Friday, December 15, 2023

ROUTE UPDATES: November 2023 - Aerolineas Argentinas, Arajet, Azul, Jetsmart Argentina, Level, United

Route Updates - November 2023

The following airlines / flights are confirmed to have started or re-started service on the indicated routes on the listed dates.  Many of the services are the resumption of flights that existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Increases / decreases in flight frequency are usually not verified by your editor.

Airline - Route Eff Date - Aircraft Type - Flight Frequency - Remarks  

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Rosario (ROS) - Neuquen (NQN) - 05Nov23 - E-190 - 2x/weekly - Remarks:

* Arajet - Santo Domingo (SDQ) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - 14Nov23 - 737 MAX 8 - 3x/weekly - Remarks: Arajet is a Dominican Republic airline that is building a hub in Santo Domingo (SDQ) with immediate connections from the Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) inbound flight to Toronto (YYZ), Montreal (YUL), México City (MEX), Cancún (CUN), Guatemala City (GUA), San Salvador (SAL), and San Jose (SJO).   Planning to add Asunción (ASU), Montevideo (MVD), Santa Cruz de la Sierra (VVI), Brasilia (BSB), Manaos (MAO), Río de Janeiro Galeao (GIG), São Paulo Guarulhos (GRU), and Santiago (SCL).  Fleet as of August 2023 was five 737 MAX 8, 35 737 MAX 8-200 on order.  Other current destinations: https://www.aviacionline.com/2023/08/vuelos-low-cost-arajet-buenos-aires/

* Azul Linhas Aereas - Porto Alegre (POA) - Montevideo (MVD) - 01Nov23 - A320neo, E-195 - 4x/weekly - Remarks: Reducing frequency from 1x/daily

* Azul Linhas Aereas - Porto Alegre (POA) - Punta del Este (PDP) - xxNov23 - E-195 - frequency ? - Remarks: Suspending 2x/weekly E-195 service during November until 17Dec23

*Jetsmart Argentina - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Florianopolis (FLN) - 30Nov23 - A320-200 - 3x/weekly - Remarks: 

* Level - Barcelona (BCN) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - 02Nov23 - A330-200 - 9x/weekly - Remarks: Increasing frequency from 1x/daily

* United Airlines - Houston Bush Intercontinental (IAH) - Buenos  Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - 29Nov23 - 777-200ER - 10x/weekly - Remarks: Increasing frequency from 1x/daily for Summer High Season until early March 2024

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

ROUTE UPDATES: October 2023 - Part 1 - Aerolineas Argentinas, American, Azul, British, Delta

Route Updates - October 2023 - Part 1

The following airlines / flights are confirmed to have started or re-started service on the indicated routes on the listed dates.  Many of the services are the resumption of flights that existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Increases / decreases in flight frequency are usually not verified by your editor.

Airline - Route Eff Date - Aircraft Type - Flight Frequency - Remarks  

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Bariloche (BRC) - El Calafate (FTE) - 04Oct23 - 737 Series - 3x/weekly - Remarks: Seasonal Summer Service until beginning of April 2024

* Aerolineas Argentinas - El Calafate (FTE) - Ushuaia (USH) - xxOct23 - 737-800, 737 MAX 8 -  2x/daily - Remarks: Seasonal Summer Service increase in frequency from 10x/weekly, increasing again to 18x/weekly in November until March 2024

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Mendoza (MDZ) - Tucuman (TUC) - 02Oct23 - E-190 - 2x/weekly - Remarks: 

* Aerolineas Aegentinas - Rosario (ROS) - El Calafate (FTE) - 05Oct23 - 737-800 - 2x/weekly - Remarks: Seasonal Summer Service until April 2024

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Trelew (REL) - El Calafate (FTE) - 04Oct23 - 737 Series - 2x/weekly - Remarks: Seasonal Summer Service until beginning of April 2024

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Trelew (REL) - Ushuaia (USH) - 03Oct23 - type ? - 3x/weekly - Remarks: Seasonal Summer Service until April 2024

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Tucuman (TUC) - Mar del Plata (MDQ) - 04Oct23 - E-190 - 2x/weekly - Remarks: Seasonal Summer Service until beginning of April 2024

* American Airlines - Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - 29Oct23 - 787-9 - 1x/daily - Remarks: Increasing frequency from 4x/weekly for the summer high season until 29Mar24

* American Airlines - Miami (MIA) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - 29Oct23 - 777-200ER, 777--300ER, 787-8 - 17x/weekly - Remarks: Increasing frequency from 14x/weekly for start of the summer high season going up to 21x/weekly on 21Dec23 until 29Mar24 

* American Airlines - Miami (MIA) - Montevideo (MVD) - 29Oct23 - 787-8 - 3x/weekly - Remarks: Will increase frequency temporarily to 1x/daily on 20Dec23 until 07Jan24 when will revert to 3x/weekly until 29Mar24 when seasonal summer service will end altogether

* Azul Linhas Aereas - Curitiba (CWB) - Montevideo (MVD) - 31Oct23 - E-195, E-195-E2 - 4x/weekly - Remarks:  

* Azul Linhas Aereas - Porto Alegre (POA) - Punta del Este (PDP) - 26Oct23 - type ? - 2x/weekly - Remarks: Suspending service until 17Dec23 

* British Airways - London Heathrow (LHR) - Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - 29Oct23 - 777-200ER - 1x/daily - Remarks: 5x/weekly nonstop LHR-EZE flights with 787-8 and 787-9 being replaced with one-stops in GIG until at least March 2024

* Delta Air Lines - New York Kennedy (JFK) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - 28Oct23 - 767-400ER - 1x/daily - Remarks: First JFK-EZE service by Delta since late 2008 / early 2009

ROUTE UPDATES: October 2023 - Part 2 - Ethiopian, Gol

Route Updates - October 2023 - Part 2

The following airlines / flights are confirmed to have started or re-started service on the indicated routes on the listed dates.  Many of the services are the resumption of flights that existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Increases / decreases in flight frequency are usually not verified by your editor.

Airline - Route Eff Date - Aircraft Type - Flight Frequency - Remarks  

* Ethiopian Airlines - Addis Ababa (ADD) - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - 29Oct23 - A350-900 - 1x/daily - Remarks: Replacing 787-8 which will yield an increase from 270 to 348 seats

* Gol Linhas Aereas - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - 02Oct23 - 737-800, 737 MAX 8 - 3x/weekly - Remarks: Only for month of October complementing 13x/weekly flights between GRU and AEP

Sources:

Sunday, October 15, 2023

ROUTE UPDATES: September 2023 - Part 1 - Aerolineas Argentinas, Flybondi, Gol, Jetsmart Argentina, LADE

Route Updates - September 2023 - Part 1

The following airlines / flights are confirmed to have started or re-started service on the indicated routes on the listed dates.  Many of the services are the resumption of flights that existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Increases / decreases in flight frequency are usually not verified by your editor.

Airline - Route Eff Date - Aircraft Type - Flight Frequency - Remarks  

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Puerto Iguazu (IGR) - 03Sep23 - A330-200 - Sporadic - Remarks: A330-200 widebody service complementing usual narrowbody flights on September 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27 and 28

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - El Calafate (FTE) - 02Sep23 - A330-200 - frequency ? - Remarks: A330-200 widebody service complementing narrowbody flights from Buenos Aires to FTE

* Flybondi - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Florianopolis (FLN) - 03Sep23 - 737-800 - 2x/weekly - Remarks: Restarting service after 28Jun23 discontinuation.  Increasing frequency to 1x/daily in December and 2x/daily in January and February

* Gol Linhas Aereas - Brasilia (BSB) - Buenos Aires (AEP or EZE?) - xxSep23 - 737 Series - 1x/daily - Remarks:

* Gol Linhas Aereas - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Montevideo (MVD) - 01Sep23 - 737-800, 737 MAX 8 - 2x/daily - Remarks: Resuming 2x/daily frequency after reducing to 10x/weekly in early August

* Jetsmart Argentina - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Posadas (PSS) - 30Sep23 - A320-200 - 3x/weekly -  Remarks: Cancelling route

* Lineas Aereas del Estado (LADE) - Mendoza (MDZ) - Cordoba (COR) - Rosario (ROS) - Neuquen (NQN) - 05Sep23 - Saab 340 - 1x/15days - Remarks: 

ROUTE UPDATES: September 2023 - Part 2 - Turkish Airlines

Route Updates - September 2023 - Part 2

The following airlines / flights are confirmed to have started or re-started service on the indicated routes on the listed dates.  Many of the services are the resumption of flights that existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Increases / decreases in flight frequency are usually not verified by your editor.

Airline - Route Eff Date - Aircraft Type - Flight Frequency - Remarks  

* Turkish Airlines - Istanbul (IST) - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - 10Sep23 - A350-900 - 1x/daily - Remarks: Increasing frequency from 4x/weekly

Friday, September 15, 2023

ROUTE UPDATES: August 2023 - Gol, Iberia, Jetsmart Argentina

Route Updates - August 2023

The following airlines / flights are confirmed to have started or re-started service on the indicated routes on the listed dates.  Many of the services are the resumption of flights that existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Increases / decreases in flight frequency are usually not verified by your editor.

Airline - Route Eff Date - Aircraft Type - Flight Frequency - Remarks  

* Gol Linhas Aereas - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Cordoba (COR) - 03Aug23 - 737-800, 737 MAX 8 - 3x/weekly - Remarks: Suspending service until 04Jan24 return of summer high season

Gol Linhas Aereas - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Rosario (ROS) - 04Aug23 - 737-800, 737 MAX 8 - 3x/weekly - Remarks: Suspending service until 02Jan24 return of summer high season

* Iberia - Madrid (MAD) - Montevideo (MVD) - 01Aug23 - A330-200 - 1x/daily - Remarks: Resuming daily service after having cut to 6x/weekly in June 

* Jetsmart Argentina - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD) - 31Aug23 - A320-200 - 5x/weekly - Remarks: Cancelling route

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

ROUTE UPDATES: July 2023 - Part 1 - Aerolineas Argentinas, Air Europa, Andes, Boliviana, Gol

Route Updates - July 2023 - Part 1

The following airlines / flights are confirmed to have started or re-started service on the indicated routes on the listed dates.  Many of the services are the resumption of flights that existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Increases / decreases in flight frequency are usually not verified by your editor.

Airline - Route Eff Date - Aircraft Type - Flight Frequency - Remarks  

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Bahia Blanca (BHI) - 03Jul23 - 737-700, 800, MAX 8 - frequency ? - Remarks: Adding one additional daily flight on this route with AEP-BHI aircraft overnighting in BHI for return flight to AEP the next day.

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Cancun (CUN) - Havana (HAV) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - 07Jul23 - A330-200 - 1x/weekly - Remarks: Schedule through 2023 (editor was unable to confirm latter)

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Madrid (MAD) - 04Jul23 - A330-200 - 11x/weekly - Remarks: Increasing frequency from 9x/weekly.

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Punta Cana (PUJ) - 01Jul23 - A330-200 - 3x/weekly - Remarks: Schedule through 2023 (editor was unable to confirm latter)

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Rome-Fiumicino (FCO) - 09Jul23 - A330-200 - 5x/weekly - Remarks: Increasing frequency from 4x/weekly.

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Cordoba (COR) - San Martin de los Andes (CPC) - xxJul23 - 737-800 - Frequency ? - Remarks: Seasonal Winter Ski Service. 

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Mar del Plata (MDQ) - Bariloche (BRC) - 08Jul23 - 737-700, 737-800 - 2x/weekly - Remarks: Seasonal Winter Ski Service. First flight westbound is on 08Jul23, last flight eastbound is 30Aug23.

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Rosario (ROS) - San Martin de los Andes (CPC) - 04Jul23 - 737-800 - 3x/weekly - Remarks: Seasonal Winter Ski Service until 03Sep23.

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Salta (SLA) - Bariloche (BRC) - xxJul23 - Type ? - Frequency ? - Remarks: Seasonal Winter Ski Service. 

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Bariloche (BRC) - 03Jul23 - 737 MAX 8 - 4x/weekly - Remarks: Seasonal Winter Ski Service until mid-September.   

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - San Martin de los Andes (CPC) - 03Jul23 - 737-800 - 2x/weekly - Remarks: Seasonal Winter Ski Service until 18Aug23 (editor was unable to confirm service).

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Ushuaia (USH) - 06Jul23 - 737-800 - 2x/weekly - Remarks: Seasonal Winter Service until 17Aug23 (editor was unable to confirm service). 

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Tucuman (TUC) - Bariloche (BRC) - xxJul23 - 737-800, 737 MAX 8 - 2x/weekly - Remarks: Service suspended from late April to June, but restarting for the winter season in July.

* Air Europa - Madrid (MAD) - Cordoba (COR) - 16Jul23 - 787-9 - 3x/weekly - Remarks: Existing Madrid (MAD) - Asuncion (ASU) - Cordoba (COR) flights being split into Madrid (MAD) - Asuncion (ASU) 4x/weekly and Madrid (MAD) - Cordoba (COR) 3x/weekly to shorten flight times and allow for more connections in Madrid (MAD).  New flight times will also result in more connections at Aerolineas Argentinas' Cordoba (COR) hub to Argentina "interior" points. 

* Andes Lineas Aereas - Rosario (ROS) - Bariloche (BRC) - 24Jul23 - 737-800 - frequency ? - Remarks: Seasonal Winter Ski Service - 2x flights in July.

* Andes Lineas Aereas - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Bariloche (BRC) - 01Jul23 - 737-800 - frequency ? - Remarks: Seasonal Winter Ski Service - 9x flights in July.

* Boliviana - Cochabamba (CBB) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - xxJul23 - 737-800 - 3x/weekly -  Remarks: Increasing frequency from 1x/weekly.

* Boliviana - Santa Cruz de  la Sierra (VVI) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - xxJul23 - 737-800 - 11x/weekly - Remarks: Increasing frequency from 9x/weekly.

* Gol Linhas Aereas - Florianopolis (FLN) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - 01Jul23 - 737-800, 737 MAX 8 - 1x/weekly - Remarks: Seasonal Winter Service to complement daily FLN service to AEP.

* Gol Linhas Aereas - Fortaleza (FOR) - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - 01Jul23 - 737 MAX 8 - 1x/weekly - Remarks: Seasonal Winter Service.

* Gol Linhas Aereas - Joao Pessoa (JPA) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - 01Jul23 - 737 Series - 2x/weekly - Remarks: Seasonal Winter Service (?)

* Gol Linhas Aereas - Salvador (SSA) - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - 01Jul23 - 737 MAX 8 - 1x/weekly - Remarks: Seasonal Winter Service .

* Gol Linhas Aereas - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Montevideo (MVD) - 01Jul23 - 737-800, 737 MAX 8 - 2x/daily - Remarks:  Reducing frequency from 17x/weekly until beginning of 2024.

Sources:

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

ROUTE UPDATES: July 2023 - Part 2 - Jetsmart Argentina, LATAM Brasil, LATAM Chile

Route Updates - July 2023 - Part 2

The following airlines / flights are confirmed to have started or re-started service on the indicated routes on the listed dates.  Many of the services are the resumption of flights that existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Increases / decreases in flight frequency are usually not verified by your editor.

Airline - Route Eff Date - Aircraft Type - Flight Frequency - Remarks  

* Jetsmart Argentina - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - San Martin de los Andes (CPC) - 03Jul23 - A320-200 - 3x/weekly - Remarks: Year-round service

* Jetsmart Argentina - Cordoba (COR) - Bariloche (BRC) - 01Jul23 - A320-200 - 3x/weekly - Remarks: Seasonal Winter restart but will operate through end of year

* Jetsmart Argentina - Mendoza (MDZ) - Bariloche (BRC) - 01Jul23 - A320-200 - 4x/weekly - Remarks: Seasonal Winter restart that will reduce to 3x/weekly in mid-August for the rest of the year

* LATAM Brasil - Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG) - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - 02Jul23 - A320 Series - 5x/weekly - Remarks: Restarting on this airport-pair after three months suspension of service.  Complement to 2x/weekly GIG-EZE flights

* LATAM Brasil - Sao Paulo Guearulhos (GRU) - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - 01Jul23 - A320 Series - 26x/weekly - Remarks: Increasing frequency from 22x/weekly

* LATAM Chile - Santiago (SCL) - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - 01Jul23 - A320 Series - 10x/weekly - Remarks: Increasing frequency from 7x/weekly

Saturday, July 15, 2023

ROUTE UPDATES: June 2023 - Part 1 - Aerolineas Argentinas, Andes, Boliviana, Gol, Jetsmart Argentina

Route Updates - June 2023 - Part 1

The following airlines / flights are confirmed to have started or re-started service on the indicated routes on the listed dates.  Many of the services are the resumption of flights that existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Increases / decreases in flight frequency are not always verified by your editor.

Airline - Route Eff Date - Aircraft Type - Flight Frequency - Remarks  

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Rosario (ROS) - Reconquista (RCQ) - 21Jun23 - E190 - 2x/weekly - Remarks:

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Rome Fiumicino (FCO) - xxJun23 - A330-200 - 4x/weekly - Remarks: Increasing frequency from 3x/weekly

* Andes Lineas Aereas - Puerto Iguazu (IGR) - Bariloche (BRC) - 19Jun23 - 737-800 - Remarks:  Student charter flight marking Andes Lineas Aereas first restart of service since before the pandemic 

* Boliviana - Santa Cruz de la Sierra (VVI) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - xxJun23 - A330-200 - Remarks: 
A330-200 occasionally subbing for 737 on EZE route for crew familiarization prior to flying on MAD and MIA routes

* Gol Linhas Aereas - Fortaleza (FOR) - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - 24Jun23 - 737 MAX 8 - 1x/weekly - Remarks:

* Jetsmart Argentina - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Mendoza (MDZ) - 01Jun23 - A320-200 - 3x/weekly - Remarks: Increased frequency

ROUTE UPDATES: June 2023 - Part 2 - Sky Airline

Route Updates - June 2023 - Part 2

The following airlines / flights are confirmed to have started or re-started service on the indicated routes on the listed dates.  Many of the services are the resumption of flights that existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Increases / decreases in flight frequency are not always verified by your editor.

Airline - Route Eff Date - Aircraft Type - Flight Frequency - Remarks  

* Sky Airline - Santiago (SCL) - Bariloche (BRC) - 15Jun23 - A320neo - 3x/weekly - Remarks:
Seasonal Winter Ski Service until 24Sep23

Sources:

Thursday, June 15, 2023

ROUTE UPDATES: May 2023 - American Jet, COPA, Cubana, Gol, Sky Airline

Route Updates - May 2023

The following airlines / flights are confirmed to have started or re-started service on the indicated routes on the listed dates.  Many of the services are the resumption of flights that existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Increases / decreases in flight frequency are not always verified by your editor.

Airline - Route Eff Date - Aircraft Type - Flight Frequency - Remarks  

* American Jet - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Mercedes (Corrientes Province) (MDX) - 25May23 - ERJ 145 - 2x/weekly - Remarks: Tourist flights to the Esteros del Ibera natural habitat area.  

* COPA - Panama City (PTY) - Cordoba (COR) - 02May23 - 737-800 - 10x/weekly - Remarks:  -Increasing frequency from 7x/weekly.

* Cubana - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Cayo Coco (CCC) - Havana (HAV) - 02May23 - A340-300 - 1x/weekly - Remarks:  Flights operated by Plus Ultra of Spain.

* Gol Linhas Aereas - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Mendoza (MDZ) - 30May23 - 737 Series - 5x/weekly - Remarks: Increasing frequency from 3x/weekly until 31Jul23 for Winter Ski High Season.

* Sky Airline - Santiago (SCL) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Lima (LIM) - 10May23 - A321neo - 3x/weekly - Remarks: First use of A321neo to Argentina by Sky Airline

* Sky Airline - Santiago (SCL) - Merlo (RLO) - 25May23 - A320neo - One-Time Charter -  - Remarks: One-time charter flight with return to SCL on 28May23 as promotional test run for future travel from Chile to Valle de Conlara, San Luis, Argentina tourism area.  San Luis province, where Merlo is located, hopes that this route will be operated on a monthly basis. 

Friday, May 26, 2023

FLEET UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas' second 737-800F delivered to Argentina on 20May23


Aerolineas Argentinas' second converted pure-freighter 737-800F, LV-KHQ (c/n 30571/936) flew from  Dothan (DHN) Alabama USA via Punta Cana (PUJ) to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE), arriving in the very early morning hours of 20May23, joining sistership LV-CTC (c/n 30570/879), which the airline took delivery of earlier this year and placed into service in early May operating contract flights from Tierra del Fuego for electrical goods manufacturer Mirgor S.A. (see http://argentina-airline-news.blogspot.com/2023/05/fleet-update-aerolineas-argentinas.html)

LV-KHQ was originally delivered as a passenger aircraft to VARIG in 2001, going on to fly for Gol, Meridiana, Airitaly, and Neos before being stored in 2020 and converted to a pure freighter by Commercial Jet, an Aeronautical Engineers Inc. conversion center located at the Dothan (DHN) Regional Airport in Alabama.     

LV-KHQ arrived in Argentina in an all-white "color" scheme but is expected to be painted shortly in the same livery as sistership LV-CTC, which is a modified scheme from the Aerolineas passenger aircraft.  The aircraft will primarily serve the same customer as LV-CTC, Mirgor S.A., but will also be available for freight charters at other times.       

Detailed description of the conversion from the Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. website is reproduced below:  https://www.aeronautical-engineers.com/b737-800sf

The Aeronautical Engineers Inc. (AEI) B737-800SF Cargo Conversion consists of the installation of a 86" x 137" cargo door on the left side of the fuselage, and modification of main deck to a Class E cargo compartment.  After conversion the aircraft can carry eleven 88" x 125" AAA full height containers or pallets plus one AEP/AEH, with pallet weights up to 9,000 lbs. AEI's B737-800SF is now ETOPS 180 approved.

AEI's cargo door has earned a reputation of being the most robust and reliable in the conversion industry.  The cargo door is hydraulically operated and actuated from the inside of the aircraft by a independent system.  Hydraulic pressure is available from two sources: a 28VDC electrically operated hydraulic pump or a manual hand pump.  The door control and manual pump are located on the 9g barrier, allowing a single person to operate the door manually.

Main Attributes

  • Can accommodate eleven 88"x125" AAA full height containers or pallets plus one AEP/AEH

  • Up to 52,700 LB (23,904 KG) Main Deck Payload (depending on Model & Aircraft Weight Limits)

  • Reinforced Floor structure for highest average position weights in industry

  • 86" x 140" cargo door

  • Single Vent Door System

  • High reliability, 28VDC, independent cargo door hydraulic system

  • Cabin windows replaced with lightweight aluminum window plugs

  • 9g rigid cargo / smoke barrier with sliding door

  • Relocated DFDR for 84.5" + ceiling height through out cargo compartment, including last position

  • Stretch Formed fuselage skins

  • 5 Supernumerary Seats