AR_B737MAxOn November 29, 2017, Argentina’s flag carrier Aerolíneas Argentinas took delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8. The aircraft made its first commercial flight earlier this month, on December 01.

“It is a great honor to be the first Latin American airline to fly the MAX,” commented Aerolíneas Argentinas’ CEO Mario Dell’Acqua. “Having the MAX will allow us not only to lower our costs, but also to potentially serve routes to the Caribbean with the MAX that we currently operate with wide-body aircraft.”

Buenos Aires-based Aerolíneas will receive an additional MAX 8 later in December. Three more aircraft of that type are scheduled for delivery in 2018, and a total of 12 MAX 8 will arrive by 2020. The airline intends to continue operating its 737-800s. According to the airline’s fleet plan, Aerolíneas will end 2017 with 12 Airbus wide-body A330/A340 aircraft, 41 Boeing 737 aircraft, including 39 737NGs, and two new 737 MAX 8s, as well as 26 Embraer E190s that operate on Aerolíneas’ regional subsidiary Austral.