Andes Líneas Aéreas, an Argentinean airline founded in 2006, announced the resumption of its operations in December. Through a post on its social media, the company said on October 20 that it “will restart air operations within the next 60 days”.
The small carrier has been inactive since February 2020, right at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. But already at that time, the company had serious financial problems due to the economic crisis in the South American nation.
The return of services, however, will initially be made with charter flights. To that end, Andes received a Boeing 737-800 last week, which was being returned to operational condition in Shannon, Ireland.
MIRA! BUENA NOTICIA! Llegó el Boeing 737/800NG de @AndesArgentina está en el aeropuerto de Ezeiza @aa2000oficial atendido en tierra por @intercargoARG La aeronave ya tiene matrícula ARG LV-KFW gracias al fotógrafo @rominawinner @MundoAeropuerto @ATE_ANAC @Dataclave @LuisAutalan pic.twitter.com/GAkF1xltzT
— Diego Dominelli (@diego_domi) October 20, 2022
The aircraft, registration LV-KFW, was originally delivered to India’s SpiceJet in 2011 and has passed through several other companies since then.
Andes has operated Boeing 737-800s in the past, during a period of high demand, when it had four of these aircraft in its fleet between 2016 and 2017.
The airline, which once performed international flights in South America, also suffered from competition from new low-cost carriers such as Flybondi and JetSmart.