Monday, September 18, 2017

FLEET UPDATE: Azul Uruguay to take delivery of two ATR-72-600's as it prepares for the start of service


Start-up airline Azul Uruguay expects to take delivery of two new ATR-72-600's in the next month or two, CX-URA (c/n 1342) and CX-URY (c/n 1367), both apparently on lease from Nordic Aviation Capital.  A third ATR-72-600, CX-URB (c/n 1360), is reportedly undergoing flight tests at the ATR facility in Toulouse, France.         

The Uruguayan division of parent airline Azul of Brazil is going through the process of getting the aircraft certified for airline service by the Uruguayan aviation authorities and contracting personnel for the start of operations. Possible routes include Montevideo (MVD) to Cordoba (COR), Porto Alegre (POA), Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU), and the coveted "Air Bridge" to Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP).     

Sources:

Sunday, September 17, 2017

ROUTE UPDATES: Amaszonas, United, Avianca


Cordoba (COR) - Santa Cruz (VVI) - eff 14Sep17 - POSTPONED

The Amaszonas group of airlines recently started flying from Cordoba (COR) to Montevideo (MVD) and was scheduled to also start CRJ-200 service from the central Argentine city to Santa Cruz (VVI) on a 3x/weekly basis on 14Sep17 but this route has been postponed until at least December. 
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Newark (EWR) - Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) - eff 29Oct17 - UPGAUGING TO 767-400 

United announced in June that it would restart this route, which it dropped in September 2013, with 767-300's 1x/daily eff 29Oct17 but recently indicated that it would upgrade the equipment to 767-400's.  

This change appears targeted at the business travel market because the 767-400 has more premium-class seats with 39 vs. 30 in business and 70 vs. 29 premium economy compared to the 767-300.  Both aircraft types have virtually the same number of economy-class seats with 133 for the 767-400 vs. 135 for the 767-300.   

Cordoba (COR) - Lima (LIM) - eff 17Nov17

This airline will start service from Cordoba (COR) to its Lima (LIM) hub 1x/daily using A320's in November competing head-to-head with LATAM from the same city to the Peruvian capital's airport, where LATAM also has a hub.

Sources:

Thursday, September 14, 2017

FLEET UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas receives two more 737-800's


Aerolineas Argentinas took delivery of its 30th and 31st 737-800 series aircraft when 737-887 LV-GVB (c/n 60500/6549) and 737-887 LV-GVC (c/n 60501/6568) departed the US on 29Aug17 and 11Sep17, respectively, both arriving in Argentina one day later.  Both aircraft routed from Boeing Field (BFI) near Seattle to Punta Cana (PUJ) and Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE).

These are the last 737-800's that Aerolineas will take delivery of with the next 737 deliveries to be the carrier's first MAX 8 models, to be registered LV-GVD (c/n 64207/line number ?) and LV-GVE (c/n 64208/line number ?) for delivery in November and December 2017, respectively.   

Sources:

http://linea-ala.blogspot.com.ar/2017/08/otro-mas-llego.html
http://linea-ala.blogspot.com.ar/2017/09/otro-jet-esta-llegando.html
http://linea-ala.blogspot.com.ar/2017/08/aerolineas-argentinas-ultimas-novedades.html

Monday, September 11, 2017

FLEET UPDATE: More details on possible replacement of Austral E190 fleet

Austral E190, LV-CMB (c/n 448), turns off Buenos Aires Aeroparque's runway 31 after landing at the airport on 17Mar16. (Phil Perry Photo)  

Following up on two posts in late August regarding Aerolineas Argentinas / Austral's plans to possibly replace Austral's 26-strong Embraer 190 fleet, it is now being reported that the airline is looking to sell 20 of the 24 company-owned E190's while keeping the remaining four owned aircraft plus the two leased planes for "thinner" less-traveled routes to smaller cities.  The airline would acquire 20 new aircraft to replace the 20 departing E190's on a like-for-like basis with no net fleet reduction for its shorter-range routes.  

However, keeping only six E190's might be an expensive proposition that would more than offset the operational savings from flying an aircraft that is correctly-sized for the routes that it would fly.  It might be better to dispose of the entire E190 fleet and acquire more of the larger-than-necessary 737-800's, 737 MAX 8's (or whichever aircraft is chosen to replace the 20 E190's) to also serve the "thinner" routes, thereby gaining the economic efficiencies of operating a single type on short-range routes.                  

According to the May 2016 issue of Airways magazine, Oman Air came to this same conclusion when it kept four of its E190's for less-traveled routes but found that the overhead costs of training crews and maintaining a spares supply for such a small fleet were prohibitive even though the aircraft was ideal for many of its destinations.  The planes were put up for sale in June 2016.    
The aircraft types reportedly being considered to replace the E190's are the Embraer E195-E2 (new generation of this series that can carry up to 140 passengers in single-class configuration), the Airbus A320neo and the 737 MAX series, which Aerolineas Argentinas will already start taking delivery of later this year. 

Expanding upon the reasons already given in previous posts for replacing the E190's with larger jets, Aerolineas Argentinas / Austral's passenger numbers are higher than ever with load factors on the increase plus many Argentine airports have limited infrastructure (such as ramp space) limiting their ability to take on more aircraft but they can accommodate larger aircraft.   

The decision on the future of Austral's E190 fleet will likely be made in the coming months.  

Two previous posts on this subject in late August contain further background and details:

"Aerolineas Argentinas to reduce or dispose of Austral's E190 fleet ? - Part 1 - Rationales"

"Aerolineas Argentinas to reduce or dispose of Austral's E190 fleet ? - Part 2 - Bad Idea ?"

Sources:

http://www.sirchandler.com.ar/2017/08/va-pasar-los-embraer-190-austral/comment-page-1/#comments
Airways magazine, May 2016 issue

Friday, September 8, 2017

FLEET UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas retires two 737-700's LV-CYJ + LV-CYN

Aerolineas Argentinas 737-7Q8, LV-CYJ (c/n 30647/1159), taxis in at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 10Dec15. (Phil Perry Photo) 


Aerolineas Argentinas 737-7Q8, LV-CYN (c/n 30648/1171), taxis out at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 21Jun16. (Phil Perry Photo)

Aerolineas Argentinas recently retired two 737-700's from its fleet; 737-7Q8, LV-CYJ (c/n 30647/1159) which departed Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 15Aug17 to Paine Field (PAE) in Everett, Washington via intermediate stops in Punta Cana (PUJ) and Miami (MIA) and 737-7Q8, LV-CYN (c/n 30648/1171), which left Ezeiza on 02Sep17 also to Paine Field via PUJ and MIA.

LV-CYJ has already joined the fleet of Southwest Airlines (as has every other ex-Aerolineas 737-700) as N7865A and LV-CYN is also scheduled to join Southwest in the near future.  This leaves Aerolineas with a fleet of nine 737-700's after peaking at 22 of the type in recent years. 

Sources:

http://linea-ala.blogspot.com.ar/2017/08/mas-novedades-en-aerolineas.html
https://www.planespotters.net/airframe/Boeing/737/N7865A-Southwest-Airlines/k6E8TBPq
https://aerospotter.blogspot.com.ar/2017/07/roll-out-n-334-fleet-list.html
http://linea-ala.blogspot.com.ar/2017/09/aerolineas-devolvio-otro-avion.html

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

NEW AIRLINE PLANS: Norwegian Air Argentina to request 155 routes at 06Sep17 Route Hearings


Norwegian Air Argentina plans to request authority to operate 155 routes at the 06Sep17 route hearings.  Everyone is paying close attention to the plans of this new affiliate of the European low-cost carrier (LCC) Norwegian Air Shuttle, which also has three other subsidiaries; Norwegian Air International, Norwegian Air UK and Norwegian Long Haul.  It is widely regarded as the most likely to succeed of the proposed new airlines under the Argentine government's "Commercial Airline Revolution" plan to double the number of people traveling by air in Argentina by 2019.  

The airline will request 75 domestic routes with 34 from Buenos Aires (airport not indicated), 17 from Cordoba (COR), 6 from Mendoza (MDZ), 3 from Rosario (ROS), and 5 from Salta (SLA) with 10 other routes connecting internal Argentine points.  

Norwegian will also request 80 international routes with 63 from Buenos Aires (airport not indicated), 13 from Cordoba (COR), 3 from Mendoza (MDZ) and 1 from Rosario (ROS).   

Proposed aircraft for its fleet include the 737 MAX 8, A321neoLR, and 787-8/9.

Domestic Route Applications

* Buenos Aires (airport not indicated) - Domestic

The 34 domestic routes to be requested from BA all overlap with Aerolineas Argentinas / Austral existing service with the only destinations covered by the national airline that Norwegian will not request being Rio Hondo (RHD) and Rosario (ROS).  On the other hand, Norwegian will ask for Puerto Madryn (PMY) from BA which AR /AU do not fly to.     

Surprisingly, Norwegian has even included some small airports in its request, such as Formosa (FMA), Rio Cuarto (RCU), Santa Rosa (RSA) and Viedma (VDM).   

Cordoba (COR) - Domestic

Norwegian plans to operate a hub from Cordoba (COR) with 17 destinations overlapping with all 12 of Aerolineas / Austral's routes from this airport plus 5 new ones; Mar del Plata (MDQ), Posadas (PSS), San Juan (UAQ), San Luis (LUQ) and Santa Fe (SFN).     

* Mendoza (MDZ) - Domestic 

Six mostly higher-volume destinations are in the works for Norwegian from Mendoza (MDZ) - Cordoba (COR), Jujuy (JUJ), Neuquen (NQN), Rosario (ROS), Salta (SLA) and Tucuman (TUC).  

* Rosario (ROS) - Domestic 

Three popular vacation destinations will be requested from Rosario (ROS) - El Calafate (FTE), Iguazu Falls (IGR) and San Rafael (AFA).

* Salta (SLA) - Domestic   

Five destinations that would probably be a mix of higher and lower-volume traffic from this northern Argentine airport are being sought; higher - Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD), Iguazu Falls (IGR) and Rosario (ROS) plus lower - San Juan (UAQ) and Tucuman (TUC).

International Route Applications

Buenos Aires (airport not indicated, presumably Ezeiza (EZE) - International

The surprisingly large number of 63 international routes is being requested from Buenos Aires. Even though Norwegian would probably only serve a portion of those approved, even 15-20 international routes would be a lot for just one new carrier from Buenos Aires . 

41 of these will be in the Americas - the Caribbean, South America and the United States with 13 currently having no service from Argentina, including Chicago-O'Hare (ORD), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), Los Angeles (LAX), Orlando (MCO), and San Francisco (SFO) in the US.  Another proposed US destination, Honolulu (HNL) would be an intriguing possibility for non-stop service from Buenos Aires with some exciting vacation packages likely.  The editor of this blog could see Hawaii becoming a fashionable destination for the Argentine travel market. 

15 international destinations would be in Europe with only six currently served by other carriers from Argentina - Barcelona (BCN), Istanbul (IST), London-Heathrow (LHR), Madrid (MAD), Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG), and Rome-Fiumicino (FCO).  The other 9 would be new - Copenhagen (CPH), Kiev (KBP), Malaga (AGP), Milan-Malpensa (MXP), Moscow-Sheremetyevo (SVO), Oslo (OSL), Prague (PRG), Stockholm-Arlanda (ARN) and Zurich (ZRH).

Some exotic destinations include Cape Town (CPT) and Johannesburg (JNB) in South Africa plus Perth (PER) and Sydney (SYD) in Australia and even Tel Aviv (TLV) and Papeete (PPT).     
     
Cordoba (COR) - International

A surprisingly large number of routes is also being requested from Cordoba (COR) with 13 international destinations being a lot for a market this size.

Several South American points plus a few in the Caribbean and Mexico would be requested along with Barcelona (BCN) and Madrid (MAD) in Spain and Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) in the US. 

Mendoza (MDZ) - International

3 routes are being sought from MDZ to Miami (MIA), Santiago (SCL), and Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU). 

Rosario (ROS) - International

The only international route being applied for from this city is Ft. Lauderdale (FLL). 

A special thank you goes out to the excellent Argentine commercial aviation blog aviacionline.com for much of the above analysis. 

Conclusions: 

* Norwegian Air Argentina is requesting service mostly from the largest Argentina cities - Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Mendoza, and Rosario - which is to be expected as the airline will need a fairly high volume of passenger traffic to achieve the economies of scale necessary to implement its low fare marketing strategy. 

* The airline plans to go head-to-head with Aerolineas Argentinas / Austral in many domestic Argentine markets, which is surprising because of the union opposition that it is likely to generate. While Norwegian thinks of low fares as mostly stimulating new traffic that would otherwise not travel, the general perception will likely be that they are "stealing" passengers from the existing Argentine carriers and the long-distance bus companies.  While the latter is probably somewhat true, Low-Cost Carriers in Europe and the US have mostly generated new traffic rather than taken passengers from legacy airlines.    

* Norwegian Air Argentina is seeking a surprisingly large international presence with 80 routes being requested.  If just half of the requests are approved and initiated, the airline would probably offer more international service from Argentina than any other carrier.    

Sources:

http://www.aviacionline.com/2017/08/aeroaudiencia2017-norwegian-air-argentina-la-estrella-nordica-que-quiere-ser-austral/
https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/#!DetalleNorma/169233/20170816
http://www.sirchandler.com.ar/2017/08/confirmada-la-audiciencia-publica-6-septiembre-muchas-rutas-pedidas/comment-page-2/#comments
http://www.aviacionline.com/2017/08/ya-tiene-fecha-la-aeroaudiencia2017-y-se-viene-con-cada-cosa/

Monday, September 4, 2017

ROUTE UPDATES: SAPSA to request 41 routes at 06Sep17 Route Hearings

SAPSA Lineas Aereas Fairchild Metro 23, LV-ZXA (c/n DC-901B), taxis out for departure at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 01Oct10. (Phil Perry Photo)

SAPSA Lineas Aereas is an air charter operator based in Viedma, Province of Rio Negro, in the Patagonia region of Argentina.  Founded in 1998, the carrier is part of the Via Bariloche transportation group, highlighted by an important Argentine long-distance bus company of the same name.  

SAPSA flies its single Learjet X45R and single Metro on executive charters, medical evacuation flights, and for groups, such as sports teams, musical bands, and corporate contingents.  

The airline is scheduled to participate in the 06Sep17 Argentine route hearings where it will request 41 routes for which it plans to acquire a CRJ-200 to operate.  

* Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) 

Many of its route requests will consist of Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) originating flights operating to two cities, usually relatively small in size, before returning to Aeroparque.  Examples include:     

Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Rosario (ROS) - Resistencia (RES) round-trip
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Resistencia (RES) - Tucuman (TUC) round-trip
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Resistencia (RES) - Formosa (FMA) round-trip
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Cordaba (COR) - Catamarca (CTC) round-trip 
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Cordoba (COR) - San Juan (UAQ) round-trip
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Neuquen (NQN) - Bariloche (BRC) round-trip 
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Resistencia (RES) - Jujuy (JUJ) round-trip
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Resistencia (RES) - Posadas (PSS) round-trip
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Bahia Blanca (BHI) - Viedma (VDM) round-trip
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - El Calafate (FTE) - Ushuaia (USH) round-trip 
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Santa Fe (SFN) - Cordoba (COR) round-trip
Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Viedma (VDM) - Bariloche (BRC)

Several such routes are planned from Rosario (ROS) too.

South America, Europe & the United States

Buenos Aires to several South American points will also be requested:   

Bolivia:  Santa Cruz de la Sierra (VVI)
Brazil:  Brasilia (BSB), Belo Horizonte (CNF), Porto Alegre (POA), Recife (REC), Rio de Janeiro, Viracopos (VCP) 
Chile:  Santiago (SCL)
Paraguay:  Asuncion (ASU)
Uruguay:  Montevideo (MVD), Punta del Este (PDP)

Some of these would be flown with intermediate stops, such as Montevideo (MVD), which would be operated on a Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Rosario (ROS) - Montevideo (MVD) round-trip routing.   

SAPSA will also ask for route authority on intercontinental routes to Europe and the United States though they would need a different type of aircraft than the CRJ-200 to fly that far !

Europe:  Frankfurt (FRA), Lisbon (LIS), Paris 
  
United States:  Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), Orlando (MCO)   

Sources:

www.sapsa.com.ar
https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/#!DetalleNorma/169233/20170816
https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/#!DetalleNorma/169233/20170816
http://www.sirchandler.com.ar/2017/08/confirmada-la-audiciencia-publica-6-septiembre-muchas-rutas-pedidas/comment-page-2/#comments
http://www.aviacionline.com/2017/08/ya-tiene-fecha-la-aeroaudiencia2017-y-se-viene-con-cada-cosa/

Sunday, September 3, 2017

NEW AIRLINE PLANS: Polar Lineas Aereas to request 75 routes at 06Sep17 Route Hearings

Polar Lineas Aereas is a proposed carrier that almost appears to be a publicity stunt to promote the province of San Luis in Argentina given the airline's disproportionate route plans from cities located there.

The carrier plans to request many routes from the province's three most important, yet relatively small cities; the capital San Luis (pop. 170,000), Villa Mercedes (100,000) and Merlo, a popular tourist area due to its proximity to a mountain range and availability of recreational opportunities but not a mass tourism center by any means.  

San Luis (LUQ) has had regular air service for many years but both Villa Mercedes (VME) and Merlo (RLO) have had very limited and sporadic flights, which makes Polar's route requests seemingly irrational. 

More conventional service requests from Cordoba (COR), La Plata (LPG) and Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) and Ezeiza (EZE) are also planned.   

Polar plans to request 44 domestic and 31 international routes operated by 737, DC-10 (?) and A340 aircraft.  

DOMESTIC ROUTES INCLUDE:

* Merlo (RLO)Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP), Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE), Cordoba (COR), La Plata (LPG), Mendoza (MDZ), Rosario (ROS), San Luis (LUQ) and Villa Mercedes (VME).

* San Luis (LUQ) - To various cities though not as many as Merlo (RLO) 

* Villa Mercedes (VME) - To various cities though not as many as Merlo (RLO) 

* Cordoba (COR) - Various routes including several "triangle routes" such as:

Cordoba (COR) - Tucuman (TUC) - Salta (SLA) - Cordoba (COR)
Cordoba (COR) - Catamarca (CTC) - La Rioja (IRJ) - Cordoba (COR)
Cordoba (COR) - Resistencia (RES) - Iguazu Falls (IGR) - Cordoba (COR)
Cordoba (COR) - El Calafate (FTE) - Ushuaia (USH) - Cordoba (COR)
Cordoba (COR) - Trelew (REL) - Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD) - Cordoba (COR) 
Cordoba (COR) - Neuquen (NQN) - Bariloche (BRC) round-trip     

* Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - 10 routes that are all already flown by other carriers.

INTERNATIONAL ROUTES INCLUDE:

* Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - La Paz (LPB), Lima (LIM), Porto Alegre (POA), Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG), Santiago (SCL),  and Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)

* Cordoba (COR) - To South American points, many stopping in Rosario (ROS)

* Cordoba (COR) - Via Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to both Madrid (MAD) and Miami (MIA) and also through Rosario (ROS) to both Madrid (MAD) and Miami (MIA) 

* La Plata (LPG) - Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG), Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU), Santa Cruz de la Sierra (VVI)

LPG would require a lot of infrastructure development, especially a longer runway, before international flights could be operated. 

Sources:

https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/#!DetalleNorma/169233/20170816
http://www.sirchandler.com.ar/2017/08/confirmada-la-audiciencia-publica-6-septiembre-muchas-rutas-pedidas/comment-page-2/#comments
http://www.aviacionline.com/2017/08/ya-tiene-fecha-la-aeroaudiencia2017-y-se-viene-con-cada-cosa/

Friday, September 1, 2017

NEW AIRLINE PLANS: Just Flight (Royal Class) to request 10 routes at the 06Sep17 Route Hearings

Just Flight is the proposed carrier of the Royal Class jet charter operator based out of Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP).

The new airline plans to request 10 routes at the 06Sep17 route hearings to be operated with Fairchild Metros.  They would all originate in Buenos Aires to relatively nearby cities up to 300 miles (490km) away, some with little or no current service.

These include:

* Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata (MDQ), Rosario (ROS), Santa Fe (SFN), Santa Rosa (RSA), Tandil (TDL), Villa Gesell (VGL) and Punta del Este (PDP) (Uruguay) 
   
* Buenos Aires - San Rafael (AFA) - Mendoza (MDZ) - Buenos Aires

* Buenos Aires - Sunchales (NCJ) - Reconquista (RCQ) round-trip

* Buenos Aires - Sunchales (NCJ) - Villa Maria (VMA) round-trip

The marketing strategy appears to borrow from Avianca Argentina with flights to smaller cities, with some of them on a "triangle route" pattern.

Sources:

https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/#!DetalleNorma/169233/20170816
http://www.sirchandler.com.ar/2017/08/confirmada-la-audiciencia-publica-6-septiembre-muchas-rutas-pedidas/comment-page-2/#comments
http://www.aviacionline.com/2017/08/ya-tiene-fecha-la-aeroaudiencia2017-y-se-viene-con-cada-cosa/

Thursday, August 31, 2017

NEW AIRLINE PLANS: Grupo LASA to request 5 routes at 06Sep17 Route Hearings

The Grupo LASA that is planning to participate in the 06Sep17 Argentine route hearings is presumably the same company as the bus operator based in Azul, Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.  

The proposed carrier plans to present an exceedingly modest list of only five route requests compared to the much larger requests of airlines such, as Buenos Aires International Airlines, which plans to ask for authorization of up to 178 routes !     

Grupo LASA plans to operate ATR-42-300's on "Corridor" style routes linking multiple cities on linear or circular-shaped routes in the southern Patagonia region of Argentina focused mainly on Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD) and Neuquen (NQN).

The routes that will be requested are:

Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD) - Rio Gallegos (RGL) - El Calafate (FTE) - Rio Grande (RGA) - Ushuaia (USH) round-trip

Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD) - Esquel (EQS) - Bariloche (BRC) - Neuquen (NQN) - Viedma (VDM) - Trelew (REL) - Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD)

Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD) - Trelew (REL) - Mar del Plata (MDQ) round-trip

Neuquen (NQN) - Temuco, Chile (ZCO) - Neuquen (NQN) - Bahia Blanca (BHI) - Mar del Plata (MDQ) round-trip

Neuquen (NQN) - Bariloche (BRC) - Puerto Montt, Chile (PMC) - Bariloche (BRC) - Neuquen (NQN) - Santa Rosa (RSA) - Mar del Plata (MDQ) round-trip

Sources:

https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/#!DetalleNorma/169233/20170816
http://www.sirchandler.com.ar/2017/08/confirmada-la-audiciencia-publica-6-septiembre-muchas-rutas-pedidas/comment-page-2/#comments
http://www.aviacionline.com/2017/08/ya-tiene-fecha-la-aeroaudiencia2017-y-se-viene-con-cada-cosa/

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

NEW AIRLINE PLANS: Buenos Aires International Airlines to request 178 routes at 06Sep17 Route Hearings !

One of Southern Winds 747's, the airline that was started by Juan Maggio in the 1990's, the same individual behind proposed start-up Buenos Aires International Airlines. (Phil Perry Collection)

Buenos Aires International Airlines is a new carrier proposed by Juan Maggio, the former owner of the now-defunct Southern Winds of the 1990's and early 2000's. Its long list of 178 route requests seems excessively ambitious and gives rise to doubts about the seriousness of the project.  Of course, a lot of this is about asking for as much as possible, see what gets approved and then choose which routes they will actually operate.  If they end up operating as many as three dozen routes, that would probably be a surprisingly large number. 

The airline's route requests all originate from Argentina's three largest cities, Buenos Aires, Cordoba (COR) and Rosario (ROS) to be served by a planned fleet of A320/737 for shorter flights and A330/350 or 747/767/777/787 aircraft for longer-range routes.

Southern Winds operated a fleet of CRJ-200, Dash 8, 737-200 and 747 aircraft on Argentine domestic routes and at least to Madrid (MAD) internationally.

* Buenos Aires - Originating Routes - Already Served

Most of the routes originating from Buenos Aires that BAIA will request are already well-served by other carriers, especially Aerolineas Argentinas / Austral. 
Destination cities include:

Domestic:

Bahia Blanca (BHI), Bariloche (BRC), Corrientes (CNQ), Cordoba (COR), Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD), El Calafate (FTE), Iguazu Falls (IGR), Mar del Plata (MDQ), Mendoza (MDZ), Neuquen (NQN), Puerto Madryn (PMY), Resistencia (RES), Rio Gallegos (RGL), Rosario (ROS), Salta (SLA), San Luis (LUQ), San Martin de los Andes (CPC), Santa Fe (SFN), Trelew (REL), Tucuman (TUC) and Ushuaia (USH)   

International - the Americas:

Asuncion (ASU), Lima (LIM), Montevideo (MVD), Porto Alegre (POA), Punta del Este (PDP), Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG), Santiago (SCL), Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) plus Miami (MIA) and New York City

International - Europe:

Amsterdam (AMS), Barcelona (BCN), Frankfurt (FRA), London, Madrid (MAD), Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Rome Fiumicino (FCO)

Buenos Aires - Originating Routes - No Current Service

Destination cities with no current service from Buenos Aires include (not all listed):

International - North America:

Boston (BOS), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL), Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), New Orleans (MSY), Orlando (MCO), Portland (PDX), San Diego (SAN), San Francisco (SFO), Seattle (SEA) in the USA plus Montreal (YUL), Toronto (YYZ) and Vancouver (YVR) in Canada

One proposed route that sounds very interesting is Buenos Aires - Los Angeles (LAX) - Honolulu (HNL)  

International - Europe:

Brussels (BRU), Copenhagen (CPH), Dublin (DUB), Geneva (GVA), Lisbon (LIS), Malaga (AGP), Milan Malpensa (MXP), Munich (MUC), Venice (VCE) and Zurich (ZRH) 

International - Exotic:

Buenos Aires - Auckland (ACK) 
Buenos Aires - Auckland (ACK) - Tokyo
Buenos Aires - Cape Town (CPT) - Singapore (SIN)
Buenos Aires - London - Beijing (BJS)
Buenos Aires - Prague (PRG) - Hong Kong (HKG)
Buenos Aires - Sydney (SYD)
Buenos Aires - Zurich (ZRH) - Shanghai 

* Cordoba (COR) & Rosario (ROS) - Originating Routes

Interestingly, all of the routes that BAIA has requested out of these two cities are international. The carrier has requested authority from both COR and ROS to:

Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA) and Orlando (MCO) in the USA.

London, Madrid (MAD), Milan (MXP), Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) and Rome Fiumicino (FCO) in Europe

Additionally, it will request many routes on the basis of:

Cordoba (COR) - Buenos Aires - regional South American destination
Cordoba (COR) - Buenos Aires - Madrid (MAD) - beyond European points

* Other Routes     

Buenos Aires, Cordoba (COR) and Rosario (ROS) - All to multiple Caribbean points

Buenos Aires, Cordoba (COR) and Rosario (ROS) - All to Isla de Sal Cape Verde, presumably in combination with vacation packages to these islands off the coast of Africa. 

Sources:

https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/#!DetalleNorma/169233/20170816
http://www.sirchandler.com.ar/2017/08/confirmada-la-audiciencia-publica-6-septiembre-muchas-rutas-pedidas/comment-page-2/#comments
http://www.aviacionline.com/2017/08/ya-tiene-fecha-la-aeroaudiencia2017-y-se-viene-con-cada-cosa/

Sunday, August 27, 2017

NEW AIRLINE PLANS: Avianca Argentina to request 38 more routes at 06Sep17 Route Hearings


Avianca Argentina is the only airline that participated in the 27Dec16 Argentine route hearings that will also be requesting route authorities at the second hearings scheduled for 06Sep17.

The airline was awarded 16 routes at the first hearing, mostly from Buenos Aires to smaller secondary cities in Buenos Aires, Cordoba and Santa Fe provinces that are within range of its ATR-72-600 fleet plus the much coveted and highly-profitable Buenos Aires - Montevideo "Air Bridge".   
For more details, see this previous posting:

http://argentina-airline-news.blogspot.com.ar/2017/03/new-airline-plans-anac-authorizes_18.html

The carrier will request 38 new scheduled routes on 06Sep17, both domestic and international, mostly from Buenos Aires (airport not designated), Cordoba (COR) and Tucuman (TUC) in northern Argentina from where it plans to start a regional hub.  Aircraft to be used are the previously announced ATR-72-600's plus A320's.

* "Triangle Routes"

Many of the routes will be flown on a "triangle" basis from Buenos Aires and Cordoba (COR) to two smaller cities that are usually close to each other and then back to the airport of origin.  Many of these small cities currently lack air service.  These flights would presumably be operated with ATR-72-600's. 

Examples include:

Buenos Aires-Originating

Buenos Aires - General Pico (GPO) - Santa Rosa (RSA) - Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires - Bolivar - Olavarria (OVR) - Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires - Necochea (NEC) - Tandil (TDL) - Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires - San Luis (LUQ) - Villa Mercedes (VME) - Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires - Saenz Pena - Reconquista (RCQ) - Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires - Tandil (TDL) - Tres Arroyos (OYO) - Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires - Marcos Juarez - Villa de Maria del Rio Seco - Buenos Aires  

Cordoba-Originating

Cordoba (COR) - Rio Hondo (RHD) - Santiago del Estero (SDE) - Cordoba (COR)
Cordoba (COR) - Mendoza (MDZ) - San Juan (UAQ) - Cordoba (COR)
Cordoba (COR) - Corrientes (CNQ) - Formosa (FMA) - Cordoba (COR) 
Cordoba (COR) - Posadas (PSS) - Iguazu Falls (IGR) - Cordoba (COR)
Cordoba (COR) - Villa Mercedes (VME) - San Luis (LUQ) - Cordoba (COR)

* Tucuman Hub Routes

Seven routes, both domestic and international, will be requested out of the planned hub from this city in northern Argentina.

Domestic

Tucuman (TUC) - Rosario (ROS)
Tucuman (TUC) - Buenos Aires
Tucuman (TUC) - Cordoba (COR)

International & Domestic / International Combinations

Most of these flights would probably be operated with Avianca Argentina's A320's fleet due to the long distances.

Tucuman (TUC) - Lima (LIM)
Tucuman (TUC) - Salta (SLA) - Santa Cruz (VVI) 
Tucuman (TUC) - Resistencia (RES) - Iguazu Falls (IGR) - Florianopolis (FLN) 
Tucuman (TUC) - Iguique (IQQ) - Lima (LIM) - Iquique (IQQ) - Tucuman (TUC) 

Buenos Aires Point-to-Point Routes - Domestic & International

All of the routes below (with the exception of Cuzco) are already flown by Aerolineas Argentinas / Austral so it will be interesting to see if the ANAC will allow much competition.  Presumably all of these routes would be flown with A320's. 

Domestic:

Buenos Aires - Bariloche (BRC)
Buenos Aires - Comodoro Rivadavia (CRD)
Buenos Aires - Iguazu Falls (IGR) 
Buenos Aires - Tucuman (TUC)

International:

Buenos Aires - Bogota (BOG)

Buenos Aires - Cuzco (CUZ)
Buenos Aires - Florianopolis (FLN)
Buenos Aires - Lima (LIM)
Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro (GIG)
Buenos Aires - Santiago (SCL)
Buenos Aires - Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)

* Cordoba (COR) Point-to-Point Routes - Domestic & International

Domestic:

All of these are currently served by Aerolineas Argentinas / Austral but infrequently:

Cordoba (COR) - Mendoza (MDZ)
Cordoba (COR) - Rosario (ROS)

Cordoba (COR) - Salta (SLA)

International:

Both services below would connect with Avianca's hubs at these airports and will presumably be approved given the present Argentine government's record of approving almost every route request connecting the Argentine "Interior" directly with foreign destinations. 

Cordoba (COR) - Bogota (BOG)
Cordoba (COR) - Lima (LIM)

All of the above flights would presumably be flown with A320's.

Sources:

https://www.boletinoficial.gob.ar/#!DetalleNorma/169233/20170816
http://www.sirchandler.com.ar/2017/08/confirmada-la-audiciencia-publica-6-septiembre-muchas-rutas-pedidas/comment-page-2/#comments
http://www.aviacionline.com/2017/08/ya-tiene-fecha-la-aeroaudiencia2017-y-se-viene-con-cada-cosa/