Monday, August 22, 2016

FLEET UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas received its seventh A330-200 on 05Aug16 + Current Fleet Status

Aerolineas Argentinas received its seventh A330-200, LV-GHQ (c/n 1737), which is also its third new A330-202 direct from the Airbus factory, on 05Aug16.  The other four examples are used A330-223's that were originally delivered to SABENA and Air Afrique, two each in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

Aerolineas' A330-200's are progressively replacing the carrier's seven-strong A340-300 fleet. One of the latter aircraft, LV-CEK (c/n 094), flew its last revenue flight with Aerolineas on 14Aug16 and will be returned to the lessor once it has been refurbished.  Of the other six A340's, LV-CSE (c/n 126), is expected to leave the fleet in mid-September with LV-CSX (c/n 373) scheduled to follow in March 2017.        

Replacement A330's include the newly-delivered LV-GHQ, plus LV-GKO (c/n 587) and LV-GIF (c/n 1748) due to join Aerolineas in late August and October 2016, respectively. 

Eventually, Aerolineas' entire A340 fleet might be replaced by A330's but a lot of that depends on whether the A330's will be able to operate some of Aerolineas' longest routes, such as Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Rome (FCO) nonstop, which is currently covered by the A340's. 


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