Aerolíneas Argentinas, formally Aerolíneas Argentinas S.A., is Argentina’s largest airline and serves as the country’s flag carrier. Aerolíneas Argentinas Cargo and domestic airline Austral Lineas Aeras are listed as Aerolíneas Argentinas subsidiaries. The airline and its subsidiaries operates from two hubs, both located in Buenos Aires. Operations of domestic and regional flights by the smaller aircraft types in the fleet are concentrated at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery, which also serves as its operating base, whereas Ministro Pistarini International Airport is mainly used for international services. The carrier became a member of Sky Team in 2012.
In 1949 four carriers were amalgamated into a single state-owned company. The state holding was officially rebranded as Aerolíneas Argentinas-Empresa del Estado, despite it was commonly known as Aerolíneas Argentinas, or simply Aerolíneas. Aerolíneas Argentinas started operations on its own in 1950. The airline was assigned by law the monopoly of international operations in 1971. This meant no other Argentine airline was able to operate international flights, let alone the already created Austral.