Andes Lineas Aereas has taken delivered of a former Continental Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-82 (MSN 49127; LV-BEP) for start-up of six times-weekly service between Salta and Buenos Aires. The Province of Salta backed the project by assuring a minimum load factor until the new airline is estabilished and able to sell all seats without any financial assistance. The province alleges that with only Aerolineas Argentinas/Austral serving Salta city with around 30 flights per week (plus LAB to Bolivia), the tourism market needs more seats to occupy the various hotels and facilities that have opened in the last two years. Salta is 1600km to the north of Buenos Aires, so air travel is a public necessity. Andes Lineas Aereas intends to use the plane for charters outside of its scheduled flying commitments.