Austral EMB-190 LV-CHR operated the carrier's first AEP to GIG service on 01Jun12. It is pictured above finishing its landing roll on runway 13 on 25May12, a foggy day at AEP.
As part of the expansion of Austral's service to regional international destinations outside of Argentina, the carrier flew its first Embraer 190 service from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) to Rio de Janeiro (GIG) on 01Jun12. The airline also flies from Buenos Aires' Ezeiza (EZE) airport to Rio de Janeiro (GIG).
Traditionally, Austral, sister airline to Aerolineas Argentinas, has only flown domestic services with a few exceptions such as flights to Montevideo, Uruguay (MVD) with NAMC YS-11 aircraft in the 1970's. The new GIG service joins Austral flights from Aeroparque to Sao Paulo (GRU) and both Aeroparque and Ezeiza to Montevideo (MVD) and Santiago (SCL).
Sources: Aviacion News 07Jun12
Photo: Phil Perry