Sunday, February 5, 2012

FLEET UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas Completes Replacing 747's with A340's

Aerolineas Argentinas flew its last 747 flight on 01Feb12 as the airline recently took delivery of three A340's that, along with the A340's already in the airline's fleet, will finish taking over AR's intercontinental routes. 

Boeing 747-475, LV-ALJ, msn 25422/912 flew its last scheduled service from EZE to Madrid (MAD) on 22Oct11 and has been parked outside one of the company's hangars at EZE without the Aerolineas "Condor" logo and LV registration and more recently with its titles removed too. The aircraft is expected to be delivered to AeroSur of Bolivia soon.

747-475, LV-BBU, msn 24883/823 is also currently parked outside one of Aerolineas' hangars at EZE without titles or logo.  It flew its last scheduled flight on 13Jan12 to Madrid (MAD) and is awaiting disposal.

747-475, LV-AXF, msn 24895/837 operated the very last Aerolineas scheduled 747 flight on 01Feb12, also to MAD.  Unless Aerolineas again acquires 747's in the future, this flight will be the last of the type with the airline closing out 35 years of 747 service since January 1977. 

Aerolíneas took delivery of Airbus A340-313X, LV-CSD, msn 123 on 19Dec11.   This A340 is an early example having first been delivered to Singapore Airlines in 1996 and continuing with Cathay Pacific before joining Aerolineas.   It was scheduled to operate its first scheduled flight on 23Jan12 to Rome.

The next of the new A340 arrivals was Airbus A340-313X, LV-CSX, msn 373, on 22Dec11 when the aircraft arrived at EZE from Portugal.  It previously flew for Air France which first received the aircraft from ILFC leasing on 04Dec00.

The most recent A340 acquired by Aerolineas is also an A340-313X.  It is LV-CSE, msn 126, which arrived at EZE on 09Jan12 from Xiamen, China (XMN).  This is also an ex Singapore and Cathay Pacific aircraft.

The three new A340 additions to the Aerolineas Argentinas fleet were all delivered in the company's new livery.


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