ONE Airlines of Chile announced on June 24 2020 that it had ceased operations.
Through a letter to its workers, the owner of ONE (Over Night Express), Claudio Fischer, informed the workers of the decision to close the airline.
The reason given was the difficult financial situation caused by the current pandemic (COVID-19). Fischer also blamed the competition from SKY, JetSMART and LATAM Airlines who are offering charters at prices that ONE cannot compete, and also the lack of financial support from the Chilean government, making ONE’s operation non-viable during the present time and near future. The company has not been flying since April this year.
ONE Airlines mainly operated on the behalf of mining interests in northern Chile for seven years, initially with a couple of Boeing 737-400s leased from Xtra Airways.
Above Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. Boeing 737-36N CC-AIT (msn 28554) at Santiago.
The company later added the pictured Boeing 737-300 CC-AIT in December 2013 and 737-300 CC-DAN during 2019.
The Puerto Montt based airline Aerocord (also owned by Fischer) is continuing its operations.
The first airliner of Chilean Airways, ex-ADA Boeing 737-2Q3 CC-CVI (msn 22367) arrived at Iquique’s Diego Aracena Airport (SCDA) on June 22, 2016 from Cochabamba in Bolivia. Its maiden operations in Chile were on June 27, 2016 after the ferry flight from Iquique to Santiago (SCL) the previous day.
The company currently operates on behalf of One Airlines that has sent its sole aircraft, the Boeing 737-36N CC-AIT (msn 28554) to Cochabamba for maintenance. Therefore Chilean is now flying between Santiago and Calama for the mining industry.
Chilean Airways is not selling any individual tickets, having announced that is operating charter flights only.
Xtra Airways (Boise, Idaho) is now operating two of its Boeing 737-400s (N279AD and N42XA) for newcomer One Airlines of Chile.
One Airlines (Santiago) began charter operations on October 25 linking Santiago with Concepción in southern Chile and also to cities like Antofagasta and Calama in the northern part of the country, where the main mining investments are located.
Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/ModoCharlie.com. Boeing 737-4Q8 N279AD (msn 26279) rests between assignments at Santiago. The airliner is fully painted in the colors of the new charter airline. N279AD was formerly operated for DirectAir.