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.
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.