Líneas Aéreas del Estado (LADE) is an Argentine airline operated by the Argentine Air Force. Unlike commercial airlines, LADE serves as a public service carrier, fulfilling roles that are not profitable for commercial operators. Established in 1940, the airline aims to provide affordable and essential air transportation services to remote regions of Argentina, ensuring that isolated communities are connected to the rest of the country. It also conducts flights for civil, scientific, and humanitarian purposes. Given its unique public service mandate, LADE often flies to destinations that other airlines do not cover, making it a critical component of Argentina’s aviation landscape.
LADE operates flights primarily within Argentina, connecting remote and often less accessible areas of the country, including destinations in Patagonia and the Andean regions. In addition to domestic routes, the airline has the capability to carry out international missions for governmental purposes.
The airline’s fleet varies based on operational requirements and includes military transport aircraft, which can be adapted for civilian use. Aircraft types range from smaller planes like the Twin Otter and Embraer EMB 110 Bandeirante to larger models such as the C-130 Hercules.
- IATA: 5U
- ICAO: LDE
Official site: lade.com.ar