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LAN Airlines continues to expand Boeing 787 operations

LAN Airlines (Santiago) continues to expand its 247-seat Boeing 787 operations. As previously reported, daily Santiago-Miami service was inaugurated on August 9 as well as weekly 787 flights to Cancun and Punta Cana also on August 9.

Santiago-Mexico City 787 service will start now on December 11 (delayed from November 15) on alternating days.

Santiago-Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) flights start on October 1 (three days a week) and daily starting in November).

Finally daily Santiago-Los Angeles service starts on October 1.

The company continues to operate the 787 to Buenos Aires, Madrid and Frankfurt as well as New York (JFK).

In financial news, the LATAM Airlines Group reported a net loss of $58.9 million for the second quarter, reduced from a net loss of $329.8 million in the same quarter a year ago. According to the group, “results this quarter were negatively affected by reduced passenger and cargo demand during the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament held in Brazil, as well as by very week seed exports in the cargo business.”

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Copyright Photo: Nick Dean/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 CC-BBB (msn 38466) taxies at Paine Field near Everett before the hand over to the carrier.

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PAL Airlines stops flying mining charters

PAL Airlines (Santiago) has ceased flying mining charters. In early August, sources inside the airline said they will no longer fly domestic charters, becoming a ground services provider and possibly, operating the southern hemisphere charters to tropical destinations, blaming the current economic situation in Chile, the open skies policy and the stop in mining investments.

This happened after losing its AOC for the second time in the year.

A mining charter flight was operated on August 4. This is likely the last flight.

The airline has shut down its website.

The Chilean airline started operations in 2003 as Principal Airlines-Aerolinea Principal de Chile.

Thanks to Alvaro Romero, reporting from Chile.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-2K9 CC-ACD 9msn 23404) is pictured in the past at the Santiago base.

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QANTAS to boost services between Melbourne and Los Angeles

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) will boost services between Melbourne and Los Angeles, and between Sydney and Santiago, from early 2015, and introduce a new schedule providing the flexibility of morning, midday and evening departures between Australia and the US.

From January 21, 2015, QANTAS will increase its Melbourne to Los Angeles service from a daily service to ten per week and from February 20 will increase its Sydney to Santiago service from three to four per week.

The new services are the result of some schedule adjustments across the Pacific allowing for increased Boeing 747-400 flying time, one of the key elements of the QANTAS Transformation Program announced earlier this year.

“As part of our strategy to build a stronger QANTAS, we’ve introduced a new approach to aircraft utilization so we can take advantage of opportunities in the market. It means adjusting our schedules across the network to ensure our fleet spend less time on the ground and more time in the air, as we have done with our new Airbus A380 Dallas/Fort Worth service starting next month,” added Mr Hickey.

“This new schedule also builds on 25 supplementary services to the US and South America over the Christmas holiday period. The new schedule also enhances connections for our customers right across the US,” added Mr Hickey.

Customers connecting through to destinations across central and eastern parts of the United States will now have three options from Sydney – a morning and evening service to Los Angeles, and afternoon service to Dallas/Fort Worth.

“We recently announced new codeshare services with our partner LAN from Santiago to six destinations across South America and will now operate A380 services to both Dallas/Fort Worth and Los Angeles, connecting with codeshare partner American Airlines to more than 100 destinations across North America.

Adjustments will be made to the timing of some of our flights across the Pacific in order to facilitate the improved schedule options for our customers.

Fleet and network adjustments are earmarked to save up to $600 million over three years for the QANTAS Group from the overall $2 billion cost reduction target that is at the centre of the airline’s turnaround plans. Increased aircraft utilisation and accelerated retirement of older, non-reconfigured Boeing 747s form part of this.

These changes come in a year of the 60th anniversary of QANTAS services to the US. In 1954, QANTAS operated a Lockheed Super Constellation from Sydney to San Francisco – its first trans-Pacific route to North America.

Summary of Schedule and Network Changes:

QANTAS Summary of Changes

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord/AirlinersGallery.com. The Boeing 747-400 is gradually leaving the QANTAS passenger fleet. Boeing 747-438 VH-OJS (man 25564) in the special Socceroos color scheme arrives in London (Heathrow).

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LAN Airlines to add back the Boeing 787 on the Santiago-Lima-Los Angeles route on October 14

LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) will resume Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner service on the Santiago-Lima-Los Angeles route on October 14. The 787 will replace a Boeing 767-300 on a daily basis per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 CC-BBA (msn 38471) prepares to land at the Santiago de Chile base (SCL).

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PAL Airlines gets its AOC back, resumes operations

PAL Airlines (Santiago) has overcome all the issues raised by Chile’s DGAC (Civil Aviation Directorate) during the inspection of its facilities at Santiago’s Arturo Merino Benítez Airport. On June 11 the airline got its AOC back. PAL Airlines has begun operations again with Boeing 737-300 CC-AIT. A second aircraft is being prepared to fly football fans to the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-3G7 CC-ADZ (msn 23404) taxies at Santiago in a special football livery.

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Special thanks to Alvaro Romero, reporting from Chile.

United Airlines to return to Santiago, Chile

United Airlines (Chicago) will start Houston (Bush Intercontinental)-Santiago, Chile daily service on December 7. The route will be flown with Boeing 767-300 ERs.

Additionally the company will also operate a weekly Houston (Bush)-Punta Cana route starting on December 20 with Boeing 737-800s and a weekly Chicago (O’Hare)-Belize City route also starting also on December 20 with Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

On Monday, June 16 United issued this statement:

United Airlines has announced the company will introduce service to Santiago, Chile, from its hub at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, beginning on December 7, 2014, subject to government approval.

Houston-Santiago, Chile

Flight UA 847 will depart Houston daily at 9:05 p.m. (2105) and arrive in Santiago at 9:40 a.m. (0940) the next day. Return flight UA 846 will depart Santiago daily at 10:45 p.m. (2245) and arrive in Houston at 5:40 a.m. (0540) the following day. (All times are local.)

The flights are timed to provide convenient connections from Houston to 111 airports across the United States and to more than 60 international destinations.

United will operate its Houston-Santiago service with Boeing 767-300 aircraft with a total of 214 seats – 30 flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst and 184 seats in United Economy, including 49 extra-legroom United Economy Plus seats.

Additional New Service

United also is boosting its Central America and Caribbean connections, beginning December 20, 2014:

Houston-Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, with year-round service on Saturdays and service on Sundays during periods of expected higher demand

Chicago-Belize City, Belize, subject to government approval, with Saturday service scheduled through early May 2015

This winter, United also plans to expand its Houston-Aruba service. The airline currently offers Saturday Houston-Aruba flights that are scheduled to continue through mid-August 2014. On December 20, the company will resume Saturday service that will continue through early May 2015 and begin service on Sundays for periods of expected higher demand.

Copyright Photo: Brian McDonough/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 767-322 ER N676UA (msn 30028) approaches the runway at Washington’s Dulles International Airport.

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PAL Airlines of Chile suspends operations

PAL Airlines (Santiago) on May 27 saw its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) suspended because the local DGAC (Chile’s Civil Aviation Directorate) detected the airline did not accomplish technical requirements that may risk the operational safety of the airline if these issues are not corrected. The DGAC decided to stop all PAL Airlines operations until these issues are corrected. According to DGAC, PAL Airlines is working to recover its AOC in the coming days.

Here is the statement by the AGAC (translated from Spanish):

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) reports that according to the audits that are usually performed, the audits revealed that Principal Chile SA Airlines (PAL) has failed to comply with the technical requirements for its Air Operators Certification (AOC). Therefore its operation could jeopardize security if detected problems are not solved.

Therefore, citizens of Chile are informed that if these problems are not resolved, all air operations of this company will be suspended until the company hows its ability to comply with the technical requirements of aviation regulations .

The company is committed to provide a solution, as soon as possible, to the problems identified so as to continue to operate with the utmost safety .

The DGAC regrets the inconvenience this may cause, but the obligation of the Aeronautics Division is to ensure aviation safety.

Meanwhile PAL Airlines has stated it is working hard to relocate its maintenance facilities to another area of Santiago Airport (the original facilities were already demolished).

PAL is working hard to recover its AOC and expects to obtain it again in the next 4-5 days.

PAL Airlines has issued this statement about its efforts to restore its AOC (in Spanish): CLICK HERE

Special thanks to Alvaro Romero reporting from Chile.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. Ex-United Boeing 737-322 CC-ACE (msn 24669) completes its final approach back to the Santiago hub.

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Gol to start Sao Paulo-Santiago flights on July 3, reports a $65.1 million operating profit in the first quarter

Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes S.A. (Gol Transportes Aereos) (Sao Paulo) will start a new international twice-daily route on July 3, 2014 between São Paulo (Guarulhos) and Santiago.

The flights will be operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft in the GOL+ configuration, ensuring more space between seats. The flight will have on-board service with the option of hot meals, sandwiches, and hot and cold drinks.

On the financial side, the company announced its results for the first quarter of 2014 (all figures in Brazilian Real):

Operating income (EBIT) totaled R$144 million ($65.1 million US) in 1Q14, 43% increase versus 1Q13, with an operating margin of 5.8%. In the last 12 months (LTM), GOL achieved an EBIT of R$309 million and a margin of 3.3%.

Net revenues reached R$2.5 billion, 20% or R$411 million, up year over year and the Company’s highest ever first-quarter figure. LTM net revenue stood at R$9.4 billion.

Total load factor of 76.1% on the 1Q14 represented an 8.9 percentage point improvement over 1Q13 and also a first-quarter record, while yield maintained its upward trajectory, increasing by 4% in the period. These factors helped push RASK and PRASK by 18% to R$19.90 cents and R$18.23 cents, respectively.

Given the average 18% devaluation of the Real against the Dollar and fuel prices reaching record levels for a quarter, R$2.62/liter, total CASK moved up 17% over 1Q13, while CASK ex-fuel increased by 22%. LTM total CASK increased 3%.

EBITDAR totaled R$493 million, 34% more than in 1Q13. LTM EBITDAR of R$1,652 million, a Company record, reducing leverage (adjusted gross debt/LTM EBITDAR) from 27.9x, in 1Q13, to 6.5x in 1Q14.

GOL closed the first quarter with a total cash position of R$2.8 billion, equivalent to 30% of LTM net revenue. The Company remains committed to maintaining ample liquidity, which is essential at times of high volatility in the economic scenario.

Given the devaluation of the Venezuelan Bolivar against the Dollar, the Company recognized an exchange variation adjustment of R$75.9 million in its 1Q14 financial result. As a result, the realizable value of its cash in Venezuela was R$274.6 million on March 31, 2014.

Smiles S.A. reported first-quarter net income of R$78.3 million in 1Q14, 162% up on 1Q13, with a net margin of 41.6%, driven by the 61% period increase in net revenue to R$188 million.

Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8EH PR-GXH (msn 39621) advertising the GOL+ seating configuration arrives at São Paulo (Guarulhos).

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PAL Airlines leases an Airbus A330-300 from AirEuropa for the southern summer season

PAL Airlines (Santiago) has leased in from AirEuropa (Palma de Mallorca and Madrid) the pictured Airbus A330 for the southern summer season. The new type entered revenue service on January 11, 2014 between Santiago and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. AirEuropa’s Airbus A330-343X EC-LXR (msn 1097) taxies yesterday (January 21) with joint titles at hot and hazy Santiago, Chile.

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Lan Airlines brings the Boeing 787 to Miami

LAN (Chile) 787-8 CC-BBE (04)(Grd) MIA (LC)(LRW)

LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) today (January 3) brought the new Boeing 787-8 to Miami for the first time. The first visit was due to the snowstorm in New York (JFK).

The airline is planning to commence regular once-weekly Santiago to Miami 787 service via Cancun starting on August 9, 2014 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: L. Apso. Boeing 787-8 CC-BBE (msn 38473) parked at gate J11 in the South Terminal this morning.

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Xtra Airways is operating two Boeing 737-400s for One Airlines of Chile

Xtra Airways (Boise, Idaho) is now operating two of its Boeing 737-400s (N279AD and N42XA) for newcomer One Airlines of Chile.

One Airlines (Santiago) began charter operations on October 25 linking Santiago with Concepción in southern Chile and also to cities like Antofagasta and Calama in the northern part of the country, where the main mining investments are located.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. Boeing 737-4Q8 N279AD (msn 26279) rests between assignments at Santiago. The airliner is fully painted in the colors of the new charter airline. N279AD was formerly operated for DirectAir.

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Aerocardal halts scheduled passenger flights in Chile

Aerocardal (Santiago) on October 26 halted regular scheduled passenger operations between Santiago and Vallenar in northern Chile. The last flights were CDA 202 and CDA 203 using the Dornier 328 CC-ACG.
Aerocardal blamed the fall of various mining, agricultural and industial investments in the Atacama region for the lack of passenger demand. At its height, aircraft occupancy was 85 percent but during 2013 the rate was only 31percent, making the operation unprofitable.
Aerocardal told local media that if economical and investment conditions get better flights to Vallenar will be restarted. The route commenced on August 16 2011 and initially operated twice a week (Mondays and Fridays). Later a third flight was added on Wednesdays.
Aerocardal will continue operations as a charter airline operating VIP and ambulance flights and also operating its new FBO in Santiago.
Report from Chile from Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com.
Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. Aerocardal’s Dornier 328-100 CC-ACG (msn 3063) arrives back at the Santiago base.
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LATAM Airlines Group loses $330 million in the 2Q

LATAM Airlines Group (LAN Airlines and TAM Linhas Aereas) (Santago and Sao Paulo) reported it lost $330 million in the second quarter. The group was created last year with the merger of the two airlines. The group is struggling in Brazil with TAM due to a weakening Brazilian economy. TAM is cutting costs and reducing flights.

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LATAM Airlines Group Fleet Plans (excerpt from the report):

LATAM Airlines Group 8:2013 Fleet

Top Copyright Photo: Rodrigo Cozzato/AirlinersGallery.com. Sporting new Sharklets, Airbus A320-214 PR-MYY (msn 5591) taxies at the Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) hub.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. Boeing 777-F6N N772LA (msn 37708) arrives at the Santiago hub.

PAL Airlines suspends scheduled operations in August, will operate charters only

PAL Airlines (Santiago) announced on July 29 that is suspending scheduled passenger operations during August. The carrier will continue as a charter-only company. The explanation given by the owners was that the current business plan did not allow them to develop the charter flights to the Chilean northern regions where mining personnel transportation needs are growing.
PAL currently operates 16 charter flights a week and they expect this number to rise up to 28 per week. The aim of the airline is also offer better options to Chilean tour operators for charters in the summer season of the Southern Hemisphere (flights to Brazil, Cuba and Mexico), and using the aircraft for freight, mainly performing seat container flights inside Chile.
PAL fleet is composed by two Boeing 737-300s and two Boeing 737-200s, plus two leased from Global Air of Mexico. A third 737-300 should join the fleet soon.
Thanks to Alvaro Romero of ModoCharlie.com for this report.
Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. Boeing 737-3G7 CC-ADZ (msn 24634) in the special Copa America 2011-Chile Soccer Team livery exits the runway at the Santiago base.
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Sky Airline of Chile retires its last Boeing 737-200

Sky Airline (Chile) (Santiago) on July 26 operated the last revenue flight of a Boeing 737-200. Three 737-200s were retired on July 26.

The first of the three airliners that finished their career was CC-CTK, performing flight SKU 055, departing Santiago (SCL) to Carriel Sur, Concepción Airport (SCIE/CCP) at 17:15 (local time). It returned to SCL as flight SKU 054.

Flight SKU 116 was flown from Santiago to Copiapó’s Desierto de Atacama airport (SCAT) using CC-CVI, and flew from there to Santiago as SKU 117 at 19:09.
The last flight was flight SKU 122, flown with CC-CTH. The flight took off from SCL for La Serena (SCSE/LSC), then to Copiapó and returning to Santiago around 22:00 (local). This flight marked the end of the era of 737s in SKY Airline service.

Thanks goes to Alvaro Romero for this information.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. Boeing 737-2Q3 CC-ABD (msn 22736) is pictured at the SCL base.

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Sky Airline phases out its last Boeing 737-200s

Sky Airline (Chile) (Santiago) on July 3 2013 retired from scheduled operations three of its Boeing 737-200s: CC-CTO, CC-AAG and CC-ABD. Three 737-200s still remain in service: CC-CTH, CC-CTK and CC-CVI. However these last three aircraft will be retired by the end of July 2013. After that, the carrier will only operate Airbus A319s and A320s.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. Boeing 737-230 CC-CTK (msn 22402) completes its final approach back into the Santiago base.

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Sky Airline of Chile to expand to Brazil in 2014

Sky Airline (Santiago) on June 7 received new authorization from the Brazilian aviation authorities for new route authority rights to operate between Chile and Brazil. The airline will start Brazilian flights in 2014.

Meanwhile the airline continues to convert its Boeing 737-200 fleet to more modern Airbus A319s and A320s. The company during May scrapped two more Boeing 737-200s (CC-CTI and CC-CTX).

Top Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-232 CC-ABV (msn 1400) arrives at the Santiago hub (please click on the photo for the full size view). All others by Sky Airline.

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LATAM Airlines Group reports 1Q net income of $42.7 million, down 48.9%

LATAM Airlines Group (LAN Airlines) (TAM Linhas Aereas) (Santiago and Sao Paulo) has reported its financial results through March 31, 2013 for the first quarter:

HIGHLIGHTS

    • LATAM Airlines Group reported operating income of $114.2 million (US) for first quarter 2013, a 149.8% increase compared to the $45.7 million pro forma operating income in first quarter 2012. Operating margin reached 3.4%, an increase of 2.0 points compared to 1.4% in 2012. This result reflects a steady recovery in business operations as we advance in the process of achieving the expected synergies from the merger between LAN and TAM.

 

    • Net income reached $42.7 million for first quarter 2013, compared to a pro forma consolidated net income of $83.7 million for the same period in 2012, which represents a decrease of 48.9% mainly due to a foreign exchange gain of $133.4 million recognized at TAM during the first quarter 2012.

 

    • TAM continues to make significant progress in the turnaround of the domestic Brazil passenger operations, maintaining capacity discipline with a 9.2% reduction in ASKs during the first quarter 2013 as compared to the first quarter 2012. Healthy traffic growth of 3.4%,as well as improved market segmentation and revenue management practices have resulted in strong load factor improvements of 9.5 percentage points as compared to the first quarter 2012,reaching 77.7%. This led to a significant increase in revenue per ASK,as measured in Brazilian reais. Results in U.S. dollars were affected by a 13% depreciation of the Brazilian currency during the quarter as compared to the first quarter 2012. We remain convinced that capacity discipline and an adequate segmentation of the market will provide the basis for continued healthy load factors and a significant improvement in operating results in 2013.

 

    • We remain confident in our synergy target of between $600 and $700 million, to be fully achieved by the fourth year after the merger (June 2016). Important progress was made in recent months with the code share agreement signed between TAM and American Airlines as well as with LATAM’s election of oneworld as its global alliance. We have begun to harmonize the airlines’ frequent flyer programs,as well as advanced on cost initiatives related to contract renegotiations and process standardization. Furthermore, important synergies have been achieved through the coordination of the LAN and TAM cargo operations. We expect merger synergies to be between $250 and $300 million during 2013. However,we expect to continue to incur certain costs related to the integration process.

 

    • Total revenues in the first quarter 2013 reached $3,409.0 million compared to pro forma revenues of $3,360.2 million in first quarter 2012. The increase of 1.5% is a result of a 1.5% increase in passenger revenues and a 38.6% increase in other revenues, partially offset by a 3.2% decrease in cargo revenues. The slight increase in revenues reflects capacity reductions in the domestic Brazil passenger operations and a more challenging environment for international passenger operations, as well as weak market demand in the cargo business. Passenger and cargo revenues accounted for 84.2% and 13.5% of total revenues, respectively, in first quarter 2013.

 

  • During the first quarter 2013, LATAM received a total of 5 Airbus A320 family aircraft and 1 Boeing 767-300 passenger aircraft. Furthermore, the Company returned 1 Airbus A320-200 and sold 2 Airbus A318 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. LAN Airlines’ Airbus A318-121 CC-CVR (msn 3390) carries special Telethon 2011 logo at Santiago. The snow-capped Andes Mountains are in the background.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Bernardo Andrade. TAM’s Airbus A319-132 PT-TMD (msn 4192) in the retrojet color scheme climbs away from Santos Dumont Airport in downtown Rio de Janeiro. Please click on the photo for the full-size view.

Copa Airlines is coming to Boston

Copa Airlines (Panama City) will the new destination of Boston and the Panama City-Boston route starting on July 10. The new spoke route will operate daily with Boeing 737-700 aircraft according to a report by Airline Route.

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Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. Boeing 737-71Q HP-1370CMP (msn 29048) prepares to land at Santiago, Chile.

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LAN Airlines is planning to commence nonstop Rio de Janeiro-Miami service on January 22

LAN Airlines (Chile) (LANTAM Airlines Group) (Santiago) is planning to introduce nonstop Rio de Janeiro – Miami flights using Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft starting on January 22 according to Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. Boeing 767-316 ER CC-CXK (msn 37802) prepares to touch down at the Santiago base.

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LAN acquires TAM, becomes the LATAM Airlines Group

LAN Airlines S.A. (Santiago) (which has been renamed LATAM Airlines Group S.A.) and TAM S.A. (Sao Paulo) on June 22 completed their exchange offer. The acquisition has created the LATAM Airlines Group S.A. LATAM Airlines Group S.A. will offer passengers more flights to more destinations than any other affiliated group of airlines in South America, initially reaching about 150 destinations in 22 countries and transporting cargo to 169 destinations in 27 countries.

As previously announced, the transaction was carried out through an exchange offer in which TAM’s shareholders could elect to exchange their TAM shares for LAN shares at a ratio of 0.9 LAN shares for each TAM share. The offered LAN shares will be delivered in the form of BDRs (Brazilian Depositary Receipts) in Brazil and ADRs (American Depositary Receipts) in the United States. The exchange offer, which was materialized with the auction on June 22, 2012, was subject to the condition that more than 2/3 of the TAM shares that participate in the offer agree with the deregistration of TAM as a public company in Brazil. This delisting condition was satisfied when 99.9% of the participant shares agreed with TAM’s deregistration. The tendered shares together with the TAM shares committed by the TAM Controlling Shareholders represented 95.9% of the total outstanding shares of TAM.

According to this report by Reuters, LATAM Airlines will decide within the next six months which airline alliance it will stay with. Currently LAN is a member of the OneWorld alliance, while TAM belongs to Star Alliance.

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Top Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi.

Chorus Aviation’s statement on its investment in Pluna

Chorus Aviation Inc. (Halifax) today (June 21) announced certain developments relating to Chorus’ investment in Pluna Líneas Aéreas Uruguayas S.A. (Montevideo).

In April 2010, Chorus (formerly the Jazz Air Income Fund) invested $15 million (USD) in Latin American Regional Aviation Holding Corporation (LARAH) in return for a 33.3% non-voting equity interest in the company, which translated into a 25% indirect ownership in Pluna.  At the time of the investment, LARAH held an indirect 75% equity interest in Pluna; the Government of Uruguay held an indirect equity interest of 25%.

The Uruguayan government has taken control of Pluna, allowing the airline to continue operating. Chorus is working directly and cooperatively with the national government to produce and assess potential recapitalization and business plans for Pluna. As part of the proceedings, all of the shares in Pluna held indirectly by LARAH have been delivered in trust with the Montevideo Stock Exchange in return for certain conditions and indemnities from the Uruguayan government. There can be no assurances as to the extent of Chorus’ participation and involvement.  Further, there can be no assurances that a successful recapitalization of Pluna will be accomplished, and if so, that Chorus will retain an equity stake or other investment therein.

Chorus is currently assessing the valuation of its original $15 million investment and how it will be accounted for in its second quarter financial disclosure planned for mid-August, 2012. The situation at Pluna has no effect on Jazz operations or current cash flows. Chorus will provide an update and share next steps upon the finalization of the review and will not speculate on the outcome or Pluna’s future.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. 

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Aerovías DAP to launch flights between Punta Arenas and Ushuaia in the Patagonia

Aerovías DAP (Las Aerolíneas de la Patagonia) (Punta Arenas) on June 14 2012 announced the launch of a new regular route linking the southern Chilean city of Punta Arenas with the southern Argentine city of Ushuaia in the Patagonia (the route has been operated as charter flights in the past). A media flight was performed on June 14, while the official start of scheduled operations will be on July 7. The new route will be operated with two flights a week on Mondays and Saturdays. The aircraft that will be operating this new route is the pictured de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter registered as CC-CHV (above), the same aircraft that was used on the promotional flight of June 14. The Twin Otter covers both cities in about 1 hour and  25 minutes over some very scenic territory.

In other news, Aerovías DAP BAe 146-200 CC-ACO landed in Santiago for the first time on June 12, on a direct flight from Punta Arenas. The jetliner is reportedly to be part of the charter operations on behalf of the mining industry in the northern part of Chile which are to begin soon. Once started, Aerovias DAP will operate from northern Chile to Antarctica.

Top Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. DHC-6-300 Twin Otter CC-CHV (msn 709) is being maintained at the Puntas Arenas base. The Twin Otter still wears the basic colors of Brymon Airways.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. The pictured BAe 146-200 CC-CZP operates regular scheduled flights from Punta Arenas to Puerto Williams and charter flights to Antarctica during the summer, hence the titles in Spanish.

Sky Airline is delayed in starting the new Santiago-Buenos Aires route

Sky Airline (Chile) (Santaigo) has been delayed in starting its new route to Buenos Aires using its newly-acquired Airbus A320s. The company announced the first scheduled flight between Santiago de Chile (SCL) and Buenos Aires (EZE), originally scheduled for September 3, 2010, has been delayed. The airline has been informed by the Argentine aviation authorities that it has not yet received the necessary authorization to start scheduled operations. The airline had already sold tickets for the inaugural flights and had to rebook the passengers on LAN Airlines or Aerolíneas Argentinas flights.

The route is not likely to start now until December 2010.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. Airbus A320-232 CC-ABV (msn 1400) smartly approaches SCL for landing.

Sky Airline (Chile) to fly to Buenos Aires

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com.

Sky Airline (Chile) (Santiago) will start a twice-daily route to Buenos Aires starting on September 3, 2010.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. The second Airbus A320, namely this A320-233 CC-ABW (msn 1523) pictured at a hazy Santiago, arrived at SCL on May 6, 2010 and is now in service.

PAL Airlines adds two cities, its first international route and plans to lease two Boeing 757-200s

PAL Airlines (Aerolinea Principal Chile S.A. dba) (Santiago) is celebrating one year of scheduled operations in Chile. The company has announced two new cities. Arica will be served from September 9, 2010 and Copiapó (both in northern Chile) from August 19, 2010 with two flights a day from Santiago from Monday through Friday and one flight on weekends.

The airline has also announced its first international scheduled route. Córdoba in Argentina will be added from September 15 2010 using the recently arrived Boeing 737-300 CC-ACE, with four flights per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

PAL also announced an agreement with Pegasus for a new cargo service called “Intelligent Freight” or overnight cargo. Among their clients are the Chilean Mail and mining companies in the northern regions of Chile.

On the fleet side, Boeing 737-200 CC-CZO was flown to Africa early in August and will be replaced by a similar aircraft due to arrive in the middle of this month. The “new” Boeing 737-200 will receive the Chilean registration of CC-ACD.

Finally, there are advanced talks with Privilege Style for the possible leasing of two Boeing 757-200 aircraft for the upcoming summer season starting in January 2011.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. Newly-acquired ex-United Airlines Boeing 737-322 CC-ACE (msn 24669) arrives back at SCL.

LAN Airlines (Chile) signs MOU for 50 Airbus Family aircraft, including 10 A321s

LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) announced its intention to order 50 new Airbus A320 Family aircraft. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed at the Farnborough International Air Show will be the largest single airline order for Airbus in Latin America and brings LAN’s total Airbus orders to 152 aircraft.

The commitment includes 10 A321s, a new aircraft type for LAN.

LAN placed a firm order for 30 Airbus A320 Family aircraft in December 2009. The airline currently operates 58 Airbus aircraft.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. Airbus A318-121 CC-CVB (msn 3030) with the 80 Anos (80 Years) logo climbs beautifully from the Santiago base.

PAL Airlines leases Airbus A340-313X CS-TQM from HiFly

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

PAL Airlines (Santiago) has leased Airbus A340-313X CS-TQM (msn 117) from HiFly.

First pictures of the damage to Santiago’s terminal

LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) reported last last night, in accordance with the announcement made by Chile’s Civil Aviation Authority, that the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago, Chile remains closed for both international and domestic flights due to the severe 8.8 earthquake in Chile.

LAN is working closely with the Chilean Ministry of Public Works, the Civil Aviation Authority and the terminal concession company to reinstate operations as soon as possible.

The company has been operating the 17 flights that were destined for Santiago, Chile on February 27, and diverted to alternate airports. By the end of the day, all these flights will have arrived at Santiago.

Flight operations at the Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport in Santiago remain temporarily suspended.  LAN will alert passengers as soon as airport authorities reopen the airport for operations.

Here are the first pictures of the damage to the SCL terminal (in Spanish);

http://www.fotos.emol.com/?G_ID=13641#

LAN Airlines signs contract for 30 Airbus A320 Family aircraft

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. Please click on photo for full view, information and other photos.

LAN Airlines (Chile) Airbus A320-233 CC-COF (msn 1355) SCL

Originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery

LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) has signed a contract for the purchase of 30 Airbus A320 Family aircraft to be delivered between 2011 and 2016.

The new aircraft will operate flights within Latin America as well as domestic routes in Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Chile and will be used for the renewal and growth of the LAN’s short haul fleet. In addition to this purchase, LAN’s strategic fleet renewal plan involves the sale of five Airbus A318s in 2011.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero.

PLUNA performs test flight in Chile

PLUNA Lineas Aereas Uruguayas (Montevideo) on October 23, 2009 performed its first test flight inside Chilean territory. The overnight flight linked Santiago de Chile (SCL) with Punta Arenas (PUQ) as flight PU 441 carrying freight (newspapers, magazines and documents) in a seat container configuration. The company used Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) CX-CRB. The cargo was flown on behalf of SKY Cargo (a subsidiary of SKY Airline) thanks to an agreement with that Chilean company. PLUNA is planning to operate passenger flights in Chile starting in December and will use the same aircraft on the route Punta Arenas -Santiago.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero.

Sister ship CX-CRD (msn 15180) is seen at Santiago on a normal flight to and from Montevideo.

Please click on photo or link below for full view, information and other photos:

http://airlinersgallery.com/2/2526118/#/gallery/pluna/pluna-crj900-cx-crd-08-grd-scl-ar-lr-901660/

PAL-Principal Airlines launches scheduled flights

 

737-236 CC-CZK displays the new 2009 livery at Santiago.  Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero.

737-236 CC-CZK displays the new 2009 livery at Santiago. Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero.

PAL-Principal Airlines (Aeolinea Principal de Chile) (Santiago) began scheduled domestic operations in Chile yesterday (june 18) with a flight linking Santiago with the cities of Antofagasta and Iquique in the north of the country. The first flight, call sign PCP 822 took off from SCL operated by Boeing 737-236 CC-CZK (msn 21804). The second 737-200 (CC-CZO) is currently in maintenance and will soon be ready for service. PAL will operate the northern route two times a day during the week, only once on the weekends.

Aerolineas Argentinas and Sky Airline move closer

 

Please click on photo for full view and caption.

Please click on photo for full view and caption.

Aerolineas Argentinas (Buenos Aires) and Sky Airline (Santiago) have signed a new agreement to work closer together including code sharing.

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