Load factors not as impressive as they anticipated. From what I know, sometimes flights with poor loads do a "milk run", i.e. flying one destination further, in an effort to pick up more passengers. Equally, if a ROS
flight is a little empty, the plane may to MVD-COR
-MVD, hoping to pick up more passengers elsewhere.
During the '90s, Uair would have been phenomenal; remember the networks boasted by Southern Winds and LAER between smaller airports. Rosario is doing the worst out of Uair's destinations, as above all it suffers from one of the highest rates of urban unemployment in Argentina. Córdoba is big, and Mendoza is booming, but then the other problem is that Uruguay, in spite of its economic recovery, is still not in very good shape, and there is not too much demand for secondary Argentine cities.
I agree, the EZE
-MVD/PDP concept is not a bad one in principle and I have no idea why Uair chose to cancel BA
; sooner or later we will find out. But even from AEP
, with the liquidation of Aerovip, there is a void which could be filled by Uair if they so chose to, but I don't see that happening any time soon. If Southern Winds wish to survive, they too would be wise to launch services to Uruguay at least for the summer season, but no such plans have been officially announced.
's 1st 735, LV
-AYE, is sitting at EZE
, fully painted and ready to fly (I saw it on Saturday morning parked at the Chivatos maintenance area) and I must say it looks great. It was flanked by 4 747s and an A310, the latter of which I wonder if it's the 2nd one which was/is due sometime this month (ex-Air Jamaica, PIA). LV
-AYE is due to start services this Thursday (11th), to GIG
Currently, it looks like AR
only has 7 more 735s on immediate order (all ex-AF), as the United deal has apparently fallen-through. Likewise, no news on which are the 2 MD
is expecting the end of the year, but LV
-AYD (formerly Spirit's N824NK) is already in service, having arrived last month from Dallas.