Sunday, July 29, 2012

Lineas Aereas del Sur 737-200 Charter Carrier Suspending Operations

Lineas Aereas del Sur, 737-200, LV-ZXC (msn 23160/1053)
rests at Cordoba (COR) on 18Mar12

Lineas Aereas del Sur, a small charter airline based in Cordoba, Argentina and operator of one  737-200 registration LV-ZXC, has asked the Argentine Civil Aviation Administration (ANAC by its Spanish initials) to suspend its operating certificate for a period of six months, effective June 1.

The airline, started up in March 2005, is owned by Buenos Aires businessmen Carlos Cedrato and Alfredo Montalván who have interests in various transportation companies.  The airline had 17 employees but recently laid off all but four of them, including two pilots.  Its most recent flight was on March 14 between Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) and Calafate (FTE) carrying a group of Spanish tourists. 

LV-ZXC is currently due for a "C" check and is parked in Mendoza.  It was delivered to British Airways in 1984 and has also flown with Aerolineas Argentinas and its short-lived Chilean affiliate, Aerolineas del Sur.

Sources:  Aviacion News 19Jul12
Photo:     Phil Perry


  1. Hi,

    This is a great blog you have, congratulations for it.

    There are a couple of errors you might like to correct for this entry, however:

    1) Líneas Aéreas del Sur started much later than March 2005 -- more like 2010 with first charter flight taking place in August or September 2011. The airline probably operated a total of less than a dozen charter flights during its brief existence.

    2) LV-ZXC never flew for Aerolíneas del Sur, being among the last retired by AR during 2009.

    3) If the aircraft is due for a C-Check, it would more likely be due to calendar expiration of the last one rather than having flown sufficient hours. Unless the Bolivian Air Force is interested in acquiring it for TAM, which might explain why it is parked in Mendoza.

    ARJet may follow same route, although for now it would appear to still be alive with its sole 732 LV-ZYY flying at least sporadic charters.



    1. Hello MG:

      Thank you for the corrections. I will post them in the next day or two with credit to you.

      I got the information from different sources and sometimes I wonder about the accuracy because occasionally I find errors myself.

      Should I refer to you as "MG" when giving credit or would you prefer that I put your name ? (you would need to tell it to me!)

      If you don't mind, it would be nice to know something about you as a fellow enthusiast.

      Do you live in Argentina, for example ?

      If you prefer anonymity, no problem, and thank you for the info !


      Phil Perry