Austral MD-83, LV-WGM (c/n 49784) approaching to land at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) runway 31 on 11Feb12. (Phil Perry Photo)
Andes Lineas Aereas of Salta, Argentina recently took delivery of former Austral MD-83 LV-WGM (c/n 49784), illustrated above.
It joins three other Andes MD-83's, LV-CCJ (c/n 49621) formerly of Spanair, LV-AYD (c/n 53015), originally delivered to Aero Lloyd of Germany but which also saw service with Spirit Airlines and Austral and LV-BGV (c/n 49904) which was originally delivered to Finnair in 1990 and flew for several other airlines before joining Austral and then Andes in 2012.
The MD-80's will be busy during the southern hemisphere summer flying charters from Argentina to Brazil and the Dominican Republic plus the carrier's regularly scheduled flights within Argentina linking Salta (SLA) with Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) and Puerto Madryn (PMY) on the Atlantic shore of Patagonia and famous for its whale-watching.