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Austral Líneas Aéreas

Airline
AirlineAustral Líneas Aéreas
IATAAU
ICAOAUT
CallsignAUSTRAL
Founded1957 (as Compañía Austral de Transportes Aéreos)
Commenced operationsJanuary 23, 1958(58 years ago)
Bases 
Airline hub 
Frequent-flyer programAerolíneas Plus
Member loungeVIP Lounge
AllianceSkyTeam (affiliate member in 2012)
SubsidiariesInter Austral (currently defunct)
Fleet size34
Destinations22
Parent companyAerolíneas Argentinas (100%)
HeadquartersBuenos Aires, Argentina
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Austral Líneas Aéreas (formerly Austral Líneas Aéreas S.A.), more commonly known by its shortened name Austral, is a domestic airline of Argentina, the sister company of Aerolíneas Argentinas. It is the second largest domestic scheduled airline in the country, after Aerolíneas Argentinas itself. As a subsidiary of Aerolíneas Argentinas, the company shares its headquarters with that airline, which is located in the Torre Bouchard, San Nicolás, Buenos Aires. Its main base of operations is Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, Buenos Aires.

Austral is currently fully integrated into Aerolíneas Argentinas; however, some differences arise, especially those relying upon the Unions the staff of both companies are affiliated to, which lead to constant conflicts. Although the carrier is assigned the IATA airline code AU and the ICAO airline code AUT for its operations, it currently uses the AR and ARG codes of the parent airline Aerolíneas Argentinas. Austral's callsign is AUSTRAL.

The airline currently operates a mixed fleet of MD-80 series and recently-delivered Embraer 190s. As more Embraer 190s are delivered the MD-80s will be withdrawn and the airline will eventually operate an all-Embraer fleet.

The so-called Federal Corridor ( ), a two-way route linking the cities of Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Iguazú, Mendoza and Salta, is commercially run by Aerolíneas Argentinas, yet the route is actually operated using Austral equipment.


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