June 19, 2013
Aerolineas Argentinas will lease four Airbus A330-200s from International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC), with the aircraft to be operated on new and existing routes in the Americas.
The airline will use the aircraft to increase frequencies on routes to destinations like Cancun, Caracas and Bogota, says Sergio Garcia Gomez, Aerolineas’ VP for fleet planning and financial restructuring. New markets will also be explored for the A330s, Gomez tells Aviation Week at the Paris air show.
The A330s will be delivered later this year. They have been previously used by another carrier, but will have new cabin interiors and inflight entertainment.
Aerolineas currently has 11 Airbus A340s in its widebody fleet. Gomez says the carrier has wanted to add two-engine widebodies to its fleet for some time.
“We feel that the Americas market can be served in more efficient ways,” he says.
The airline will continue to operate the A340s after the A330s arrive, giving it a widebody fleet of 15 aircraft. The A340s “will still be with us for some years,” says Gomez.
As to whether the carrier will order more A330s, Gomez says it will “see how the aircraft operates when we have them in service.” He notes that the carrier is going through a lot of changes in its narrowbody and widebody fleets, so it will focus on bringing the new aircraft in before addressing further widebody needs.
Aerolineas is still examining whether it will order either the Airbus A350 or Boeing 787. So far there is only a preliminary study, and there is no formal timeline for a decision, Gomez says.