Sky Airline

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Sky Airline
Sky Airline 2017.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
H2 SKU AEROSKY
Founded2001
HubsComodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport
Frequent-flyer programSky Plus
Fleet size20
Destinations18
HeadquartersSantiago, Chile
Key people
  • Jürgen Paulmann (founder)
  • Holger Paulmann (CEO)
Websiteskyairline.com

Sky Airline, styled as SꓘY, 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 and the first airline to operate under a low-cost model in the country. It serves international routes to Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Uruguay. It also operates charter flights in Chile and South America.

History[edit]

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, Peru 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]

Sky Airline Perú[edit]

Awards[edit]

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 Airline Guide) declared Sky Airline as the most punctual airline of 2016.[6]

Maintenance[edit]

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

Destinations[edit]

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
Brazil São Paulo São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport Resumes 17 December 2018[7]
Brazil Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport
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 Arequipa Rodríguez Ballón International Airport Operated by Sky Airline Perú
Peru Ayacucho Coronel FAP Alfredo Mendívil Duarte Airport Operated by Sky Airline Perú
Peru Cusco Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport Operated by Sky Airline Perú
Peru Iquitos Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport Operated by Sky Airline Perú
Peru Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport
Peru Piura FAP Captain Guillermo Concha Iberico International Airport Operated by Sky Airline Perú
Peru Pucallpa FAP Captain David Abensur Rengifo International Airport Operated by Sky Airline Perú
Peru Tarapoto Cadete FAP Guillermo del Castillo Paredes Airport Operated by Sky Airline Perú
Peru Trujillo FAP Captain Carlos Martínez de Pinillos International Airport Operated by Sky Airline Perú
Peru Tumbes FAP Captain Pedro Canga Rodríguez Airport Operated by Sky Airline Perú
Uruguay Montevideo Carrasco International Airport Ends on April 22, 2019
Uruguay Punta Del Este Capitán de Corbeta Carlos A. Curbelo International Airport Seasonal

Fleet[edit]

Current Fleet[edit]

The Sky Airline fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of March 2019):[8]

Sky Airline Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A319-100 10 150
Airbus A320-200 1 180 To be phased out
Airbus A320neo 9 12[9] 186 Deliveries begin 2018.
Airbus A321neo 3[10] TBA
Total 20 15

Fleet Development[edit]

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

The company expected to expand its current fleet to 25 planes by 2019.[11]

Former Fleet[edit]

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.[12]

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

Incidents and accidents[edit]

  • 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.[13]
  • 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.[14]

References[edit]

  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. Archived from the original on 2012-12-17. Retrieved 2016-05-20. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  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. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  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. ^ "Sky Airline resumes Sao Paulo service from Dec 2018". Routesonline. 1 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Sky Airline Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 12 March 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  9. ^ http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/54691-chiles-sky-airline-to-lease-three-a320neo-from-smbc
  10. ^ https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/79019-chiles-sky-airline-to-add-a321neo
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "Sky Airline Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.net Just Aviation. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "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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