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LADE - Líneas Aéreas del Estado ( en, State Air Lines) is an
airline An airline is a company that provides air transport services for traveling passengers and freight. Airlines utilize aircraft to supply these services and may form partnerships or Airline alliance, alliances with other airlines for codeshare agr ...
based in Comodoro Rivadavia,
Argentina Argentina (), officially the Argentine Republic ( es, link=no, República Argentina), is a country located mostly in the southern half of South America. Sharing the bulk of the Southern Cone with Chile to the west, the country is also bordered b ...
. It is a state owned airline operated by the
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and provides domestic scheduled services mainly in Patagonia.


History

The airline was established as an arm of the
Argentine Air Force "Argentine Wings" , mascot = , anniversaries = 10 August (anniversary) 1 May (Baptism of fire during the Falklands War) , equipment = 139 aircraft , equipment_label = , battles = * Operativo Independencia * Operation Soberanía * Falkl ...
in to undertake non-profitable routes to remote areas. It was initially known as ''Líneas Aéreas Suroeste'' and consolidated under the present title in 1945 with another air force branch, ''Líneas Aéreas Noreste''. By , DC-3s, s and Vickers VC.1 Viking, Vikings made up LADE's fleet. File:PistaALLADEMLV.jpg, 250px, Prefabricated runway at Port Stanley At March 1970, LADE had 150 employees and its fleet consisted of 14 DC-3s, two DC-4s, three Douglas DC-6, DC-6s and six Twin Otters. The carrier started regular flights between Comodoro Rivadavia and the Falkland Islands in 1972. The Comodoro Rivadavia–Port Stanley run was initially operated with Fokker F27 Friendship, F.27 equipment. The limited length of the runway at Port Stanley Airport resulted in weight regulations to the aircraft operating the route, which restricted the number of carried passengers to a maximum of 22 per flight, along with a reduced volume of mail and freight. The service was discontinued in 1982, following the Falklands War. At , the airline had a fleet of 11 F.27s —five -600s and six -400Ms—, five Fokker F28 Fellowship, Fokker F.28-1000Cs and seven Twin Otters. Ten years later, at , 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 Hercules, Lockheed L-100-30 and seven Twin Otters. LADE served a comprehensive domestic network that included scheduled services to Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, Comodoro Rivadavia, El Calafate, El Palomar Airport, El Palomar, Gobernador Gregores, Lago Argentino, Mar del Plata, Miramar, Buenos Aires, Miramar, Neuquén, Paraná, Entre Ríos, Paraná, Puerto Madryn, Río Gallegos, Río Grande, Tierra del Fuego, Río Grande, San Antonio Oeste, San Carlos de Bariloche, San Martín de los Andes, Trelew, Ushuaia and Viedma. The fleet at this time consisted of Twin Otters, Fokker F27s, Fokker F28s and one Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules. The acquisition of four Saab 340s for the replacement of four Fokker F27s was announced in in a deal worth  million. The first of these aircraft entered the fleet in ; the other three were incorporated in .


Destinations

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. LADE - Líneas Aéreas del Estado operates services to the following domestic scheduled destinations (at June 2019): *Buenos Aires (Aeroparque Jorge Newbery) (hub) *Bahía Blanca (Comandante Espora Airport) *Bariloche (San Carlos de Bariloche Airport) *San Martín de los Andes, Chapelco (Aviador Carlos Campos Airport) * Comodoro Rivadavia (General Enrique Mosconi International Airport) (main hub) *El Calafate (Comandante Armando Tola International Airport) (hub) *Esquel (Esquel Airport) *Gobernador Gregores (Gobernador Gregores Airport) *Neuquen (Presidente Perón International Airport) *Perito Moreno, Santa Cruz, Perito Moreno (Perito Moreno Airport) *Puerto Madryn (El Tehuelche Airport) *Puerto San Julian (Capitán José Daniel Vazquez Airport) *Río Gallegos (Piloto Civil N. Fernández International Airport) *Río Grande (Hermes Quijada International Airport) *Rio Turbio (Río Turbio Airport) *Trelew (Almirante Marcos A. Zar Airport) *Ushuaia (Malvinas Argentinas International Airport) *Viedma (Gobernador Edgardo Castello Airport)


Fleet

The LADE - Líneas Aéreas del Estado fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of April 202

*4 Saab 340B *1 Fokker F-28 *1 de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter *1 Boeing 737 Next Generation, Boeing 737-700(In delivery process) Those aircraft are for regular flights. The Argentine Air Force, air force cargo fleet is leased by LADE, consisting of: *2 C-130 Hercules#C-130H model, Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules *1 C-130 Hercules#KC-130H model, Lockheed Martin KC-130H Hercules The two surviving C-130 Hercules#C-130B model, Lockheed Martin C-130B Hercules were retired by the Argentine Air Force, air force in September and December 2011 respectively, while the sole C-130 Hercules#civil models, Lockheed Martin L-100-30 Hercules has been inoperative since early 2010. There is a Agrupación Aérea Presidencial, Presidential Fleet which is normally not assigned to LADE: *1 Boeing 757, Boeing 757-200, callsign Tango 01 *1 Fokker F28 Fellowship, Fokker F28 Mk4000, callsign Tango 02 *1 Fokker F28 Fellowship, Fokker F28 Mk1000, callsign Tango 03 The rest of the fleet is inoperative: *2 Boeing 707, Boeing 707-320B *7 De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter, De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 200 *2 Fokker F28 Fellowship, Fokker F28 Mk1000 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 Argentine Air Force, air force. Fokker F27s were withdrawn from the LADE schedules in April 2009, although they have since been known to sporadically operate LADE flights now and again.


Accidents and incidents


See also

* List of airlines of Argentina * Transport in Argentina


References


External links

* {{DEFAULTSORT:Lade Airlines of Argentina Airlines established in 1945 Argentine Air Force Government-owned airlines Military airlines Companies based in Buenos Aires 1945 establishments in Argentina