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Aerolineas Argentinas sounds optimistic. Despite the harsh economic environment that airline has to operate, today annouced it's optimism in the future, which sound to lift up spirits.
For starters, Aerolineas and Austral will finally be merged into one name brand. To signify this the F/A’s will receive new uniforms to be unveiled shortly. It is also negotiating codeshare agreements with Varig, Mexicana and Air France. Initially, Aerolineas will connect domestic passengers on to Air France flights. Maybe a future expanded agreement in the future? It is also studying the possibility of initiating new services to Cuba and the resumption of New York.
But the most important deal that the airline has achieved is the fact that it's about to sign new labor contracts with it’s 7 strong unions, which will increase productivity and competitiveness for the airline. The airline no longer has the need of slashing 25% of employee’s salaries as the devaluation of the peso has taken care of that.
With spirits up the airline’s most ambitious program is too build a new building in which to house it’s new corporate headquarters. The building would integrate all the company’s facets of operation, which are currently scattered through various points in Buenos Aires. This would allow the airline to save money while making it easier for the different parts of the company to communicate and work together to make the airline a better company.
Aerolineas Argentinas also states that it’s better poised to withstand the current financial catastrophe that the country is going thru due to the fact that 35% of it’s revenue (300 million dollars) is earned abroad giving the airline much needed hard currency. Something that the rest of the domestic airlines lack. It is expected that some of the other airlines might not survive.
P.S. If you haven’t seen the new commercial, go to http://www.aerolineas.com.ar and download it. It almost made me cry…