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A final trip for a Chilean Boeing 727-225

Star 727-200 CC-CPV fuselage (moved to new site) Santiago (AR)(LRW)

The fuselage of Boeing 727-225, formerly registered as CC-CPV (its last unpainted registration was CC-PFL, msn 22433), was moved quietly last night (September 1, 2016) from Santiago Airport (SCL) to its new resting place in Lonquén, southwest of Santiago de Chile. It was acquired by a truck company (same one that moved it). The future use of the airframe is yet to be decided by the company.

The airliner was last operated by the charter company Star Airlines, and was named “Padre Alberto Hurtado” after the first Catholic Saint of Chile.

Assistant Editor Alvaro Romero reporting from Santiago, Chile.

Top Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero.

Bottom Copyright Photo: The airframe was originally delivered to Eastern Airlines as N802EA on October 8, 1980. It would also serve with Northwest Airlines (N802EA), Miami Air International (N802MA, see below) before arriving in Chile in 2005.

Miami Air International Boeing 727-225 N802MA (msn 22433) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 100111.

LAN Airlines to introduce the Boeing 787 to Milan

LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) will introduce the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Santiago – Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) – Milan (Malpensa) route on March 2, 2016 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner CC-BBI (msn 38480) departs from Los Angeles International Airport.

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LAN Airlines retires the Airbus A340-300

LAN (Chile) A340-300 CC-CQF (04)(Grd)(Last Flight) SCL (Carlos Valle)(LR)

LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) on Friday, April 17, 2015, operated its last Airbus A340-300 revenue flights. The planned last official flight, flight LA 800, was operated with the pictured Airbus A340-313 CC-CQF (msn 442) from Sydney and Auckland to Santiago, arriving at 12:35 (local time) on Runway 17L at Santiago International Airport. The last planned revenue flight was received with the typical water cannon salute (above) from the airport’s fire and rescue service.

Ironically, a few hours later, sister ship Airbus A340-313 CC-CQC (msn 363) was pressed into replacement revenue service and operated flight LA 642 to Lima, Peru.

It is expected the three remaining Airbus A340-300s will be leaving Chile in the near future.

Copyright Photo: Carlos Valle. Information and photo via Alvaro Romero reporting from Santiago, Chile.

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LAN Airlines to operate the Boeing 787 on the Santiago-Easter Island-Papeete route

LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) will operate the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on the weekly Santiago-Easter Island-Papeete (Tahiti) route starting on September 21 per Airline Route.

On the financial side, LATAM Airlines Group reported operating income of $267 million for the fourth quarter 2014 and $513 million for 2014. Net income reached $98.3 million in fourth quarter 2014, compared to a net loss of $46.1 million in fourth quarter of 2013. LATAM reported a net loss of $109.8 million for full year 2014, compared to a net loss of $281.1 million in 2013. These results include foreign exchange losses of $130.2 million in 2014 and $482.2 million in 2013 mainly resulting from the devaluation of the Brazilian real. In addition, this result includes the recognition of a $112 million provision during the first quarter of 2014 related to estimated penalties for anticipated aircraft redeliveries as a result of our fleet restructuring process.

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Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner CC-BBI (msn 38480) arrives back at the Santiago base.

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LAN Airlines to retire the last Airbus A340-300

LAN Airlines (Chile) (Santiago) is getting ready to replace its aging Airbus A340-300s (above) with the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners (below). The venerable A340s are currently assigned to the long-range Santiago-Auckland-Sydney Southern Hemisphere trans-Pacific route.

The last regularly-scheduled revenue flight is currently scheduled for the morning of April 17 when flight LA 800 arrives from Auckland at 11:35 am (1135) in Santiago. However the A340 may be kept as a reserve aircraft after this last scheduled flight, pending any last minute changes.

The Chilean carrier took delivery of its first stretched Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (CC-BGA) on February 5.

In other news, LAN Airlines on January 27, 2016 will start to operate a weekly Boeing 787 flight on the Santiago-Caracas-Miami (on Wednesdays) route per Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-313 CC-CQC (msn 363) arrives back at the Santiago (SCL) hub.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Steve Bailey/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner CC-BGB (msn 35318) prepares to depart from Paine Field on a test flight on March 6. It is pending delivery to the carrier.

The Guardian: Chilean mountaineers find the wreckage of LAN Chile DC-3 CC-CLDP in the Andes

LAN Chile (now LAN Airlines) (Santiago) flight 210 operated with Douglas C-47A-DL (DC-3) CC-CLDP (msn 9716) crashed in the Andes Mountains on April 3, 1961 on a flight from Temuco to Santiago, Chile. According to Wikipedia, all 24 people on the DC-3 were killed, including eight professional soccer players and two members of the coaching staff from CD Green Cross.

At the time, the crash was Chile’s worst ever aviation disaster. The wreckage has remained undiscovered until this month.

According to this report by The Guardian, the wreckage has been discovered by Chilean mountaineers at an altitude of 10,500 feet and approximately 215 miles south of Santiago.

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However contributor, aviation writer and photographer Alvaro Romero of Chile disputes the article published in The Guardian with this comment and photo:

LAN DC-3 crash in the Andes (LRW)

Please find a photo (above) taken straight from the air investigation after the crash of LAN Douglas DC-3 CC-CLDP on April 3 1961. The remains of the aircraft were located on the hill known as Lástimas del Pejerrey, 7 days after the accident (71°10 W 35°5 S). Of the 24 persons on board (four crewmembers and 20 passengers) only the remains of 18 were identified, most of them were with burned flesh, with pieces of clothing that were recognized by their relatives.

It was stated that the crash was because of a number of contributing factors: poor design of Airway 45 (that was too close to the mountains), the deviation of the aircraft because of strong winds from the West, lack of anti-icing devices on wings – these were deleted on LAN-Chile DC-3s), poor quality and too much distance between radio beacons of Victoria and Curicó, lack of IFR training of co-pilots increasing workload on the pilots, use of air frequencies of LAN not only for pilots-land contacts but also for internal, administrative communications, etc.

Recently some in the media have published enthusiastic news regarding the “discovery” of the aircraft remains, even stating these were not found and saying it was a sort of a solved mystery, that’s far beyond the truth.

Thank you Alvaro.


Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero/AirlinersGallery.com. Sister ship Douglas C-47A-DK (DC-3) CC-CLDT (msn 13296) is preserved in Santiago at the Museu Aeronautico y del Espacio de Chile.

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Chilejet awaits final approvals to start operations

Chilejet.com 737-300 CC-ADZ (14)(Grd) SCL (AR)(LRW)

Chilejet S.A. (Chilejet.com) (Santiago) as we previously reported, is a new airline “established in Chile to serve specific niche markets in the air charter and scheduled markets.”

On December 4, 2014 Chilejet announced Santiago and Antofagasta airport stations have been approved by the Chilean Air Aviation Authority – DGAC, in order to start flight operations. The new airline plans to fly from Santiago (SCL) to Calama (CJC) and Antofagasta (ANF).

Copyright Photo: Alvaro Romero. The company took delivery of its first aircraft, ex-America West/US Airways/PAL Airlines Boeing 737-3G7 CC-ADZ (msn 24634), in 2014. The airliner currently sits at Santiago awaiting approval to fly again.

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