The airline's history can be traced back to the year 1929, when carrier Aeroposta started operations. The Argentine government, recognizing Argentina's vast geographic size and the need for fast transportation links between the countryside and the larger cities, established an airline company to carry passengers and mail. The first two destinations served were Mendoza and Posadas. Frenchmen Jean Mermoz and Antoine de Saint–Exupery were among the company's first pilots.
By 1930, two more airlines, LASO and LANE, began flights and the number of cities served by air routes in Argentina tripled. In 1945, these two airlines merged, becoming LADE (Lineas Aereas del Estado, i.e. State Airlines). This was a well-timed move, as World War II was entering its final stages and commercial aviation was set to start a stage of explosive growth. In 1946 the first Douglas DC–3s arrived in Argentina, and Argentina's first intercontinental airline, FAMA, was created.
In May 1949, all these carriers merged under the name Aerolineas Argentinas whose operations started on December 7th, 1950. At this time Argentina did not have suitable airport facilities, so the government of Juan Peron built Ministro Pistarini airport; General Juan Pistarini, after whom the facilities are named, designed and directed its construction.
At present, Aerolinas has fleet of 70 aircrafts; consist of Boeing, Airbus and MD 80's Covering major South American Destinations, with added destinations in Europe, like Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, London and Paris; and pacific zone Aerolinas flies into Auckland and Sydney, and have regular scheduled flights to New York, Miami, and Mexico city.
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