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DAP King Air CC-CLY lost its door in flight

On December 12, 2022 at 11: 40 LT, Beech 100 King Air CC-CLY (msn B-79) of DAP, lost its door after taking off from Puerto Williams airfield (Guardiamarina Zañartu, SCGZ) while flying the route from there to Punta Arenas Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Airport, (SCCI/PUQ).
The incident happened around 10 minutes after taking off from SCGZ. The aircraft returned to the airfield without any other trouble.
The nine passengers were assisted by DAP personnel, waiting for another aircraft of that company to continue their trip to Punta Arenas. DGAC Chile is investigating the incident.
Photo: Alvaro Romero. CC-CLY is pictured at El Tepual, Puerto Montt (SCTE/PMC) on March 2, 2006.
Alvaro Romero reporting from Chile.

Antarctic Airways unveils its new penguin special livery


DAP Antarctic Airways (Aerovias DAP) has unveiled its first aircraft wearing a special livery.

The pictured DAP Antarctic Airways BAe 146-200 CC-CZP (msn E2042) is painted in a  special “el pinguino” (the penguin) livery.

CC-CZP is seen at the Punta Arenas Airport (SCCI/PUQ) base in southern Chile. The airliner performed its first flight to Antarctica today (December 13, 2016).

Photo: Aerovias DAP.


Aerovias DAP brings rock band Metallica to King George Island

Antarctica 146-200 CC-CZP Metallic Band (Marcelo Villegas)(LR)

Aerovias DAP (Antarctica Airways) (Punta Arenas) brought the well known rock band Metallica to Teniente Marsh airfield (SCRM) of the Chilean Base Presidente Frei, located on King George island, South Shetland archipelago near Antarctica on December 6. The trip was flown on Aerovías DAP BAe 146-200 CC-CZP from Punta Arenas’ Presidente Ibáñez International Airport (SCCI/PUQ). After its landing, the band saluted personnel deployed there before boarding the Orthelus ship, that brought Metallica and supporters to the Argentine base Carlini, where its concert of December 12 will take place.

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According to Wikipedia, “Metallica is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. The band’s fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship placed them as one of the founding “big four” of thrash metal alongside Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Metallica formed in 1981 when James Hetfield responded to an advertisement that drummer Lars Ulrich had posted in a local newspaper. The current line-up features founders Hetfield (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Ulrich (drums), longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo since 2003.”
Thanks to Alvaro Romero/ for his report from Chile.
Copyright Photo: Marcelo Villegas on Twitter (@marvil19)
Aerovias DAP describes its Antarctica operations (operated as Antarctica Airways) on its website:

Antarctica Flights 

You will be part of an unforgettable experience that will take you to one of the farthest points ongorros Earth. The coldest, highest, windiest, driest and less populated continent. A continent that has been completely sunk by ice, which has not only shaped its topography, but has also influenced its evolution.

This place is one of the only places on Earth that is still pristine. It is therefore, why, it has become an important reserve for the biosphere. Its unique beauty contrasted with its extreme weather conditions, make it an exotic and enchanting destination for all those privileged travelers who are planning a visit to the end of the world.

The Antarctica is an ecological wonder that mesmerizes explorers, scientists and travelers.

On our aircraft you will fly over the Magellan Strait, Tierra del Fuego Island, Darwin Mountain Range, the mythical Cape Horn and the raft Drake Passage. Finally arriving at King George Island, gateway to the white continent, where most of the antarctic scientific bases are located.

Here you can also find the Chilean village “Villa Las Estrellas”, place where several Chilean families live all year round.
You will visit the impressive landscapes of the white continent, see part of its wildlife and experience the daily life of men populating this territory in the name of science and investigation.

Full Day Program

Description of the Program:

At your arrival to Pta. Arenas you will have included 03 nights of accommodations in base of double room including one dinner or lunch per person daily at the hotel Cabo de Hornos or similar. If passenger needs any additional night because of the delay of the trip due to weather conditions or others, in this case the extra night is by passenger side.

On the day prior to the flight one of our guides accompanied by one of our commercial department representatives, will give you a short description about the Antarctic Program at 8:00 pm at your hotel in Punta Arenas. After that, you will enjoy a welcome cocktail in the same hotel.

Day Program :

– Transfer from hotel to Punta Arenas Airport to board the DAP plane with destination to King George Island (Antarctica)

– At your arrival, you will be welcomed by our Antarctica-expert tour guide, who will take you on a tour visiting the following venues:

– ‘Villa Las Estrellas’ (First settlement inhabited by civilians)

– Visit to the Drake Passage area, where we will observe a colony of different seals along
the beach.

– Lunch or a snack depending on the place and time of arrival.

-Navigation on a zodiac boat to Ardley Island to visit some penguin colonies.

-Navigation to Collins glacier.

-Return to Punta Arenas after a 5-hour tour (depending on weather conditions).

– Transfer from Airport to the Hotel in Punta Arenas


– Passengers will be taken on a caterpillar truck to the Ice Camp based on Collins glacier, located about 10 km. (6 miles) from the runway. Where you will stay overnight.

-Visit to the Collins glacier and scientific bases the next day.

-Walk to the “Elefanteras” (sea elephant colony)

-It is also possible to visit other tourist attractions, depending on the weather conditions, before returning to Punta Arenas.

The whole program, which includes accommodation, visits, walks and navigations, is subject to weather conditions, and may change.

Please refrain from touching or handling the fauna and flora, as it is important to preserve the native surroundings. The protection of the environment is a legacy to our future generations.

Note 1: Meals and beverages are included in all our programs. Please, let us know in advance if you have any special nutritional requirements.

Note 2: At the time of the booking, please give us all passengers’ full name, passport numbers, birth date and nationality.

Note 3: At the time of booking, please give us all passenger’s clothes and shoes size in order to provide them with Wellingtons for the excursion and a present.

Insurance: DAP declares that our insurance of civil liability covers all passengers against risks while they are on the airplane and when boarding or disembarking via the stairs.

Therefore, all passengers must have the necessary insurance to cover civil liability derived from any injuries or illnesses that they may sustain while being outside the plane.

Likewise, the operator must demand passengers to have a rescue insurance that covers a potential evacuation from Antarctica by air. The parties involved consider an
essential subject that all passengers have the insurance mentioned above.


Clothing recommended to be worn for this trip include:

– Pants cover and windbreak (at least)
– Gloves and hats
– Trekking shoes
– Sunblock
– 2 additional pairs of warm socks

Aerovias DAP Antartica Airways 1:2013 Route Map

Aerovias DAP becomes a new Boeing 737-200 operator

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Aerovias DAP (Las Aerolineas de la Patagonia) (Punta Arenas, Chile) has become a new Boeing 737 operator. Former SKY Airline (Santiago) Boeing 737-2Q3 CC-ABD (msn 22736) is the first Boeing 737-200 to be operated by Aerovías DAP. CC-ABD is being operated on behalf of the mining industry as DAP Mineral Airways. Aerovias DAP is expected to add two additional Boeing 737-200s from SKY Airline. This leaves the Aerovias DAP BAe 146s/Avro RJs to operate mainly in southern Chile (Patagonia) and Antarctica.

Video: BAe 146 landing on King George Island in Antarctica:


Aerovias DAP: AG Slide Show

DAP Mineral Airways starts operations in northern Chile

DAP Mineral Airways (the mining-related division of Aerovías DAP)  has begun using BAe (Avro) RJ85 OY-RCE (msn E2233) on January 10 2013 from Atlantic Airways (Faroe Islands). The aircraft has small Mineral Airways titles on the left front fuselage. The airline is operating from Santiago (SCL) to the Ricardo García Posada airfield of El Salvador in the northern part of Chile (SCES) as flight DAP 442.

OY-RCE made a test and certification flight on January 9 from SCL. The jetliner arrived in Chile on December 31 2012. The other two BAe 146-200 aircraft of Aerovias DAP are based in Punta Arenas (CC-CZP and CC-ACO), operating to Antarctica as DAP Antarctic Airways (Antarctica).
Aerovías DAP (Las Aerolíneas de la Patagonia) is based in Punta Arenas, in southern Chile.
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Top Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. Pictured arriving at Santiago, Chile on January 10, 2013 is Atlantic Airways’ RJ85 OY-RCE about to land on runway 17L. OY-RCE is operating for the new DAP Mineral Airways arriving from El Salvador, Chile (SCES), as flight DAP 443. OY-RCE does not have the Mineral Airways titles on the right side of the fuselage.
Bottom Copyright Photos and Maps: Aerovias DAP.
Aerovias DAP Antartica RJ85 (Aerovias DAP)(LR)
The two BAe 146-200s now carry Antarctic Airways titles.
DAP Antarctic Airways (titles)(Aerovias DAP)(LR)
Local Aerovias DAP routes in southern Chile:
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Charter flights to Antarctica as DAP Antarctic Airways (now with titles):
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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.