Monday, October 8, 2012

BQB Lineas Aereas Negotiating to Lease ex-PLUNA CRJ-900's from Cosmo

Will former PLUNA CRJ-900's...... 

(CX-CRK lands at Buenos Aires Aeroparque on 06Feb11)

.....soon be flying in the colors of BQB Lineas Aereas ? 

(BQB ATR-72-500, CX-JCL taxis out at AEP on 20Mar11)

BQB Lineas Aereas' owner Juan Carlos Lopez Mena is negotiating with Cosmo Airlines to lease the seven ex-PLUNA CRJ-900's that the Spanish carrier recently acquired at auction.  

BQB would operate the planes from Montevideo (MVD) to Sao Paulo (GRU), Rio de Janeiro (GIG), Porto Alegre (POA), Belo Horizonte (CNF), and Curitiba (CWB), all former PLUNA routes in Brazil, plus Santiago de Chile (SCL) (also a former PLUNA route) and Santa Cruz de la Sierra (VVI) in Bolivia (never flown by PLUNA).  Services would start on December 15.

BQB already operates its own fleet of two ATR-72-500's from Montevideo (MVD) to Salto, Uruguay (STY), and Asuncion, Paraguay (ASU), plus from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) to Punta del Este, Uruguay (PDP).  

Lopez Mena indicated that "after this first stage of growth, we are thinking of adding four more longer-range aircraft that will enable us to connect Montevideo with the rest of the capitals of South America.  This would require us to hire 120 more employees".

Sources: El Observador and El Pais Uruguay, several articles 02-05Oct12

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