Saturday, August 31, 2013

Turkish Airlines to operate Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Istanbul (IST) Non-Stop ?

Turkish Airlines increased its Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Istanbul (IST) service from 4x/weekly to daily on 02Jul13 with a change in aircraft type from the the 777-300ER's (that it started the route with on 11Dec12) to A340-300's.  Turkish will reportedly revert to 777-300ER's on 02Oct13.  

In other news, reader Andreas Fliflet reports that the Turkish Airlines website allows EZE-GRU and GRU-IST bookings but not EZE-IST on select dates in January, suggesting that the airline might be getting their CRS ready to take EZE-IST non-stop bookings, which would be consistent with the carrier's recent talk of introducing 2x/daily non-stops between EZE and IST in the next couple of years.

Alternatively, the airline could be reducing frequencies out of EZE.  Finally, this could all be CRS anomalies while they reset schedules but the possibility of non-stop flights is interesting.    

Sources:   Andreas Fliflet

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Will the ANAC Attend ?

Las Vegas, Nevada will host the 19th annual World Air Routes 2013 convention from October 5-8, where representatives of airports the world over will gather to make presentations to some 3000 airline representatives from over 100 countries to try to convince them to start service to their destinations.    

Question is:  Will the ANAC (Argentine Civil Aviation Directorate) or representatives from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) attend to try to draw new airline service to Argentina ?  I think the answer is "No, definitely not" !   

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

FLEET UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas A330 & A340 Pending Deliveries

* AIRBUS A330's:

Delivery of the four A330's that Aerolineas Argentinas was supposed to receive in July and August has been postponed with the first two now due to arrive in August and September.  They are:

A330-223 (c/n 290) to be re-registered LV-FNI, presently parked at Kuala Lumpur (KUL) and due to arrive at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) approx. 13Aug13.

A330-223 (c/n 300) to be re-registered LV-FNJ, also presently parked at KUL and due to arrive at EZE approx. 15Sep13.

The blog "Aviones en Ezeiza" reports that these aircraft will almost certainly be used first on the Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to Bogota (BOG), Caracas (CCS) and Cancun (CUN) routes until they become ETOPS-certified when they will be able to fly transoceanic routes.  

* AIRBUS A340's:

Two A340's are expected to be delivered in the next couple of months too replacing some of the ones that have been departing the Aerolineas fleet:

A340-313X (c/n 193) to be re-registered LV-FPV is currently parked at Brussels (BRU) and is expected to be delivered sometime after 15Sep13. It has already been painted in Skyteam colors featuring a silver fuselage. 

A340-313X (c/n 170) to be re-registered LV-FPU is parked at Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) and is scheduled to be delivered after 01Oct13. 


Sunday, August 25, 2013

ROUTE UPDATE: AeroMexico Receives first 787; Buenos Aires Dreamliner Service expected in March 2014

AeroMexico's first 787-8, N961AM, (c/n 35306) arrived in Mexico City (MEX) on its delivery flight on 16Aug13.  

The type will enter service on 23Sep13 between Mexico City (MEX) and Monterrey (MTY) with international service set to debut from MEX to New York City (JFK) on 24Sep13, followed by Tokyo Narita (NRT) on 14Oct13 and Paris on 24Oct13. 

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) will start on 20Mar14 to be followed by London Heathrow (LHR) and Madrid (MAD) later that year.

AeroMexico has a total of 19 787's on order including nine of the 787-8 model and ten of the 787-9 longer-range "stretched" model (20 ft. longer than the 787-8).

Sources: Aviacion News 15Aug13

Thursday, August 22, 2013

LAN Argentina Ordered to Abandon Hangar at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP); May Cease Argentina Operations

The website of Argentine newspaper La Nacion reports that LAN Argentina received a letter from the Argentine government agency ORSNA - Organismo Regulador del Sistema Nacional de Aeropuertos (National Airport Regulation Agency) on Monday, August 20 ordering the company to abandon its hangar at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) within 10 days, putting in doubt the company's continued operations in Argentina as LAN claims that without the hangar to service its aircraft its Aeroparque flights and Argentine domestic flights, in general, would become unviable.

This letter is based on an order issued in late 2012 that was to take effect 01Aug13 effectively banning commercial operations from Aeroparque by any Argentine airline other than Aerolineas Argentinas / Austral.

This is the latest chapter in a long-running conflict between the Argentine government and LAN Argentina where the government has repeatedly enforced measures that have been disadvantageous to the carrier's operations in the country.  See blog entry from 20Dec12:

Agustin Agraz, LAN Argentina Director of Corporate Relations, said that the airline will "Resort to the courts to enforce our rights.  We have a signed contract for the hangar and our maintenance base until 2023 with an investment of US$ 5,000,000 and a monthly payment of US$ 20,000."  Asked if the situation could result in employee layoffs, Agraz said that "without the hangar, LAN Argentina's operation is unviable" and added "If they take the hangar away from us we will be obligated to stop flying to the 14 destinations in Argentina (that the airline currently serves)". 

The seriousness of the situation is underscored by the fact that LAN's CEO, Ignacio Cueto, interrupted a trip to Colombia to inaugurate the country's first biofuel flight to fly to Argentina to negotiate with airport authorities.

It will be interesting to see if the police show up at Aeroparque in ten days to forcibly remove LAN from the hangar.           


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

FLEET UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas Fleet Reductions in Recent & Coming Weeks

In addition to the recent sale of six ex-Austral / Aerolineas Argentinas MD-80's there have been or will be a number of other fleet reductions by Aerolineas soon:

737-528, LV-AZU, (c/n 25235/2428) departed Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on return to its owner on 13Jul13 arriving in San Antonio (SAT) two days later. The aircraft had flown for Aerolineas since 2004 after having been originally delivered to Air France in 1993.

737-528, LV-AYI, (c/n 25234/2411) had the U.S. registration N261SC reserved for it and was to leave Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) in late July or early August. This is also an ex-Air France aircraft which was delivered to the French carrier in 1993 and passed on to Aerolineas in 2004.   

A340-313, LV-BIT, (c/n 93), was recently spotted at EZE painted all-white with no titles and is expected to be returned to its owners during August.  This aircraft was delivered to Air Canada in 1995 and operated with BWIA and Caribbean Airlines before entering service with Aerolineas in 2007.  

A340-312, LV-BMT, (c/n 48) is slated to leave the fleet in October 2013.  This plane was delivered to Air Mauritius in 1994 and saw service with Air Jamaica and Air Canada before joining the Aerolineas fleet in 2007.     

Updates on the whereabouts of a couple of former Aerolineas aircraft:
 737-5Y0, ex-LV-BEO on its way to Ecuador (Phil Perry Photo)

737-5Y0, ex-LV-BDV also going to Ecuador (Phil Perry Photo)

Two 737-5Y0's, ex-LV-BEO (c/n 25176/2155) and ex-LV-BDV (c/n 24900/2095) are being prepared in Tucson, Arizona, USA for delivery to the Ecuadorean airline Sudamericana.

737-236, ex-LV-ZIE, (c/n 21978/658) will join the fleet of the Fuerza Aerea Ecuatoriana with military registration FAE-630.


Monday, August 19, 2013

United States of America C-40C (737-700) at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 11Aug13

An unusual spotting at Aeroparque on Sunday 11Aug13 was this U.S. government C-40C BBJ (737-7CP), marking 05-0730 (c/n 34807/1908), presumably bringing a high-ranking government official to Argentina.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

FLEET UPDATE: Six ex-Austral & Aerolineas Argentinas MD-80's Sold

Six former Austral and Aerolineas Argentinas MD-80 Series aircraft were auctioned off on 19Jul13:

Austral MD-83 LV-BEG, (c/n 49630) 
Austral MD-83 LV-BGZ, (c/n 49906)
Austral MD-83 LV-WGM, (c/n 49784)
Austral MD-83 LV-WGN, (c/n 49934)

Aerolineas Argentinas MD-83, LV-VAG, (c/n 53117)
Aerolineas Argentinas MD-88, LV-VBZ, (c/n 53049)

Air Capital Group of Miami bought the aircraft, which were reportedly to leave Argentina during August bearing American registrations.  The selling price has been kept private between the airline and the buyer.

Checking the company's website,, its AeroThrust division specializes in engineering work on the JT8D engine (the type used on the MD-80 Series) so its acquisition of the AU/AR MD-80's is presumably for their engines with the airframes possibly to be used for spares and/or scrapped.    

Most of the above aircraft, including LV-BEG, LV-WGM, and LV-VAG have been parked at the San Juan (UAQ) Argentina airport for at least a year, with LV-WGN resting at Jujuy (JUJ) and LV-BGZ at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP). 
One other MD-80, LV-VBX, (c/n 53407) continues parked at San Juan (UAQ) not available for immediate sale apparently due to legal reasons. 

Austral MD-83, LV-BGZ at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) 
resplendent in the carrier's new colors on 26May12

LV-BGZ is unique among these aircraft in that it was the only one painted in Austral's new colors and it underwent a major check only a few weeks before being retired from service, having reportedly operated a few scheduled flights in the new colors.    


Saturday, August 3, 2013

HISTORICAL PHOTO: Aero Sur Servicios Aereos 727-200 & Brief History of Unusual 727's in Argentina

Aero Sur 727-200, N373PA (c/n 20678/931) at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) in 1994. (Phil Perry Collection)

Aero Sur Servicios Aereos operated two 727-200's briefly in 1994, presumably on charter services.  The pictured aircraft, N373PA, was due to be re-registered as LV-WFC but this was not taken up.  A second aircraft, N376PA (c/n 20169/743) was re-registered as LV-WDS.

Most 727-100's and 200's that flew in Argentina were operated by Aerolineas Argentinas in their full colors with a few notable exceptions:

Aerolineas leased two 727-256's, LV-VFL/EC-CBL (c/n 20606/397) and LV-VFM/EC-CBM (c/n 20607/943), from Iberia during the two-month southern hemisphere summer in late 1992 / early 1993 which it flew in Iberia's full colors and titles.  A third 727-200, LV-VFJ/EC-CAJ (c/n 20593/883) was leased-in and presumably also carried the Spanish airline's colors and titles.

Aerolineas also flew 727-233, C-GAAJ, (c/n 20941/1128) for two months in 1993 in the full Air Canada colors of the time but with the Canadian carrier's titles and the maple leaf logo removed from the tail.  

One of the more unusual 727-200's to fly in Argentina was Aviogenex 727-243, YU-AKM (c/n 22702/1814) in the Yugoslavian airline's full colors and titles under lease to Aerolineas for the three month summer period 12/86 to 3/87.

Two other airlines operated 727's in Argentina, Dinar flew 727-22, OB-1570 (c/n 19153/508) in its own full colors and titles on lease from Aero Continente from 12/95 to 2/96 and STAF (Servicios Transportes Aereos Fueginos) leased 727-023F, HK-3667X (c/n 19430/366) from Aerosucre for a time in the mid-1990's.

The above information is from the excellent blog covering the history of individual aircraft operated in commercial service in Argentina featuring some very rare and interesting photos.

Source: Historias Individuales blog