Thursday, July 27, 2017

ROUTE UPDATES: Aerolineas Argentinas starting Cordoba (COR) - Santiago (SCL) and increasing flights to Asuncion (ASU)

Cordoba (COR) - Santiago (SCL) - eff 03Sep17

To be operated 3x/weekly with Austral E190's.  These flights will connect with flights to/from northern Argentina through the carrier's Cordoba (COR) hub including Jujuy (JUJ), Resistencia (RES), Tucuman (TUC) and Iguazu (IGR).  This last airport will allow Chileans to visit the famous Iguazu Falls faster and more easily than routing through Buenos Aires.  

Aerolineas Argentinas / Austral will compete with LATAM Argentina's 19-year presence on the COR-SCL route and Sky Airline's one-year old service between the two cities.   

Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Asuncion (ASU) - eff 05Sep17

This route will see three new early evening flights northbound to Asuncion (ASU) that return in the late evening back to Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays complementing the daily morning flights in both directions allowing for same-day round-trips by business travelers between the two cities.  

These new flights will complement the existing 7x/weekly flights each from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) and Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to Asuncion (ASU).

All Aerolineas Argentinas / Austral flights between Argentina and Paraguay are operated with Austral E190's.   

Aerolineas Argentinas / Austral competes with Amaszonas Paraguay's 12/weekly CRJ-200's between AEP and ASU plus LATAM Mercosur's 1x/daily A320 flights between EZE and ASU. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Aerolineas Argentinas 737-800 LV-FUA tailstrike in Bariloche (BRC) - How Serious ?

Aerolineas Argentinas 737-8HX, LV-FUA (c/n 40548/4995), taxis at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 07Aug16. (Phil Perry Photo)

The above-pictured aircraft was operating Aerolineas Argentinas flight AR1672 from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) to Bariloche (BRC) on 13Feb17 when on final approach to BRC's runway 29 at 12:51pm local time, the crew initiated a go-around but the tail struck the runway reportedly BEFORE its wheels touched down, resulting in the tail taking the full force of the impact. This event was unlike the ordinary tail strikes which take place on takeoff due to an excessive rotation and resulting nose-up attitude that cause the tail to come into contact with the ground but usually without much force resulting in more of a scraping effect rather than an impact, as such. 

LV-FUA completed its go-around and landed normally back at BRC twelve minutes later without further incident.  Its return flight to Aeroparque was cancelled and the aircraft taken out of service and ferried back to Buenos Aires on 03Mar17, presumably Ezeiza (EZE) where Aerolineas has heavy maintenance facilities, where LV-FUA was inspected with some repairs made and put back into service in late April.

Editor's Comments: 

The event was characterized as a "Serious Incident" by the JIAAC Argentine national aviation investigation agency.  The damage appears to have been potentially serious enough to lead me (admittedly not an engineer or maintenance expert) to wonder if inspection of the aircraft would have required expertise on fundamental fuselage construction and engineering that might only be available at the manufacturer level, in this case the Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company.
One apparently knowledgeable reader of Aviation Herald commented in the publication shortly after the incident on 16Feb17: 

"The repair will be a couple of weeks maybe months, partially re-skinning and replacing lower sections of a few frames. Aircraft needs to be stress jacked and kept in alignment so the logistics are quite elaborate. The entire fuselage will have to be inspected, including the aft pressure bulkhead as the impact could have "whipped" through other parts of the fuselage. 737 Nose gear shimmy events even require aft pressure bulkhead inspections."

Is that kind of heavy engineering and basic construction expertise available at airlines, who are thoroughly trained on aircraft maintenance but presumably would not have the same depth of knowledge as those who actually built the aircraft ?  


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

FLEET UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas receives its 29th 737-800, LV-GVA

Aerolineas Argentinas 737-887, LV-GVA (c/n 60499/6488), arrived at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 20Jul17 after flying from Seattle's Boeing Field (BFI) via Punta Cana (PUJ).  

The aircraft is the 29th 737-800 to join Aerolineas' fleet with five more on order to be followed by the first 737 MAX 8's in November this year, which will be the first 737 MAX models delivered to a Latin American airline. As the airline receives more 737-800's its 737-700 fleet continues to be retired from a high of 22 aircraft in service in 2015 to 11 remaining today.  So far, all of Aerolineas' 737-700's have gone on to serve with Southwest Airlines. 


Monday, July 24, 2017

FLEET UPDATE: Andes receives its second 737-800, LV-HHK

Andes Lineas Aereas received its second 737-85F, LV-HHK (c/n 30567/761), when the aircraft arrived at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on the late afternoon of 16Jul17 painted all-white with the only color being the Andes logo on the engines.  The aircraft was delivered to South African Airways in January 2001 and also flew for Firefly and Malaysia Airlines before recently arriving in Argentina.       

LV-HHK is the seventh aircraft in the currently active Andes fleet, joining five MD-83's and one other recently-delivered 737-800. 

The airline has recently been experiencing frequent severe delays with many flights operating 8-10 hours late.  Andes has recently added a lot of new scheduled routes to complement its existing services and extensive charter operations but the new aircraft to accommodate this growth, one MD-83 and two 737-800's, were delivered weeks/months later than expected, which presumably led to an equipment shortage and flights being rescheduled, sometimes hours at a time to be able to complete all of the airline's flight commitments each day. 

The new deliveries will presumably lead to a reduction in the number of long flight delays. 


Sunday, July 23, 2017

PHOTO GALLERY: Cessna Citation Series at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Part 2 of 3

Lima Victor S.A. Cessna 560 Citation Ultra, LV-CTX (c/n 560-0396), taxis at Aeroparque on 06Aug16. (Phil Perry Photo)

Nuevo Banco Santa Fe Cessna 560 Citation Encore, LV-CBB (c/n 560-0697), on 29Oct10, a dark drizzly day at Aeroparque. (Phil Perry Photo) 

Cessna 560XL Citation Excel, LV-AIW (c/n 560-5350), at Aeroparque on 24Sep10, then flying for Tango Jet / Tango Sur .  This aircraft now carries the registration N562HC, apparently flying in the United States for H2C Air. (Phil Perry Photo)

Cessna 560 Citation Excel, LV-CCF (c/n 560-5150), landing at Aeroparque on 11Feb12, then flying for Royal Class.  It now carries the registration N817LF flying for Frayer Jets in the United States. (Phil Perry Photo)  

Sister ship to LV-CCF, Cessna 560 Citation Excel, LV-CCG (c/n 560-5137), at Aeroparque in October 2012, then flying for Royal Class. This aircraft now carries the registration N785DW flying for Southfield LLC in the US. (Phil Perry Photo) 


Friday, July 21, 2017

FLEET UPDATE: Andes adds 5th MD-80 LV-BEG to its active fleet

Austral MD-83, LV-BEG (c/n 49630/1591), taxiing at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 01Oct10 prior to its retirement from service with the carrier in April 2012. (Phil Perry Photo)

Andes Lineas Aereas added MD-83, LV-BEG (c/n 49630/1591), to its fleet when the aircraft arrived at Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) on 08Jul17.  It is the airline's  5th currently active MD-83 and seventh active aircraft overall including its two recently delivered 737-800's. 

LV-BEG was delivered to Spanair in 1989 joining Austral on 21Mar06 until its retirement in April 2012 and subsequent storage at San Juan (UAQ) from 10Apr12 until September 2014.  Shortly after that the MD-83 entered service with Sanford (SFB) Florida-based charter carrier Orange Air registered as N926AV until June 2017, just prior to its return to Argentina to fly for Andes.  

Welcome Home ! ! !  


Thursday, July 20, 2017

AIRLINE FLEET UPDATE: Aerolineas Argentinas retires its 11th 737-700, LV-CXN

Aerolineas Argentinas 737-7Q8, LV-CXN (c/n 30638/858), taxis at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 06Aug16.  (Phil Perry Photo) 

The above pictured aircraft left the Aerolineas Argentinas fleet on 13Jul17 when it departed Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to Paine Field (PAE) in Washington state, USA where it arrived the following day.  
Aerolineas has operated a total of 22 737-700's with eleven still in the fleet. All ten 737-700's that it has retired have gone on to serve with Southwest Airlines and LV-CXN will soon join them flying for the Texas-based carrier. 


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

ROUTE UPDATES: Avianca Argentina starts flying subservices and charters, not regularly scheduled flights

Avianca Argentina flew its first commercial services on 12Jul17 operating subservices for Andes Lineas Aereas that has been experiencing severely delayed flights, apparently due to delays in the addition of more aircraft to its fleet.   

Avianca Argentina's two ATR-72-600's, LV-GUG (c/n 1343) and LV-GUH (c/n 1395), flew from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) to Jujuy (JUJ) and Salta (SLA) respectively, in the early evening of Wednesday, 12Jul17 somewhat unexpectedly and with no prior announcement.  The aircraft operated services that would normally be operated by Andes' MD-80's or its single 737-800.

Three days later on Saturday, 15Jul17, the airline's two ATR-72-600's again flew commercial services in the form of three charter flights from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) to the small airport of Malargue (LGS) that serves the well-known Argentine ski resort of Las Lenas.  The airline reportedly has a contract to operate several more such charters through mid-August. 

It was originally announced that Avianca Argentina would start regularly scheduled services on 11Jul17 from Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) to Resistencia (RES) replacing the flights operated by the ex-Macair Jetstreams that it acquired when it bought the small carrier in 2016 but scheduled flights have apparently been delayed until approximately October 2017.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

ROUTE UPDATES: Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) international flights to move to Ezeiza (EZE) (except Uruguayan flights)

Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) only had domestic flights and international service to Montevideo (MVD) and Punta del Este (PDP) Uruguay up until 01Mar10 when new international routes were authorized to the neighboring countries of Brazil, Chile and Paraguay.  

Since then, several airlines, including Aerolineas Argentinas, Amaszonas Paraguay, Austral, Gol, LATAM Argentina, LATAM Brazil and LATAM Chile, have added service between Aeroparque and these countries but by order of the ANAC Argentina National Aviation Agency, they will have to move half of their flights to Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) by 09Apr18 with the other half to be moved there by 01Apr19.  Additionally, no new international flights (other than to Uruguay) may be added from Aeroparque effective 10Jul17.  

The objective of this new policy is to free up space for the continued growth of domestic service by Aerolineas, Austral, Andes and LATAM Argentina plus new flights by the anticipated start-up of Avianca Argentina, Norwegian Argentina and possibly other new carriers too.  

Current international flights out of Aeroparque, other than to Uruguay, are listed below.  They add up to an average of 424 flights per week (departures and arrivals) out of a total of 2,420 weekly commercial movements, comprising 17.5% of Aeroparque's weekly airline flights.     

* Aerolineas Argentinas

BoliviaSanta Cruz de la Sierra (VVI)

BrazilPorto Alegre (POA), Porto Seguro (BPS), Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG), Salvador de Bahia (SSA), Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)

ChileSantiago (SCL)

* Amaszonas Paraguay

Paraguay: Asuncion (ASU)

* Austral

BoliviaSanta Cruz de la Sierra (VVI)

BrazilCuritiba (CWB), Rio de Janeiro Galeao (GIG)

ParaguayAsuncion (ASU)

* Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes

Brazil: Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)

* LATAM Argentina

Brazil: Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)

Chile: Santiago (SCL)

* LATAM Brazil

Brazil: Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU)

* LATAM Chile

Chile: Santiago (SCL)


Monday, July 17, 2017

ROUTE UPDATE: Flyest flying Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Asuncion (ASU) for Amaszonas Paraguay

Flyest CRJ-200ER, LV-GIJ (c/n 7466), taxis at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 11Jul17 flying a regularly-scheduled service for Amaszonas Paraguay to Asuncion (ASU).  (Phil Perry Photo) 

At least during the week of Monday 10Jul17, Flyest, the Argentinean airline that is the reincarnation of Sol Lineas Aereas, flew some rotations on behalf of Amaszonas Paraguay on the Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Asuncion (ASU) route.   This appears to be an outgrowth of the relationship that the Spanish carrier Air Nostrum had with Sol and Amaszonas Paraguay, which is a joint venture between Air Nostrum and Amaszonas Linea Aerea of Bolivia.   

Sol ceased operations on 16Jan16 when subsidies that it was receiving from Aerolineas Argentinas were abruptly cut off by the new administration of the national carrier put in place by the incoming government of Argentine president Mauricio Macri.  Sol had flown several Saab 340's since it started operations in August 2006 plus three CRJ-200's that it acquired under a joint venture agreement with Air Nostrum in the final months of 2015.

Two of the three CRJ-200's flew back to Spain but the third, LV-GIJ (c/n 7466), was stored in Asuncion (ASU) until 07Mar17 when it flew back to Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP).  The aircraft sports the basic Austral colors that it wore while flying for Sol under the Aerolineas subsidies but with Flyest titles added.  The airplane is apparently still the property of Air Nostrum .             

Amaszonas Paraguay also flies CRJ-200's so it is natural for Flyest to fly subservices for the Paraguayan carrier.  It will be interesting to see where this cooperation will lead.  Maybe an Amaszonas Argentina joint venture between Air Nostrum and Amaszonas Linea Aerea using Flyest as a platform ?      


See past postings for Amaszonas, Amaszonas Paraguay, Flyest, and Sol Lineas Aereas.  

Sunday, July 16, 2017

PHOTO GALLERY: Cessna Citation Series at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) - Part 1 of 3

Continuing with photos of business jets and turboprops organized by theme, this post features aircraft from the Cessna Citation series shot at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) by blog editor Phil Perry.

Limansky S.A. Cessna 500 Citation I, LV-BPW (c/n 500-0341), at Aeroparque on 18Sep10.  (Phil Perry Photo)

Banco Finansur S.A. Cessna 501 Citation ISP, LV-BPZ (c/n 501-0040), at AEP on 01Oct10.  Phil Perry Photo)

JCR S.A. Cessna 510 Mustang, LV-CBO (c/n 510-0265), at AEP on 01Oct10.  (Phil Perry Photo)

Grupo Sancor Seguros Cessna 550 Citation II, LV-BCO (c/n 550-0458), at AEP on 01Oct10.  (Phil Perry Photo)

Aviajet S.A. Cessna 550 Citation II, LV-CFS (c/n 550-0310), at AEP on 28Oct10.  (Phil Perry Photo)


Thursday, July 13, 2017

PHOTO GALLERY: Andes MD-83 LV-WGM painted in Travel Rock colors with variations from same scheme in 2015

Andes MD-83, LV-WGM (c/n 49784/1627), in the special Travel Rock billboard scheme at Buenos Aires Aeroparque (AEP) on 11Jul17.  (Phil Perry Photo) 

The same aircraft in the same scheme at Aeroparque on 10Dec15 but with a few differences as described below.  (Phil Perry Photo)

The Travel Rock logo on the front of the aircraft previously had the wording "TRAVEL ROCK TRAVEL COMPANY" but it now reads "TRAVEL ROCK, ROCK YOUR LIFE".

Previously there was script lettering above the billboard titles with the legend "La compania de viajes de egresados mas grande del mundo" (the largest company in the world of graduating student trips) in reference to Travel Rock but those are not there now. 

The "ROCK YOUR LIFE" logo on the engine now replaces what in 2015 was at first a simple logo followed by the brown colors illustrated above. 

This year the tail has the new-style "andes" lettering on the tail compared to the "TRAVEL ROCK TRAVEL COMPANY" logo painted there in 2015.