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Sky Airline is an airline based at Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago, Chile. It is the second largest airline in the country behind rival LATAM Airlines. It serves international routes to Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Uruguay. It operates under a semi-low cost model. Compared to other European or US low cost carriers, it has a smaller business model, lower wages for its employees, and lucrative regulatory requirements[citation needed] . It also operates charter flights in Chile and South America.

Sky Airline
Sky Airline 2017.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
H2 SKU AEROSKY
Founded 2001
Hubs Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Sky Plus
Fleet size 15
Destinations 18
Headquarters Santiago, Chile
Key people
  • Jürgen Paulmann (founder)
  • Holger Paulmann (CEO)
Website skyairline.cl

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HistoryEdit

 
Sky Airline logo since March 2017

Sky Airline was controlled by its founder, Jürgen Paulmann (1930–2014), a German-Chilean businessman, brother of retail billionaire Horst Paulmann. It started operations in December 2001 and made the first flights from Santiago to Northern Chile in June 2002. Since 2005 is a full member of IATA.

In April 2009, the company signed an agreement with Aerolineas Argentinas, allowing the Argentinean flag carrier to offer in all its commercial offices and through its electronic ticket system most of the destinations covered by Sky Airline in Chile.[1]

In 2011 it signed a codeshare agreement with TACA Airlines for domestic flights in Chile, Perú and between both countries.[2] In 2012 it signed a codeshare agreement with TACA's parent company, Colombia's Avianca for operations between Chile and Colombia.[2]

 
A Boeing 737-200Adv. formerly operated by Sky Airline between 2001 and 2013

The airline is to transition to a low-cost carrier model during 2015 and 2016 to reduce costs.[3]

AwardsEdit

Sky Airline was named the Best Regional Airline in South America in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards.[4][5]

In addition, OAG (Official Airlien Guide) declared Sky Airline as the most punctual airline of 2016.[6]

MaintenanceEdit

Maintenance services are supplied by AIRMAN, a sister maintenance company based in Santiago Airport.

DestinationsEdit

Country City Airport Notes
Argentina Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport
Argentina Cordoba Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport
Argentina Rosario Rosario – Islas Malvinas International Airport
Argentina Mendoza Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport
Bolivia La Paz El Alto International Airport Terminated
Brazil Florianopolis Hercílio Luz International Airport Terminated
Brazil São Paulo São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport Terminated
Chile Antofagasta Cerro Moreno International Airport
Chile Arica Chacalluta International Airport
Chile Balmaceda Balmaceda Airport
Chile Calama El Loa International Airport
Chile Copiapó Desierto de Atacama Airport
Chile Concepción Carriel Sur International Airport
Chile El Salvador Ricardo García Posada Airport
Chile Iquique Diego Aracena International Airport
Chile La Serena La Florida Airport
Chile Osorno Cañal Bajo Carlos Hott Siebert Airport Seasonal
Chile Puerto Montt El Tepual Airport
Chile Pucon Pucón Airport Seasonal
Chile Puerto Natales Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport Seasonal
Chile Punta Arenas Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport
Chile Santiago Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport Hub
Chile Temuco La Araucanía Airport
Chile Valdivia Pichoy Airport
Peru Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport
Uruguay Montevideo Carrasco International Airport
Uruguay Punta Del Este Capitán de Corbeta Carlos A. Curbelo International Airport Seasonal

FleetEdit

Current FleetEdit

The Sky Airline fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2017):[7]

Sky Airline Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A319-100 13 150
Airbus A320-200 2 180
Airbus A320neo 6[8] 186 Deliveries begin 2018. 3 from SMBC + 3 from ALC
Total 15 6

Fleet DevelopmentEdit

 
One of many Airbus A319s operated by Sky Airline in the new livery.

The company expects to expand its current fleet to 25 planes by 2018.[9]

Former FleetEdit

Since its beginnings, Sky Airline operated a 100% Boeing 737 fleet, these began to be replaced by Airbus A320 family planes in 2010 and were fully withdrawn in 2013.[10]

Sky Airline Historical Fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired
Boeing 737-200 Advanced 2001 2013
Boeing 737-300 2008 2008

Incidents and accidentsEdit

  • On July 18, 2012, at 5:08 PM local time, a Sky Airline Flight SKU 101, operated by a Boeing 737-200 Advanced, registration CC-CRQ, with 115 passengers and 6 crew members on board, en route from Antofagasta Cerro Moreno Airport to La Serena-La Florida Airport, aborted landing at La Serena touching the runway with its right hand wing, suffering substantial damage to the wing tip and flap fairing. The plane safely landed at Copiapó-Chamonate Airport at 5:47 PM with no injuries. Visibility conditions at La Serena were rapidly deteriorating at the time of the approach, but still good enough for a safe landing (6000 m. visibility). The plane was subsequently repaired.[11]
  • On October 14, 2015, a passenger on board SKU 112, an Airbus 319, filmed part of the plane's left engine cowling coming off as it took off from Santiago Airport en route to Chamonate Airport. The plane immediately returned to Santiago Airport and landed safely. No passengers were injured. A similar incident with the A319 had happened previously on a British Airways flight departing Heathrow Airport.[12]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Transport of insect repellent in view of the Dengue / Zica epidemic". www.aerolineas.com.ar. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  2. ^ a b "Sky Airlines codeshare". www.skyairline.cl. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  3. ^ "Sky Goes Low Cost". Airliner World: 17. November 2015. 
  4. ^ "The World's Best Regional Airlines | 2014". 2015-01-14. Archived from the original on January 14, 2015. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  5. ^ "The World's Best Regional Airlines in 2015". www.worldairlineawards.com. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  6. ^ "SKY Airline: la más puntual del mundo el 2016". ModoCharlie (in Spanish). 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2017-08-22. 
  7. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2017 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2017): 9. 
  8. ^ http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/54691-chiles-sky-airline-to-lease-three-a320neo-from-smbc
  9. ^ S.A., COPESA, Consorcio Periodistico de Chile. "El próximo despegue que prepara Sky Airline | Negocios | La Tercera Edición Impresa". diario.latercera.com. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  10. ^ "Sky Airline Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.net Just Aviation. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  11. ^ Ranter, Harro. "Descripción del Accidente ASN 18 JUL 2012 Boeing 737-230 CC-CRQ - La Serena-La Florida Airport (LSC)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  12. ^ "Engine Breaks Apart In Passenger Video Onboard Sky Airline Flight 112". www.huffingtonpost.co.uk. 2015-10-15. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 

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