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Avianca Argentina, legally incorporated as Avian Líneas Aéreas S.A., was an Argentine airline headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with its operational hub at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery in the city. The airline operated commercially under the Avianca brand through a license agreement, however, it was independent of the Avianca Holdings group of Latin American airlines. The airline ceased all operations on June 7, 2019.[3]

History

The airline was founded in March 2016, after Synergy Group, the parent company of Avianca Holdings, acquired Argentina-based regional airline Macair Jet.[4] In November 2016, Synergy Aerospace announced a firm order for the purchase of 12 ATR 72-600s for the airline to be operated under the Avianca Argentina brand.[5] The first ATR72 was delivered on January 13, 2017.[6] Following the use of the two ATR 72 aircraft for charter flights from July 2017, the airline began scheduled services on November 21, 2017.[7][8]

The airline originally planned to operate passenger and cargo flights both internationally and within Argentina from a primary hub at Teniente General Benjamín Matienzo International Airport, serving San Miguel de Tucumán with a fleet of Airbus A320-200.[9] However, by January 2019, the plans for international services were canceled and the airline ceased operation with its sole Airbus A320 transferred to LATAM Brasil, as the airline cited rising operating costs due to the weakening of the Argentine peso relative to the strengthening United States dollar.[10][11]

Destinations

Avianca Argentina served the following destinations prior to its closure:

 Argentina

Fleet

Avianca Argentina ATR 72-600

As of June 2019, before service was suspended, the Avianca Argentina fleet included the following aircraft:[12]

The airline also formerly operated Bae Jetstream 31 and 32 as Macair Jet, and an Airbus A320-200.

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