Aerolíneas Argentinas' first Boeing 737 MAX 8 (Photo: Chuyi Chuang)

Aerolineas Argentinas: Good Decisions Amid Bad Luck

Last weekend, a major storm hit the Buenos Aires metropolitan area and seemed to focus on Aeroparque Jorge Newbery's ramp. As Aerolíneas Argentinas' main domestic hub, a significant part of its Boeing 737 fleet was stationed there and was exposed to damage from hail and lightning. When the storm was over, 15 aircraft needed to be declared out of service and were removed from daily operations schedule. That triggered an operations nightmare, as additional flights needed to mitigate the impact of…