Tuesday, September 1, 2015

ROUTE UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas to add Cordoba (COR) - Cancun (CUN) seasonal service, effective 02Jan16


Aerolineas Argentinas will add seasonal service from Cordoba (COR) to Cancun (CUN) 1x/weekly on Saturdays using A340-300's, effective 02Jan16 - 29Feb16.

At the same time, Aerolineas will upgrade its existing Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Cancun (CUN) one-stop 737NG service to non-stop A340-300 flights for the summer season, also 02Jan16 - 29Feb16.  The carrier flies this route 2x/weekly in the Argentine winter and 4x/weekly in the summer. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

FLEET UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas took delivery of four new 737-800's from Boeing in August


Aerolineas Argentinas took delivery of no fewer than four factory-fresh 737-800's from Boeing in August. 

The first aircraft to be delivered was 737-8LP, LV-FWS (c/n 41711/5136), on 12Aug15 when it flew from Seattle's Boeing Field (BFI) to Caracas (CCS) where it overnighted prior to continuing to Argentina the next day.  LV-FWS entered service with AR on 23Aug15 when it operated flight AR1870 on a Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Calafate (FTE) - Ushuaia (USH) - Calafate (FTE) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) routing. 

Next up was 737-8MB, LV-FXQ (c/n 43881/5539), leased from ICBC Financial Leasing, a branch of the Chinese bank, which was delivered on 19Aug15 but flew from Boeing Field to San Salvador (SAL) without immediately continuing to Argentina because the aircraft is undergoing modification work to its passenger cabin at the Salvadoran airport.     

Aerolineas next took delivery of 737-8MB, LV-FYK (c/n 43882/5546), leased from Air Lease Corporation, on 26Aug15 but it also stopped in San Salvador (SAL) for modifications where it is currently.

The fourth 737 to be delivered to Aerolineas in August was 737-8SH LV-FVO (c/n 41356/5550) which the airline took possession of on 27Aug15 and flew from Boeing Field to Caracas (CCS) to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE), arriving on the evening of 28Aug15.    

These four aircraft are the 20th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd 737-800's to join Aerolineas Argentinas fleet. 

Sources:

Friday, August 28, 2015

FLEET UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas 737-800, LV-FVO, landed at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on delivery flight at 21:07 local time tonight


Aerolineas Argentinas 737-8SH, LV-FVO (c/n 41356/5550) landed at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on its delivery flight (designated as AR1085) at 21:07 tonight, approx. 40 minutes prior to this posting. The aircraft departed Seattle's Boeing Field (BFI) yesterday morning and overnighted in Caracas (CCS) before continuing its journey to Argentina today. 

LV-FVO joins 22 737-700's and 19 other 737-800's in Aerolineas Argentinas' fleet of 737NG's. 

Sources:

www.flightradar.com  
http://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Aerolineas%20Argentinas.htm

Thursday, August 27, 2015

FLEET UPDATE: Austral reportedly to add 2 more ERJ-190's by end of 2015

















Austral ERJ-190, LV-FPS (c/n 639), in special Skyteam colors was the 21st ERJ-190 to be delivered to the airline on 26Sep13.  (Phil Perry Photo)

Austral Lineas Aereas will reportedly take delivery of two Republic Airways' ERJ-190's as they come off lease with the US regional carrier in the coming months. Republic is looking to dispose of the six ERJ-190's in its fleet and standardize on the ERJ-170 of which it currently has 112 in service.

The two specific airframes that Austral will likely receive are N164HQ (c/n 275) and N165HQ (c/n 291).  The Argentine airline already has 22 owned ERJ-190's, 20 from an initial order placed in the late 2000's which were delivered in 2010/11, plus 2 more delivered in 2013.  The two soon-to-be ex Republic aircraft will be leased.  Austral is also expected to add what would be their 25th and 26th ERJ-190's in 2016.

Sources:     

http://linea-ala.blogspot.com.ar/2015/06/mas-embraer-190-para-austral-lineas.html
http://linea-ala.blogspot.com.ar/2015/07/proximos-embraer-190-para-austral.html
http://www.planespotters.net/Airline/Austral-Lineas-Aereas#AirlineFleetList
http://www.planespotters.net/Airline/Republic-Airlines

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

HISTORIC PHOTO: A380 F-WWJB visits Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 09Dec07

Airbus A380-861, F-WWJB (c/n 007), in house colors at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 09Dec07.  (Phil Perry Photo)

The editor of this blog happened to fly from Montevideo (MVD) to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on the second day of what appears to have been the giant aircraft's first visit to Argentina.  The A380 arrived at EZE on 08Dec07 coming from Sydney (SYD) as part of a world sales tour. 

c/n 007 first flew on 19Feb06, was delivered to Emirates on 12Dec09 and re-registered as A6-EDF. Though it was not the first A380 delivered to Emirates, it is the oldest A380 in the airline's fleet. 

Sources:

http://aerospotter.blogspot.com.ar/2007/12/08dic2007-arrib-el-a380-ezeiza.html
http://www.airfleets.net/flottecie/Emirates-active-a380.htm
http://www.airfleets.net/ficheapp/plane-a380-7.htm

Monday, August 24, 2015

ROUTE UPDATE: TAM added Punta del Este (PDP) - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) service effective 02Jul15


TAM added new 2x/weekly service between Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) and Punta del Este (PDP), effective 02Jul15.  The flights will initially operate on Thursdays and Sundays using A320's with greater frequency likely during the summer high season next January and February.  

The new service is being launched with the help of a marketing agreement with the Conrad Punta del Este resort, casino and convention center, the Uruguayan resort destination's highest profile entertainment and lodging facility.  The promise of the new flight is that passengers from all over TAM's network will have easy access to Punta del Este through TAM's Sao Paulo Guarulhos' hub. Main points of origination will likely be airports from nearly all of TAM's network, including Brazil from Porto Alegre north, the Americas from Peru all the way to the USA plus Europe.  

TAM will presumably codeshare at some point with other airlines from the Oneworld airline alliance through its GRU hub, such as British Airways from London and possibly other European airports too, extending access to Punta del Este to many points worldwide.

Sources:

http://airlineroute.net/2015/06/16/jj-grupdp-jul15/ via Eric Trum
http://www.elobservador.com.uy/nueva-ruta-aerea-unira-punta-del-este-y-san-pablo-n305191         

Saturday, August 22, 2015

ROUTE UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas added Cordoba (COR) - Miami (MIA) service effective 04Jul15


Aerolineas Argentinas reintroduced Cordoba (COR) - Miami (MIA) service on 04Jul15 to be operated on Saturdays and Sundays with A340-300's, although A330's have been schedule on the route on Sundays for two months between July and September.  The airline last flew between the two cities 4x/weekly with 747-200's in January 1999.   

Aerolineas Argentinas / Austral are also operating flights between Mendoza (MDZ) and Cordoba (COR) to connect with the Miami (MIA) flights in both directions using Embraer 190's and 737-800's. 

With this new service Aerolineas will have 16 weekly flights between Argentina and Miami (MIA), 14 from Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) and 2 from Cordoba (COR).   

Sources: