Aerolineas Argentinas 737-700, LV-BZA, (c/n 32674/1952), taxis at Aeroparque on 11Oct12 in Skyteam colors.
Details have emerged recently about Aerolineas Argentinas' future fleet plans.
The airline's fleet presently consists of 20 EMB-190's (operated by sister-carrier Austral), 26 737-700/800's, and 11 A340-200/300's. In the short-term Aerolineas is looking to possibly acquire four A340's from Iberia and up to five used A330's for service between Argentina and northern Latin America and the United States. By 2017, it plans to have 22 EMB-190's, 22 737-700's, 22 737-800's plus possibly an altogether new longer-range type as Guillermo Rudaeff, vice-president of business development and alliances at Aerolineas, told Flight Global that the carrier has had preliminary talks with Airbus and Boeing about acquiring A350-900's or 787-9's by the end of the decade.
With Aerolineas continuing to lose approx. US$ 2 million per day with no end in sight, one has to ask where all the new 737's would be operated to ?
Also, with the biggest money losers for AR being by far the long-distance routes, one has to question the wisdom of adding longer-range aircraft, especially when AR does not compete successfully with foreign carriers for high-fare paying business travelers and most of the significant international routes are already well-served by foreign airlines. For example, the Argentina - United States market is very well-served by American, Delta, United, LAN, TAM and COPA (the latter three with connections through their home-country hubs) while Aerolineas loses huge amounts of money flying to Miami (MIA). So why fly there ?
Sources: Aviacion News 22Nov12
Photo: Phil Perry