Last week Argentinean LCC (low-cost carrier), Flybondi, received its 15th Boeing 737-800 marking yet more growth for the carrier.
This article will cover the details surrounding Flybondi’s 15th aircraft and what this means for the Argentinean LCC.
Flybondi Receives 15th Aircraft
Signifying yet more growth for the aviation sector in Argentina, Flybondi has received its 15th Boeing 737-800 aircraft at its base Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, its third addition in just one month.
The aircraft, currently registered as 2-FZUA, but will be re-registered as LV-KJF shortly is a 17-year-old airframe that has been leased from AerCap. The aircraft used to operate for China’s Shanghai Airlines as B-5145.
To get to Buenos Aires, the aircraft had to be moved out of Jinan in China, which was an operation that took over 60 hours, where the aircraft stopped at Sapporo in Japan, then headed across to Anchorage in Alaska, then down to San Antonio in Texas and across to Lima in Peru before arriving into Ezeiza.
Flybondi’s fleet of Boeing 737-800s all have a seating capacity of 189 seats and fly to 17 domestic destinations and three international destinations.
With their latest fleet additions, doubling capacity when compared to September 2022, Flybondi is expecting that an estimated 275% more passengers will fly when compared to October 2019.
Commenting on their 15th fleet addition, Flybondi’s Chief Executive Officer, Mauricio Sana, says, “Reaching the fleet we have today is a historic event for the country. For us it is a sample of the potential that both Flybondi and the passenger market have: there is a lot to grow. We want more people to join the freedom to fly and the one who has already chosen us, to do it many times more.”
“When we started flying 5 years ago, we dreamed of democratizing the skies with a real purpose. We did it and here we are, making history.”