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Norwegian sells Argentinian subsidiary to JetSmart

Norwegian Air Shuttle has signed an agreement for the sale of 100 percent of its Argentinian subsidiary Norwegian Air Argentina (NAA) to JetSMART Airlines.

“We’re taking necessary steps to return to profitability,” said acting CEO Geir Karlsen.

JetSMART will assume the NAA operation with immediate effect. To minimize the impact on passengers, JetSMART will continue to operate the NAA scheduled flights from Aeroparque airport. The parties expect that the integration process will take several months, and the Norwegian brand will be phased out in the domestic Argentinian network during this period.

Over the next six months, the three Boeing 737 currently operated by NAA will be replaced by JetSMART’s Airbus A320 aircraft. The three Boeing 737s will return to service for Norwegian in Europe.

“As Norwegian moves from growth to profitability, we are taking all the necessary actions required to ensure that Norwegian is well positioned going forward. Over the past few months we have made important changes to our route network to ensure long-term profitability. Attaining satisfactory profitability for a relatively small domestic operation has proved difficult to achieve, given the overall situation in the country. While most of NAA’s costs are denominated in dollars, revenue is obtained in pesos only, and the sharp depreciation of the peso against the dollar has created a significant gap between costs and revenue,” said acting CEO and CFO of Norwegian, Geir Karlsen.

Scheduled flights to be operated as plannedAll passengers who have purchased NAA flights will fly as planned.

NAA solely operates domestic flights within Argentina so the new agreement will not affect Norwegian’s long-haul flights between London and Buenos Aires. These are operated by the British subsidiary Norwegian Air UK.

Norwegian’s employees in NAA will, as per the agreement, be employed by JetSMART except for the company’s Argentina-based call center staff. They will continue as Norwegian employees providing customer services to JetSMART’s domestic Argentina operation and to our customers on our long-haul operation between Europe and South America.

“All our colleagues in Argentina deserve a word of recognition for their dedication and hard work. The past two years have proven eventful – not only have they built a fully-fledged airline from scratch, but they have also operated it to the highest professional standards. In doing so, they have earned for Norwegian the gratitude and respect of the Argentinian people,” said CEO of Norwegian Air Argentina, Ole Christian Melhus.

NAA received its Air Operator’s Certificate in January 2018 and started operations on 16th October that year.

The company currently operates a fleet of three Boeing 737-800s, with twenty daily flights across eight routes between Buenos Aires’ Aeroparque airport to Bariloche, Córdoba, Iguazú, Jujuy, Mendoza, Neuquén, Salta, and Ushuaia.

So far, NAA has carried 982,000 passengers.

JetSmart launches new routes to Colombia

First A320neo, delivered on October 5, 2019

JetSmart announced the launch of twice-weekly nonstop routes from Santiago, Chile, to Colombia. The direct flights will link SCL airport with the cities of Cali from December 20, 2019, and capital city of Bogotá from January 9, 2020, transforming Colombia into the fourth country where the ULCC airline will fly from Chile (joining Argentina, Perú and Brazil).

Alvaro Romero reporting from Chile.

Top Copyright Photo: JetSmart (Chile) Airbus A320-271N WL CC-AWJ (msn 9194) (Colibri de Arica) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 947834.

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JetSmart shows off its first Airbus A320neo in Santiago

JetSMART presented its first Airbus A320-271N (A320neo), in a ceremony held at Aerocardal FBO of Santiago de Chile’s Arturo Merino Benítez airport (SCL) with big presence of media and local fashion representatives.

This ceremony took place on October 9, 2019. The event mainly consisted of a fashion event with models of EML Elite Model Look Chile. In fact, EML chose to make is 2019 awards, transforming both Aerocardal apron and CC-AWJ itself into a fashion show.
The A320neo performed the inaugural flight from Santiago (SCL), flying over Chile’s central region coast, specifically the touristic cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar; while the Airbus performed several turns over the Pacific Ocean (at an average altitude of 10,000 ft), its aisle was transformed into an in flight fashion show by EML models.
CC-AWJ (msn 9194), is owned by SMBC Aviation Capital Limited and operated by JetSMART SPA.
CC-AWJ is decorated with a hummingbird (Colibrí de Arica), and after a Facebook contest was named Zunzún.
It is also the first of six Airbus A320neo to be received by JetSMART until the first semester of 2020, and bringing the ULCC carrier fleet from 11 to 17 aircraft.
Alvaro Romero reporting from Santiago.
All photos by Alvaro Romero.

JetSmart to expand into Brazil

JetSmart has announced its new routes, adding Brazil to its network. The three places that are to be added are the following (all flights from Santiago de Chile, SCL):

Salvador de Bahía, three times a week in summer (Southern Hemisphere) from December 27, 2019; the rest of the year it will operate twice a week.
Foz de Iguazú, two flights a week from January 5, 2020 (first time a Chilean airline provides a direct link there).
Sao Paulo, initially two times a week from March 20, 2020.
JetSmart projects the route to Salvador de Bahía will transport more than 33,000 passengers a year, while to Foz de Iguazú and Sao Paulo, more than 30,000 pax per year respectively.
Alvaro Romero reporting from Chile.

Indigo Partners to add 50 Airbus A321XLRs to its airline fleets

Indigo Partners and three of its airlines will acquire 50 of the new Airbus A321XLR long-range, single-aisle jetliners. The Memorandum of Understanding includes new orders for 32 A321XLRs and the conversion of 18 existing A320neo family orders.

Indigo Partners LLC, based in Phoenix, Arizona, is a private equity fund focused on worldwide investments in air transportation. Indigo has major ownership stakes in four low-cost airlines, including Frontier Airlines (U.S.), JetSMART (Chile), Volaris (Mexico) and Wizz Air (Hungary). The four carriers now operate a combined 295 Airbus planes and, with the new commitments, have 636 on order.

Twenty of the A321XLRs will be allocated to Wizz Air, 18 to Frontier, and 12 to JetSMART.

Airbus announced the launch of the A321XLR at the Paris Air Show. Derived from the A321neo, the A321XLR is the longest-range single-aisle commercial jetliner ever, capable of flying routes up to 4,700nm with unbeatable fuel efficiency. With a range previously found only in twin-aisle aircraft, A321XLR will enable airlines to exploit new route opportunities with low operating costs, reduced environmental impact, and provide passengers with a comfortable travel experience.

Images: Airbus.

JetSMART to fly to Argentina from Chile

Halcom Peregrino Austral (Peregrine Falcon) on the tail

Chile’s ultra low cost carrier JetSMART has announced that Argentina is the second country to receive its international flights from Chile, after Perú.

The five new routes are: Buenos Aires (El Palomar), Córdoba and Mendoza, all from Santiago de Chile and something new: Argentine cities of Córdoba and Mendoza are also to be served by La Serena, a city located some 450 km north of Santiago, marking JetSMART operation as the first international service from La Florida (SCSE/LSC) airfield, thus becoming an international airport.

JetSMART will start the new services in December 2018 and January 2019.

JetSMART is also planning to increase its Airbus A320 fleet from 5 to 9 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by JetSMART): JetSmart Airbus A320-232 CC-AWA (msn 7691) SCL (Alvaro Romero). Image: 940371.

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Airbus, Indigo Partners finalize orders for 430 A320neo Family aircraft

Airbus has announced that it had finalized agreements with Indigo Partners and its four portfolio airlines for the purchase of 430 additional A320neo Family aircraft for ultra-low-cost airlines Frontier Airlines (United States), JetSMART (Chile), Volaris (Mexico) and Wizz Air (Hungary).

The signed purchase agreement follows a Memorandum of Understanding among the parties announced at the Dubai Air Show last month.

The 430-aircraft order is made up of 274 A320neos and 156 A321neos worth $49.5 billion at list prices.

Airlines in the Indigo Partners family had previous placed orders for a total of 427 A320 Family aircraft.

Image: Airbus.

JetSMART names its fourth Airbus A320 in honor of Alejo Williamson

JetSMART (Santiago, Chile) on December 19 2017 announced Luis Oliva was the winner of the contest held on its social networks, to name the fourth Airbus A320 of JetSMART, CC-AWD.

The new airliner is named “Alejo Williamson D.”, whose full name matches the registration.

Mr. Williamson was the first Chilean glider pilot to cross the Andes mountains through the tallest heights (between Santiago and Mendoza) on December 12, 1964 flying a Let 13 Blanik registered as CC-K7W. The glider is currently preserved at Chile’s Aviation Museum in Santiago, Cerrillos. Mr. Williamson passed away on June 5 2014.

Airbus A320-232 CC-AWD (msn 8006) arrived at Santiago (SCL) on December 11 2017, from Hamburg (Finkenwerder). CC-AWD features a Condor Austral (vulture) on its tail.

Top Photo: JetSMART.

Alvaro Romero reporting from Santiago, Chile.

Bottom Copyright Photo: JetSmart JetSmart Airbus A320-232 CC-AWD (msn 7691) SCL (Alvaro Romero). Image: 940372. (Alvaro Romero). Image: 940372.

Condor Austral (Vulture) on the tail

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Indigo Partners doubles existing A320neo Family order

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Airbus, Indigo Partners’ four portfolio airlines have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the purchase by the four airlines of 430 additional A320neo Family aircraft. The aircraft will be allocated among the ultra low-cost airlines Frontier Airlines (United States), JetSMART (Chile), Volaris (Mexico) and Wizz Air (Hungary) upon the completion of final purchase agreements between Airbus and the four airlines.

The 430-aircraft commitment, comprised of 273 A320neos and 157 A321neos worth $49.5 billion at list prices, was announced at the Dubai Airshow by Bill Franke, Managing Partner of Indigo Partners, and John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. When added to existing Airbus A320 Family orders, the new agreement will make Indigo Partners one of the largest customers by order number in the world for the Airbus single-aisle aircraft family. Airlines in the Indigo Partners family previously have placed orders for 427 A320 Family aircraft.

Also present at the announcement were Enrique Beltranena, CEO of Volaris; Barry Biffle, CEO of Frontier Airlines; Estuardo Ortiz, CEO of JetSMART; and József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air. They confirmed their firm’s individual aircraft orders as follows:

  • Wizz – 72 A320neo, 74 A321neo
  • Frontier – 100 A320neo, 34 A321neo
  • JetSMART – 56 A320neo, 14 A321neo
  • Volaris – 46 A320neo, 34 A321neo

Indigo Partners’ Bill Franke indicated that engine selections will be made and announced at a later date.

The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies, including new generation engines and Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together will deliver 20 percent fuel savings by 2020.  With more than 5,200 orders received from 95 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured nearly 60 percent market share.

Indigo Partners LLC, based in Phoenix, Arizona, is a private equity fund focused on worldwide investments in air transportation.

In conjunction with this announcement, Frontier Airlines issued this statement:

Frontier Airlines on November 15, 2017 announced its intent to order 134 A320neo Family aircraft from Airbus, which will triple the size of the low-cost carrier over the next 10 years. Valued at a list price of more than $15 billion, this announcement grows Frontier’s order book to more than 200 aircraft and means more than five thousand new, highly skilled jobs for the U.S. These aircraft are part of the single largest Airbus order announcement ever made – a 430 aircraft order valued at a $49.5 billion list price by Indigo Partners, Frontier’s owner.

 

This new 134 aircraft order is comprised of 100 A320neo and 34 A321neo aircraft. The A321neo will be a new compliment to the carrier’s existing fuel-efficient A321 family fleet. The addition of these aircraft to the fleet will allow Frontier to grow in new and existing markets, provide even more compelling low fares, further improve the carrier’s already industry-leading fuel efficiency and maintain the company’s status of having one of the youngest and most modern fleets in the U.S. The 134 aircraft order announced today will be delivered between 2021 and 2026.

In addition, in 2018 Frontier will start taking delivery of aircraft from Airbus’ U.S.-based Mobile, Ala. production facility.

Additionally, Frontier has also converted its remaining 18 A319neo orders to the A320neo aircraft. The airline currently has 67 A320neo aircraft on order.

This new order will allow Frontier to continue its focus on achieving the lowest costs in the U.S. airline industry and utilizing these savings to lower fares. Earlier this year, Frontier announced a network expansion that makes the carrier’s low fares accessible to 90 percent of Americans.

Photo: Airbus.

JetSmart of Chile takes delivery of its first Airbus A320, will start operations on July 25, 2017

At 06:30 am (local time) on a foggy June 15, 2017, the first Airbus A320 landed at Santiago (SCL) on runway 17L. This is the first aircraft of Chilean ultra low-cost carrier JetSmart.

The pictured A320-232 (msn 7595) is registered as CC-AWA and is owned by GY Aviation Lease 1701 Co., Limited.

Above Photo: Alvaro Romero.

The livery depicts a Southern Peregrine Falcon and is named “Halcon Peregrino Austral” on the nose (above). The design came from a social media contest. The winner was Andrés Segall, from Santiago, who proposed as the name “Akori”, a word that translates as peregrine falcon.

The start-up was founded and is funded by US-based Indigo Partners, a private equity firm that has been involved with the formation and operation of Frontier Airlines (2nd), Tigerair, Volaris and Wizz Air.

Currently JetSmart is in the process of obtaining its AOC from the Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics, DGAC, in order to comply with all regulations and safety requirements.

Update:

JetSmart announced on July 6 2017 that it is now selling tickets for its first flights:

July 25: Calama (12 flights per week)

July 31: Antofagasta (12 flights per week)
August 7: La Serena (5 flights per week)
August 14: Concepción (10 flights per week)
August 21: Copiapó (7 flights per week)
September 14: Puerto Montt (5 flights per week)
September 25: Temuco (5 flights per week)
Also, there are some inter-regional routes:
September 28: Antofagasta-La Serena (3 flights per week)
August 14: Calama-Concepción (3 flights per week)
August 15: Concepción-Antofagasta (3 flights per week)
October 2: Concepción-Puerto Montt (5 flights per week)
Finally, the AOC was obtained from local DGAC Chile on June 23, 2017.

 

Photos and information supplied by Alvaro Romero reporting from Santaigo, Chile or JetSmart.