Sao Paulo - After launching its new Boeing 737 MAX 8 in domestic routes, Aerolineas Argentinas performed the first international flight of the aircraft on February 7. And the destination was the airport of Guarulhos, in São Paulo.
Flight AR 1240 departed at 6:40 am from Buenos Aires' Aeroparque International Airport and landed at Sao Paulo at 10:25 a.m. local time.
We are proud to cross the border with Max 8 and be able to more efficiently and comfortably serve a key route for our passengers,said Mario Agustin Dell'Acqua, president of the Argentine's national airline.
The South American carrier received its first 737 MAX 8 in December 2017 and became the first operator of the Boeing's new single-aisle in the southern part of the continent.
The aircraft is configured for 170 seats, eight seats in the Business class (arranged in 2-2 configuration) and 162 seats in the economy.
The biggest advantage of the 737 MAX over the 737 NG is its operational efficiency. With 20% lower fuel consumption, the 737 MAX is capable to operate on long-haul routes such as transatlantic flights that were previously impossible.
The first airline in the region to order the 737 MAX was Brazil's Gol in October 2012. At the time, the company was the largest business of its kind in South America with $6 billion capital and 60 jets in its fleet. Gol ended up postponing the delivery of the aircraft for the second half of 2018 due to the economic crisis in Brazil.
GOL recently announced that it plans to use the 737 MAX 8 on domestic flights but also in the resumption of destinations in the United States.