Colombia’s Synergy Group will accept proposals in May for a turboprop aircraft order for its newly acquired carrier in Argentina, Macair Jet.

The Buenos Aires-based airline plans to operate six turboprops by the end of the year, says Synergy owner German Efromovich.

Macair Jet now offers mostly business charter flights and a handful of scheduled services within Argentina. It operates five Jetstream 32s and a Bombardier Learjet 35, Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets shows.

Efromovich tells Flightglobal that Synergy is considering all the turboprops in the market, including aircraft from ATR and Bombardier.

The Argentinean carrier will eventually operate a fleet of 18 turboprops, he says on the sidelines of the IATA Wings of Change conference in Santiago.

Synergy plans to rebrand Macair Jet, but Efromovich says the company has not yet decided if the carrier will be branded an Avianca airline. Synergy is the majority shareholder of Bogota-based Avianca, which includes several airlines in Latin America.

Macair Jet, however, will likely collaborate with Avianca in codesharing and other activities. “We will use it to feed flights within the country,” says Efromovich, adding that the airline will remain largely a domestic carrier in Argentina.

Avianca operates to Buenos Aires from Bogota and Lima, schedules in Innovata show.

Source: Cirium Dashboard