Saturday, June 30, 2012

BQB Lineas Aereas Looking to Acquire two CRJ-200's for Regional Expansion

Blog Editor Phil Perry getting ready to board BQB Lineas Aereas ATR-72-212A CX-JPL on 16Sep11 to fly from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) to Punta del Este, Uruguay (PDP).   

BQB owner Juan Carlos Lopez Mena is evaluating making a US$ 20 million capital injection into the carrier to acquire two CRJ-200 that would be used on new routes from Montevideo (MVD) to Sao Paulo (GRU), Río de Janeiro (GIG), and Buzios (BZC) in Brazil, plus Asunción (ASU), Santiago de Chile (SCL), and Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia (VVI).  The airline's CEO, Juan Patricio López, has indicated that BQB is negotiating the purchase of the aircraft with their manufacturer Bombardier and the financing of the purchase with two international banks   It is estimated that the expansion would add 80 new jobs to the airline's payroll.  BQB currently flies a fleet of two ATR-72-200's mostly between Uruguay and Argentina. 

Source:  El Pais Uruguay 29Jun12

Photo: Laura Fernandez Perry

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