It is the third of five aircraft that the company will incorporate to its fleet. The aircraft, with registration mark LV-HKU, made its inaugural flight to Neuquén.
Buenos Aires, Monday, February 5, 2018.- Aerolíneas Argentinas started operating its brand new aircraft in regular flights today, with its inaugural flight to Neuquén, only a few months after the introduction of this aircraft model to the world. This Boeing 737 MAX 8, with registration mark LV-HKU, is the first to arrive in 2018 and the third of five aircraft of this type that were ordered to the American manufacturer.
The inaugural flight AR1652 departed from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery at 8:00 a.m. and landed at Presidente Perón International Airport at 9:55 a.m., and was received with the traditional “baptism” by national, provincial and local authorities in Neuquén.
Guillermo Dietrich, Argentine Ministry of Transport, who participated in the first flight, expressed that: “Aerolíneas is now the first Latin-American airline to have an aircraft of this type. We are reinstating the pride of Argentine people in having their beloved flight carrier back where it deserves, and we keep on increasing the capacity to go on connecting families and creating opportunities throughout the country.”
Mario Dell´Acqua, President of Aerolíneas Group expressed that: “This new MAX allows us to fly more and better: with a wider range, less noise, more efficiency and autonomy. It is a very favorable incorporation which we hope will satisfactorily serve a growing market that is looking for more flexible connections.”
As of today, this new equipment with 170 seats per aircraft (8 in Club Economy and 162 in economy class) and greater flight autonomy will cover regular flights throughout Argentina and the region.
The MAX family incorporates the latest technology with their CFM International LEAP-1B engines, their innovative winglets and other improvements to offer the highest level of efficiency. It has a more comfortable layout and a LED lighting system that changes color according to the time of the day, adjusting its intensity. Furthermore, the split-tip winglet design allows for a lower use of fuel, thus protecting the environment and reducing operating costs.