Monday, February 25, 2013

ROUTE UPDATE: BQB Lineas Aereas to add Service from Montevideo (MVD) to Rivera (RVY), Curitiba (CWB), & Foz de Iguacu (IGU)

BQB Lineas Aereas' recent addition of a third ATR-72-212A to its fleet has allowed the carrier to introduce service to new points, such as daily flights from Montevideo (MVD) to Porto Alegre (POA). 

New service will also be added from Montevideo (MVD) to Foz de Iguacu (IGU) on the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls with two weekly flights effective 21Mar13, and from Montevideo (MVD) to the northern Uruguayan city of Rivera (RVY) continuing on to Curitiba (CWB), south of Sao Paulo, with three weekly flights effective 11Mar13.  This last service's start date depends largely on the completion of renovations at the Rivera (RVY) airport.          

Source: El Observador 21Feb13

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

ROUTE UPDATE: Air France Resuming Service to Montevideo (MVD) after 12-Year Absence reports that Air France will resume service to Montevideo (MVD) effective 16Apr13 after having been absent from Uruguay since 2001.  

The new service will be a 5-times weekly extension of Air France's existing 777-200 flights from Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to Buenos Aires (EZE), much as in 2000 and 2001 when the flight extended once per week to Uruguay.  Montevideo (MVD) flights will operate every day except Mondays and Saturdays southbound and Tuesdays and Sundays northbound. 

The schedule will be:

Flight   Routing  Dep   Arr      Routing   Dep      Arr       Freq.  Type

AF394  CDGEZE 2320 0805+1 EZEMVD 0945+1 1040+1  x16   777-200ER 
AF393  MVDEZE 1400 1500    EZECDG 1700     1100+1  x27   777-200ER

Additionally, with the start of the northern winter and southern summer schedule effective 30Oct13 several flights per week will be operated by 777-300ER's. 

As a side note, the editor of this blog remembers that Air France flew 707-300's to Montevideo (MVD) in the 1970's, also as an extension of their Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) flights but is not certain of this. 

             Both via Eric Trum

Saturday, February 2, 2013

BQB submits paperwork to add two 737NG's to its fleet

BQB Lineas Aereas recently submitted paperwork to the Uruguayan Civil Aviation Directorate (DINACIA) to add two leased 737NG's to its fleet.  The first one will reportedly be a 737-700 that formerly flew for the Czech airline Smart Wings, which is a subsidiary of Travel Service with both carriers controlled by the Icelandair group. 

BQB plans to fly the planes on some of the former PLUNA routes, such as Montevideo (MVD) to Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU), Santiago (SCL) and Caracas (CCS) with the latter not previously flown by PLUNA. 

BQB was supposed to add an A320 to its fleet in February but there has been no further news about that. 

Sources:  Aviacion News 27Dec12

              Aviacion News 24Jan13