-Aerolineas Argentinas is to retire 3 of its oldest B732s (LV-JND, JTO, LEB
) by the end of April, leaving just two '70s-build examples in service. AR
plans to relaunch the relaunch the service to Bogota on June 4 (using the A313), with 4 weekly frequencies, while Peking and Shanghai (via Madrid) are scheduled to be inaugurated on May 28 (using a B744).
-American Falcon has resumed scheduled services, after a two month suspension, from Buenos Aires to Puerto Iguazu, and will shortly restart flights to Bariloche and Salta. WK's operational fleet now comprises just 3 B732s, as the F28 operated in LAER colours has been returned to the provincial airline of Entre Rios, who in turn plan to sell it due to high operating costs. Since February, the airline has continued to operate the daily EZE
service code-shared with IB
, as well as charters. LAN offered to rescue the struggling airline last year but as of yet, nothing has materialised. WK is not part of the government's venture LAFSA (opb Southern Winds), a state-run airline created last year to provide employment for ex-LAPA and Dinar staff jobless since their airlines foundered during the crisis, and hence receives no government aid. Between the AR
/AU and SW
-LAFSA domestic duopoly, WK operates at a hefty disadvantage.
-PLUNA will receive its second and final ATR-42 in the coming months. PLUNA is offering lucrative fares across the River Plate of US$78 return between AEP
-MVD and AEP
-PDP. The arrival of the next ATR will mark the completion of PLUNA's modernisation programme, which, in addition to the ATRs, has seen single examples of the B733, B752 and B763ER join PLUNA's fleet of 3 B732s since 2002.
-Uair has been authorised by the Uruguayan government to begin services to Buenos Aires, Asuncion, Porto Alegre, Sao Paolo and Santiago de Chile, expanding the LCC's thus far unsuccessful network concentrated on secondary cities in Argentina and Brazil like Rosario, Cordoba, Mendoza and Curitiba. Uair will receive its 3rd and 4th F100s from TAM in June and July.