Thursday, April 20, 2017

FIRST PHOTO: Amaszonas Paraguay CRJ-200 first flight from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) to Asuncion (ASU)

Amaszonas Paraguay CRJ-200, ZP-CRN (c/n 7866), takes off from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) to Asuncion (ASU) on 20Apr17 operating the airline's first scheduled flight from Buenos Aires to Paraguay.  (Phil Perry Photo)  

ROUTE UPDATE: Amaszonas Paraguay started Asuncion (ASU) - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) flights today, 20Apr17



Amaszonas Paraguay introduced new service from Asuncion (ASU) to Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 20Apr17 with flights being operated 2x/daily using CRJ-200's.  

The carrier will join Aerolineas Argentinas / Austral E190's that currently service this route 1x/daily and LATAM Paraguay A320's that link Asuncion (ASU) with Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE), also 1x/daily.

Source:

http://www.aviacionline.com/2017/04/amaszonas-paraguay-volara-entre-buenos-airesaeroparque-y-asuncion-desde-el-20-de-abril/

Saturday, April 8, 2017

ROUTE UPDATE: Rosario (ROS) to be Aerolineas Argentinas / Austral "Focus City" with more flights


Aerolineas Argentinas will soon operate more flights from Rosario (ROS), which serves Argentina's third-largest city, turning it into a "focus city". 

New services will be introduced and frequencies on existing routes will be increased to such destinations as Bariloche (BRC), Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP), Cordoba (COR), El Calafate (FTE), Mendoza (MDZ) and Salta (SLA). 

Sources:

http://www.siscoma.com.ar/online/aviacion/2017/avn170209/avn-170209.html
http://www.lavoz.com.ar/negocios/ahora-si-aerolineas-pone-en-marcha-un-centro-distribuidor-de-vuelos-desde-cordoba

Thursday, April 6, 2017

ROUTE UPDATE: Alitalia to introduce 777-300ER on Rome Fiumicino (FCO) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) route on 04Sep17

Alitalia will start taking delivery of 777-300ER's in the third quarter of this year with the first route to see service with the new type being Rome Fiumicino (FCO) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) starting on 04Sep17.  The 777-300ER will replace the 777-200 3x/weekly with the other 4x/weekly flights still being operated with the shorter 777 variant.   

However, it should be noted that the carrier is experiencing serious financial difficulties and might not be a going concern much longer. 

Source:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

ROUTE UPDATES: LATAM Brasil & LATAM Chile - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Bariloche (BRC), Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Bogota (BOG), Rosario (ROS) - Santiago (SCL)


* Rosario (ROS) - Santiago (SCL) - eff 01Jul17

Operated by LATAM Chile A320's 4x/weekly.  

Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Bariloche (BRC) - eff 01Jul17 - 30Jul17

Operated by LATAM Brasil A320's 2x/weekly on Saturdays and Sundays for the Bariloche ski season.  LATAM Brasil had only flown this route on a charter basis in the past; this is the first year that it is operating it on a scheduled basis. 

Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Bogota (BOG) - eff July 2017
    
Two additional weekly frequencies will be added to this route making it a daily service operated by LATAM Brasil 767-300ER's.  

According to Aviacion News, the reason for the EZE-BOG segment being operated by LATAM Brasil is that the air service agreement between Argentina and Brazil allows for "Fifth Freedom" rights, which enables carriers from each country to pick up passengers in the other country and transport them to a third country.  LATAM Brasil does this picking up passengers in Argentina and taking them to Colombia. 

It would normally have been easier for LATAM Argentina to operate between EZE and BOG instead of LATAM Brasil but the Argentina - Colombia bilateral air service agreement only allows for four flights per week by each nation's carriers and Aerolineas Argentinas already operates the Argentine quota. 

Sources:

http://www.siscoma.com.ar/online/aviacion/2017/avn170316/avn-170316.html
http://www.sirchandler.com.ar/2017/02/latam-brasil-volara-directo-bariloche-la-temporada/

Sunday, April 2, 2017

ROUTE UPDATES: Aerolineas Argentinas to establish Cordoba (COR) hub effective 03Apr17

Map of Argentine cities to be connected through Aerolineas Argentinas / Austral Cordoba (COR) hub.  (Aerolineas Argentinas (?) via aviacionline.com) 

Aerolineas Argentinas announced that it will establish a hub in Cordoba (COR), which is Argentina's second-largest city and is ideally located in the country's center, on 03Apr17.  

The airline plans to have two banks of flights, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon, with flights from six northern Argentine points connecting in Cordoba (COR) to seven southern points.  The flights would be timed for convenient connections in both directions.  

Passengers traveling between the cities that would be connected by the hubs are currently connecting on Aerolineas and Austral through Buenos Aires, mostly Aeroparque (AEP), which adds travel time, but the main reasons for having a second major hub in the country are to avoid saturating Aeroparque (AEP) which has only one runway and limited space to expand, plus to help development and spur growth of employment in Argentina's "Interior". 

The cities to be connected include, as illustrated above, (plus El Calafate (FTE) and Trelew (REL)):

NORTH

Iguazu (IGR)
Jujuy (JUJ)
Resistencia (RES)
Rosario (ROS)
Salta (SLA) 
Tucuman (TUC)
                
SOUTH

Bariloche (BRC)
Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD) 
El Calafate (FTE)
Mendoza (MDZ)
Neuquen (NQN) 
Trelew (REL)
Ushuaia (USH)

Sources:

http://www.siscoma.com.ar/online/aviacion/2017/avn170202/avn-170202.html
http://www.lavoz.com.ar/negocios/ahora-si-aerolineas-pone-en-marcha-un-centro-distribuidor-de-vuelos-desde-cordoba
http://www.aviacionline.com/2017/02/aerolineas-argentinas-empezo-a-promocionar-su-hub-cordobes-en-el-interior/
http://www.siscoma.com.ar/online/aviacion/2017/avn170316/avn-170316.html