Aerolineas to take Cathay A340s for expansion

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Aerolineas Argentinas is to add Airbus A340-300s that were previously operated by Cathay Pacific Airways as it expand its widebody fleet.

The carrier already operates four aircraft of the type along with two A340-200s, but CAO understands that a 1993-vintage aircraft, MSN 123, is joining the fleet.

According to Flightglobal's ACAS database, the aircraft is owned by Air Trade Capital and was placed on a 10-year lease to Cathay in 2001. The 1996-vintage aircraft was delivered new to Singapore Airlines but later acquired by Boeing Capital Corp.

Last November Aerolineas said it was seeking six A330/A340s aircraft for 2011 as part of the next phase of its ongoing widebody expansion and replacement programme. At the time Chief commercial officer Juan Pablo Lafosse said the carrier would use three A340s to resume service to Mexico City and New York. The A330s are planned for the summer to support further expansion of Aerolineas' long-haul network as it aims to retire its last two Boeing 747-400s in the fourth quarter of this year.

According to ACAS' Flightglobal database, Cathay now operates 12 aircraft of the type. It parked three 1996-vintage aircraft in the summer of 2009 at Victorville (CA).