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.
PAL-Principal Airlines (Aerolinea Principal de Chile) (Santiago) will launch scheduled domestic service between Santiago, Antofagasta and Iquique on June 18 with its two ex-Aircomet Chile Boeing 737-200s (CC-CZK and CC-CZO). The company, which started operations in 2003, previously relied on aircraft supplied by Futura International Airways. Owned by the Musiet family, which also owned National Airlines (Chile) between 1992 and 1998, Principal has been previously operated as a charter airline which will continue. The company on June 2 also introduced a new “rainbow star” color scheme which emphasizes this new English operating name.