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- Torre Bouchard, Calle Bouchard 547 Piso 8
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- Buenos Aires Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Airport
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- Part of Aerolíneas Argentinas S.A.
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Based in Buenos Aires, Aerolineas Argentinas is the national carrier of Argentina and operates an extensive domestic and regional network within Argentina and South America, as well as international services to Europe and North America. Aerolineas joined the SkyTeam alliance in 2012.
Location of Aerolineas Argentinas main hub (Buenos Aires Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Airport)
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A restructuring undertaken by Brazil’s second largest carrier Gol at the beginning of 2012, underpinned by domestic capacity reductions, bore some fruit in key financial and operational metrics during 2013. But profitability remains elusive for the once high-flying airline as it recorded its third consecutive annual loss in 2013.
Gol did shrink its losses in 2013 as rationalising supply with demand within Brazil helped the airline gain traction in its revenue and yield performance. But the major challenge that has plagued Gol for more than year – weakness of the BRL against the USD – shows no sign of abating in 2014. Gol also expects fuel costs to rise in 2014, further pressuring its financial results.
Even with the overhang of the all-too-familiar currency and fuel cost challenges, Gol is making network changes that reflect the still tenuous environment in Brazil. It is continuing to expand its international network with a planned resumption of service to Santiago and aims to introduce service to Miami from Campinas through Santo Domingo. The airline is also receiving a cash infusion from Air France-KLM, increasing its ties to the SkyTeam Alliance.
Growth in Chile’s domestic market slowed slightly in 2013 compared to previous years but was again in the double-digits at 14%. Traffic expansion on the country’s domestic routes remain among the fastest growing in Latin America as Chile’s economy has remained relatively stable during the last couple of years compared with more dramatic fluctuations within Mexico and Brazil.
The only legitimate challenger to LAN’s domineering position in Chile – Sky Airline – grew its positioning in the Chilean domestic market during 2013, and improved its load factor. But its loads remain well below the market average, which puts the privately-owned airline in a tough position to become a viable challenger for LAN.
The slowdown in Chile’s domestic growth in 2013 reflects the growing maturity of the market and the country’s relatively small domestic population of 18 million (versus 119 million in Mexico, 201 million in Brazil and 48 million in Colombia). Compared with other high-growth markets in Latin America, a larger number of Chile’s residents already travel by air, making it difficult to tap large numbers of first time flyers to stimulate the market.
Brazil’s Gol plans to begin codesharing with Aerolineas Argentinas in Mar-2014, finally moving to the implementation phase of a partnership which was initially forged in late 2011. The partnership will significantly improve the two carriers’ position between Argentina and Brazil, a large market now controlled by LAN and TAM parent LATAM.
For Gol, Aerolineas will become the low-cost carrier’s second two-way codeshare partner after Delta Air Lines. Gol has been carrying the code of several carriers for several years but until recently lacked the technology to sell on other airlines. It is now discussing potential two-way partnerships with several carriers, including TAP Portugal, as part of its new international strategy while looking at expanding its own network including to Africa.
For Aerolineas, the partnership is the carrier’s first in South America and results in significantly improved access to Latin America’s largest market. It supplements several codeshares Aerolineas has been working towards since joining SkyTeam in 2012.
BQB Líneas Aéreas has accelerated expansion, positioning it as Uruguay’s new flag carrier 18 months after the demise of Pluna.
BQB began pursuing expansion in late 2013 with four new routes, its first jet (a wet-leased A320) and a fourth ATR 72 turboprop. The carrier is planning further expansion in 2014, including the acquisition of a fifth ATR 72 and up to three A319s while the wet-leased A320 will be returned.
BQB should be large enough by the end of 2014 to render the proposed re-launch of Pluna or the establishment of another new Uruguayan carrier unnecessary. Uruguay is a small market and BQB is already about one third the size of Pluna, which had operated a fleet of 13 CRJ900s.
Aerolineas Argentinas is focusing on further expansion in the short-haul market, where it continues to benefit from protectionism. The government-owned carrier has committed to purchasing 20 additional 737-800s, growing a narrowbody fleet which has already been renewed since renationalisation in 2008.
The flag carrier has incurred stiff losses since renationalisation despite trying to improve its position through network adjustments, fleet renewal and new partnerships including membership of SkyTeam. Aerolineas continues to work on improving its highly unprofitable long-haul operation but the carrier is now primarily focusing growth in the domestic and – to a lesser extent – the regional international sectors.
Domestically Aerolineas benefits from a lack of competition as Argentina is not open to new entrants including low-cost carriers. Its only main domestic competitor, LAN Argentina, has been unable to expand and has had to overcome numerous challenges, including a recent attempt to evict the carrier from its maintenance base which could have forced it to withdraw from the domestic market.
Aerolineas Argentinas is aiming to turn around its unprofitable long-haul operation by renewing its widebody fleet, adding capacity to several existing destinations and implementing codeshares with its SkyTeam partners. The airline plans to acquire 12 A330-200s over the next four years, allowing it to replace most of its A340s – the only widebody type in its current fleet.
Aerolineas remains unprofitable, an exception in a Latin American industry which has one of the highest profit margins and growth rates in the global industry. Aerolineas and its highly protectionist government owner are often criticised by more successful Latin American airline groups, with a particularly hostile backlash against Argentina taking place at the recent ALTA 2012 Airline Leaders Forum. But Aerolineas has improved its outlook significantly since renationalising and embarking on a restructuring at the end of 2008.
Fixing the long-haul network remains a challenge but the airline’s management team is putting in place the right strategies to give Aerolineas a chance to turn around - and hopefully give the government the confidence to loosen its unhelpfully protective aviation policies.