Wednesday, June 21, 2017

ROUTE UPDATES: Aerovias DAP adding summer seasonal flights between Chile and Argentine Patagonia / Tierra del Fuego

Aerovias DAP

Source: Aerovias DAP website

This Chilean airline, which is based in Punta Arenas (PUQ) in southern Patagonia on the Strait of Magellan, will fly three routes linking PUQ with points in Argentine Patagonia / Tierra del Fuego during the southern hemisphere 2017-18 summer season.  

Punta Arenas (PUQ) - Ushuaia (USH) - eff 22Nov17

Operated with BAe 146-200, Avro RJ85, Avro RJ100 or 737-200's 2x/weekly. 

Punta Arenas (PUQ) - Puerto Natales (PNT) - El Calafate (FTE) - eff 30Nov17

Operated with BAe 146-200, Avro RJ85, Avro RJ100 or 737-200's 2x/weekly. 

Punta Arenas (PUQ) - Balmaceda (BBA) - Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD) - eff 18Dec17

Operated with BAe 146-200, Avro RJ85, Avro RJ100 or 737-200's 2x/weekly. 


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ROUTE UPDATES: Air France, Air New Zealand, United

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Newark (EWR) - eff 28Oct17

The US airline will reintroduce service on this route after having dropped it in September 2013.  Flights will be operated 1x/daily using 767-300's complementing the carrier's nightly 777-200 service from EZE to Houston Bush Intercontinental (IAH).   

Montevideo (MVD) - Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) - Discontinued eff 29Oct17

The French airline has operated this route since April 2013 as an extension of its Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) service, most recently 5x/weekly with 777-200's, but the carrier is dropping it in favor of codeshares with Gol Brazilian Airlines from Montevideo (MVD) through Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG) and Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) to Paris.


Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Auckland (AKL) - Increased Frequency eff 07Nov17

Will increase frequency for the southern hemisphere summer adding a fourth weekly 787-9 flight on 07Nov17 increasing to five flights on 05Dec17 until 13Mar18.  


Monday, June 19, 2017

ROUTE UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas Cordoba (COR) Hub Flight Flows

Aerolineas Argentinas' new Cordoba (COR) hub which was inaugurated on 03Apr17 has reportedly enjoyed an 82% load factor.  

The hub is operated with one wave of flights starting its day in five northern cities; Iguazu (IGR), Jujuy (JUJ), Resistencia (RES), Salta (SLA) and Tucuman (TUC), arriving in Cordoba (COR) in the late morning with the aircraft continuing after a 90-120 minute layover to four southern cities; Bariloche (BRC), Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD), Neuquen (NQN) and Ushuaia (USH.

The same flow happens in reverse in the afternoon with the aircraft flying back north to Cordoba (COR) and on to the cities where they originated that same morning. 

In addition, Mendoza (MDZ), which is located in west central Argentina and is the third-largest city in the country, has two round-trips to Cordoba (COR) so it connects to all of the northern and southern flights twice-daily.       

Aerolineas also has flights from Cordoba (COR) to Rosario (ROS) and both Buenos Aires airports, Aeroparque (AEP) and Ezeiza (EZE).  

Additional planned flights to Cordoba (COR) are:

Cordoba (COR) - Rio Hondo (RHD) - eff 02Jun17

Operated using Austral E190's 6x/weekly. 

Cordoba (COR) - Calafate (FTE) - eff 15Sep17

Operated using Austral E190's 3x/weekly. 

Cordoba (COR) - Trelew (REL) - eff 16Sep17

Operated using 737-700's 4x/weekly. 

Sources: via Eric Trum   

Sunday, June 18, 2017

ROUTE UPDATES: Andes Lineas Aereas adds several new routes

Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Rio Hondo (RHD) - eff 23May17

Operated using MD-80's 3x/weekly. 

Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Cordoba (COR) - Samana (AZS) - eff 27May17

Operated using 737-800 / MD-80's 1x/weekly. 

Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Bariloche (BRC) - eff 19Jun17

Operated using 737-800 / MD-80's 5x/weekly. 

Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Iguazu (IGR) - eff 03Jul17

Operated using MD-80's 5x/weekly. 

Andes will soon have ten cities in its scheduled route network; Bariloche (BRC), Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP), Cordoba (COR), Iguazu (IGR), Jujuy (JUJ), Mar del Plata (MDQ) (seasonal), Mendoza (MDZ), Puerto Madryn (PMY), Rio Hondo (RHD), and Salta (SLA), its home base.

The carrier also flies charters, especially for sports teams and school vacations to Bariloche (BRC) from points all over Argentina. 


Friday, June 16, 2017

PHOTO GALLERY: Argentine Provinces - Official Aircraft - at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) #1

This is the first of a two-part Photo Gallery to be posted tonight and next Friday, June 23.  All of the photos were taken by blog editor Phil Perry at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP).  

Provincia de Cordoba Beech B300 (350) Super King Air, LV-BAN (c/n FL-420), at AEP on 20Apr17. (Phil Perry Photo)

Provincia de San Juan Cessna 550 Citation II, LQ-YHC (c/n 550-0715), at AEP on 20Apr17. (Phil Perry Photo)

Provincia de San Juan Cessna 560 Encore +, LQ-CVO (c/n 560-0800), at AEP on 17Mar16. (Phil Perry Photo)

Provincia de Chubut Raytheon Hawker 400XP, LV-BEM (c/n RK-456), at AEP on 23Dec10. (Phil Perry Photo) 

Provincia de Santiago del Estero Learjet 45, LQ-CPS (c/n 45-094), at AEP on 21Jun16. (Phil Perry Photo)


Thursday, June 15, 2017

ROUTE UPDATES: Aerolineas Argentinas, Amaszonas, Gol, LATAM Argentina, Latin American Wings

The following airlines have added or will add new / increased services as follows:

Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Curitiba (CWB) - Increased Frequency

Increased from 5x/weekly to 6x/weekly on 01Apr17 and increasing to 1x/daily on 01Jul17 using Austral E190's.  

Asuncion (ASU) - Salta (SLA) - Iquique (IQQ) - eff 04May17

Operated 3x/weekly using CRJ-200's.

Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Rio Hondo (RHD) - eff 01Jun17

Operated 13x/weekly using A320's.
Mendoza (MDZ) - Santiago (SCL) - eff 23Jun17 - 17Jul17

"Regularly scheduled charter" flights operated 6x/weekly using 737-300's.

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Joao Pessoa (JPA) - eff 01Jul17

Operated 1x/weekly using 737-800's.

Cordoba (COR) - Salvador de Bahia (SSA) - eff 01Jul17

Operated 1x/weekly using 737-800's.

Sources: via Eric Trum via Eric Trum

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

ROUTE UPDATES: LATAM adding international flights to Neuquen (NQN), Rosario (ROS), San Juan (UAQ) and Tucuman (TUC)

LATAM Group announced in April a major expansion connecting "interior" Argentine cities directly to the group's hubs in Lima (LIM) and Santiago (SCL).

Rosario (ROS) - Santiago (SCL) - eff 01Jul17

Operated by LATAM Chile A320's 4x/weekly. 

Tucuman (TUC) - Lima (LIM) - eff 01Sep17

Operated by LATAM Peru A320's 3x/weekly. 

San Juan  - Santiago (SCL) - eff 01Oct17

Operated by LATAM Argentina A320's 3x/weekly. 

Tucuman (TUC) - Santiago (SCL) - eff 02Oct17

Operated by LATAM Chile A320's 3x/weekly. 

Neuquen (NQN) - Santiago (SCL) - eff 04Oct17

Operated by LATAM Argentina A320's 3x/weekly. 

Once all of these flights are implemented, the LATAM Group of airlines will offer international flights from nine airports in Argentina; Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP), Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE), Cordoba (COR), Mendoza (MDZ), Neuquen (NQN), Rosario (ROS), Salta (SLA), San Juan (UAQ) and Tucuman (TUC), more than any other airline.  

Sources: via Eric Trum

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

ROUTE UPDATE: Conviasa flights to Ezeiza by Wamos discontinued in May, operated by Turpial 737-400's and Conviasa E190's

Wamos Air of Spain had been operating 747-400, EC-KXN (c/n 25703/1025), on behalf of the Venezuelan state-owned carrier Conviasa between Caracas (CCS) and Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) and Madrid (MAD) for a couple of years after the European Union rescinded Conviasa's route rights after failing a safety audit in 2012.  However, Wamos operated its 747-400 to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) for the last time on 03May17 citing "political reasons" for the suspension, stranding hundreds of passengers in the process.  

In response, Conviasa chartered two of the three 737-400's operated by the privately-owned Venezuelan carrier Turpial Airlines, YV-613T (c/n 24795/1870) and YV-622T (c/n 27384/2673), to fly between Ezeiza and Caracas (CCS) with stops in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (VVI) on 08May17.  The airline's third 737-400, YV-621T (c/n 27352/2624) also flew this route on 11May17. These flights were later complemented by a flight by one of Conviasa's own E190's on 13May17, also with a stop in Santa Cruz (VVI) for refuelling.       

Monday, June 12, 2017

NEW AIRLINE PLANS: Norwegian postponing Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - London Gatwick (LGW) flights until early 2018, might use A320neo's in Argentina, the online website of the leading British aviation magazine, Flight International, reports that Norwegian has postponed the start of its 787 service between Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) and London Gatwick (LGW) from November 2017 to a hoped-for date of February 2018 due to necessary changes in its accounting system to adjust to the Argentine tax regime.

The newly-established Norwegian Air Argentina, which was presumed to be planning to operate 737 aircraft, might instead take on some of the A320neo's that the parent carrier has on order. 


Friday, June 9, 2017

PHOTO GALLERY: BAe 125 and Hawker 800 Business Jets at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP)

BAe 125 and Hawker 800 business jets photographed at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) by blog editor Phil Perry over the last few years:

Fuerza Aerea Uruguaya BAe 125-700A, CX-CIB (c/n 257071), at AEP on 07Mar17.  This aircraft is apparently used for VIP transport, presumably mostly by the president of Uruguay. (Phil Perry Photo)

Global Oil S.A. Hawker 800XP2, LV-CJG (c/n 258411), at AEP on 25May12. (Phil Perry Photo)

CAS SA Lineas Aereas (Condor Express) ? Hawker 800XP, LV-BBG (c/n 258707), takes off from AEP on 17Mar16. (Phil Perry Photo)

Puyel S.A. / Alparamis S.A. ? Hawker 800XP, LV-ZTR (c/n 258462), at AEP on 01Oct10. (Phil Perry Photo)

Hawker 800XP, N348MC (c/n 258290), at AEP on 01Aug10. (Phil Perry Photo)


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

NEW AIRLINE PLANS: Azul Uruguay moving forward on starting operation with 6-8 ATR-72-600's

Azul Uruguay, the planned new Uruguayan division of Azul Brazilian Airlines, has completed submitting the necessary paperwork to the Uruguayan DINACIA aviation authority to demonstrate its fitness to operate as an airline, with the Junta Aeronautica, another Uruguayan aviation agency, next in line to grant the new airline provisional operating authority. 

Azul Uruguay plans to start flying with 6-8 factory-new ATR-72-600's from Montevideo (MVD) to Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP), Porto Alegre (POA), Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) and Cordoba (COR), probably in the second half of this year.  The carrier plans to employ many former Alas Uruguay and PLUNA employees.  


Monday, June 5, 2017

NEW AIRLINE PLANS: List of over a Dozen New Airlines proposing to start service in Argentina

This posting is to bring together the names of new Argentine airlines that are proposing to start service and existing Argentine airlines that are either growing substantially or looking to possibly do so under the new route hearing regime. 

Existing Argentine airlines that have ADDED new service or soon will:

* Andes Lineas Aereas
* Avianca Argentina

Existing Argentine airlines that are PLANNING to add new service:

* American Jet

Proposed New Argentine Airlines:

* Alas del Sur
* Flybondi
* Flyest
* Norwegian Air Argentina 

Rumored New Argentine Airlines

* Amaszonas Argentina ?
* Baires Jet
* Buenos Aires International (Juan Maggio, ex-owner of defunct Southern Winds)
* Flecha Bus
* Royal Class
* SABSA (Via Bariloche Group)

Information on most of these has appeared in past postings under the label "New Airline Plans".