Tuesday, August 29, 2017

NEW AIRLINE PLANS: Buenos Aires International Airlines to request 178 routes at 06Sep17 Route Hearings !

One of Southern Winds 747's, the airline that was started by Juan Maggio in the 1990's, the same individual behind proposed start-up Buenos Aires International Airlines. (Phil Perry Collection)

Buenos Aires International Airlines is a new carrier proposed by Juan Maggio, the former owner of the now-defunct Southern Winds of the 1990's and early 2000's. Its long list of 178 route requests seems excessively ambitious and gives rise to doubts about the seriousness of the project.  Of course, a lot of this is about asking for as much as possible, see what gets approved and then choose which routes they will actually operate.  If they end up operating as many as three dozen routes, that would probably be a surprisingly large number. 

The airline's route requests all originate from Argentina's three largest cities, Buenos Aires, Cordoba (COR) and Rosario (ROS) to be served by a planned fleet of A320/737 for shorter flights and A330/350 or 747/767/777/787 aircraft for longer-range routes.

Southern Winds operated a fleet of CRJ-200, Dash 8, 737-200 and 747 aircraft on Argentine domestic routes and at least to Madrid (MAD) internationally.

* Buenos Aires - Originating Routes - Already Served

Most of the routes originating from Buenos Aires that BAIA will request are already well-served by other carriers, especially Aerolineas Argentinas / Austral. 
Destination cities include:

Domestic:

Bahia Blanca (BHI), Bariloche (BRC), Corrientes (CNQ), Cordoba (COR), Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD), El Calafate (FTE), Iguazu Falls (IGR), Mar del Plata (MDQ), Mendoza (MDZ), Neuquen (NQN), Puerto Madryn (PMY), Resistencia (RES), Rio Gallegos (RGL), Rosario (ROS), Salta (SLA), San Luis (LUQ), San Martin de los Andes (CPC), Santa Fe (SFN), Trelew (REL), Tucuman (TUC) and Ushuaia (USH)   

International - the Americas:

Asuncion (ASU), Lima (LIM), Montevideo (MVD), Porto Alegre (POA), Punta del Este (PDP), Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG), Santiago (SCL), Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) plus Miami (MIA) and New York City

International - Europe:

Amsterdam (AMS), Barcelona (BCN), Frankfurt (FRA), London, Madrid (MAD), Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Rome Fiumicino (FCO)

Buenos Aires - Originating Routes - No Current Service

Destination cities with no current service from Buenos Aires include (not all listed):

International - North America:

Boston (BOS), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), New Orleans (MSY), Orlando (MCO), Portland (PDX), San Diego (SAN), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA) in the USA plus Montreal (YUL), Toronto (YYZ) and Vancouver (YVR) in Canada

One proposed route that sounds very interesting is Buenos Aires - Los Angeles (LAX) - Honolulu (HNL)  

International - Europe:

Brussels (BRU), Copenhagen (CPH), Dublin (DUB), Geneva (GVA), Lisbon (LIS), Malaga (AGP), Milan Malpensa (MXP), Munich (MUC), Venice (VCE) and Zurich (ZRH) 

International - Exotic:

Buenos Aires - Auckland (ACK) 
Buenos Aires - Auckland (ACK) - Tokyo
Buenos Aires - Cape Town (CPT) - Singapore (SIN)
Buenos Aires - London - Beijing (BJS)
Buenos Aires - Prague (PRG) - Hong Kong (HKG)
Buenos Aires - Sydney (SYD)
Buenos Aires - Zurich (ZRH) - Shanghai 

* Cordoba (COR) & Rosario (ROS) - Originating Routes

Interestingly, all of the routes that BAIA has requested out of these two cities are international. The carrier has requested authority from both COR and ROS to:

Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA) and Orlando (MCO) in the USA.

London, Madrid (MAD), Milan (MXP), Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Rome Fiumicino (FCO) in Europe

Additionally, it will request many routes on the basis of:

Cordoba (COR) - Buenos Aires - regional South American destination
Cordoba (COR) - Buenos Aires - Madrid (MAD) - beyond European points

* Other Routes     

Buenos Aires, Cordoba (COR) and Rosario (ROS) - All to multiple Caribbean points

Buenos Aires, Cordoba (COR) and Rosario (ROS) - All to Isla de Sal Cape Verde, presumably in combination with vacation packages to these islands off the coast of Africa. 

Sources:

https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/#!DetalleNorma/169233/20170816
http://www.sirchandler.com.ar/2017/08/confirmada-la-audiciencia-publica-6-septiembre-muchas-rutas-pedidas/comment-page-2/#comments
http://www.aviacionline.com/2017/08/ya-tiene-fecha-la-aeroaudiencia2017-y-se-viene-con-cada-cosa/

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