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Formed and started operations in 2010. Start-up, operating scheduled and charter, domestic, & regional jet airplane services.
Rambla Baltasar Brum, 2965
URUGUAY (REPUBLIC OF URUGUAY) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1828, IT COVERS AN AREA OF 177,414 SQ KM, ITS POPULATIONS IS 3.5 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS MONTEVIDEO, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS SPANISH.
July 2012: Following the demise of PLUNA (PLU), (BQB) Lineas Aereas considered buying 7 CRJ900 airplanes operated by (PLU) and fill the void left by (PLU).
November 2013: (BQB) Lineas Aereas is a start-up airline providing services to around seven regional destinations in Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.
(IATA) Code: 5Q. (ICAO) Code: BQB - (Callsign - URUGUAY).
Parent Organization: Privately owned 100%. Established by the Argentinian/Uruguayan Lopez Mena family. The airline's likely branding reflects the family's existing Buquebus Turismo coach and ferry company.
Main base: Buenos Aires Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Airport (AEP).
Hubs: Punta del Este Captain de Corbeta Carlos A Curbelo International Airport.
Buenos Aires - Aeroparque Jorge Newbery Airport
Buenos Aires - Ministro Pistarini International Airport
Rosario - Islas Malvinas International Airport
Florianapolis - Hercilio Luz International Airport
Port Alegre - Salgado Filho International Airport
Asuncion - Silvio Pettirossi International Airport
Montevideo - Carrasco/Gral Cesareo L Berisso International Airport
Punta del Este - Laguna del Sauce/Capitan de Corbeta Carlos A Curbelo International Airport
Rivera - Pres Gral Oscar D Gestido International Airport
Salto - Nueva Hesperides International airport
According to "El Pais," (BQB) will take over the direct flights Montevideo - Madrid that Iberia (IBE) is quitting as of April 1st 2013, without a code sharing agreement with (IBE). To provide the new service, (BQB) expects to lease two Boeing 767-300ERs.
Routes: Punta del Este, Uruguay (home base and hub) to Rosario, Córdoba, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, Montevideo, Uruguay, Porto Alegre and Florianapolis, Brazil. From Buenos Aires to Salto, Uruguay and Punta del Este. Due to delays in government approvals and changes, international routes are still pending, however, (BQB) is commencing ATR72 domestic service from Montevideo to the cities of Salto twice a week (Mondays and Fridays) and the city of Rivera, three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) as a discount carrier and in competition with the bus service. These frequencies are expected to be increased and other services to commence in the near future, including the routes from Montevideo to Rivera to Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre to Punta del Este, and from Salto to Buenos Aires.
A320-214 (4661, EC-LLJ), ex-(F-WWII), Vueling (VUZ) wet-leased.
December 2013: (BQB) Líneas Aéreas, the unofficial flag carrier of Uruguay, launched three new services from Montevideo (MVD), now serving a total of eight routes from its main base. (BQB) inaugurated on December 14th a seasonal service to Florianopolis (FLN) in Brazil, which will be operated weekly (Saturdays) until March 8th, utilizing its 151-seat A320s. On December 15th, (BQB) began six weekly flights to Santiago (SCL) in Chile, using its 151-seat A320s, while on December 16th, a new service was launched to Curitiba (CWB) in Brazil, which is served four times weekly by (BQB)’s 68-seat ATR 72s. Only the 1,370 km sector to the busiest airport in Chile faces direct competition, from (LAN) Airlines’ twice-daily services.
(PLUNA) ((IATA) Code: PU, previously based at Montevideo) (PLU) and its controversial bankruptcy proceedings have claimed the scalp of the Uruguayan Minister of Economy & Finance, Fernando Lorenzo Estefan. At a brief press conference on December 22, President Jose Mujica announced his minister's resignation. Mr Mujica did not take any questions. Mr Estefan's surprise resignation comes in the face of an ongoing investigation into the alleged irregular sale of government-owned Bombardier CRJ-900s following the closure of (PLUNA) (PLU) last year. The "Mercosur" press claims that Mr Estefan had tried to sell the company's assets in an auction, where the only buyer turned out to be a front for (PLUNA)'s competitor, Argentine-born businessman, Juan Carlos López Mena, owner of (BQB) Líneas Aéreas ((IATA) Code: 5Q, based at Montevideo). A prosecutor wants Lorenzo and Banco Republica President, Fernando Calloia, charged with abuse of power, and PLUNA's last private owner, Matias Campiani, charged with fraud.
(BQB) currently serves 5 countries, 13 destinations and 21 routes.
January 2014: (BQB) Airlines (BQB), which in the previous month commenced three routes from its main base, expanded its presence in Brazil with two more links from Montevideo (MVD). On December 26th it began 6x-weekly flights (except on Saturdays) on the 1,568 km route to Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU), utilizing its 151Y-seat A320s; followed on January 5th by 5x-weekly services on the 1,823 km sector to Rio De Janeiro (GIG), which is served by a mixed fleet of 68Y-seat ATR 72s and 151-seat A320s. No other carrier serves this airport-pair, while the route to Sao Paulo Guarulhos faces extensive competition from (GOL) (GOT)’s 10x-weekly flights and (TAM) Airlines (TPR)’s 2x-daily services.
June 2014: A319-132 (1703, CX-SAN "Santos L").