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Alas Uruguay operates its last revenue flight

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Alas Uruguay (Montevideo) has operated its last revenue flight. Boeing 737-36N CX-OAC (msn 28563) operated flight YZ163 from Buenos Aires (AEP) to Montevideo on October 24, 2016.

The carrier has now suspended all operations.

The airline recently commenced operations on January 21, 2016.

Alvaro Romero reporting from Chile:

At dusk of October 24 2016 (19:55), the Boeing 737-300 registered CX-OAC of Alas Uruguay, took off from Buenos Aires Aeroparque Jorge Newbery bound for Carrasco airport near Montevideo, Uruguay. The airliner performed the flight YZ163 which is to date, the last of this short-lived airline.

According to local media, the lessor of CX-OAC asked for the return of the aircraft because of debts, while CX-OAA has been preserved some weeks ago before returning it to the owner; it has been said that OAC would be leased by the Chilean company LAW. Before the last flight, Alas halted operations between Montevideo and Asunción, Paraguay last week because of poor loads.

A statement published on Twitter by Alas, indicated that passengers who had bought tickets from October 25 onwards must contact the airline for finding a solution as the flights were cancelled “because of operational reasons”: 300 passengers are affected by this situation.

What would happen to the airline constituted by ex-Pluna workers? Some sources say that there are talks with foreign airlines interested in the routes and the AOC, but current evidence states Alas (wings, in Spanish) is not to fly anymore, as Uruguay government said no more economical aids would be given to the company after supporting it with USD $15 million.

A complex situation not only for Alas’ workers and passengers, but also for the Uruguayan taxpayers.

Copyright Photo: Alas Uruguay Boeing 737-36N WL CX-OAA (msn 28569) GRU (Rodrigo Cozzato). Image: 932748.

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Alas Uruguay hopes to fly by next month to four cities from Uruguay

Alas Uruguay (Montevideo) hopes to start flying in late June or the first half of July according to a report in Spanish by El Pais. This proposed period also coincides with the cessation of unemployment payments to the former employees of Pluna.

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The prospective airline is going through the certificate process and hopes to fly to Asuncion, Buenos Aires (Aeroparque), Santiago and Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) with two Boeing 737-300s. The carrier will also fly from Punta del Este to Buenos Aires according to Airline Route.

In the meantime the airline that was started by the former employees of Pluna has sealed its first aircraft pending authority to fly.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-36N CX-OAA (msn 28569) sits ready to fly from the Montevideo base.

Alas Uruguay takes delivery of its first Boeing 737-300

Alas Uruguay (Montevideo) has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737-300. The pictured former Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-36N CX-OAA (msn 28569) arrived at Carrasco International Airport (MVD) in Montevideo on March 11 (below) to the traditional water cannon salute.

Alas Uruguay 737-300 WL CX-OAA (15) arrival at MVD (Alas Uruguay)(LR)

 

The new airline hopes to start scheduled passengers operations soon once it acquires its AOC.

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Alas Uruguay was created by the former employees of defunct PLUNA.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. CX-OAA is pictured at the Montevideo base.

Alas Uruguay intends to start operations with three Boeing 737-300s

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Alas Uruguay (Alas-U) (Wings of Uruguay) (Montevideo), the hopeful worker-led replacement for defunct and grounded Pluna (Montevideo), has been unable to acquire the intended three Bombardier CRJ900s of Pluna. The carrier now expects to lease three Boeing 737-300s in order to start operations according to El Pais.

The paper airline hopes to employ 250 former Pluna employees.

The new flag carrier would like to operate from Montevideo to Asuncion, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago and Sao Paulo.