Uruguay to auction Pluna jets on 3 September

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The first batch of aircraft operated by defunct Uruguayan carrier Pluna will be auctioned off by the country's government on 3 September.

Up for sale are seven Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft, from a total of 13 of the type, all guaranteed by the Uruguayan state. The remaining six CRJ900s were financed by export credit agency Export Development Canada.

According to public works and transport minister Enrique Pintado, the auction will have a $135 million starting price, with a $100 million floor price.

Pluna's seven aircraft were built in 2008, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database. Canada's Scotiabank is the main lender participant in their financing.

The carrier ceased operations on 6 July after running into financial difficulties.