“Survivor” of the changes in Argentine air travel established by the current president Alberto Fernandéz, the low-cost airline Flybondi celebrated the arrival of its ninth Boeing 737-800 NG.
Part of a growth plan announced in December, the aircraft is the 5th received in 2022, which made the fleet more than double in that period. Flybondi also has two aircraft already agreed and which will be received in the coming months.
“We are very close to meeting the two main objectives that we proposed in December 2021, when we announced the growth plan: doubling the fleet and the number of passengers; and that motivates us to seek even more. We have already started the search for another 5 new aircraft by 2023 and we are convinced that if the market continues to warm up, we will have the possibility of reaching a fleet of 20 aircraft in the next 2 years,” said Mauricio Sana, CEO of the company.
All of Flybondi’s Boeing 737-800 NGs are leased and have an average age of over 14 years, according to Planespotters – the aircraft are configured with 189 seats in a single class.
Flybondi operates a network of domestic routes from Aeroparque and Ezeiza airports in Buenos Aires. The airline also flies to two destinations in Brazil – São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro – and will resume the route to Florianópolis in December.
Emerged during the deregulation of air transport in Argentina, Flybondi operated from El Palomar Airport, a small air base that was adapted for low-cost commercial flights.
However, the current administration, which took over in 2019, ended operations at El Palomar while investing in state-owned Aerolineas Argentinas. After a long period with flights banned in the country due to the pandemic, Flybondi resumed its domestic services at the end of 2020 and international services last year.