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Macquarie AirFinance leases two 737-800s to Aerolineas Argentinas

Dublin, 26 Jan 2012

Macquarie AirFinance, a global aircraft leasing company based in Dublin, Ireland, today announced that it has delivered two Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Buenos Aires-based operator Aerolineas Argentinas. The 2001-build aircraft, MSN 30478 and MSN 30750, were delivered to Aerolineas Argentinas on 23 December, 2011 (MSN 30570) and 20 January, 2012 (MSN 30478).

These aircraft will be the first 737-800s to be incorporated into the Argentine flag-carrier’s fleet and will be used primarily on domestic and regional routes within Latin America. State-owned Aerolineas Argentinas and its wholly owned subsidiary Austral serve an extensive network of routes within Latin America, North America, Europe and Australasia operating a fleet of 77 aircraft. Since 2009 Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral have been implementing a fleet renewal program which targets year 2014 to consolidate a fleet composed of Airbus A330s/A340s, , Boeing 737NGs and Embraer E190s.

Mariano Recalde, President and CEO / Grupo Aerolíneas Argentinas stated: "The introduction of the B737-800 fleet in Aerolíneas Argentinas represents a significant step forward in an ambitious fleet renewal plan initiated in 2009 and based on the National Government interest to secure strategic airline connectivity in our Country and between neighboring nations. The Boeing 737-800 contributes to our fleet modernization allowing competitive operation to high density destinations while providing a higher quality service to our passengers."

John Willingham, Chief Executive Officer of Macquarie AirFinance, said: “I wish to extend a warm welcome to our latest customer in the high-growth South American market. We have been involved with the Aerolineas Argentinas group for several years via our lease with Austral, but these leases are the first direct transactions between Macquarie AirFinance and Aerolineas Argentinas. We look forward to building on this important relationship.”

About Macquarie AirFinance

Macquarie AirFinance is a global aircraft leasing company providing aircraft and capital to the world’s commercial airlines, and advisory and management services to aircraft owners. Established in 2006 and headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, the company currently owns or manages 155 jet aircraft leased to 81 operators in 43 countries, across 6 continents.

About Aerolineas Argentinas

Aerolineas Argentinas, the national airline of Argentina, is one of the leading South American carriers. From its home base in Aeroparque Jorge Newbery and Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires, Aerolíneas Argentinas flies to 18 international destinations in The Americas, Europe and the South Pacific. Along with Austral Líneas Aéreas, Aerolíneas operates flights to 34 destinations in Argentina, flying to more cities in the Argentine territory than any other airline. Since March 2010 provides dynamic links between Argentina and the region through its relaunched hub in Aeroparque. Aerolíneas is carrying an ambitious fleet renewal program, which begun in 2009 and has inlcuded the addition of 5 A340-300, 22 Boeing 737-700 Next Generation, the acquisition of 20 Embraer 190 and in recent days the inauguration of its Boeing 737-800 fleet. For more information about the company visit www.aerolineas.com.

For further information, please contact: 

Paula Chirhart
Corporate Communications
Macquarie Group
Tel: +1 (212) 231 1310

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