Sky Airline

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Not to be confused with Sky Airlines.
Sky Airline
Sky Airline logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
H2 SKU 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 16
Destinations 20
Headquarters Santiago, Chile
Key people
  • Jürgen Paulmann (founder)
  • Holger Paulmann (CEO)
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. Compared to other European or US low cost carriers, it has a 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 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.[3]

Sky Airline operates flights to São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport from March 2014.[4]

The airline is to transition to a low-cost carrier model during 2015 and 2016 to reduce costs.[5]

Awards[edit]

Sky Airline was named the Best Regional Airline in South America in the 2014 and 2015 Skytrax World Airline Awards.[6][7]

Maintenance[edit]

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

Destinations[edit]

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

Fleet[edit]

As of April 2014, the Sky Airline fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 11.6 years:[8]

Sky Airline Fleet
Aircraft In Service Passengers Notes
Airbus A319-100
13
156
Airbus A320-200
3
168
Total
16

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

Historic Fleet[edit]

Since its beginnings, Sky Airline operated a 100% Boeing 737 fleet. First additions of Airbus A320 family planes started in 2010 to fully replace Boeings 737s in 2013.[10]

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.[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]

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