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.
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.
The new airline hopes to start scheduled passengers operations soon once it acquires its AOC.
Alas Uruguay was created by the former employees of defunct PLUNA.
BQB Lineas Aereas (Punta del Este and Montevideo, Uruguay) has been quietly filling the void left by the demise of Pluna Lineas Aereas Uruguayas in Montevideo since the failure on July 5, 2012. The airline, sensing an opportunity, leased in Airbus A320-214 EC-LLJ (msn 4661) from Vueling Airlines (in Vueling colors, with BQB titles) on November 28, 2013. The carrier now serves eight routes from the capital, probably dashing the hopes of reviving a new employee-lead version of Pluna. Seasonal service from Montevideo was started on December 14 to Florianapolis, Brazil. On the following day, service to Santiago, Chile was started according Anna Aero.
Copyright Photo: Robbie Shaw/AirlinersGallery.com. BQB assigns the ATR 72 on regional routes from Montevideo including Curitiba, Rivera and Salto. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) CX-JCL (msn 805) taxies at Buenos Aires (Aeroparque Jorge Newbery).
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Video: The leased Vueling Airlines Airbus A320 arrives in Montevideo:
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.
Argentina and Uruguay suspended some flights at Buenos Aires and Montevideo due to an ash cloud from Chile’s Mount Puyehue volcano, which has disrupted air travel since it first erupted earlier this year according to this article by IOL News
Flights were especially disrupted at both Ezeiza and Jorge Newbery airports in Buenos Aires.