Aerolineas not looking at 737 Max or A320neo

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Aerolineas Argentinas is not looking at the Boeing 737 Max or the Airbus A320neo families of aircraft for its future narrowbody fleet.

Mariano Recalde, president of Aerolineas, says that the state-owned flag carrier is focused on its existing narrowbody fleet of Boeing 737-700s and 737-800s, and expanding its widebody fleet, during an interview with Flightglobal in Buenos Aires.

Aerolineas will receive two 737-800s from Boeing, filling its order for four of the type, by the end of the year, says Recalde.

The airline completed the modernisation of its fleet with the 737 next generation jets when it retired its last 737 classics, including the 737-200 and 737-500, and MD-80 family aircraft earlier this year. It replaced MD-80s at its subsidiary Austral with Embraer 190s.

The fleet modernisation and rationalisation to a few types was part of Aerolineas' three-year restructuring, says Recalde.

Aerolineas has 20 737-700s and two 737-800s in its fleet, according to the Flightglobal Ascend database.