Wednesday, February 25, 2015

ROUTE UPDATES: Seasonal Summer Flights: Aerolineas Argentinas 28x/week to Mar del Plata + LAN Argentina 1x/week to Porto Seguro & Salvador

Some news on seasonal summer flights:

* Aerolineas Argentinas - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Mar del 
   Plata (MDQ)

   Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral doubled their service from Aeroparque to 
   Mar del Plata from the normal 14x/week flights to 28x/week for the southern
   hemisphere summer season. 

* LAN Argentina - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Porto Seguro (BPS) - 
   Salvador de Bahia (SSA)
   LAN Argentina added 1x/week flight on Sundays using A320's on the above 
   triangle route effective 11Jan15 until 08Mar15.

Sources: via Eric Trum

Monday, February 23, 2015

ROUTE UPDATE: American Airlines to fly the 787-8 on the Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) route eff 04Jun15

American Airlines will introduce its new 787-8 on three routes from its Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW) hub; to Chicago O'Hare (ORD) on 07May15, Beijing (PEK) on 02Jun15 and Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 04Jun15.  

The aircraft's economy-class will be in a 3-3-3 configuration with 48 seats in Main Cabin Extra (up to 6 inches of extra legroom) and 150 seats in its Main Cabin.  Business Class will feature 28 fully lie-flat seats in a 1-2-1 configuration plus a walk-up bar with snacks and refreshments.

American has firm orders for 42 787's with 12 expected to be delivered this year, three in each quarter.  The airline holds options on a further 58 787's. 

The 787-8 will replace the larger-capacity 777-200 on the DFW - EZE route, suggesting a softening of traffic for American in the USA-Argentina market or at least on that route, which could be the case with the Argentine economy slowing down and Argentines comprising the vast majority of travelers between the two countries.