LONDON – Argentinian carrier Flybondi is aiming to have a total of 12 aircraft in its fleet by the end of this year as the airline’s expansion plans gear up.
It is understood that two new aircraft will arrive before December, and they are looking to add two more before the end of the year.
Looking into 2023, the carrier is going to add at least five more aircraft to its fleet. This comes off the back of the massive reception they have had in demand.
This means that the carrier will be sourcing Boeing 737-800 aircraft to take off the hands of lessors who may want to make some revenue.
Flybondi is already second in the country in terms of capacity offering and domestic market share and the first in occupation of its flights.
Offering an average load factor of 94%, it is becoming clearer why the airline is going to be needing more aircraft, especially if they continue to be this popular in Argentina.
On top of that, the airline has transported 87% more passengers compared to September 2019, with the airline saying that they are approaching one of their objectives proposed when announcing the growth plan.
Sana: We Love This News…
Expanding more on this was Mauricio Sana, the CEO of Flybondi:
“We love being able to give this news in a scenario of recovery and growth. They are a source of pride for the more than 1,050 flybondiers who work every day to democratize flights in Argentina and the region, convinced that there is a large market to conquer.”
“Today, we were able to confirm that we will seek to have 12 operational aircraft in the coming months and that we are launching into the leasing market to seek more fleet by 2023, which will bring new domestic routes and more countries in the region connected to Argentina.”
Sharp Rise to the Top?
The airline began operating in Argentina in 2018 and has already transported more than 5,000,000 people 20% of its passengers are people who fly by plane for the first time in their lives.
It has a fleet of 8 Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft with 189 single-class seats. It flies to 17 domestic destinations:
- Buenos Aires
- Santiago del Estero
- Puerto Madryn
- El Calafate
- Comodoro Rivadavia.
It currently flies to two international destinations in Brazil: Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. And in December, it resumes its flights to Florianopolis. It has a domestic market share of 18% and a 5% international market share (September 2022).
It remains clear that Flybondi is experiencing some unprecedented growth and is going to need the aircraft to be able to keep this sustainable for as long as possible.
Looking ahead, it’s going to be interesting to see how many more aircraft they will take towards the middle of this decade, as we could see further growth opportunities later down the road.
But for now, all we can do is sit back and wait to see what else the Argentinian carrier has up its sleeves.