Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2525 times:
KLM did fly to Buenos Aires but terminated service to save costs. The yeild on the route were not great, and was an extension of KL's services to Brazil so it was not very popular with business travellers. Its also expensive for the 747 to continue on with a small load of pax.
When Argentina's financial crisis is worked out, KL may return to EZE, with a continuing service to SCL, if it could be operated on a nonstop basis out of AMS; this route could be served with KL's new 777s, which would be more effecient to operate on this route than the 744s.
Capt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2526 times:
That's right, I can't imagine yields were that great, given other rival airlines (AF, BA, LH, IB and AZ) operate non-stop flights to EZE, and the first three offer 3 classes of service on these flights. Both AF and BA are now operating 777s on their respective routes to EZE. AF and LH continue to operate the extension to SCL, whereas IB flies a dedicated non-stop service to SCL from MAD.
BA no longer flies to SCL, but pax flying to SCL change planes at EZE, where fellow Oneworld alliance member Lanchile has an a/c waiting next to the inbound BA 777, when it arrives in the morning.
Lima From Argentina, joined May 1999, 1122 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (13 years 2 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2465 times:
In a local newspaper last year (La Nacion) it was mentioned that KLM asked the Argentinean government to increase its frequencies from three to five. One more was given in early 2000 but the other denied. The company then implemented the cost reduction plan Baseline and Buenos Aires and Sydney were cut. After the royal wedding between Willem Alexander and Maxima, the gov. of Fernando de la Rua sent the secretary of tourism to the Netherlands and offered KLM that it would not be a problem to obtain the frequencies they want including daily services from AMS to EZE.
After the devaluation, cost are of course lower but now demand is the problem from Argentina.
Perhaps one day they may return if the situation stabilizes and use a B777.