Sky Airline

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Not to be confused with Sky Airlines.
Sky Airline
Logo sky airline.jpg
IATA
H2
ICAO
SKU
Callsign
AEROSKY
Founded 2001
Hubs Comodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport
Secondary hubs Cerro Moreno International Airport
Focus cities Calama, Lima, Buenos Aires, Puerto Montt.
Frequent-flyer program Sky Plus
Fleet size 15
Destinations 20
Headquarters Santiago, Chile
Key people
  • Jürgen Paulmann (founder;CEO)
  • Holger Paulmann (COO)
Website skyairline.cl

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 LAN Airlines. It serves international routes to Argentina, Brazil, Perú and Bolivia. It operates under a semi-low cost model with service that is superior compared to other European or US low cost carriers due to its smaller business model, lower wages for its employees, and lucrative regulatory requirements. It also operates charter flights in Chile and South America.

History[edit]

Sky Airline is controlled by its founder, Jürgen Paulmann, 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.[3]

Sky Airline will operate flights to São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport from March 2014, as LAN Airlines is obliged by anti-trust authorities of Chile and Brazil to cede two pairs of slots to competitors due to their merger with TAM Airlines.[4]

Awards[edit]

Sky Airline was named the Best Regional Airline in South America in the 2014 Skytrax World Airline Awards. [5]

Maintenance[edit]

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

Destinations[edit]

Sky Airline is the only carrier with international service from Antofagasta 's Cerro Moreno International Airport (to Lima, Perú) and from Arica's Chacalluta International Airport (To La Paz, Bolivia) .

Country City Airport
Argentina Argentina Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport
Bolivia Bolivia La Paz El Alto International Airport
Brazil Brazil Florianopolis Hercílio Luz International Airport (Seasonal)
Brazil Brazil São Paulo São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport
Peru Peru Arequipa Rodríguez Ballón International Airport
Peru Peru Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport
Chile Chile Arica Chacalluta International Airport
Chile Chile Iquique Diego Aracena International Airport
Chile Chile Calama El Loa International Airport
Chile Chile Antofagasta Cerro Moreno International Airport
Chile Chile Copiapó Desierto de Atacama Airport
Chile Chile La Serena La Florida Airport
Chile Chile Santiago Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez International Airport
Chile Chile Concepción Carriel Sur International Airport
Chile Chile Temuco Maquehue Airport
Chile Chile Pucon Pucón Airport (Seasonal)
Chile Chile Valdivia Pichoy Airport
Chile Chile Puerto Montt El Tepual Airport
Chile Chile Balmaceda Balmaceda Airport
Chile Chile El Salvador Ricardo García Posada Airport
Chile Chile Puerto Natales Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport (Seasonal)
Chile Chile Punta Arenas Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport

Fleet[edit]

As of July 2013, the Sky Airline fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 11.6 years:[6]

Sky Airline Fleet
Aircraft In Service Passengers Notes
Airbus A319-100
11
156
Airbus A320-200
4
168
Total
15

The company expects to expand its current fleet to 25 planes by 2018. [7]

Historic Fleet[edit]

Since its beginnings, Sky Airline operated a 100% Boeing 737 fleet. First additions of Airbus A320 family planes started in 2011 to fully replace Boeings 737s in 2013.[8]

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.[9]

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