Monday, July 24, 2017
FLEET UPDATE: Andes receives its second 737-800, LV-HHK
Andes Lineas Aereas received its second 737-85F, LV-HHK (c/n 30567/761), when the aircraft arrived at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on the late afternoon of 16Jul17 painted all-white with the only color being the Andes logo on the engines. The aircraft was delivered to South African Airways in January 2001 and also flew for Firefly and Malaysia Airlines before recently arriving in Argentina.
LV-HHK is the seventh aircraft in the currently active Andes fleet, joining five MD-83's and one other recently-delivered 737-800.
The airline has recently been experiencing frequent severe delays with many flights operating 8-10 hours late. Andes has recently added a lot of new scheduled routes to complement its existing services and extensive charter operations but the new aircraft to accommodate this growth, one MD-83 and two 737-800's, were delivered weeks/months later than expected, which presumably led to an equipment shortage and flights being rescheduled, sometimes hours at a time to be able to complete all of the airline's flight commitments each day.
The new deliveries will presumably lead to a reduction in the number of long flight delays.