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.
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.
BQB Lineas Aereas (Montevideo) has announced it will suspend operations on April 11. The airline commenced domestic and later regional operations in May 2010 as a subsidiary of ferry operator Buquebus. The airline is seeking additional investors and plans to resume operations.
The airline was operating two ATR 72-500s at the shutdown.
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Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. BQB Lineas Aereas ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) CX-LFL (msn 570) is pictured at the downtown Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Airport in Buenos Aires.
BQB aircraft slide show:
Video: The airline previously operated the Airbus A319:
Aerolineas Argentinas (Buenos Aires) has taken delivery of their first new, directly purchased Airbus A330-200 aircraft as a part of the carrier’s fleet renewal strategy.
The aircraft, A330-202 LV-FVH (msn 1605), is equipped with GE engines and joins the airline’s existing fleet of 11 Airbus widebody aircraft, comprising four A330-200s and seven A340s.
Aerolineas Argentinas will deploy its new A330 on long haul routes from their Buenos Aires hub to Miami and New York City, and then Madrid in July 2015.
Aerolíneas Argentinas has been an Airbus operator since 1994 when the airline began flying the A310-300. In February 2013, Argentina’s national airline announced their order for four Airbus A330-200s to renew and consolidate its widebody fleet.
With more than 850 aircraft sold and a backlog of nearly 400, more than 550 Airbus aircraft are in operation throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. In the last 10 years, Airbus has tripled its in-service fleet, while delivering more than 60 percent of all aircraft operating in the region.
Copyright Photo: Jay Selman/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister aircraft, Airbus A330-223 LV-FNL (msn 364) arrives in New York at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
American Airlines (Dallas/Fort Worth) has announced it will begin domestic service with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in May and international service in June.
The 787 initially will be deployed between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) beginning on May 7, before launching internationally between DFW and Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK) beginning June 2. The new aircraft will also operate between DFW and Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires beginning on June 4. American will deploy the 787 to additional markets in 2015 as it takes delivery of new aircraft.
Above Photo: American Airlines. Business Class.
Arranged in a two-class cabin configuration, American’s 787-8 features 28 fully lie-flat Business Class seats arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration. The custom-designed forward-and rear-facing seats provide direct-aisle access for every Business Class customer for more mobility throughout the cabin. The aircraft is equipped with satellite Wi-Fi capability to keep customers connected while traveling internationally. The premium cabin also features inflight entertainment selections on a 15.4-inch HD Panasonic touchscreen monitor positioned in each seat. Business Class customers will also be offered Bose® QuietComfort® Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphones and ear buds. Each seat is equipped with universal AC power outlets and a USB jack.
Above Photo: American Airlines. Main Cabin.
The Main Cabin will be outfitted with 48 Main Cabin Extra seats in a 3-3-3 configuration, offering customers up to six inches of additional legroom, and 150 Main Cabin seats also arranged in a 3-3-3 configuration. Every seat offers a 9-inch HD Panasonic touchscreen monitor with an assortment of movies, TV programs, games and audio selections. Each Main Cabin seat is also equipped with universal AC power outlets and a USB jack.
Other advanced features on the Dreamliner include larger dimmable windows, improved cabin humidity and improved sound quality. American’s 787-8s will also feature a walk-up bar stocked with snacks and refreshments for customers traveling in the premium cabin.
American has placed firm orders for 42 Boeing 787 aircraft, with the right to acquire an additional 58. American already has the youngest fleet of the U.S. global network carriers, with an average aircraft age of 12.3 years. In 2015, American plans to take delivery of an average of two new aircraft per week. These new deliveries will make American’s fleet even younger, more modern and more efficient and will provide a solid foundation for continued improvements in technology, products and services.
Video: American Airlines. Testing and accepting the first Boeing 787:
Copyright Photo: Royal S. King/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 N800AN (msn 40618) was delivered on January 22.
American Airlines aircraft slide show (current livery):
Aerolineas Argentinas (Buenos Aires) is coming to Havana, Cuba. The airline will operate twice-weekly Boeing 737-800 services on the Buenos Aires-Caracas-Havana extended route starting on January 4, 2015 per Airline Route.
Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-86J LV-FQC (msn 37744) is pictured at downtown Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Airport in Buenos Aires.
Aerolíneas Argentinas (Buenos Aires) has issued photos and images of the scheme and the painting of the special FIFA 2014 World Cup livery that has been applied to Boeing 737-7Q8 LV-CSI (msn 30707) which will transport the Argentine football (soccer) team to Brazil for the upcoming games.
Copyright Photo: Workers apply the special decals showcasing the players from Argentina.
Special thanks to Alvaro Romero, reporting from neighboring Chile.
Copyright Photo and Images: Aerolineas Argentinas.
Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (Gol Transportes Aereos) (Sao Paulo) in association with the Ceará state government, has announced the launch of nonstop flights between Pinto Martins Airport, in Fortaleza, and Ezeiza International Airport, in Buenos Aires, beginning on May 10. Gol has 77 flights per week between Argentina and Brazil, more than any other airline.
The connection was brought about by the Ceará State Tourism Department through the Draft Bill 155/2013 for the ICMS tax (state VAT) on jet fuel, after the approval by the state legislature. It reduced ICMS tax (state VAT) on jet fuel from 30% to 12%, applicable for all domestic flights for Companies that has also regular direct international flights departing from this airport. Thus, the state of Ceará stands out even more as a tourist destination for the region.
Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8EH PR-GGK (msn 35065) is pictured at the downtown Jorge Newbery Aeroparque Airport (AEP) in Buenos Aires.
LATAM Airlines Group (LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines) (Santiago) reported operating income of $234.9 million (US) for fourth quarter 2013, a 166% increase compared to the $88.3 million (US) operating income in fourth quarter 2012. Operating margin reached 6.9%, an increase of 4.4 points compared to 2.5% in 2012. This strong expansion in margins was driven by significant improvement in the financial results of the domestic Brazil operations and the rationalization of international passenger operations, as well as the continued progress of the integration process, synergy and efficiency initiatives.
During the fourth quarter of the year, and in line with the capacity cuts we had anticipated, we strongly decreased our total capacity as measured in ASKs by 4.5% as compared to the same period in 2012. This capacity rationalization was mainly a result of a strong decrease in capacity in our international network, which decreased by 6.5% as compared to the same period in 2012; and the continued rationalization of our domestic Brazil operations.
For full year 2013, LATAM reported operating income of $643.9 million (US), a 605% increase compared to the $91.4 million (US) in full year 2012 (pro forma). Operating margin reached 4.9% an increase of 4.2 points compared to 0.7% in 2012, in line with the guidance provided by the Company.