Category Archives: PAL Airlines

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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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.

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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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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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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PAL Airlines to take legal action seeking compensation due to foreign airlines operating domestic flights in Chile

PAL Airlines (Santiago) announced it is taking legal actions against the Chilean government seeking damages for the lost market share due to foreign airlines operating domestically in Chile. Specifically the legal actions are aimed at carriers from Mexico and Sweden. Both countries have not signed a reciprocal Open Skies agreement with Chile. 

Previously the Chilean government authorized West Air Sweden (West Atlantic) and Global Air (Aerolíneas Damojh S.A. de C.V.) to operate domestic services within Chile. West Air is operating its Bombardier CRJ200 freighter SE-RIF. Global Air was recently allowed to operate by the Chilean DGAC (Chile’s General Directorate for Civil Aviation) and the JAC (Chile’s Joint Civil Aviation Authority). Global Air is operating a Boeing 737-200 registered as XA-TWR. Both aircraft are operating in Chile for Servicios Aéreos Río Baker. XA-TWR operated a flight transporting mining personnel between Antofagasta and Calama on May 14.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com.

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PAL Airlines prepares to phase out the last Boeing 737-200

PAL Airlines (Santiago) is restructuring. The airline dropped the Santiago-Arica (Chile) route on February 29 2012. The carrier is also consolidating its fleet with only Boeing 737-300s. Currently PAL has only one 737-200 operating.

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero.

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