The aircraft joins the Boeing 737-800 and the Boeing 737 MAX 8 in servicing the route amidst growing demand.
The Airbus A330-200 joined the Boeing 737-800 and the Boeing 737 MAX 8 on Friday as one of three aircraft that service flights between Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro for Argentinian flag carrier Aerolineas Argentinas. The announcement comes as demand for the route is on the rise and the airline looks to position itself to continue its steady recovery from the pandemic into 2023.
Ten cities served by the Airbus A330
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As of the time of writing of this article, Aerolineas Argentinas employs the Airbus A330 for service to airports in 10 cities, including its most recent addition:
- Buenos Aires (EZE)
- Iguazu (IGR)
- El Calafate (FTE)
- Ushuaia (USH)
- Cancun (CUN)
- Miami (MIA)
- New York (JFK)
- Madrid (MAD)
- Rome (FCO)
- Rio de Janeiro (GIG)
The A330-200 seats 265 passengers and is expected to remain in use for the Buenos Aires-Rio de Janeiro route along with the two Boeing aircraft until at least the end of January.
The reason for the introduction of the A330 stems from an increase in demand for travel on the route. As the largest aircraft in Aerolineas Argentinas’ fleet by around 100 seats, the A330 is best suited to service flights between the two cities and compete with airlines like LATAM, JetSmart, and Emirates–all of which also offer service on the well-traveled route.
In addition to 8 Airbus A330s, 29 Boeing 737-800s, and 7 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, the Aerolineas Argentinas fleet consists of 8 Boeing 737-700s and 26 Embraer ERJ-190s.
A slow and steady pandemic recovery for the Argentinian travel industry
Photo: Aeropuerto Internacional Rosario
Whereas demand for travel in most parts of the world has returned to normal and in some cases even exceeded pre-pandemic levels, Argentina’s travel industry has yet to make a complete recovery. With regards to domestic travel, the industry recorded 9.5 million travelers from January to September of this year, down from 11.9 million during the same time in 2019. In terms of international travel, the industry recorded 5.5 million travelers in 2022, down from 11.06 million in 2019. As such, the Argentinian travel industry still has quite a ways to go before it has fully recovered, especially when it comes to international travel, but the fact that airlines are introducing larger aircraft on some of their routes is encouraging.
The devaluation of the Argentinian peso has played a significant role in boosting demand for travel to the country as travelers realize that they can get more bang for their buck. However, the same phenomenon has also made it more difficult for people from Argentina to travel outside of the country.
Aerolineas Argentinas’ decision to service its route from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro with an Airbus A330 ultimately comes at a time when demand for travel is on the rise. Although the Argentinian flag carrier’s post-pandemic recovery has been on the slower end, the airline is making the right decisions to ensure that it is able to meet the demands of its customers and compete with its rivals in the region.
Source: Aviacionline, Planespotters.net