has 5 747-200 and 1 747-400 in service. In total, 4 of the 747-200 and the sole 747-400 are in use (actually, all of them are usually operated, but only four are required to cover their schedules). Your frequencies are incorrect. AR
has only four weekly flights to FCO
, all using A340s as you said. They have twelve weekly flights to MD
), Spain">MAD, of which four are flown by the 747-400, and eight by the 747-200s. Furthermore, there are five weekly flights to MIA
, of which two are scheduled to be operated by 747-200s, although the other three flights sometimes switch from A340 to 747-200s too.
A complete EZE
), Spain">MAD - EZE
flight cannot be done in less than 24 hours, thus the need for 747s is much higher than you guessed. The 747-400s schedule is the most AR
can get out of this plane. For the other flights to MD
), Spain">MAD, AT
LEAST two further 747-200 are needed. A further 747-200 is needed for the MIA
flights. A fourth 747-200 is also used as a backup and eventually for additional MIA
flights, since only three A340s are in service between May and September (they are going through D-checks one by one) and if one of those three has a problem, there wouldn't be any spare except one of those 747s. With four 747-200s and a 747-400, AR
has a somewhat comfortable schedule, however, three 747-200s wouldn't be enough. They could do with one 747-200 less, and in fact, LV
-OOZ is leaving for Air Plus (which intends to return EC
-IPN) and LV
-MLP is going to Aerolíneas del Sur, while AR
will only get one further 747-400 for now.
Furthermore, the additional A340 and the eight 737-500 are clearly OFF THE TABLE for some weeks now. Expect maybe a 747-400, a MD
-83 (could be two), probably for AU
, and, MAYBE, a second A310 for December.