Sky Airline (Chile) (Santaigo) has been delayed in starting its new route to Buenos Aires using its newly-acquired Airbus A320s. The company announced the first scheduled flight between Santiago de Chile (SCL) and Buenos Aires (EZE), originally scheduled for September 3, 2010, has been delayed. The airline has been informed by the Argentine aviation authorities that it has not yet received the necessary authorization to start scheduled operations. The airline had already sold tickets for the inaugural flights and had to rebook the passengers on LAN Airlines or Aerolíneas Argentinas flights.
The route is not likely to start now until December 2010.
Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. Airbus A320-232 CC-ABV (msn 1400) smartly approaches SCL for landing.
PAL Airlines (Aerolinea Principal Chile S.A. dba) (Santiago) is celebrating one year of scheduled operations in Chile. The company has announced two new cities. Arica will be served from September 9, 2010 and Copiapó (both in northern Chile) from August 19, 2010 with two flights a day from Santiago from Monday through Friday and one flight on weekends.
The airline has also announced its first international scheduled route. Córdoba in Argentina will be added from September 15 2010 using the recently arrived Boeing 737-300 CC-ACE, with four flights per week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
PAL also announced an agreement with Pegasus for a new cargo service called “Intelligent Freight” or overnight cargo. Among their clients are the Chilean Mail and mining companies in the northern regions of Chile.
On the fleet side, Boeing 737-200 CC-CZO was flown to Africa early in August and will be replaced by a similar aircraft due to arrive in the middle of this month. The “new” Boeing 737-200 will receive the Chilean registration of CC-ACD.
Finally, there are advanced talks with Privilege Style for the possible leasing of two Boeing 757-200 aircraft for the upcoming summer season starting in January 2011.
Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. Newly-acquired ex-United Airlines Boeing 737-322 CC-ACE (msn 24669) arrives back at SCL.
LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) announced its intention to order 50 new Airbus A320 Family aircraft. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed at the Farnborough International Air Show will be the largest single airline order for Airbus in Latin America and brings LAN’s total Airbus orders to 152 aircraft.
The commitment includes 10 A321s, a new aircraft type for LAN.
LAN placed a firm order for 30 Airbus A320 Family aircraft in December 2009. The airline currently operates 58 Airbus aircraft.
Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. Airbus A318-121 CC-CVB (msn 3030) with the 80 Anos (80 Years) logo climbs beautifully from the Santiago base.
LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) has signed a contract for the purchase of 30 Airbus A320 Family aircraft to be delivered between 2011 and 2016.
The new aircraft will operate flights within Latin America as well as domestic routes in Argentina, Peru, Ecuador and Chile and will be used for the renewal and growth of the LAN’s short haul fleet. In addition to this purchase, LAN’s strategic fleet renewal plan involves the sale of five Airbus A318s in 2011.
PLUNA Lineas Aereas Uruguayas (Montevideo) on October 23, 2009 performed its first test flight inside Chilean territory. The overnight flight linked Santiago de Chile (SCL) with Punta Arenas (PUQ) as flight PU 441 carrying freight (newspapers, magazines and documents) in a seat container configuration. The company used Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) CX-CRB. The cargo was flown on behalf of SKY Cargo (a subsidiary of SKY Airline) thanks to an agreement with that Chilean company. PLUNA is planning to operate passenger flights in Chile starting in December and will use the same aircraft on the route Punta Arenas -Santiago.
Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero.
Sister ship CX-CRD (msn 15180) is seen at Santiago on a normal flight to and from Montevideo.
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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.