Saturday, January 17, 2015

ROUTE UPDATE: AeroMexico to introduce the 787-8 between Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) and Mexico City (MEX) effective 01Apr15

AeroMexico will start flying the 787-8 between Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) and Mexico City (MEX) on 01Apr15, operating four of its nine weekly flights between the two capitals, eventually going to daily 787 service on the route in October. The carrier currently has five 787-8's with four more on order plus six 787-9's due for delivery, as well.     


Thursday, January 15, 2015

ROUTE UPDATE: Air New Zealand to start Auckland (AKL) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) nonstop service in December 2015

Air New Zealand recently announced plans to start Auckland (AKL) to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) nonstop service in December 2015 with 777-200's on a 3x/weekly basis.  

The flights will have connections to/from Australia and southeast Asia plus Brazil on the South American end codesharing with Aerolineas Argentinas.  Aerolineas flew the Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Auckland (AKL) sector for several years but gave up the route in March 2014.  Buenos Aires also had flights to Australia operated by QANTAS until the Argentine aviation authorities denied that carrier codesharing rights with TAM to Brazil prompting the Australian airline to transfer its South American gateway to Santiago (SCL) offering connections with its Chilean Oneworld counterpart, LAN.    


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

FLEET UPDATE: First ex-company-owned PLUNA CRJ-900 departs Montevideo (MVD)

01MAR15 CORRECTION:  This posting originally indicated that "the last three ex-PLUNA CRJ-900's reportedly departed Montevideo (MVD) on the afternoon of Monday, 12Jan15." However, according to Aviacion News it appears that only one left that day, CX-CRF/C-GSKK (c/n 15204), and it was apparently the first of the seven ex-company-owned CRJ-900's to do so, not one of the last.

13JAN15 CORRECTION:  This posting originally indicated that CX-CRN (c/n 15275) was one of three ex-PLUNA CRJ-900's to depart Montevideo (MVD) on 12Jan15 but reader "MG" has indicated that this is incorrect as the aircraft "departed Uruguay in late-2012 and has been flying for Mesa Airlines in the USA as N249LR for nearly two years."

The first of seven ex-company-owned PLUNA CRJ-900's reportedly departed Montevideo (MVD) on the afternoon of Monday, 12Jan15.  The aircraft was CX-CRF (c/n 15204) re-registered as C-GSKK to Skyservice Business Aviation of Montreal, Toronto and Calgary although it was reportedly purchased by Strategic Air Finance of Miami, Florida.  

PLUNA CRJ-900 CX-CRF at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 22Jan11.(Phil Perry Photo)

CX-CRF pictured with C-GSKK registration as it departed Montevideo on 12Jan15:


Monday, January 12, 2015

ROUTE UPDATES: Amaszonas starts Montevideo to Santa Cruz / TAM increasing flights Montevideo to Rio De Janeiro / LAN Argentina restarts Bahia Blanca flights / British reducing service from Buenos Aires to London

Amaszonas Lineas Aereas started 3x/weekly service between Montevideo (MVD) and Santa Cruz de la Sierra (VVI) via Asuncion (ASU) on 11Dec14 using CRJ-200's.  From VVI, passengers will be able to connect to Cuzco (CUZ) and Arequipa (AQP) in Peru, La Paz, Bolivia (LPB), Iquique, Chile (IQQ), and Salta, Argentina (SLA). 

* TAM Brazilian Airlines will increase service from Montevideo (MVD) to Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG) from 4x to 7x weekly effective 31Dec14 with all flights being operated with A320's. 

* LAN Argentina will reintroduce service between Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) and Bahia Blanca (BHI) on a daily basis effective January 2015 using A320's.  The airline suspended service on the route earlier this year due to the need for aircraft on heavily-traveled winter routes, but also because the Argentine aviation authorities would not grant the carrier permission to add more aircraft to its fleet, not even to replace airplanes out of service on a temporary basis for maintenance.  

British Airways will reduce service between Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) and London Heathrow (LHR) from 7x to 5x/weekly effective 29Mar15, the end of the southern hemisphere summer season.  The service used to be operated with 747-400's via Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) but transitioned to nonstop 777-200's a few years ago which will be maintained.  Drop in demand is cited as the main reason for the service reduction. 

Sources: via Eric Trum

Friday, January 9, 2015

ROUTE UPDATE: Lufthansa introduced 747-8I between Frankfurt (FRA) and Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 26Oct14

Lufthansa flew the 747-8I from Frankfurt (FRA) to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) a few times earlier in 2014 but officially introduced the aircraft on a daily basis on the route on 26Oct14, the last Sunday of October, the traditional summer/winter schedule changeover date of the international airline industry.

Some interesting facts:

* The 747-8I is the longest-ever passenger-carrying aircraft at 250 ft. 2 inches (76.3m) compared to the A380 at 239 ft (72.73m). 

* Frankfurt (FRA) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) is Lufthansa's longest non-stop route.  

* Lufthansa's 747-8I is the only 747 of any version currently flying in Argentina.  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

PHOTO GALLERY: Argentine Fairchild Metros - #8 of 20+ - LV-VDJ (c/n AC-729)

Transportes Aereos Neuquen Fairchild Swearingen SA-227AC Metro III, LV-VDJ, (c/n AC-729) at Neuquen (NQN) in December 1998. (Phil Perry Collection)

LV-VDJ in service with Milenium Air at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 24Oct10. (Phil Perry Photo)  

Metro (c/n AC-729) was originally delivered to Skywest Airlines of the US as N27283 in April 1989 but after only a short time went into private service with White Industries in 1990 followed by Maron Recovery, Inc. before traveling to Argentina to join Transportes Aereos Neuquen on 16Sep92.  The aircraft joined Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP)-based Baires Fly in June 2000 before transferring to Milenium Air on 09Apr09 where it apparently still flies today.

Photo of AC-729 in Skywest service at San Diego (SAN):


Monday, January 5, 2015

ROUTE UPDATES: COPA adds Montevideo (MVD) flights / Conviasa to fly A340's to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) / Amazonas adds Salta (SLA) - Tarija (TJA) / LAN adding Salta (SLA) - Iquique (IQQ)

Conviasa - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Caracas (CCS)

Leasing an A340-300 from Air Asia X to operate on this route on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, effective mid-August 2014.  The aircraft will also be operated between Caracas (CCS) and Madrid (MAD). 

* Amaszonas - Salta (SLA) - Tarija (TJA) (Bolivia)

Amaszonas Linea Aerea of Bolivia to operate 50-seat Canadair CRJ-200's on the 35-minute flight between these two cities on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, effective 19Nov14. 

* COPA - Montevideo (MVD) - Panama City (PTY)

Increasing from 7 to 11 weekly flights on this route with the additional frequencies being operated by 737-800's on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, effective 06Dec14.  

* LAN - Salta (SLA) - Iquique (IQQ) (Chile)

Will resume summer seasonal service on this route from 03Jan15 - 28Feb15, possibly extending into March as they did in 2014.  Flights will be operated 2x/weekly (both on Saturdays) with A320's.

Sources: via Eric Trum via Eric Trum

Saturday, January 3, 2015

FLEET UPDATE: BQB Lineas Aereas A319, CX-SAN, returned to lessor in Toulouse

Buquebus Lineas Aereas A319, CX-SAN (c/n 1703), departed Montevideo (MVD) on return to lessor Air Lease International in Toulouse, France (TLS) via Recife, Brazil (REC) on 13Dec14.  

The aircraft, which was intended for regional routes from Montevideo (MVD) to points in Brazil and Chile, such as Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG), Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) and Santiago (SCL), saw little regular service with the Uruguayan airline.  It was the first and so far only Airbus aircraft to be on the Uruguayan register.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

100,000 Pageviews ! ! !

Dear Readers & Contributors:

Argentina Airline News, Photography & Spotting reached 100,000 pageviews on the afernoon of 31Dec14, one day after the third anniversary of the first posting of the blog !  I would like to thank our readers and contributors for their loyalty during the last few years.  

Presently, the blog is logging about 4,500 pageviews per month on the months when I am able to do a dozen or more postings.  Additionally, I have organized a lot of my photos and slide scans, both modern-day and from the past, so I expect to be posting moe photo subjects in the coming months. 


Philip Perry
Blog Editor
Argentina Airline News, Photography & Spotting