Thursday, January 18, 2018

FLEET UPDATE: Norwegian Air Argentina's first 737-800 arrived in Argentina on 15Jan18


Norwegian Air Argentina's first 737-800, LV-HQH (c/n 42278/6347), arrived at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 15Jan18 after its delivery flight from Oslo (OSL) via Goose Bay (YYR) Canada and Fort de France (FDF) Martinique  The aircraft flew to Argentina with a sticker sporting the registration EI-FVO covering the Argentine registration until it arrived on Argentine soil when the sticker was removed revealing its new identity.

As with other aircraft of the Norwegian Air family, LV-HQH's tail carries the image of a notable individual of the nation where the aircraft is based, in this case that of the Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, most famous for his innovative tango compositions. 

LV-HQH is a fairly new aircraft having been delivered to Norwegian Air International on 06Apr17 bearing its former registration EI-FVO. 

Photos and video of the aircraft from the blog Sir Chandler:

http://www.sirchandler.com.ar/2018/01/llego-primer-737-norwegian-argentina/

Norwegian still needs to go through the months-long process of obtaining its Air Operator's Certificate, which will entail demonstrating its fitness to run a safe and viable airline operation through the publication of manuals, staff training, introducing safe operational procedures, operating route-proving flights, etc.  LV-HQH will be used in many facets of this process.   

The airline is expected to start commercial operations in the second half of 2018 with flights from all three Buenos Aires airports; Aeroparque (AEP), Ezeiza (EZE), and El Palomar (EPA) with 10-12 737-800's expected in the fleet by the end of the year.      

Norwegian expects its Argentine affiliate to eventually fly 787's internationally. 

Sources:

http://linea-ala.blogspot.com.ar/2018/01/norwegian-argentina.html
http://www.sirchandler.com.ar/2018/01/llego-primer-737-norwegian-argentina/
http://www.sirchandler.com.ar/2018/01/actualidad-las-lineas-aereas-la-argentina/

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