Monday, January 30, 2017

ROUTE UPDATE: American Jet seeks Major Route Expansion at December 27 Public Route Hearings

American Jet Fairchild SA227DC Metro 23, LV-GPK (c/n DC-891B), taxis at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 17Nov16.  This aircraft is a relatively new acquisition having joined the carrier in June 2016. (Phil Perry Photo)

American Jet is an Argentine company offering a wide variety of aviation services including corporate charters, medical emergency flights, FBO services, special projects (aerial photography, access to remote locations, etc.), third-party aircraft management and regularly scheduled airline services emanating from Neuquen (NQN), which have been operated off-and-on over the years.   

Based at the airport serving the west central city of Neuquen (NQN) near the Chilean border and at San Fernando (FDO) north of Buenos Aires, American Jet operates a fleet of corporate jets, business turboprops, and helicopters plus some Fairchild Metros and an ATR-42.  It has also flown Dornier 228 19-seat turboprops, which still appear on the company's website though the editor of this blog believes that they are no longer flying with the carrier.      

Joining four other existing or proposed Argentine carriers; American Jet submitted route requests to the ANAC Argentine aviation authority for its December 27 Route Hearings; all of them originating from Neuquen (NQN) with most of them being far-flung requiring aircraft with much longer range than the Metros and ATR-42 in the existing American Jet fleet.  The question would be what type of aircraft the carrier would acquire to operate some of these routes if they are awarded the rights to fly them.

Rumors following the Route Hearings were that the two existing operators that submitted route requests; American Jet and Andes Lineas Aereas plus new entrant Avianca Argentina would be awarded some route rights with the two "paper" airlines, Alas del Sur and Flybondi to possibly be awarded rights after the next Route Hearings scheduled for March.          

1) NEUQUÉN – COMODORO RIVADAVIA – RÍO GALLEGOS – EL CALAFATE – RÍO GRANDE – USHUAIA and v.v.

2) NEUQUÉN – COMODORO RIVADAVIA – ISLAS MALVINAS and v.v.

3) NEUQUÉN – TEMUCO (CHILE) – SANTIAGO DE CHILE and v.v.

4) NEUQUÉN – COMODORO RIVADAVIA – RÍO GALLEGOS – PUNTA ARENAS (CHILE) and v.v.

5) NEUQUÉN – MALARGÜE – MENDOZA – TUCUMÁN – SALTA – TARIJA (BOLIVIA) and v.v.

6) NEUQUÉN – CÓRDOBA – SAN MIGUEL DE TUCUMÁN – SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA and v.v.

7) NEUQUÉN – CÓRDOBA – RESISTENCIA – ASUNCIÓN and v.v.

8) NEUQUÉN – ROSARIO – PUERTO IGUAZÚ and v.v.

9) NEUQUÉN – ROSARIO – BUENOS AIRES AEROPARQUE – PUNTA DEL ESTE and v.v.

10) NEUQUÉN – BAHÍA BLANCA – MAR DEL PLATA – BUENOS AIRES and v.v.

11) NEUQUÉN – CÓRDOBA – ROSARIO – PORTO ALEGRE and v.v.

12) NEUQUÉN – SANTA ROSA – BUENOS AIRES and v.v.

13) NEUQUÉN – SAN CARLOS DE BARILOCHE – EL CALAFATE – USHUAIA and v.v.

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