Southern Winds Airlines

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Southern Winds Airlines
SW logo plantilla.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1996
Commenced operations 1996
Ceased operations 2005
Operating bases Córdoba
Jorge Newbery
Frequent-flyer program Value Miles

Southern Winds Airlines[1] (or SW Airlines) was an Argentine commercial air carrier that operated from 1996 until 2005. Southern Winds was founded by Juan Maggio, who served as president of the company.


Initially a domestic carrier, Southern Winds began offering connections to international flights in 1997. The airline's own international operations were authorized by the Argentine Government in 2001. At its peak, Southern Winds operated an extensive domestic network, international flights within the South American region, and intercontinental services from Buenos Aires to Miami and Madrid; and charter destinations like Florianopolis, Porto Seguro, Camboriu, Tacna and Punta Cana.[citation needed] Hubs were maintained in Córdoba (from 1996) and Buenos Aires (from 1999).

Southern Winds' fleet was composed initially by Bombardier CRJ-100/200, DeHavilland Canada DHC-8-100 and later Boeing 737, 747 and 767 passenger planes.[citation needed]

Though the company was founded as a passenger carrier, cargo transport services under the brand SW Cargo began in 2000. In 2003 an alliance was struck between Southern Winds and the Argentine-state owned Líneas Aéreas Federales Sociedad Anónima (LAFSA) that involved utilization by LAFSA of Southern Winds' flight infrastructure.[citation needed]

By 2004, Southern Winds was a leading commercial carrier in the troubled Argentine aviation industry.[citation needed] That September, however, airport police in Madrid discovered 60 kilograms (130 lb) of cocaine packed in four unaccompanied suitcases aboard an arriving Southern Winds flight. The resulting scandal cost the airline its government subsidy, and ultimately resulted in the carrier's collapse.[citation needed]

The last Southern Winds flight operated on December 5, 2005, although proposals for the airline's revival continued to surface in 2006.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ "". Archived from the original on August 3, 2005. Retrieved August 21, 2005.  Site launched in 2003. Inactive end of 2005.