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.
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.
Above Copyright Photo: Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340-312 LV-BMT (msn 048) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 101779.
Above Copyright Photo: Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340-313 LV-CSD (msn 123) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 402727.
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.
First Officer: Edgar
Top Copyright Photo: Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340-313 LV-FPV (msn 193) (SkyTeam) MIA (Ariel Shocron). Image: 922449.
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.
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.