Today, the ultra-low-cost carrier Flybondi received its seventh aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 NG, with registration number LV-KDQ. It became the second-largest airline in the country by fleet size, behind Aerolíneas Argentinas.
A new aircraft
On Friday, Flybondi received its latest Boeing 737-800NG. This plane will begin operations in the short term after the airline completes the corresponding administrative tasks. Flybondi expects to receive three more jetliners in the next few months, reaching ten aircraft before the year ends.
This 737-800NG was first built and delivered in 2010. It is owned by the leasing company Aircastle and has a capacity to carry 189 passengers in a single cabin.
Prior to flying with Flybondi, the aircraft only had one other operator. Garuda Indonesia operated this plane between 2010 and 2022 with the registration number PK-GFL. It has totaled nearly 28,000 flight hours and over 18,500 flight cycles.
The aircraft arrived today at 11:10 am at Ezeiza International Airport from Louisiana, United States, with a stopover in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
Mauricio Sana, CEO of Flybondi, said,
“It is truly an enormous achievement to continue with our growth plan and to continue bringing aircraft that will be based in Argentina. In this economic and social context, it is important to remember that with each new aircraft we add, we generate real and concrete investment in the country, greater development in regional economies, and above all, many jobs in the provinces, both in direct and indirect employment. “
He added that the airline is reaffirming its primary purpose every day: to give people the freedom to fly with good quality, safe, and economical service.
This is Flybondi’s latest aircraft. Photo: Flybondi.
What’s the size of the other Argentinian carriers?
With the arrival of its latest aircraft, Flybondi became the second-largest airline by fleet size in Argentina.
Nonetheless, it is well behind Argentina’s leading carrier by fleet size, Aerolíneas Argentinas. The State carrier currently operates 79 aircraft, including ten Airbus A330s, eight Boeing 737-700s, six 737 MAX 8s, 29 737-800s, and 26 Embraer E190s (inherited from its merger with Austral).
Flybondi’s main competitor, JetSMART Argentina, currently owns six Airbus A320-200 aircraft, and LADE, another State carrier owned by the military, has a fleet of five aircraft, four Saab 340B and one Fokker F28-1000C.
Aerolíneas Argentinas has the largest fleet in Argentina. Photo: Getty Images.
Flybondi is an ultra-low-cost carrier that launched operations in Argentina in 2018. The COVID-19 pandemic deeply impacted its growth plans (at some point, it required help from the Argentinian army to operate some commercial flights), but it seems the airline has recovered.
This year, the airline has already incorporated three aircraft, hired more than 400 employees, and launched or announced four new domestic destinations: Ushuaia and Puerto Madryn on June 23, and El Calafate and Comodoro Rivadavia, starting next month.
It currently flies to 15 domestic and two international destinations: Buenos Aires, Bariloche, Corrientes, Córdoba, Jujuy, Mendoza, Neuquén, Posadas, Iguazú, Salta, Santiago del Estero, Trelew, Tucumán, Puerto Madryn, Ushuaia, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil ), and São Paulo (Brazil).
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