Jetsmart Argentina took delivery of A320, LV-JQE (c/n 8539), when the aircraft arrived at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 29Sep21 with the plane entering service with the airline on 06Oct21.
LV-JQE sports a Penguin on its tail and is the fifth A320 in the Argentine LCC's fleet, joining LV-HEK (c/n 8599) Huemul (deer), LV-IVO (c/n 8838) Cardinal, LV-HVT (c/n 8574) Jaguar, and LV-IVN (c/n 8730) Fox.
Photo of LV-JQE:
With five A320's, Jetsmart Argentina now has its largest fleet of A320's to date, exceeding the four aircraft of the type that it had prior to the start of the pandemic in March 2020. The carrier also operated a fleet of three ex-Norwegian Air Argentina 737-800's in early 2020 wearing the colors of the European parent carrier, but with no titles.
The new addition will facilitate planned new service by Jetsmart Argentina between Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) and Jujuy (JUJ) and Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD) on 14Oct21 and 20Oct21, respectively, plus new flights from Salta (SLA) to Iguazu (IGR) on 19Oct21.
LV-JQE was originally delivered to Jetsmart Chile in Santiago (SCL) on 21Nov18 as CC-AWG. The aircraft was re-registered in Argentina in May 2021 with Jetsmart Argentina apparently planning to add the plane to its fleet in August but the carrier was denied permission to add the aircraft by the Argentine governmental authorities because of "lack of space" at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) where it would have been based. However, the authorities eventually relented, reversing their decision and allowing Jetsmart Argentina to bring LV-JQE to join its four other A320's.