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.