On November 22, 2017 Aerolineas Argentinas took delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8, the pictured LV-GVD (msn 64207). LV-GVD arrived at the Buenos Aires base the following day via a refueling stop at Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
The new type is expected to enter revenue service on December 1, 2017. The company is expected to have 20 copies by 2020.
Finally on December 4, 2017, Boeing issued this statement and photo:
Boeing and Aerolíneas Argentinas on December 4 celebrated the delivery and commercial debut of the first 737 MAX airplane for the airline and for Latin America.
Aerolíneas took delivery of the airplane, a MAX 8, in late November and flew the first commercial flight about a week later from Buenos Aires to Mendoza, becoming the first in the region to operate the new and improved 737 airplane.
Aerolíneas Argentinas is experiencing strong growth, with a 15 percent increase in passenger traffic in the past year, and a 22 percent increase since 2015. To support that growth, the airline plans to take delivery of 12 MAX airplanes and use them on flights regionally and, later in 2018, to the Caribbean.
The Aerolíneas Argentinas MAX 8 is configured for 170 passengers and fly 3,515 nautical miles (6,510 kilometers).
Copyright Photo: Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 LV-GVD (msn 64207) BFI (Joe G. Walker). Image: 939884.