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Aerolineas Argentinas Comet

Thu Oct 18, 2007 8:46 pm

I came across this photo:

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Which got me wondering what was the routing for EZE-LHR back then?

Which were the other Aerolineas Argentinas Comet routes?
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RE: Aerolineas Argentinas Comet

Thu Oct 18, 2007 9:23 pm

There were two routes to London, each once a week:

Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro - Recife - Dakar - Madrid - Paris - London


Buenos Aires - Rio de Janeiro - Recife - Dakar - Madrid - Frankfurt - London

The other routes were:

Buenos Aires - Santiago de Chile (5 times per week)
Buenos - Aires - Rio de Janeiro - Port of Spain - New York (3 times per week, one of them via Havana)

Aerolineas Argentinas had six Comets 4 and one Comet 4C, three of them were lost: one on 27th August near Asuncion, 1 on 20th February 1960 at Ezeiza airport during a crew training and one crash-landed in a forest near Campinas Airport, Sao Paulo, on 23rd November 1961. They started to replace them with Boeing 707-320B in November 1965.
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RE: Aerolineas Argentinas Comet

Fri Oct 19, 2007 12:45 am

What were AR's other European routes back then. AR didn't fly to FCO and ZRH in the 1950s and 1960s? Did AR fly to ORY and FRA more than once a week? Also, I am surprised that AR did not fly to MIA in those years. When did they add MIA to its network?
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RE: Aerolineas Argentinas Comet

Fri Oct 19, 2007 3:10 pm

I remember seeing Aerolineas's Comets at JFK Airport in the the late '60s. They flew a routing I believe of BUE to Recife to Port of Spain then non-stop to JFK.

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RE: Aerolineas Argentinas Comet

Fri Oct 19, 2007 3:32 pm

Quoting Jmbweeboy (Reply 3):

Indeed. I've got stored somewhere an issue of an old Life en Español magazine from 1959 featuring an article about the maiden flight of AR's Comet 4 to "Idlewild". If I'm not wrong, the route was Ezeiza - Rio de Janeiro - Curaçao - New York.

According with the article, that maiden flight got an one delayed on NY because one of the technicians on the flight tried to smuggle a calculator (you know, one of those huge mechanical things from those times), hid it under a flap (?!) and damaged it. Big grin
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RE: Aerolineas Argentinas Comet

Fri Oct 19, 2007 11:08 pm

Quoting IAD380 (Reply 2):
AR didn't fly to FCO and ZRH in the 1950s and 1960s?

In 4/57 they had two weekly DC-6s: EZE-GIG-Natal-DKR-LIS-MAD, one continuing to ORY-LHR-AMS and the other to ROM-FRA-AMS.
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RE: Aerolineas Argentinas Comet

Fri Oct 19, 2007 11:11 pm

I actually thought you were talking about the Marsans group, who owns Aerolineas Argentinas and Air Comet..
Big coincidence with thhe topic of this thread..  Smile
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