Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Andes Lineas Aereas - 10 years flying in Argentina - MD-82/83, MD-87 & CRJ-900 - PHOTO HISTORY

Aircraft Color Schemes

Andes' aircraft have carried four different, although closely related, color schemes. 

First Scheme

The first aircraft that the airline took delivery of was MD-82 LV-BEP (c/n 49127/1082) on 08May06 with MD-82 LV-BHF (c/n 49508/1449) also joining the fleet on 16Dec06.  Both aircraft flew in Andes' first color scheme as illustrated below: 

Andes MD-82 LV-BEP (c/n 49127/1082) at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) in September 2007.  (Phil Perry Collection)

Second Scheme

The airline then modified the scheme moving the titles to mid-fuselage, doing away with the turismosalta.gov.ar website address, painting the tail and engines white, and modifying the tail logo as seen here:

LV-BNI (c/n 49415/1260) at Aeroparque in December 2008:


Third Scheme

The third scheme saw the font on the titles change completely with "andes" being preceded and followed by small "www." and "online.com" titles making it into a web address.  The small logo on the engines stayed the same with the tail logo being modified though keeping its basic shape. These changes can be seen below:

Andes MD-82 LV-BTH (c/n 49952/1934) at Aeroparque in March 2009:  


Fourth Scheme

The fourth variation on the scheme was introduced in 2010 on MD-83 LV-CCJ (c/n 49621/1495) with the only change from the third version being a completely different tail logo as seen below. The carrier continues to use this scheme today. 

Andes MD-83, LV-CCJ (c/n 49621/1495), taxis at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 15Aug14.  (Phil Perry Photo)

Andes MD-87's 

Photos were taken of at least one of Andes' two MD-87's, LV-BZR (c/n 49706/1614) which sported an all-metal fuselage reflecting its previous service with AeroMexico:  

LV-BZR with small titles at Aeroparque in January 2010:             


LV-BZR with large billboard titles at Florianapolis (FLN) in February 2010: 


Andes CRJ-900's

Andes operated two CRJ-900's, both for about a year in 2010/11.  

Andes CRJ-900, LV-CFD (c/n 15064), at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 03Oct10. This aircraft flew with Andes from 07Jun10 until August 2011.  (Phil Perry Photo) 

Andes CRJ-900, LV-CGW (c/n 15065), taxis at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 20Mar11.  This was the second (and final) CRJ-900 delivered to Andes.  It was delivered to the carrier on 09Sep10 but only flew with the airline until August 2011. (Phil Perry Photo)   

Special Schemes / Stickers

"Travelrock" Billboard Scheme 

Andes MD-83, LV-WGM (c/n 49784/1627), in a special scheme depicting the Travelrock student tour company for which the carrier flies special charters. This photo of the aircraft landing at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) was taken on 10Dec15.  (Phil Perry Photo)

LV-WGM wore the special scheme from 10Aug15 until no later than May 2016 when it was photographed with a white tail, no Travelrock titles, and a "Chevrolet - Bariloche 2016" sticker.    

"Chevrolet- Bariloche 2016" Stickers

Andes MD-83, LV-AYD (c/n 53015/1818), landing at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 07May16 wearing a special "Chevrolet Bariloche 2016" sticker.  (Carlos Abella Photo)  

LV-WGM wearing the same sticker with a white tail at Belo Horizonte (CNF) on 04May16:


"Racing" Argentine football (soccer) club stickers

LV-AYD wearing this special sticker:  


Two A320's in 2011/12

Andes wet-leased two A320-214's from the Spanish airline Vueling, EC-JGM (c/n 2407) and EC-LLJ (c/n 4661), for a short period of time from 30Dec11 to 05Mar12 and 09Apr12, respectively.  Both aircraft retained their full Vueling colors during the lease. 



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