Cordoba (COR).  Even Rosario (ROS), which would be a possible alternate was fogged in.   

As a result, the 777-200 diverted to Mendoza (MDZ) some 700 miles (1120km) due west of Buenos Aires along the Andes mountains near the Chilean border. The aircraft arrived at MDZ at 09:57am and did not depart until 12:31am of 15Jul14 finally arriving at EZE at 1:15am. The long delay was presumably due to flight crew rest regulations.

Photo of N778AZ at Mendoza (MDZ) (scroll down):


Friday, July 18, 2014

Argentine Fokker F-28's - Photo Galleries - #2 of 10+ - Aerolineas Argentinas LV-LOA (c/n 11085)

Aerolineas Argentinas F-28 Mk-1000, LV-LOA (c/n 11085) at Montevideo (MVD).  Note the small "Aerolineas Argentinas" titles.  (Phil Perry Collection)  

LV-LOA at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP).  Note the large "Aerolineas Argentinas" titles. (Phil Perry Collection)  

Aerolineas Argentinas took delivery of LV-LOA directly from the Fokker factory in Holland on 13Jan75 flying its entire career for AR except for eight months in 1984 when it was reregistered as HK-3126X and leased to ACES Colombia.

On 16Jul86 the aircraft exited the runway when landing at Ushuaia (USH), the world's southernmost international airport.  Reports indicate that the runway had some ice accumulation and one eyewitness claimed the aircraft landed long.  LV-LOA was repaired and returned to service until its retirement in the 1990's and it was scrapped at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) in 1996. 

Photos of the aircraft resting on an embankment on the side of the runway almost in the water of the adjacent bay:

Photo of HK-3126X:


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

News from March: Aeropuertos Argentinos 2000 inaugurated Terminals 3 & 4 at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on March 26

The new terminals at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) under construction in October 2012.  (Phil Perry Photo)   

March 26 saw the official opening of Terminals 3 + 4 at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) by the airport operator Aeropuertos Argentinos 2000.  

The new 600 million peso (US$ 75 million at the official exchange rate) terminals will add 35,000 square meters (400,000 sq. ft.) of operational space at the facility, doubling its capacity overnight.  Additionally, five new jetways and four new baggage carousels have been added with total check-in positions increasing to 45.  

The new buildings have seven stories in all with the ground level floor for arrivals, first floor for departures and floors 2-6 for administrative offices. The international departures area has increased from 1,260 square meters and four gates (three remote and one jetway) to 3,030 sq. meters and six gates (four remote and two jetways).  The buildings are attached to the existing terminal for seamless integration as if they were an extension of it.  

The additional space will help Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) accommodate growth; in 2013 the airport handled 9,552,504 passengers, an increase of 7.9% over 2012 with growth expected to continue.  In particular, new regional international service has been added in recent years, especially to Brazil with both GOL and TAM having started service in 2010.  


Monday, July 14, 2014

Aerolineas Argentinas 737-700, LV-CSI, sticker changed to "Gracias Argentina"

Aerolineas Argentinas 737-700, LV-CSI, (c/n 30707/975), one of two aircraft painted in a special World Cup scheme (the other is LV-CPH, c/n 28238/817) had its "Vamos Argentina" stickers changed to "Gracias Argentina" on both sides of the aircraft on 13Jul14, just prior to the World Cup final match between Argentina and Germany. 

View of the left side:

Photographer Unknown 

View of the right side: