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That's great news! LV
-AYI is awaiting its ferry flight in basic AR
colours at CDG
, and a 3rd -500 is due by the end of the year. Yesterday AR
finalised a contract with GECAS for its first batch of B737-500s, numbering 15 in all.
The 2nd A310 is now due on December 15, and AU
are due to receive another MD
-83 (for a total of 5) in the coming weeks. I have a feeling the "45 Boeing 737-300/500s" over the next few years will actually break down into more of a mix of aircraft, including MD
-80s and perhaps the odd used Airbus, while with the "4 Boeing 747-400s", we shall see...
The last B737-200 is due to be phased-out in 2009, but I don't see why that date won't slip, especially since some, such as LV
-ZTX, -ZXH and -ZXV, are only 17-18 years old and could fly well into the next decade. As far as actual plans go, LV
-JTO, the last of the pax-configured -287s in service, will be retired in March next year, exactly 35 years after AR
received their first Boeing 737. LV
-ZTE is also earmarked for retirement in March, but, being of 1985-build, she may simply cross the Andes to join the Chilean division, as was originally planned. Its 7 sisters at AU
may be next in line as the Marsans vision is to standardise AU
's fleet with one type of aircraft, the MD
-WSY and -WTX, two 1972-vintage former ANA machines, will be put up for sale next year as they differ slightly from the rest of the fleet.
For now, That's All Folks!