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The Last Gaucho: Aerolíneas Argentinas Retires Airbus A340 Fleet

On the early morning hours on Monday, Aerolíneas Argentinas' last Airbus A340-300, registration LV-FPU of Aerolineas Argentinas, had completed its last commercial flight for the company, which means the decommissioning of the aircraft type from the carrier's active fleet. The gap will be initially covered by expanding the current Airbus A330 fleet. The Airbus A340 was incorporated into the company in June 1999, covering its international destinations, although they were also used to fly some domestic destinations and to neighboring…

South African Airways Looking to Sell its Airbus A340s

South African Airways is putting up some of its widebody Airbus A340-600 aircraft up for sale in order to accommodate some of the newer Airbus A350-900s being added to its fleet. The Johannesburg-based airline has found it necessary to sell its older Airbus aircraft to accommodate the new models with…

South African Airways Eyes Asset Sales to Accommodate Next-Generation Jets

In a tender posted on its website, South African Airways is now readying the sale of some of its assets that include five Airbus A340-300s and four Airbus A340-600s along with 15 spare engines and auxiliary power units. According to the company's acting CEO Zuks Ramasia, the sale of these…

SAS Planning for Summer A350 Routes, Replacing A330/A340

As more and more airlines release their schedules for the year to come, a clearer picture of what new services and changes are expected to be seen over the coming year and SAS Scandinavian Airlines has announced long-haul changes for its fleet’s summer 2020 schedule, according to Airlineroute. The carrier,…

TAP Air Portugal Starts A340-300 Phase-Out

This week TAP Air Portugal, Portugal's flag carrier, started the phase-out of their four A340-300s. CS-TOA, CS-TOB, CS-TOC and CS-TOD have been flying for the airline since 1994, when the Lockheed L-1011 Tristar was retired from the Portuguese carrier's fleet. In recent years, the A340s were being used by TAP…

Iran’s Mahan Air Operates Flight to Venezuela, Seeks Permanent Connection

Just after 9:30 a.m. on Monday, April 8, an unusual visitor arrived at Simón Bolívar International Airport in Caracas, Venezuela. A Mahan Air Airbus A340-600 landed in the Venezuelan capital after a 15-hour flight from Tehran, Iran. A rare routing for the Iranian carrier, the flight was not bringing Iranian…

South African Airways to Separate into Three Units

South African Airways has been going through a long-standing period of loss-making due to a large number of factors including a bureaucratic company structure with allegations of corruption. In 2017 Vuyani Janara was appointed as the CEO, promising to change the way the company operates with a goal of profitability.…

Air Belgium Announces Commencement of Service

Air Belgium, an airline based in Belgium, will launch its online reservation platform on Tuesday, April 3, at 9 a.m. Beginning April 30, the airline will be offering direct flights to Hong Kong, with additional destinations in China to be added in the summer. Tickets as of tomorrow will be…

Air Belgium Prepares For Take Off: Interview with CEO

Founded in 2016, Air Belgium has been working hard as it prepares to take flight for the first time this year. The airline will be the first new one in Belgium since 2006 when SN Brussels Airlines merged with Virgin Express creating Brussels Airlines, the flag carrier of the country.…

Aerolineas Argentinas Prepares to Introduce the 737 MAX 8 and…

Aerolíneas Argentinas is set to receive its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 by the end of November, making Argentina’s flag carrier the first operator of the type in Latin America. The addition will directly impact its long-haul fleet, partially relieving the aging A340-300 from active duty. Following a renegotiation of…