Aerolíneas Argentinas sees 73 aircraft fleet by 2014

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Aerolíneas Argentinas plans to operate a total of 73 new aircraft by 2014, according to its business plan.

Aerolíneas' President Mariano Recalde announced the Group's business plan for the next four years and presented the new carrier's livery. Recalde said that the main objective of the business plan is to "contribute to the economic and social development of the country, and connecting the Argentineans".

"We want to put to Aerolíneas in the place where sometimes it was, in the place of a public service that serves to the interests of the country like a tool for the development of the Argentineans and that serves of quality and excellence", commented Recalde.

According to him, Aerolíneas will operate 15 widebody as well as 38 narrowbody in addition to the 20 Embraer 190s, for which its domestic subsidiary Austral Lineas Aereas placed an order last year. The first of 20 E-190 is scheduled for delivery in July and according to Recalde, Austral will take delivery of two aircraft a month.

The carrier, which operates three Boeing 747-400s, four A340-200s and three A340-300s, said last year it was considering acquiring 15 Boeing 787s with deliveries beginning as early as 2011 as part of a tender which also seeks bids for up to 40 narrowbody aircraft.

Aerolíneas has taken a total of 12 737-700s on lease from lessors over the past year as it seeks to phase out its MD80 fleet. Aerolíneas and Austral jointly operate a total of 11 MD83s and 10 MD88s. Aerolíneas also has 17 737-500s in operation.