The Chilean-based low-cost airline SKY (formerly known as SKY Airline) presented in the cold and murky morning of August 12, at its SCL maintenance base (located inside Arturo Merino Benitez Airport) its first Airbus A321-251NX. It is registered CC-DCA, msn 10532.
CC-DCA is the first A321neo to operate in Chile and the first one flying in the Americas. This airliner has a high-density capacity of 238 seats, the second worldwide after Arkia of Israel, and is also the first of three of the type to be received by SKY in 2021. These airliners have the LEAP-1A engines with 32,000 pounds of thrust.
These high-density airliners are to be used mainly inside Chile (La Serena, Concepción, Punta Arenas from Santiago) and also to neighboring countries (Argentina, Perú) replacing smaller capacity aircraft: more passengers with upgraded fuel consumption and thus, more eco-friendly operations.
It is expected that SKY should receive two more of the type (registered CC-DCB and CC-DCC) in the current year, while the remaining will be the A321XLR model from 2022.
Boeing (Chicago) and Skymark Airlines (Tokyo-Haneda) today announced the airline’s intent to select the Boeing 737 MAX as its next generation single aisle aircraft of choice, making it Japan’s first airline to do so. The announcement came on the first day of the 2013 Paris Air Show. Boeing will work closely with Skymark to finalize a firm order in the coming months.
Skymark Airlines currently operates a fleet of 30 Next-Generation 737-800s on a lease from GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) and other lessors.
The 737 MAX builds on the strengths of the world’s best-selling Next-Generation 737. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest-technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. Airlines operating the 737 MAX will see a 13 percent fuel-use improvement over today’s most fuel-efficient single-aisle airplanes.
Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8HX WL JA73NB (msn 36848) prepares to land at Tokyo (Narita).