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Austral
IATA
AU
ICAO
AUT
Callsign
AUSTRAL
Founded 1971
Hubs Jorge Newbery Airport
Frequent flyer program Aerolíneas Plus
Member lounge VIP Lounge
Fleet size 17 (+20 orders)
Destinations 24
Parent company Aerolíneas Argentinas
Headquarters Buenos Aires, Argentina
Key people Mariano Recalde
Website www.austral.com.ar

Austral Líneas Aereas is an airline based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is the sister company of Aerolíneas Argentinas and is the second largest domestic scheduled airline in Argentina. Its main base is Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, Buenos Aires[1].

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History

One of Austral's MD80

The airline was established in June 1971 from the merger of Austral Compañía Argentina de Transportes Aéreos and Aerotransportes Litoral Argentino (ALA). At that time its fleet consisted on NAMC YS-11 turboprop and BAC One-Eleven jet liners. It was acquired by Cielos del Sur, a holding company, in 1987. Following the privatisation of Aerolíneas Argentinas in 1990, Cielos del Sur and Iberia both took holdings, but these have since been disposed of. In 2001 Grupo Marsans acquired a majority holding[1].

On 21 July 2008, the Argentine government took the airline back into state control after acquiring 99.4% of the share capital for an undisclosed price. The remaining 0.6% continues to be owned by the company's employees [1]

On 3 September 2008, Argentina's Senate approved the nationalization of Aerolíneas Argentinas and its subsidiary Austral Líneas Aéreas on a 46-21 vote in favor of the takeover.[2]

Destinations

Fleet

An Austral Líneas Aéreas McDonnell Douglas MD-83 landing at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, Argentina. (2009)

The Austral Líneas Aéreas fleet consists of the following aircraft (at 16 August 2009):[3]

Austral Líneas Aéreas Fleet
Aircraft In
Service
Orders Patents Notes
Embraer E-190 0 20 Entry into service: May 2010
McDonnell Douglas MD-81 1 0 LV-WFN
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 10 0 LV-ARF, LV-AYD, LV-BAY, LV-BDE, LV-BDO, LV-BGV, LV-BGZ, LV-BHH, LV-BHN, LV-WGN LV-BEG, LV-WGM stored at AEP
McDonnell Douglas MD-88 6 0 LV-BOA, LV-BOH, LV-BOR, LV-BTI, LV-BXA, LV-VBX LV-BOA, LV-BOH, LV-BOR, LV-BTI, LV-BTW, LV-BXA leased from AeroMéxico
LV-BTW, LV-VCB, LV-VGB, LV-VGC stored at AEP
1 for Aerolíneas Argentinas
Total 17 20 Last updated: 03 March 2010

Incidents and accidents

As of 26 April 2009, Austral Líneas Aéreas has had 11 incidents and accidents with a total of 224 deaths; [4]

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