Aerolineas Argentinas plans to add between three and four Airbus A330s during the next year, as it boosts international service following its joining SkyTeam on 29 August.

Mariano Recalde, president of Aerolineas, says that the state-owned flag carrier plans to lease the aircraft unless other options emerge, during an interview with Flightglobal in Buenos Aires.

The new aircraft will initially be used to add frequency on north-south routes in the Americas, he says.

Aerolineas finished replacing its ageing Boeing 747 fleet with Airbus A340-200s and A340-300s earlier this year. The carrier has seven A340-300s and four A340-200s, according to the Flightglobal Ascend database.

Airbus, Avinco, AWAS and International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) lease Aerolineas eight of its A340s, while the remaining three are owned by the airline, according to Ascend.

Source: Air Transport Intelligence news