Good evening gentlemen,
How about restarting the MDZ-COR line, since only AR does a prefunctory service of it. Or maybe even a MDZ-UAQ-COR run.
I really believe that route should have been started long ago, same as COR
. Mendoza, Córdoba and Rosario are Argentina's most important cities, after Buenos Aires of course, hence they should be linked one another. Especially since A4
, at its beginnings, was proud of its Cordobés origin.
As of now, AR's COR-MDZ has very poor loads, around 60 pax per day. That route should be great for an airline such as Aerovip, or perhaps an Aerolíneas Regional.
What is the deal with Air Plus? Weren't they supposed to be operating just a single 747? Then that became 2. And now 3? Who needs the 747s more: AR or A7? Plus, isn't MLP due for transfer in April '05?
It is almost confirmed that Aerolíneas del Sur will receive one of Air Plus' 747s. LV
-MLP is owned by AR
and its been transfered on leasing to A7 earlier than planned.
About OEP: How serious is that "crack"? Should it be flying at all? Is it not repairable? Don't know about you but I'd be a little weary about flying on that plane...
The aircraft can fly. The cycle restrictions was ordered by Boeing. This doesn't mean the plane is unsafe, but should the airframe reach a certain amount of cycles, AR
will have to decide whether to mandarlo a desguace
(scrap it) or to repair it, the latter being considerably expensive.
1. Do AR really need the extra capacity provided by 45 B737-300/500s, when they also plan to retain the MD-80s?
I believe that is a long-term plan. AR
also considers growing in the forecoming years, thus this big expansion. We should also consider that the MD
-81s might be retired, as they are starting to show their age. The complete, 45 aircraft 733/5 fleet should be ready by 2009, when the MD
-81s will be about 27 years old.
Last but not least, remember Marsans still wants to create subsidiaries in Uruguay, Bolivia and Paraguay. Some of those aircraft may go to those sister airlines, if they ever start.
2. What fate do AR have in store for their B747-200s? Will they fetch-up with A7 and the subsidiaries? Are 4 B747-400s enough for supporting AR's long-haul network, especially if that will soon include PEK, PVG, DXB, ATH etc...?
I am very
skeptical about announcements such as ATH
. And I even tomo con pinzas
routes like PEK
The 744s are, and will be, mainly used in the EZE
rotation. With four 747-400 they might start Beijing or Shanghai via MAD
twice weekly. However, these aircraft won't be used in other routes but during the high season (e.g. they will send it to USH
this summer). For the other routes you have the A342s and the A310, which might be 2 in a near future, and 5 in a few years, depending on how the Cat I thing goes on.
[Edited 2004-11-21 02:46:56]