Monday, May 31, 2021

FLEET UPDATES: Flybondi - Fleet History - 2018 - 2021

Flybondi 737-800, LV-HKS (c/n 33821/1698), the carrier's first aircraft, at Buenos Aires El Palomar (EPA) on 17Dec19.  (Phil Perry Photo)    

Five 737-800's joined Flybondi as its core fleet

Flybondi received five 737-800's in its first six months of service in 2018. 

The first aircraft, LV-HKS (c/n 33821/1698), arrived in Cordoba (COR) on 02Dec17 as detailed in the following link to an earlier posting in this blog:

Flybondi's first 737-800 - LV-HKS is delivered

The carrier took delivery of its second 737-800, LV-HFR (c/n 28071/133) in  Cordoba (COR) on 14Feb18:

Flybondi's second 737-800 - LV-HFR is delivered

Flybondi's third 737-800, LV-HKR (c/n 32614/1201), arrived at Cordoba (COR) on 03Mar18:

Flybondi's third 737-800 - LV-HKR is delivered

The carrier's fourth 737-800, LV-HQY (c/n 34406/1852), like the previous three, was also delivered to Cordoba (COR), this time on 12May18:  

Flybondi's fourth 737-800 - LV-HQY is delivered

As the airline continued to grow with the addition of new routes in Argentina and eventually internationally to neighboring countries in South America, it needed more aircraft and took delivery of its fifth 737-800, LV-HFQ (c/n 33029/1945), which arrived in (Cordoba) COR on 16Jun18. 

The additional seats offered by LV-HFQ helped Flybondi to expand its network adding service from El Palomar (EPA) to Posadas (PSS), Bahia Blanca (BHI) and  Salta (SLA) plus planned flights to Puerto Iguazú (IGR) and Santiago del Estero (SDE).

Even though the aircraft was relatively young, having been delivered new to a leasing company in May 2006, it operated with eight carriers prior to joining Flybondi in June 2018:

Ajet - Cyprus 
XL Airways - UK
Nok Air - Thailand
Sunwing Airlines - Canada
Viking Airlines - Sweden
Thomson Airways - UJK
SmartWings - Czech Republic
TUI Airlines Netherlands 

Flybondi almost takes delivery of a Sixth 737-800

737-800, EI-FJG (msn 37818/ 3384) was in service with Norwegian Air International when its owner, CIT Aerospace, an aircraft leasing company,  tentatively reached an agreement to lease the aircraft to Flybondi in September 2018, apparently for delivery in November that same year. 

EI-FJG was painted in full Flybondi colors but it was never delivered to the Argentine carrier.  The Argentine registration LV-HXQ was even reserved for it (although this was never applied to the aircraft with the 737-800 retaining its Irish EI reg). 

EI-FJG left Budapest (BUD) destined for Lasham, England on 27Nov18 but bad weather saw it diverted to London-Gatwick (LGW) where it stayed before continuing on to Lasham on the 30th.  Many expected that would fly on to Argentina but it remained in England, eventually moving to English carrier Jet2 on 31May19 registered as G-DRTO.

One 737-800 replaced by another

LV-HKR (c/n 32614/1201), the fourth 737-800 that Flybondi received, was returned to lessor GECAS on 17Jun19 for onward conversion to a freighter in Shanghai Pudong (PDV) for Southern Air flying on behalf of Amazon Prime Air.

Replacing this aircraft was LV-HKN (c/n 30734/2477), a younger airframe at 11 years vs. LV-HKR's 16 years, which arrived at El Palomar (EPA) on 09Jul19 from Jakarta, Indonesia where it had apparently undergone maintenance.

LV-HKN was delivered factory-new to Air Vanuatu in 2008 with its last operator prior to joining Flybondi being Jet Airways of India.  Flybondi put it into service on 11Jul19 flying El Palomar (EPA) - Trelew (REL) - El Palomar (EPA).

All five 737-800's leave fleet one-by-one - COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting quarantine in Argentina led to no regularly-scheduled flights being operated to/from or within the country for seven months between 20Mar20 and 22Oct20. 

With Flybondi's 737-800's not generating any revenue, they eventually had to be returned to their lessors.

* LV-HFQ (c/n 33029/1945) was the first to leave, flying from El Palomar (EPA) on 09Jun20 to Tucson, Arizona via Ecuador for return to the leasing company, Wilmington Trust.
 
* LV-HQY (c/n 34406/1852) left EPA on 08Jul20, also to Tucson, Arizona via Ecuador for return to the leasing company, MC Aviation Partners.
 
* LV-HKN (c/n 30734/2477) left EPA on 17Aug20 to San Antonio, Texas for storage.  The aircraft was still under lease but not being in operation, the lessor requested that it be stored outside of Argentina in reaction to LATAM Argentina A320's being held in the country as leverage for the Argentine government in negotiation with the carrier for employee compensation in the wake of LATAM Argentina's shutdown.
 
* LV-HKS (c/n 33821/1698) left EPA on 20Aug20 to Tucson, AZ via Ecuador.

* LV-HFR (c/n 28071/133), Flybondi's last 737-800, left EPA on 14Nov20 to Mexico City, reportedly for maintenance.

Although LV-HKN had not technically left the fleet, Flybondi having no aircraft in Argentina raised questions if the airline was permanently shut down.  

Two 737-800's returned - regularly-scheduled service resumed on 12Dec20

Only a month after having left for Mexico, LV-HFR returned back to Argentina, flying from Mexico City to Buenos Aires via Guayaquil, Ecuador on 11Dec20, in time to enter service the next day from Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to Bariloche (BRC), Puerto Iguazu (IGR) and Tucuman (TUC).

Flying with only one aircraft presented operational problems.  Indeed, LV-HFR suffered a maintenance issue that had it out of service between 27Jan21 and 30Jan21 with all of its flights being cancelled for three days with no alternative to offer passengers.  Many ended up taking long-distance buses to their destinations. 

Fortunately, LV-HKN, which had gone to Texas at the request of the lessor as a precaution, returned to Argentina on 11Feb21, giving the airline a two-aircraft fleet and a much more viable operation.   

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Saturday, May 29, 2021

FLEET UPDATE: Air Class (Uruguay) received 727-200, CX-CLC, on 16Apr21


Air Class is a Uruguayan cargo charter operator that started flying in 1997.  

It took delivery of the most recent addition to its fleet when 727-200, CX-CLC (c/n 22983/1806) arrived at the airline's Montevideo (MVD) base on 16Apr21.  The aircraft was originally delivered to USAir on 03Dec82 and went on to fly for ATA Airlines before being converted to a freighter in 2003, after which it flew for a Brazilian cargo airline before being recently leased to Air Class.

See post below this one for Air Class Fleet History .....

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FLEET UPDATE: Air Class (Uruguay) - Fleet - Current & Historical

Air Class EMB-110 Bandeirante, CX-VIP (c/n 110258), at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) ? in April 2003.  (Phil Perry Collection) 

Air Class is a Uruguayan cargo charter operator that started flying in 1997.  

Air Class - Current Fleet:

* CX-CLS - Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III - (c/n AC-755B) - Dec 2006  to current

* CX-LSS - Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III - (c/n AC-720) - Nov 2012 to current

* CX-CAR - 727-200 - (c/n 21958/1533) - 29Jun11 to current

* CX-CLC - 727-200 - (c/n 22983/1806) - 16Apr21 to current

Air Class - Historical Fleet:

* CX-VIP - Embraer EMB-110 Bandeirante - (c/n 110258) - Nov 2001 to  ?

* CX-CLA - Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III - (c/n AC-736) - May 2004 to 2013 (?)

* CX-LAS - Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III - (c/n AC-482) - 07Oct09 to  06Jun12 - crashed off Isla de Flores en route MVD-EZE with loss of two crew members

* CX-CLB - 727-200 - (c/n 21996/1571) - May 2015 to 24Jan17

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

FLEET UPDATE: ex-Norwegian Air Argentina 737-800's returned to Europe on 05May21


Norwegian Air Argentina operated four 737-800's:

LV-HQH (c/n 42278/6347) "Astor Piazzolla"
LV-IQZ (c/n 42086/6365) "Santiago Ramon y Cajal"
LV-ISQ (c/n 42280/6402)
LV-ITK (c/n 42087/6389) "Benito Pérez Galdóz"

The airline withdrew LV-ISQ from service on 27Apr19 on what was expected to be a temporary basis with the plane heading to Europe to help cover for a shortage of aircraft in Norwegian Air's fleet during the northern hemisphere summer season, due to the grounding of the 737 MAX series.  However, with the downturn in the Argentine economy during the second half of 2019, travel demand in the country dropped and LV-ISQ never returned to Argentina.  

Norwegian Air Argentina's (NAA) three remaining 737-800's, LV-HQH, LV-IQZ and LV-ITK, continued in service with the carrier and also flew for Jetsmart Argentina, with Norwegian titles and logos removed, after Jetsmart purchased NAA in December 2019.  Jetsmart Argentina planned to continue using the 737-800's until the second trimester of 2020 at which time they were to return to Europe (Jetsmart purchased NAA's route rights and other assets, but the 737-800's were not included in the deal).  However, the COVID-19 pandemic cut short all commercial flying in Argentina in mid-March and the aircraft were parked at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 19Mar20 where they remained until recently. 

On 28Apr21, LV-HQH, performed a test flight in preparation for the return ferry flight from EZE to Ireland with LV-IQZ and LV-ITK doing the same on 30Apr21.    
On the morning of 05May21, all three aircraft departed Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to Natal (NAT) and the Canary Islands before landing in Dublin (DUB) on 06May21.    

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Monday, May 24, 2021

FLEET UPDATE: Fuerza Aerea Argentina acquires 737-700 for transport role

The Fuerza Aerea Argentina recently acquired a 737-700 to fulfill the role of military transport and possibly perform services on behalf of the state-run airline Lineas Aereas del Estado (LADE) serving the Patagonia energy / wilderness region, replacing to a degree the FAA's F-28 fleet which has been almost entirely retired. 

The aircraft, 737-76N (c/n 33420/1459) flew from Mexico City, where it had  undergone maintenance and preparations for service with the FAA, to Lima (LIM) and finally the FAA airbase at El Palomar (EPA), arriving on 27Apr21.  

The new addition joined the Fuerza Aerea Argentina 1st Aerial Brigade, 1st Transport Group, where it was assigned the FAA registration, T-99. 

T-99 was originally delivered to Ethiopian Airlines in 2004 and went on to fly with SAS Scandinavian Airlines before being stored in November 2020 and sold to the FAA.  

T-99 has already operated some flights, including from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) recently.  

The links below show some photos and video of the aircraft upon arriving at El Palomar (EPA):

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Saturday, May 22, 2021

FLEET UPDATE: Fuerza Aerea Argentina F-28 Mk1000, TC-52, 47 years old, flies to Mexico

Fuerza Aerea Argentina F-28 Mk1000, TC-52 (c/n 11074), continues to soldier on 45 years after it was delivered to the FAA in 1975.   

Its latest exploit was a flight from the FAA airbase at El Palomar (EPA), near Buenos Aires, to Mexico City on 13Apr21 via Salta (SLA), Lima (LIM), Guayaquil (GYE) and San Salvador (SAL).  The apparent purpose of the trip was to take a flight crew to bring back to Argentina a 737-700 that was recently acquired by the FAA.  

This trip must have been a big treat for aircraft spotters enroute as there are very few F-28's still in service (maybe TC-52 is the only one worldwide ?) plus seeing a short-range aircraft like the F-28 so far from its home base is unusual.  

TC-52 was expected back in El Palomar (EPA) in the late afternoon of 16Apr21.  

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Thursday, May 20, 2021

FLEET UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas resumed 737 MAX 8 service on 23Mar21

Aerolineas Argentinas 737 MAX 8, LV-HKU (c/n 44293/6753), taxis at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 08Feb18.  This same aircraft operated the first regularly-scheduled flight of the MAX 8 for Aerolineas on 23Mar21 after the MAX's grounding was lifted.  (Phil Perry Photo) 

Aerolineas Argentinas took delivery of five 737 MAX 8's in late 2017 and early 2018.  The carrier has another six MAX series aircraft on order, for a total of eleven, with the option of choosing which model for the remaining six to be delivered; the MAX 7, MAX 8, MAX 200, MAX 9 or MAX 10.  

However, the Argentinean national airline removed its 737 MAX fleet from service when all MAX's worldwide were grounded in March 2019 in the wake of the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines' MAX accidents in October 2018 and March 2019, respectively.     

Flaws with the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) software were identified as having caused the crashes.  After extensive modifications to the MCAS and some other systems during an eighteen-month period, the US Federal Aviation Administration recertified the 737 MAX series on 20Nov20 with several other worldwide aeronautical authorities following suit, enabling Gol Brazilian Airlines and American Airlines to be the first carriers to reintroduce MAX service in December 2020.  

The Argentine ANAC civil aviation body announced on 10Mar21 that it was certifying the MAX series to once again fly in Argentina.  Pilots were to be retrained on the updated systems through a combination of Computer-Based Training (CBT) and time on 737 MAX simulators.  

The APLA union representing Aerolineas Argentinas' pilots also had to sign off on flying the MAX again, which they did soon after the ANAC approval, noting the union's satisfaction with Boeing's plans to modify the MCAS system and some of the aircraft's cabling plus Aerolineas' plans for training crews on the up-to-date MCAS. 

After modifications to the MCAS and cabling, Aerolineas Argentinas did a test flight of 737 MAX 8, LV-HKU (c/n 44293/6753) on 18Mar21 that was completed to the satisfaction of the various parties, enabling the airline to put the MAX back into service on 23Mar21 when LV-HKU flew from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) to Mendoza (MDZ).  

The plan was to put only one of the five MAX aircraft in Aerolineas' fleet back into service initially, flying on relatively short domestic routes to allow for the smoothing out of any small issues with minimal disruption to operations.  Some of the routes planned for the first few months back included Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) to Bariloche (BRC), El Calafate (FTE), Mendoza (MDZ), Rio Gallegos (RGL) and Ushuaia (USH).    

Aerolineas' four other 737 MAX 8's were tentatively scheduled to return to service in May, July, October and December 2021, coinciding with the airline's plans to gradually build up service to pre-COVID levels.  These aircraft and their current locations are:

LV-GVD (c/n 64207/6661): Parked at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP)
LV-GVE (c/n 64208/6717): Parked at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE)
LV-HKV (c/n 44294/6807): Parked at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP)
LV-HKW (c/n 44296/6926): Parked at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE)

Aerolineas Argentinas has six more 737 MAX 8 on order.  While the contract for these aircraft is still in force, the exact delivery dates of the remaining airframes has not been determined yet.  

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Sunday, May 16, 2021

ROUTE UPDATES: April 2021 - Part 5 - Argentina - United States - Nonstop Flights Status

Regularly-scheduled airline flights in Argentina resumed in late October 2020 after a seven-month hiatus during which only "special" flights were approved, mostly for the purpose of repatriation of individuals that were stranded away from their home cities and/or countries when regular flights were suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.   

In January 2021, the number of COVID cases surged in various parts of the world resulting in the Argentine Government's ANAC national aviation authority issuing an order on 26Jan21 requiring airlines to reduce the number of flights from Argentina to Europe, Mexico and the United States by 30% and to Brazil by 50%, effective 01Feb21.

Further cuts in service were mandated by the ANAC in late March with the goal of limiting international flights arriving at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to one flight every two hours with no more than 2,000 passengers arriving from foreign countries each day. 

The above changes taken together have resulted in a frequently-changing international air transportation scene in Argentina.  As an example, nonstop flights between Argentina and the United States by Aerolineas Argentinas, American Airlines, Delta and United have evolved in recent months as noted below:      

* Aerolineas Argentinas 

The Argentine national airline reportedly restarted service from Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to Miami (MIA) in late October 2020 with 3x/weekly flights, increasing frequency on the route to 5x/weekly by early December.  

Frequency was increased again in early 2021 to 6x/weekly with a further increase to 9x/weekly flights planned to start on 03Jun21 in response to the strong demand for travel to Miami (MIA) for the purpose of being vaccinated against COVID-19 (limited vaccine availability in Argentina).   

* American Airlines

Profile of Pre-COVID Service
 
American's service from Argentina to the United States reached an all-time high in late 2019 with 35x/weekly flights, as follows:

* Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Miami (MIA) - 21x/weekly flights (including 7x/weekly for the southern hemisphere summer season) using 777-200 / 777-300

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) - 7x/weekly flights using 777-200

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - New York Kennedy (JFK) - 7x/weekly flights using  777-200

Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Los Angeles (LAX) - 3x/weekly flights using 787-9

* Cordoba (COR - Miami (MIA) - 4x/weekly flights using 767-300

COVID-era Service Suspensions & Reinstatements:

Cordoba (COR)

Cancellation of the Cordoba (COR) service due to a lack of profitability was announced in early December 2019 to take effect in May 2020 but the COVID-19 pandemic saw the last COR-MIA flight take place on 16Mar20.  

Los Angeles (LAX)

The Los Angeles (LAX) service was a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic but it was rumored among aviation observers that the flight was not profitable so it might not have lasted much longer anyway.

Service to the three other destinations from EZE - DFW, JFK and MIA - was halted in mid-March 2020 when all domestic and international flights operating in Argentina were suspended by the government-imposed quarantine to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Miami (MIA)

American resumed regularly-scheduled service from Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to Miami (MIA) in October 2020 with 7x/weekly flights using 777-200's but the equipment used on this route has changed several times since then.  

The airline upgauged to 777-300's on the route, effective 12Feb21, but with the Argentine  government wanting to reduce the number of international travelers, the MIA flight reverted to 777-200 operations in April with a few flights still operated by 777-300's due to the high demand for vaccination travel to Miami (MIA).  Because of the unceasing demand for travel to Miami, the airline is scheduled to once again regularly operate 777-300's on the EZE-MIA route, effective 04Jun21, 7x/weekly.              

Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW)

American restarted regularly-scheduled flights on the Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) route on 02Dec20 using 787-8's, 7x/weekly, upgrading to the 787-9 on 04Jan21.  Due to the increasing restrictions on the number of international travelers allowed to travel to/from Argentina, these flights were cut back to 3x/weekly, effective 01Feb21.  Further cuts to 2x/weekly flights in the first half of April and just 1x/weekly flight in the second half of the same month were made but with an upgauge to the larger 777-200 on the route.  

New York Kennedy (JFK)

American has apparently been selling seats on flights from Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to New York Kennedy (JFK) in the hope that the flights would eventually receive approval but this has not happened with the result that passengers have been accommodated where possible on the flights to DFW and MIA, connecting on to New York.    

* Delta Air Lines 

Delta restarted regularly-scheduled flights from Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to Atlanta (ATL) on 19Dec20, 3x/weekly, using 767-400s.  The airline changed equipment to the A330-300 on 05Jan21, still maintaining 3x/weekly flights until 02Feb21 when the frequency was reduced to 2x/weekly flights.  

Further changes occurred on 04Mar21 when Delta changed the aircraft type to the 767-300 and again in early May to the A330-200, the fourth different type or subtype since service resumed in December 2020.  Frequency dropped to 1x/weekly for a period in April and was then increased back to 2x/weekly in May.  

* United Airlines

United restarted regularly-scheduled flights from Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to Houston Bush Intercontinental (IAH) on 10Oct20, 1x/weekly, using 787-9's but quickly increased this to 3x/weekly, reportedly on 17Oct20. 

The airline continued to fly with the same frequency and equipment but, effective 01Feb21, only two of the 3x/weekly southbound flights (from IAH to EZE) were approved for passenger travel due to the limits on international arrivals outlined by the Argentine government.  The one other southbound flight carried only cargo.  All 3x/weekly northbound flights (EZE to IAH) carried passengers.      

The latest development for May is that the carrier is flying 2x/weekly on the route without the third flight that was pax/cargo northbound and only cargo southbound.      

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Friday, May 14, 2021

ROUTE UPDATES: April 2021 - Part 4A - Aerolineas Argentinas, American Airlines

Route Updates - April 2021

Aerolineas Argentinas 

Cordoba (COR) - Mendoza (MDZ) - eff 01Apr21 - E-190 - 1x/daily - CONFIRMED - increase from 4x/weekly 

Cordoba (COR) - Jujuy (JUJ) - eff 02Apr21 - E-190 - 2x/weekly - CONFIRMED

Cordoba (COR) - Iguazu (IGR) - eff 06Apr21 - E-190 - 2x/weekly - CONFIRMED

* American Airlines

Dallas Ft. Worth (DFW) - Buenos Ares Ezeiza (EZE) - eff 02Apr21 - 777-200 - 2x/weekly 

Reduced from 3x/weekly with 777-200 replacing 787-9.  Reduced further since then to 1x/weekly.

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ROUTE UPDATES: April 2021 - Part 4B - Lineas Aereas del Estado (LADE), Paranair

Route Updates - April 2021

Lineas Aereas del Estado (LADE)

Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Merlo (RLO) - eff 01Apr21 - F-28 - 2x/monthly - CONFIRMED 

Transferred from EZE, possible substitution of F-28 by Saab 340.

Paranair

Asuncion (ASU) - Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - eff 03Apr21 - CRJ-200 - 1x/weekly - CONFIRMED

Was flying 15x/weekly to EZE but reduced to 7x/weekly at the end of March.  Further reduction to 1x/weekly in April when moved flights to AEP.  Frequency reductions due to Argentine government measures to limit COVID-19 transmission.    

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

ROUTE UPDATES: April 2021 - Part 3 - Montevideo (MVD) - 01-10Apr21 - All Departures (confirmed as operated)

Governments all over the world are making frequent changes to the flights that they allow to operate to their territories as a consequence of the peaks and valleys of COVID-19 cases in different countries.  

Uruguay and the origin / destination countries of flights operating into the Uruguayan territory are no exception.  Instead of trying to keep up with the daily changes in airline schedules resulting from fluctuating restrictions, the editor of this blog is publishing below the actual international flights operated from Montevideo (MVD) (the only Uruguayan airport currently authorized for such flights) during the period 01-10Apr21 to give readers an idea of what typical operations from MVD currently look like.

* MONTEVIDEO (MVD) - 01APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated) 

* AIRLINE - FLIGHT # - DESTINATION - AIRCRAFT - RUNWAY DEP TIME

COPA #284 - Panama City (PTY) - 737-800 - 1:43am

LATAM Brasil #8016 - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - A320 - 7:12pm

* MONTEVIDEO (MVD) - 02APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated) 

COPA #284 - Panama City (PTY) - 737-800 - 1:44am

Avianca Cargo #4090 - Bogota (BOG) - A330-200F - 12:55pm

LATAM Chile #409 - Santiago (SCL) - A320 - 6:40pm 

* MONTEVIDEO (MVD) - 03APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated) 

COPA #284 - Panama City (PTY) - 737-800 - 1:59am

Lufthansa #8264 - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Frankfurt (FRA) - 777-200F - 7:38pm

American #9709 - Miami (MIA) - 777-200 - 11:39pm 

* MONTEVIDEO (MVD) - 04APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated) 

COPA #284 - Panama City (PTY) - 737-800 - 1:54am

Iberia #6012 - Madrid (MAD) - A330-200 - 1:38pm

LATAM Brasil #8016 - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - A320 - 7:10pm

* MONTEVIDEO (MVD) - 05APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated) 

COPA #284 - Panama City (PTY) - 737 MAX 9 - 2:13am

LATAM Brasil #8018 - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - A320 - 11:12am

* MONTEVIDEO (MVD) - 06APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated) 

COPA #284 - Panama City (PTY) - 737-800 - 2:13am

* MONTEVIDEO (MVD) - 07APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated) 

COPA #284 - Panama City (PTY) - 737 MAX 9 - 2:03am

Iberia #6012 - Madrid (MAD) - A330-200 - 1:36pm

Lufthansa #8264 - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Frankfurt (FRA) - 777-200F - 9:52pm

MONTEVIDEO (MVD) - 08APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated) 

Sky Lease Cargo #4550 - Miami (MIA) - 747-400F - 12:00am

COPA #284 - Panama City (PTY) - 737-800 - 2:28am

LATAM Brasil #8016 - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - A320 - 7:05pm

American #9716 - Miami (MVD) - 777-200 - 12:56am - Cargo flight using passenger aircraft 

MONTEVIDEO (MVD) - 09APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated) 

COPA #284 - Panama City (PTY) - 737-800 - 2:01am

Avianca Cargo #4090 - Bogota (BOG) - A330-200F - 7:08am

Paranair #848 - Asuncion (ASU) - CRJ-200 - 4:10pm

MONTEVIDEO (MVD) - 10APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated) 

COPA #284 - Panama City (PTY) - 737-800 - 2:29am

Lufthansa #8264 - Frankfurt (FRA) - 777-200F - 6:50pm

American #9712 - Miami (MIA) - 777-200 - Cargo flight using passenger aircraft 


Monday, May 10, 2021

ROUTE UPDATES: April 2021 - Part 2 - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - 01-10Apr21 - All Departures (confirmed as operated)

Governments all over the world are making frequent changes to the flights that they allow to operate to their territories as a consequence of the peaks and valleys of COVID-19 cases in different countries.  

Argentina and the origin / destination countries of flights operating into the Argentine territory are no exception.  Instead of trying to keep up with the daily changes in airline schedules resulting from fluctuating restrictions, the editor of this blog is publishing below the actual international flights operated from Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) (the only Argentine airport currently authorized for such flights with the exception of a handful of international flights operating from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP)) during the period 01-10Apr21 to give readers an idea of what typical opeations from EZE currently look like.

Please note that Flybondi moved all of its flights from Ezeiza (EZE) to Aeroparque (AEP) by 03Apr21.

Aerolineas Argentinas moved some of its domestic flights from Aeroparque (AEP) to Ezeiza (EZE) due to a COVID-19 outbreak among some of its AEP-based staff.  

* BUENOS AIRES EZEIZA (EZE) - 01APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated) 

* AIRLINE - FLIGHT # - DESTINATION - AIRCRAFT - RUNWAY DEP TIME

Lufthansa #8265 - Frankfurt (FRA) - 777-200F - 1:07am

Flybondi #5238 - Bariloche (BRC) - 737-800 - 6:58am

Flybondi #5220 - Tucuman (TUC) - 737-800 - 8:41am

Aerolineas Argentinas #1884 Ushuaia (USH) - A330-200 - 9:10am   

Avianca #88 - Bogota (BOG) - A320 - 12:04pm

Air France #229 - Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) - 787-9 - 1:44pm

Iberia #6856 - Madrid (MAD) - A350-900 - 2:55pm

Boliviana #709 - Santa Cruz (VVI) - 737-800 - 4:14pm

Aerolineas Argentinas #1132 - Madrid (MAD) - A330-200 - 4:09pm

Lufthansa #511 - Madrid (MAD) - Frankfurt (FRA) - 747-8 - 5:05pm

American #900 - Miami (MIA) - 777-300 - 9:01pm

Aerolineas Argentinas #1302 - Miami (MIA) - A330-200 - 11:52pm

* BUENOS AIRES EZEIZA (EZE) - 02APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated) 

Qatar Airways Cargo #8157 - Quito (UIO) - Panama City (PTY) - Maastricht (MST) - Doha (DOH) - 777-200F - 6:51am

Aerolineas Argentinas #1884 Ushuaia (USH) - A330-200 - 9:00am

KLM #702 - Amsterdam (AMS) - 787-9 - 11:06am   

Aerolineas Argentinas #1282 - Santiago (SCL) - A330-200 - 5:14pm

LATAM Chile #1106 - Santiago (SCL) - XXX - 7:10pm

American #996 - Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) - 777-200 - 8:28pm

Paranair #819 - Asuncion (ASU) - CRJ-200 - 10:41pm

Delta #110 - Atlanta (ATL) - 767-300 - 10:29pm

Aerolineas Argentinas #1370 - Cancun (CUN) - A330-200 - 11:12pm

United #818 - Houston Bush (IAH) - 787-9 - 11:12pm

* BUENOS AIRES EZEIZA (EZE) - 03APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated)

COPA #278 - Panama City (PTY) - 737 MAX 9 - 4:34am

Aerolineas Argentinas #1884 Ushuaia (USH) - A330-200 - 9:10am

LATAM Peru #2468 - Lima (LIM) - A320 - 10:43am

Turkish #6170 - Istanbul (IST) - A350-900 - 12:37pm 

Level #2602 - Barcelona (BCN) - A330-200 - 12:41pm

Swiss #93 - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Zurich (ZRH) - 777-300 - 12:48pm

Air France #5307 - Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) - 787-9 - 1:31pm

Boliviana #709 - Santa Cruz (VVI) - 737-800 - 3:48pm

Lufthansa #511 - Frankfurt (FRA) - 747-8 - 6:53pm

Air Europa #42 - Madrid (MAD) - 787-9 - 8:52pm

Lufthansa #8265 - Frankfurt (FRA) - 777-200F - 10:42pm

Aerolineas Argentinas #1324 - Punta Cana (PUJ) - A330-200 - 10:26pm 

Aerolineas Argentinas #1370 - Cancun (CUN) - A330-200 - 11:08pm

Aerolineas Argentinas #1302 - Miami (MIA) - A330-200 - 11:52pm

* BUENOS AIRES EZEIZA (EZE) - 04APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated)

COPA #278 - Panama City (PTY) - 737 MAX 9 - 4:20am

Aerolineas Argentinas #1360 - Bogota (BOG) - A330-200 - 7:01am 

Aerolineas Argentinas #1884 Ushuaia (USH) - A330-200 - 9:07am

KLM #702 - Amsterdam (AMS) - 787-9 - 10:43am - Cargo flight using passenger aircraft

American #9708 - Miami (MIA) - 777-200 - 8:57pm

Delta #110 - Atlanta (ATL) - 767-300 - 10:43pm

United #2846 - Houston Bush (IAH) - 787-9 - 11:16pm - Cargo flight using passenger aircraft

Aerolineas Argentinas #1302 - Miami (MIA) - A330-200 - 11:43pm

* BUENOS AIRES EZEIZA (EZE) - 05APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated)

COPA #278 - Panama City (PTY) - 737 MAX 9 - 4:17am

Qatar Airways Cargo #8148 - Santiago (SCL) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) - Luxembourg (LUX) - Doha (DOH) - 777-200F - 6:29am 
   
LATAM Peru #2468 - Lima (LIM) - A320 - 8:00am

Aerolineas Argentinas #1884 Ushuaia (USH) - A330-200 - 9:07am

Avianca #88 - Bogota (BOG) - A320 - 10:14am

KLM #702 - Amsterdam (AMS) - 787-9 - 10:41am - Cargo flight using passenger aircraft

Air France #5307 - Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) - 787-9 - 1:12pm - Cargo flight using passenger aircraft

Iberia #6856 - Madrid (MAD) - A350-900 - 1:41pm

Alitalia #8011 - Belo Horizonte (CNF) - Milan (MXP) - 777-200 - 2:26pm -
Cargo flight using passenger aircraft

Aerolineas Argentinas #1132 - Madrid (MAD) - A330-200 - 4:54pm

UPS #417 - Miami (MIA) - 8:02pm

American #900 - Miami (MIA) - 777-200 - 8:55pm

Ethiopian #507 - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Addis Ababa (ADD) - 787-8 - 10:41pm

Aerolineas Argentinas #1324 - Punta Cana (PUJ) - A330-200 - 10:11pm

Aerolineas Argentinas #1302 - Miami (MIA) - A330-200 - 11:54pm

LATAM Chile Cargo #1101 - Miami (MIA) - 767-300F ? - 12:07am

* BUENOS AIRES EZEIZA (EZE) - 06APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated)

Air Class #424 - Montevideo (MVD) - Metro or 727-200F ? - 1:15am - Cargo flight

Air Class #500 - Asuncion (ASU) - Metro or 727-200F ? - 1:18am - Cargo flight 

LATAM Brasil Cargo #8490 - Santiago (SCL) - 767-300F - 1:34am

Aeromas #7119 - Montevideo (MVD) - Caravan ? - 2:06am - Cargo flight

Aeromas #7919 - Montevideo (MVD) - Caravan ? - 2:18am - Cargo flight

COPA #278 - Panama City (PTY) - 737-800 - 4:09am

Qatar Airways Cargo #8157 - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Quito (UIO) - Panama City (PTY) - Maastricht (MST) - 777-200F - 4:53am   

Aerolineas Argentinas #1884 Ushuaia (USH) - A330-200 - 9:20am

Avianca #88 - Bogota (BOG) - A330-200 - 10:36am

Martinair #6912 - Sao Paulo Campinas (VCP) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Quito (UIO) - Miami (MIA) - Amsterdam (AMS) - 747-400F - 12:37pm - Cargo flight

LATAM Chile Cargo #1102 - Quito (UIO) - 767-300F ? - 2:20pm

Air Europa #42 - Madrid (MAD) - 787-9 - 8:46pm

American #900 - Miami (MIA) - 777-200 - 8:52pm

Paranair #819 - Asuncion (ASU) - CRJ-200 - 9:48pm 

Turkish #16 - Istanbul (IST) - A350-900 - 12:38am

BUENOS AIRES EZEIZA (EZE) - 07APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated) 

Air Class #500 - Asuncion (ASU) - Metro or 727-200F ? - 1:10am - Cargo flight 

Air Class #424 - Montevideo (MVD) - Metro or 727-200F ? - 1:23am - Cargo flight

LATAM Brasil Cargo #8492 - Santiago (SCL) - 767-300F - 1:24am

Aeromas #7119 - Montevideo (MVD) - Caravan ? - 1:42am - Cargo flight

Azul #9574 - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - A320neo ? - 3:25am - Cargo flight using passenger aircraft ? 

COPA #278 - Panama City (PTY) - 737 MAX 9 - 4:17am

Qatar Airways Cargo #8155 - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Quito (UIO) - Panama City (PTY) - Maastricht (MST) - 777-200F - 4:56am   

United Parcel Service #415 - Sao Paulo Viracopos (VCP) - Bogota (BOG) - Miami (MIA) - 767-300F - 6:56am

Aeromas #MAX - Montevideo (MVD) - Caravan ? - 8:56am - Cargo flight

Aerolineas Argentinas #1884 Ushuaia (USH) - A330-200 - 9:12am

KLM #702 - Amsterdam (AMS) - 787-9 - 11:15am 

Swiss #93 - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Zurich (ZRH) - 777-300 - 12:49pm Cargo flight using passenger aircraft

Turkish #6062 - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Istanbul (IST) - 777-300 - 6:07pm - Cargo flight using passenger aircraft

Atlas Air #33 - Santiago (SCL) - 747-8F - 6:59pm

American #900 - Miami (MIA) - 777-200 - 9:00pm

Air Class #102 - Asuncion (ASU) - Metro or 727-200F ? - 9:09pm - Cargo flight 

LATAM Chile Cargo #1105 - Santiago (SCL) - 767-300F ? - 

United #2846 - Houston Bush (IAH) - 787-9 - 11:13pm - Cargo flight using passenger aircraft

Aerolineas Argentinas #1302 - Miami (MIA) - A330-200 - 11:51pm

Avianca Cargo #4080 - Bogota (BOG) - A330-200F ? - 11:53pm

BUENOS AIRES EZEIZA (EZE) - 08APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated) 

Lufthansa #8265 - Frankfurt (FRA) - 777-200F - 1:08am

Air Class #424 - Montevideo (MVD) - Metro or 727-200F ? - 1:12am - Cargo flight

LATAM Brasil Cargo #8494 - Santiago (SCL) - 767-300F - 1:34am

Aeromas #7119 - Montevideo (MVD) - Caravan ? - 1:40am - Cargo flight

Air Class #500 - Asuncion (ASU) - Metro or 727-200F ? - 1:30am - Cargo flight 

COPA #278 - Panama City (PTY) - 737 MAX 9 - 4:31am

United Parcel Service #411 - Sao Paulo Viracopos (VCP) - Bogota (BOG) - Miami (MIA) - 767-300F - 6:54am

LATAM Brasil Cargo #8495 - Sao Paulo Viracopos (VCP) - 767-300F - 7:34am

Aerolineas Argentinas #1884 Ushuaia (USH) - A330-200 - 9:10am

Avianca #88 - Bogota (BOG) - A330-200 - 10:16am

Air France #229 - Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) - 787-9 - 1:43pm

Gol #9912 - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - 737-800 - 3:24pm

Aerolineas Argentinas #1264 - Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG) - A330-200 - 3:29pm

Boliviana #709 - Santa Cruz (VVI) - 737-800 - 4:33pm

Lufthansa #511 - Frankfurt (FRA) - 747-8 - 5:17pm - Cargo flight using passenger aircraft

LATAM Brasil #9461 - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - A320 - 6:31pm

American #900 - Miami (MIA) - 777-200 - 9:01pm

Paranair #819 - Asuncion (ASU) - CRJ-200 - 9:43pm 

Amaszonas #1954 - Santa Cruz (VVI) - E-190 - 11:18pm

LATAM Chile Cargo #1104 - Santiago (SCL) - 767-300F - 11:48pm

BUENOS AIRES EZEIZA (EZE) - 09APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated) 

Air Class #500 - Asuncion (ASU) - Metro or 727-200F ? - 1:33am - Cargo flight

LATAM Brasil Cargo #8496 - Santiago (SCL) - 767-300F - 1:41am

Aeromas #7119 - Montevideo (MVD) - Caravan ? - 1:45am - Cargo flight

Air Class #424 - Montevideo (MVD) - Metro or 727-200F ? - 2:00am - Cargo flight

Qatar Airways Cargo #8157 - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - Quito (UIO) - Panama City (PTY) - Maastricht (MST) - 777-200F - 5:54am   

Aeromas #315 - Montevideo (MVD) - Caravan ? - 9:10am - Cargo flight

KLM #702 - Amsterdam (AMS) - 787-9 - 11:41am 

Aerolineas Argentinas #1922 - Cordoba (COR) - 737-800 - 12:10pm

Aerolineas Argentinas #1924 - Salta (SLA) - 737-800 - 12:31pm

Aerolineas Argentinas #1920 - Bariloche (BRC) - 737-800 - 1:43pm

Aerolineas Argentinas #1884 Ushuaia (USH) - A330-200 - 9:10am

Aerolineas Argentinas #1918 - El Calafate (FTE) - Ushuaia (USH) - A330-200 - 2:35pm

Boliviana #709 - Santa Cruz (VVI) - 737-800 - 3:32pm

Aerolineas Argentinas #1916 Ushuaia (USH) - A330-200 - 3:51pm

Aerolineas Argentinas #1132 - Madrid (MAD) - A330-200 - 5:05pm

American #9716 - Dallas-Ft. Worth (DFW) - 777-200 - Cargo flight using passenger aircraft 

American #900 - Miami (MIA) - 777-200 - 8:55pm

LATAM Chile #1955 - Santiago (SCL) - 787-8 - 10:39pm - Cargo flight using passenger aircraft 

Air Class #426 - Montevideo (MVD) - Metro or 727-200F ? - 10:30pm - Cargo flight

Aerolineas Argentinas #1370 - Cancun (CUN) - A330-200 - 11:09pm

United #818 - Houston Bush (IAH) - 787-9 - 11:26pm

Aerolineas Argentinas #1302 - Miami (MIA) - A330-200 - 11:51pm

BUENOS AIRES EZEIZA (EZE) - 10APR21 - DEPARTURES (confirmed operated) 

LATAM Peru #2468 - Lima (LIM) - A320 - 8:10am

Aerolineas Argentinas #1884 Ushuaia (USH) - A330-200 - 9:11am

Aerolineas Argentinas #1920 - Bariloche (BRC) - 737-800 - 9:23am

Aerolineas Argentinas #1924 - Ushuaia (USH) - 737-800 - 10:17am

Aerolineas Argentinas #1916 - Ushuaia (USH) - 737-800 - 10:27am - diverted to Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD) 

Aerolineas Argentinas #1938 - Iguazu (IGR) - E-190 - 12:09pm

Turkish #6170 - Istanbul (IST) - 777-300 - 12:19pm - Cargo flight using passenger aircraft ?

Swiss #93 - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) - Zurich (ZRH) - 777-300 - 12:30pm - Cargo flight using passenger aircraft 

Level #2602 - Barcelona (BCN) - A330-200 - 12:37pm

Iberia #6856 - Madrid (MAD) - A350-900 - 1:53pm

Air France #229 - Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) - 787-9 - 2:05pm

Boliviana #709 - Santa Cruz (VVI) - 737-800 - 3:34pm

Lufthansa #511 - Frankfurt (FRA) - 747-8 - 5:59pm

Aerolineas Argentinas #1922 - Neuquen (NQN) - 737-800 - 5:20pm

Aerolineas Argentinas #1918 - El Calafate (FTE) - 737-800 ? - 6:36pm

Aerolineas Argentinas #1926 - Rio Grande (RGA) - 737-800 ? - 8:32pm

American #900 - Miami (MIA) - 777-200 - 9:17pm

Lufthansa #8265 - Frankfurt (FRA) - 777-200F - 10:03pm

Aerolineas Argentinas #1324 - Punta Cana (PUJ) - A330-200 - 10:21pm

Paranair #819 - Asuncion (ASU) - CRJ-200 - 10:40pm 

Aerolineas Argentinas #1304 - Miami (MIA) - A330-200 - 11:41pm - Cargo flight using passenger aircraft