27 NOVEMBER 2017
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A new South American airline took to the skies last week as a prelude to launching international flights next year. Buenos Aires-based Avianca Argentina has an all-turboprop fleet but says it plans to add three Airbus A320 family aircraft by mid-2018.
Last week’s flights were between Buenos Aires Aeroparque and Rosario, followed by service to Mar del Plata starting tomorrow, 28 November. The carrier has also had approval from the Argentine government to launch more than 30 other routes.
Avianca Argentina, which is wholly owned by Synergy, the majority shareholder of Colombia's Avianca, says these include international service to cities in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru.
Synergy’s owner, the Bolivian entrepreneur Germán Efromovich, said Avianca Argentina planned to launch its international network with services to Sao Paulo once the Airbus fleet had begun to arrive.
The airline is also said by Efromovich to be looking at being brought into Avianca Holdings, the parent company of Avianca of Colombia, which is seeking to sign a joint-venture agreement with United Airlines by the end of the year.
Avianca Argentina earlier this year ended operations with the BAe Jetstream 31 after retiring its last two aircraft and shifted to an all-ATR fleet.
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