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Aerolineas Argentinas brings back medical supplies from China

Today (April 15), an Airbus A330-200 of Aerolineas Argentinas, using flight AR 1070 will depart Buenos Aires with a final destination of Shanghai, China

The aircraft will make a technical stopover in Auckland, New Zealand, and its mission will be to bring a shipment of medical supplies back to Argentina to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The equipment is being donated by the Chinese government. The shipment is made up of 100,000 COVID-19 early detection kits, digital thermometers, 100,000 N95 and other surgical masks, gloves and minor equipment, and 50,000 biosafety suits.

A second flight, with a date not yet specified, will bring 1,500 respirators that have not yet been able to be dispatched due to logistics issues from China.

This first flight will have a crew made up of 4 captains and 8 first officers.

Moreover, Aerolineas Argentinas announced 2 new exceptional operations from Cancun and Punta Cana scheduled for April 15 and 16 respectively. Both flights will be carried out with Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which means a total of 530 seats available to Argentines who are still stranded abroad. With the confirmation of the new flights, the company reaches a total of 6 exceptional flights (2 from Cancun, 2 from Punta Cana, 1 from Bogotá and 1 from Quito). In this second phase, Aerolineas Argentinas has offered 1500 seats for Argentines who wish to return home

During the first phase of special flights that took place between March 18 and 27, 44 special repatriation flights were carried out, allowing more than 14,000 people to return to the country. The destinations operated were: Rio de Janeiro, Florianópolis, San Pablo, Porto Seguro, San Salvador de Bahía, Bogotá, Lima, Miami, Madrid, Cancún and Punta Cana.

Martin Ortiz reporting from Argentina.

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Aerolineas Argentinas operates the last Airbus A340-300 revenue flight

Aerolineas Argentinas has retired its last Airbus A340-300. Airbus A340-313 LV-FPU operated flight AR 1133 from Madrid on February 16, 2020, arriving at Buenos Aires (EZE) at 4:05 am on February 17, 2020. This is the last revenue flight for the type with the airline.

The airline introduced the long-range type in June 1999.

Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340-312 LV-BMT (msn 048) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 101779.

Above Copyright Photo: Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340-312 LV-BMT (msn 048) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 101779.

Type Retired: February 17, 2020 (flight AR 1133 Madrid - Buenos Aires with LV-FPU)

Above Copyright Photo: Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340-313 LV-CSD (msn 123) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 402727.

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The last flight of Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340 LV-FPV

Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340-313 LV-FPV (msn 193) (SkyTeam) MIA (Ariel Shocron). Image: 922449.

By Martin Ortiz, reporting from Argentina

On December 9, 2019, at exactly at 3.38 am, Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340-313 LV-FPV landed at Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires in the SkyTeam Livery.

The milestone flight was flight AR1133 from Madrid and it was also was the last commercial flight of this plane.

The story of the airframe began in October 2013 when the aircraft came from Iberia where it was flying for 16 years with the registration of EC-GPB.

After the last revenue flight, the aircraft went into maintenance, revision and repair before being returning to the lessor. The day came. On Thursday, December 26, 2019, the A340 flew again but this time without any markings of Aerolineas Argentinas or SkyTeam, only a gray coating covering the fuselage and blue on the tail.

The return flight lasted 2 hours and took place over the province of Buenos Aires. After departing from Ezeiza, the A340 flew over Mar Del Plata at 31,000 ft and Bahia Blanca in the south of the province. Finally the aircraft made a “go-around” on runway 11 and after that landed.

Pilot: Daniel

First Officer: Edgar

Top Copyright Photo: Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340-313 LV-FPV (msn 193) (SkyTeam) MIA (Ariel Shocron). Image: 922449.

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Aerolineas Argentinas sees a 6% spurt in August

Aerolineas Argentinas ended August with 1,182,506 passengers transported, 6% more than the same in 2018 and a load factor more than 80%.

Of the total, 901,332 passengers flew in its domestic routes, whose flights had a load factor of 80.4%, 6.5 points above the same month last year.

On the international flights, the airline carried 279,843 passengers, a 9% increase from August 2018 and with a load factor of 82.4%, 7.7 points higher than last year.

During the month of August, the company reached the one million passengers transported to and from Córdoba; and half a million in Mendonza, Salta and Neuquen.

Martin Ortiz reporting from Argentina.

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Aerolineas Argentinas expects to carry 20% more passengers this winter season

Aerolineas Argentinas is seeing a significant uptick in passengers for this winter season in the Southern Hemisphere.

During the past weekend it was expected that 40,000 customers flew each day.

For both days, the airline operated 700 flights to and from 56 destinations. 

According to projections, during this winter season, the company estimates it will transport up to 20% more passengers than the same period last year.

The average load factor for the entire network during the next 15 days will reach a peak of 88% and will be around 80% by the end of the winter season.

The load factors on the 10 most popular domestic routes are expected to be:

Buenos Aires –Mendoza (99%)

Buenos Aires – Bariloche (96%) 

Buenos Aires – San Rafael (98%)

Buenos Aires – Trelew (97%)

Iguazú – Rosario (97%)

Buenos Aires – Tucumán (96%) 

Buenos Aires – San Martín de los Andes (96%)

Mar del Plata – Córdoba (95%)

Bahía Blanca – Ushuaia (94%)

Buenos Aires – Esquel (94%)

The load factors on the following popular international routes are expected to be: 

Buenos Aires – Rome (100%) 

Buenos Aires – Cancún (100%)

Córdoba – San Salvador de Bahía (99%)

Buenos Aires – Puerto Seguro (99%)

Buenos Aires – Río de Janeiro (98%)

Buenos Aires – Madrid (97%)

Buenos Aires – Santiago de Chile (97%)

Buenos Aires – San Pablo (96%)

Buenos Aires – Punta Cana (96%)

Buenos Aires – Lima (96%).

Aerolineas Argentinas, during July and August, will offer 1,800,000 seats for the winter season. This exceeds the schedule for last year by 10%.

Aerolineas Argentinas, transported during June, 2019, 1,005,248 passengers, which represents an increase of 17% on domestic flights and 16% on international flights.

Martin Ortiz reporting from Argentina.

Aerolineas Argentinas now flies twice-daily to Madrid

Aerolineas Argentinas on July 1, 2019 started flying twice-daily to Madrid.

The carrier has added a noon departure from Buenos Aires with an Airbus A330-200.

This joins the other overnight flight which is now served daily by Airbus A340-300 aircraft.

AR has added 35 new routes and flights over the last three years.

Martin Ortiz reporting from Argentina.

Images: Aerolineas Argentinas.

Aerolineas Argentinas to fly to Orlando

Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A330-223 LV-FNK (msn 358) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104587.

Aerolineas Argentinas has announced it will begin a new route from Buenos Aires (EZE) to Orlando starting on December 9, 2019.

The new route will be initially operated three days a week with Airbus A330-200s.

The flight will depart from Ezeiza on Mondays, Wendesndays and Saturday sat 23:30 (11:30 pm) and will arrive Orlando at 07:10 (7:10 am) (all local times).

Meanwhile, the return flight will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 16:25 (4:25 pm) (all local times) and will arrive Ezeiza at 04:00 (4:00 am).

The arrival time will permit connections at the Buenos Aires hub (below) to other destinations such as Porto Alegre,  Asunción (PAR) and Santiago.

Martin Ortiz reporting from Argentina.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A330-223 LV-FNK (msn 358) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104587.

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Aerolineas Argentinas to cancel all flights tomorrow due to a strike

Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 737-81D LV-CXT (msn 39426) AEP (Ken Petersen). Image: 944538.

Aerolineas Argentinas has made this announcement (translated from Spanish):

We like to inform you that all operations on Monday, November 26, 2018 had to be cancelled due to a strike by the unions ALPA, UALA, APA, and others. We regret the inconvenience that this situation outside the company creates.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Aerolineas Argentinas Boeing 737-81D LV-CXT (msn 39426) AEP (Ken Petersen). Image: 944538.

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Aerolineas Argentinas schedules its last Airbus A340 flight for January 1, 2019

Last Airbus A340 revenue flight scheduled for January 1, 2019 (Madrid - Buenos Aires)

Aerolineas Argentinas according to Airline Route, has scheduled the last revenue flight for its Airbus A340-300 on January 1, 2019. The last flight, subject to change, will be flight AR1133 between Madrid and Buenos Aires arriving at EZE at 0420 local time.

Copyright Photo: Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340-313 LV-CSD (msn 123) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 402727.

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Aerolineas Argentinas takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8

The first Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 for Aerolineas Argentinas, delivered on November 22, 2017

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.

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