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|Hubs||General Enrique Mosconi International Airport (CRD), Aeroparque Jorge Newbery (AEP) and Comandante Armando Tola International Airport(FTE)|
|Fleet size||4 (Regular Flights), 3 (Presidential Fleet), 4 (Cargo Fleet), 16 (Inoperative Fleet), 5 (on order). Total = 27 + 5.|
|Headquarters||El Palomar, Buenos Aires, Argentina|
LADE - Líneas Aéreas del Estado (English: Airline of the State) 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 Líneas Aéreas Suroeste and consolidated under the present title in 1945 with another air force branch, Líneas Aéreas 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 other airline is Saha Airlines of Iran, owned by the Iranian Air Force.) 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 - Líneas Aéreas del Estado operates services to the following domestic scheduled destinations (at June 2008)
- Buenos Aires
- Río Negro
- Santa Cruz
- Tierra del Fuego
- Entre Ríos
The LADE - Líneas Aéreas del Estado fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of June 2012):
Those aircraft are for regular flights.
The air force cargo fleet is leased by LADE, consisting on:
The two surviving Lockheed Martin C-130B Hercules were retired by the air force in September and December 2011 respectively, while the sole Lockheed Martin L-100-30 Hercules has been inoperative since early-2010.
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:
As of June 2012, the LADE schedules show that nearly all flights are operated by Saab 340 aircraft, with the Fokker F28 fleet flying exclusively for the air force. Fokker F27s were withdrawn from the LADE schedules in April 2009, although have since been known to sporadically operate LADE flights now and again.
- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 104.
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