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Strange Flights & ARG Airports

Thu Dec 30, 1999 9:42 am

Well...hmmm...since....ahhh...I will probably get grilled it goes.....

As far as I know: Lima, FEDERICO, Tailscraper MAYBE can answer these (anyone else can answer, too.)

1. Some strange routes I discovered:
Santiago-Papeete...Where is Papeete (I know is somewhere in Asia, according to the internet)
Rio Gallegos-Mount Pleasant... Never heard of a town like that in ARG. Towns with english names in ARG: Heard of Lincoln, Armstrong, Hurlingham in ARG, MOUNT PLEASANT? Where is that? (could not find anything on the internet on this one, except for Mount Pleasant, USA...can't be the same one...imposible.)
Tucuman-Somewhere in Bolivia, to what city is it, & by what airline? (can't find anything on line on this either)
&: Buenos Aires-Porto Alegre...simply...WHY?

2. What's going on at EZE, exactly? The last time I went was in 1997. How has it changed? (nothing on line about this...too frustrating  )
Is cordoba really getting a brand-new airport?
Finally, how many flights from ARG to South Africa, & to where?

Ok. These are way to many't get mad at me...i'm just curious.   Happy Y2K!
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RE: Papeete

Thu Dec 30, 1999 9:52 am

Mr. Derico,

I can't answer most of your questions, except this one:

Every good and loyal follower of Air Tahiti Nui, and that beautiful A340 they truck around in knows that Papeete is the major city of.............Tahiti, which is in the south Pacific. Peace.

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RE: Strange Flights & ARG Airports

Thu Dec 30, 1999 12:09 pm

Hello Happy New Year...

Well hear are some of the questions you were asking.

Lan Chile fly's the flight Santiago - Rio Gallegos - Mount. Pleasant. Rio Gallegos is somewhere in Argentina & Mount Pleasant is the capital of the Falkland Islands. Remember the war that Argentina fought with England over the Falkland Islands back in the early 80's?

In case you didn't know, The Falkland Islands are some Oil rich Islands located off the coast of Argentina. Until recently these Islands were almost inacessable because the British nationals living in the Islands did not allow any Argentinians to fly there. Lan Chile used to fly there from santiago via another Chilean city but changed it to Rio Gallegos in order to offer Argentinians flights that would take them to visit burried loved ones that died there during the war. The flight operates only a once a week with a 737-200.

Papeete is in Tahiti. Lan Chile fly's the route Santiago - Easter Island - Papeete with 767-300. the flight makes a stop in Easter Island which is somewhere in the Pacific ocena. Easter Island is a teritory of Chile, Much like Guam is to the U.S. The flight is then continued to Papeete, Tahiti where the passegers either offload or take a connecting flight onward to Sydney via Qantas.

I hope that this info helped. These routes sound like pretty exotic. I only which I had the money to offord flying there.
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Thu Dec 30, 1999 12:30 pm

It's the first time we have met, so let me tell you a little of me. I lived in Argentina for 4+ years, was born an American in Miami, my dad is american (New Jersey), my mom Argentine. So I do now were Rio Gallegos is located, at the bottom tip of Argentina, in the province of Santa Cruz. Now that makes sense. A Rio Gallegos-Falkland Islands flight! Unbelievable! I don't understand why Mount Pleasant is the capital. I always believed that Stanley was the only town in the islands, in fact, Stanley figures as THE capital in the maps I just looked at...I don't get that...Why would they change capitals to a place that doesn't even show on a map! And yes, I do know about the conflict of the Falklands, or Malvinas...

Papeete is in Tahiti! Didn't know that. I always thought Tahiti was...well...Tahiti.
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RE: Strange Flights & ARG Airports

Thu Dec 30, 1999 10:01 pm

Mount Pleasant is the name of the airport serving the Malvinas/Falkland Islands (use the name you prefer). When the British won the armed conflict in 1982 the build this airport to be used as an air force facility. In fact their defense fleet is based there, however, this is also the main civilian airport. RAF Tristars regularly fly there from a RAF base called Brize Norton, in Oxfordshire, England. Last October Lan Chile flights from Santiago via Punta Arenas started to make stops in Rio Gallegos Argentines can now visit the islands as the ban has been lifted after long negotiations.

Mount Pleasant can handle any type of aircraft, there has been some British Airways aircraft visiting. Last year in October Prince Charles used a Boeing 777 to visit Argentina, Uruguay and this islands. Then he flew nonstop from Mount Pleasant back to London setting a sort of record with a flight taking 15 hours.

Years back (around 1993 or 1994) there was even an Aerolineas Argentinas B747 chartered by the Red Cross to transport relatives of Argentine soldiers that die in the war. The Jumbo, which flew in the morning from Ezeiza to Mount Pleasant coming back in the late afternoon, had its markings covered with stickers to cover the words "Argentinas" and the Argentine flag because the british wouldn´t allow otherwise the special flight. It had a red cross marking because it was an humanitarian flight.

Tucuman: if you lived here you may know this is an important city here in the north; probably the fifth largest.

Ezeiza: there is construction going on at the moment. The new arrivals terminal is taking shape and is apparently going to be opened by March. It looks very modern with a lot of glass and a white metalic structure. They are also constructing a four level parking across from the international terminal (known as Terminal A). Some months ago they refurbished the former airport hotel which was abandoned since early 1980´s so this now has offices for the airlines and the headquarters of Aeropuertos Argentina 2000, the company that won the privatization. Cordoba airport is also going to look very different and in Bariloche, the renewal works were inaugurated last September, now its terminal looking modern and functional.

Hope this has helped.

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RE: Strange Flights & ARG Airports

Thu Dec 30, 1999 10:32 pm

I do know about Tucuman, home of "la casa de la Independencia". I wasn't reffering to Tucuman as a strange place...I just wanted to know who'm & to where in Bolivia they are flying, because I once read an article talking about Tucuman that said "There are flights to Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Mendoza, Salta, to other smaller destinations in the north of Argentina, & to Bolivia."
Hopefully someone will know. Happy 2000!
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RE: Tucuman-Santa Cruz De La Sierra

Thu Dec 30, 1999 10:56 pm

Hi and sorry Derico, I misunderstood.

Lloyd Aereo Boliviano flies from Tucuman to their hub in Santa Cruz de la Sierra with B727 or B737-300. I read in a magazine that during the past winter holidays (here in July), LAB operated direct charters from Tucuman to Miami using A310-300. Also from Tucuman there are charters to Brazil and the caribbean during the summer since the last two years.

LAB also flies to Salta and Cordoba.
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RE: Argentina-South Africa

Fri Dec 31, 1999 7:06 am

To South Africa, four direct flights per week from Buenos Aires:

Two with Malaysia Airlines, with B747-400, to Capetown then Johannesburg (then to Kuala Lumpur) on Wenesdays and Sundays.

Two with South African Airways, both nonstop to Johannesburg. On Thursdays with B747SP and on Saturdays with B747-200.

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