Austral Lineas Aereas' 23rd ERJ-190, LV-GAQ (c/n 275), flew from San Jose (SJO) Costa Rica via Lima (LIM) to Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 16Apr16.
The aircraft underwent nearly three months of maintenance and modification work at the Costa Rican MRO COOPESA, including installation of the "latest updates" (software?), inspection and testing of engines and other systems, and application of Spanish-language labels and signage throughout the plane. LV-GAQ had also undergone some work at the Griffiss International Airport (RME) in Rome, New York after leaving the Republic Airways fleet, its previous operator.
LV-GAQ (c/n 275), was originally due to be delivered to Baboo Airlines of Switzerland, registered as HB-JQI and was even seen being prepared for delivery that way on 15May09. However, the Swiss carrier did not take the aircraft and it went instead to Republic Airways on 27Aug09 where it flew as N164HQ in the colors of Republic subsidiaries Midwest Connect and Frontier Airlines until it was stored in November 2015.
LV-GAQ is the first used ERJ-190 to join the Austral fleet with all 22 previous aircraft entering the fleet having been delivered directly from the factory. Another former Republic ERJ-190, LV-GBK (c/n 291) is due to join Austral shortly.