LADE - Líneas Aéreas del Estado (English: State Air Lines) is an airline based in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina. It is a state owned airline operated by the Argentine Air Force and providing domestic scheduled services mainly in Patagonia.


The airline was established as an arm of the Argentine Air Force in September 1940 (1940-09) to undertake non-profitable routes to remote areas.[1] It was initially known as Líneas Aéreas Suroeste and consolidated under the present title in 1945 with another air force branch, Líneas Aéreas Noreste.[2] By April 1960 (1960-04), DC-3s, DC-4s and Vikings made up LADE's fleet.[1]

An Argentine Air Force Fokker F-27. As of May 2013 LADE did not have aircraft of its own; all the equipment is provided by the Argentine Air Force.[3]

At March 1970, LADE had 150 employees and its fleet consisted of 14 DC-3s, two DC-4s, three DC-6s and six Twin Otters.[4] The carrier started regular flights between Comodoro Rivadavia and the Falkland Islands in 1972.[5][6] The Comodoro Rivadavia–Port Stanley run was initially operated with F.27 equipment. The limited length of the runway at Port Stanley Airport resulted in weight regulations to the aircraft operating the route, which limited the number of passengers carried to a maximum of 22, along with a reduced volume of mail and freight.[7] The service was discontinued in 1982,[5] following the Falklands War.[8][9]

Prefabricated runway at Port Stanley

At July 1980 (1980-07), the airline had a fleet of 11 F.27s —five -600s and six -400Ms—, five Fokker F.28-1000Cs and seven Twin Otters.[6] Ten years later, at March 1990 (1990-03), the fleet had grown to include five Fokker F.28-1000Cs, 13 F.27s —six -400Ms, two -500s and five -600s—, one Lockheed L-100-30 and seven Twin Otters.[10]

The acquisition of four Saab 340s for the replacement of four Fokker F27s was announced in November 2007 (2007-11) in a deal worth US$34 million.[11] The first of these aircraft entered the fleet in December 2008 (2008-12);[12] the other three were incorporated in August 2009 (2009-08).[13]


Branch office in Trelew.

Its main base is General Enrique Mosconi International Airport, Comodoro Rivadavia with hubs in Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, Buenos Aires, with a hub at Comandante Armando Tola International Airport, El Calafate.[2]

LADE - Líneas Aéreas del Estado operates services to the following domestic scheduled destinations (at June 2008)

Terminated destinations: Miramar,[14] Neuquén, San Martín de los Andes, Santa Rosa, Zapala, Cutral Co, Lago Argentino, General Roca, Port Stanley.


Saab 340
Fokker F-28

The LADE - Líneas Aéreas del Estado fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[15]

Those aircraft are for regular flights.

The air force cargo fleet is leased by LADE, consisting on:

The two surviving Lockheed Martin C-130B Hercules were retired by the air force in September and December 2011 respectively, while the sole Lockheed Martin L-100-30 Hercules has been inoperative since early-2010.

There is a Presidential Fleet which is normally not assigned to LADE:

The rest of the fleet is inoperative:

As of June 2012, the LADE schedules show that nearly all flights are operated by Saab 340 aircraft, with the Fokker F28 fleet flying exclusively for the air force. Fokker F27s were withdrawn from the LADE schedules in April 2009, although have since been known to sporadically operate LADE flights now and again.

Accidents and incidents

Date Location Aircraft Tail number Aircraft damage Fatalities Description Refs
16 June 1995 HaitiJeremie F-27-400M TC-73 W/O 0 Collapse of left main landing gear on touchdown at Jeremie Airport. The aircraft ran off the runway and crashed into a building. [16]
8 November 1995 ArgentinaVilla Dolores F-27-400M TC-72 W/O 53/53 Crashed into mountainous terrain in bad weather while flying the last leg of a domestic non-scheduled Comodoro RivadaviaVilla ReynoldsCórdoba. [17]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Airlines of the World – Lineas Aereas del Estado—LADE". Flight. 77 (2665): 503. 8 April 1960. Archived from the original on 1 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 104. 
  3. ^ "LADE, la hermana pobre de Aerolíneas se achica por falta de presupuesto". La Nación. 21 May 2013. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "World airlines 1970–Lineas Aereas del Estado (LADE)". Flight International. 97 (3185): 489. 26 March 1970. Archived from the original on 18 August 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "El nuevo laborismo preocupa en Malvinas". La Nación. 1 June 1997. Archived from the original on 29 December 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "World airline directory". Flight International. 118 (3716): 326. 26 July 1980. ISSN 0015-3710. Archived from the original on 19 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Air transport – Falkland Air service". Flight International. 3331 (103): 50. 11 January 1973. Archived from the original on 29 December 2013. 
  8. ^ Centeno, Andrea (13 January 1999). "Di Tella propondrá a Cook que se reanuden los vuelos a las Malvinas". La Nación. Archived from the original on 31 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Los consejeros de las islas desechan cualquier acercamiento". La Nación. 22 November 1997. Archived from the original on 29 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Lineas Aereas del Estado (LADE)". Flight International. 137 (4207): 105. 14–20 March 1990. Archived from the original on 17 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Hoyle, Craig (23 November 2007). "Argentinian air force to acquire four Saab 340 transports". Flightglobal. Flight International. Archived from the original on 2 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Nuevo avión para unir ciudades de la Patagonia" [A new aircraft to link cities in the Patagonia]. La Nación (in Spanish). 6 December 2008. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Breves" [Brevities]. La Nación (in Spanish). 22 August 2009. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. 
  14. ^ "Volvió el avión a Miramar". La Nación. 27 December 2003. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 4. 
  16. ^ Accident description for TC-73 at the Aviation Safety Network
  17. ^ Accident description for TC-72 at the Aviation Safety Network

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