Thursday, April 19, 2012

ROUTE UPDATES: Aerolineas Argentinas Plans Major Increase in Domestic & Regional Service from Buenos Aires Ezeiza

As Aerolineas Argentinas enters the Skyteam airline alliance as a full member, the carrier is adding many flights at Ezeiza International, Buenos Aires' intercontinental airport, to connect with its own overseas flights and those of the six Skyteam members that fly into EZE; Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, Delta and KLM.

Most of the new domestic flights will be added starting in July with regional South American flights to be added later in 2012. 

Many of the domestic flights will be routes that were previously operated from EZE that will be reinstated after having moved to Aeroparque (AEP), Buenos Aires' domestic airport, a few years ago, while others will be new destinations never before served from EZE with all service until now always having been from AEP.


Eff 01Jul12:

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Iguazu (IGR):  

New daily nonstop service with the 737-700. 

IGR serves Iguazu Falls, the most extensive waterfalls in the world and Argentina's number one tourist destination.

Flight      Routing    Dep   Arr      Equipment  Days

AR1724   EZEIGR    0655  0840   737-700     Daily

AR1725   IGREZE    1820  2010   737-700     Daily

Eff 01Jul12 - 31Aug12:

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Bariloche (BRC): 

Sister-company Austral Embraer 190's will replace Aerolineas 737-700's.  It is surprising that they will be using a smaller aircraft in July and August considering that these are the high-season winter months for skiing at Bariloche's Cerro Catedral mountain, one of the most heavily-skied resorts in Argentina.

Flight     Routing    Dep    Arr      Equipment   Days

AR2698   EZEBRC   0715   0935   EMB-190     Daily

AR2687   BRCEZE   1840   2045   EMB-190     Daily

Effective 01Sep12 the service will operate as a circle route in each direction daily, also with Austral EMB-190's but to be replaced by AR 737-700's on 01Nov12:

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) – Bariloche (BRC) – El Calafate (FTE) – Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP)

Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - El Calafate (FTE) - Bariloche (BRC) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) 

Eff 02Aug12:

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Ushuaia (USH):

Austral EMB-190 service increases from 4 to 10 weekly to this natural beauty destination located on the Beagle Channel with a mountainous backdrop and known as the southernmost city in the world.

Eff 01Nov12 the flights will be taken over by Aerolineas with 737-700's.

Eff 01Sep12:

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Trelew (REL):

New daily nonstop service using 737-700's extending to El Calafate (FTE) southbound and operating Ushuaia (USH) - Trelew (REL) - Buenos Aires (EZE) northbound.   

Trelew is in Patagonia on the Atlantic Ocean near Puerto Madryn, which is famous for whale-watching.

Eff 07Sep12:

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - El Calafate (FTE):

New daily nonstop service using 737-700's extending to Ushuaia (USH) in both directions with an upgrade to 737-800's eff 01Nov12.

El Calafate is near the Perito Moreno glacier, one of Argentina's foremost tourist sights.  

Eff 01Oct12:

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Tucuman (TUC):  

New daily nonstop service using Austral EMB-190's.  Despite being a relatively short flight it will be operated with a very late departure and return in the middle of the night as indicated below.

Flight       Routing   Dep    Arr        Equipment  Days

AR2478    EZETUC   2235  0030+1  EMB-190    Daily

AR2479    TUCEZE   0210  0350      EMB-190    Daily

Eff 01Dec12:

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Mendoza (MDZ):
Aerolineas 737-700's will replace Austral EMB-190's on this once-daily nonstop service in each direction.

The editor of this blog believes that this will be the first time that Iguazu, Trelew, and Tucuman have been served from EZE and possibly El Calafate and Ushuaia too.

Information on international service changes by AR at EZE will follow in the next blog posting.

Source: via Eric Trum

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

ROUTE UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas increasing EZE-BOG service with A340's

Similar to its planned increase in service from Buenos Aires - Ezeiza (EZE) to Caracas (CCS) in July, Aerolineas is adding more flights from Ezeiza to Bogota (BOG), going from the present three flights to four, on 02Jul12. 

Also like the CCS service the aircraft type used will be the A340, which is a surprise to the editor of this blog because it seems like much too large an aircraft type for a route between two countries that do not have extensive commercial or social connections, nor is BOG a hub of an air carrier that is allied with AR for onward connections to the Caribbean, United States, Canada, Europe, etc.  It would seem that AR's 737-800s would be better-suited to this route plus the 800's range should be able to cover the 2,900 mile / 4,650 km stage length, even with a full payload.

The BOG flight presently operates on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays with the new flight being added on Mondays.  Departures and returns are on the same day with an early morning departure from EZE, arriving back at the Argentine airport at approx. 2000 or 2100 after a 1:15 turnaround in BOG.

Flight     Routing     Dep    Arr     Equipment     Days

AR1360   EZEBOG    0625  1055   A340-300     135

AR1360   EZEBOG    0730  1200   A340-300     7

AR1361   BOGEZE    1210  2015   A340-300     135

AR1361   BOGEZE    1315  2120   A340-300     7

Source: via Eric Trum

Thursday, April 5, 2012

ROUTE UPDATE: United Starting Newark (EWR) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) Service on April 6

United Airlines' nonstop Washington-Dulles (IAD) to EZE service is being discontinued and Continental's former Newark (EWR) - Houston Intercontinental (IAH) - EZE flights are being split into two flights from each of these US airports to EZE with UA flying the IAH - EZE sector on a daily nonstop basis using 767-200's and, starting on April 6, EWR - EZE using 767-300's, also on a nonstop basis.


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

ROUTE UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas to increase EZE-CCS Flights to Daily

Aerolineas Argentinas is gradually increasing its service from Buenos Aires - Ezeiza (EZE) to Caracas (CCS) from the current four-times weekly to daily flights over the coming year starting on July 1 when the service goes to five-times weekly. 

On September 1 the airline will increase flights on the route to six-times weekly and finally go to daily on December 1.

Interestingly, the route is and will continue to be operated with Airbus A340's which would seem to be too big an aircraft for an "Origin & Destination" route of this nature (no hub-connecting traffic) but the Argentine and Venezuelan governments are close politically so that might be a factor.    
The flight operates as a same-day roundtrip departing EZE in the early morning and arriving back in Buenos Aires late that same evening. 

Flight     Routing   Dep    Arr    Equipment

AR1376  EZECCS  0630  1205  A340
AR1377  CCSEZE  1335  2215  A340

Source: via Eric Trum

Monday, April 2, 2012

ROUTE UPDATE: QANTAS Switched SYD Service from EZE to SCL on 26Mar12

QANTAS recently changed the destination for its non-stop Sydney (SYD) - South America service from Buenos Aires - Ezeiza (EZE) to Santiago (SCL) with the last flight from EZE departing on 25Mar12 and the first flight to the Chilean capital arriving the following day on  26Mar12.  The new service will initially be operated thrice-weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays using 747-400's with the Australian carrier aiming for daily service "sooner rather than later". 

American actor and QANTAS spokesman John Travolta arrived at SCL in his 707-138B (which was originally delivered to QANTAS in 1964) to participate in the route opening ceremony.

The Australian carrier explained that the change was due to an internal restructuring but the decision was made shortly after the Argentine aviation authority, ANAC, rejected a request by the airline to codeshare with TAM from Buenos Aires.  The Argentine aviation publication Aviacion News opined that QANTAS regarded codesharing into Brazil as essential for the success of the EZE route whereas the Argentine government saw this as a threat to national carrier Aerolineas Argentinas' own route to Australia.

QANTAS will codeshare with its oneworld partner LAN through the latter's Santiago hub with connections throughout Latin America.   However, the two airlines will compete with each other to a certain extent as LAN flies from SCL to SYD via Auckland (AKL) six-times weekly.