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LADE - Lineas Aereas del Estado is an airline based in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina. It is a state owned airline operated by the Argentine Air Force and providing domestic scheduled services mainly in Patagonia.
The airline was established in September 1940 and started operations in 1940. It was initially known as Lineas Aereas Suroeste and consolidated under the present title in 1945 with another air force branch, Lineas Aereas Noreste.
LADE was until 2006 one of only two airlines in the world to still operate Boeing 707 in passenger service, serving Rio Gallegos and Comodoro Rivadavia from El Palomar Air Force Base, near Buenos Aires. The 707 is not used on scheduled passenger services any more. It was used for long routes such as AEP-USH and CRD-USH and USH-BRC.
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 - Lineas Aereas del Estado operates services to the following domestic scheduled destinations (at June 2008) (Province + Destinations + Flights Weekly)
*City of Buenos Aires (Aeroparque Jorge Newbery) AEP (hub) x4
*Bahia Blanca (Comandante Espora Airport) BHI x2
*Mar del Plata (Astor Piazzola International Airport) MDQ x4
*El Bolson (El Bolson Airport) EHL x1
*San Antonio Oeste (Antoine de Saint Exupery Airport) OES x1
*San Carlos de Bariloche (Teniente Luis Candelaria International Airport) BRC x2
*Viedma (Gobernador Edgardo Castello Airport) VDM x1
*Comodoro Rivadavia (General Enrique Mosconi International Airport) CRD (main hub) x8
*Puerto Madryn (El Tehuelche Airport) PMY x1
*Esquel (Esquel Airport) EQS x1
*Perito Moreno (Perito Moreno Airport) PMQ x1
*Gobernador Gregores (Gobernador Gregores Airport) GGS x1
*El Calafate (Comandante Armando Tola International Airport) FTE (hub) x3
*Rio Gallegos (Piloto Civil N. Fernandez International Airport) RGL x3
Tierra del Fuego
*Rio Grande (Hermes Quijada International Airport) RGA x2
*Ushuaia (Malvinas Argentinas International Airport) USH x3
*Parana (General Justo Jose de Urquiza Airport) PRA x1
Terminated destinations: Neuquen, San Martin de los Andes, Santa Rosa, Zapala, Cutral Co, Lago Argentino, General Roca, Port Stanley.
The LADE - Lineas Aereas del Estado fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of January 2010):
1 Fokker F27 Mk400
2 Fokker F27 Mk600
3 Fokker F28 Mk1000
1 De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
4 Saab 340B
Those aircraft are for regular flights.
The air force cargo fleet is leased by LADE, consisting on:
1 Lockheed Martin C-130B Hercules
3 Lockheed Martin C-130H Hercules
1 Lockheed Martin L-100-30 Hercules
There is a Presidential Fleet which is normally not assigned to LADE:
1 Boeing 757-200 Callsign Tango 01
1 Fokker F28 Mk4000 Callsign Tango 02,
1 Fokker F28 Mk1000 Callsign Tango 03,
The rest of the fleet is inoperative:
2 Boeing 707-320B
6 De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 200
4 Fokker F27 Mk400
1 Fokker F27 Mk600
2 Fokker F28 Mk1000
LADE - Lineas Aereas del Estado
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