Sky Airline
IATA ICAO Callsign
H2 SKU AEROSKY
Founded2001
HubsArturo Merino Benítez International Airport
Frequent-flyer programSky Plus
SubsidiariesSky Airline Peru
Fleet size29
Destinations45[1]
HeadquartersSantiago, Chile
Key people
  • Jürgen Paulmann (founder)
  • Holger Paulmann (CEO)
Websiteskyairline.com

Sky Airline, styled as SꓘY, is an airline based at Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Santiago, Chile. It is the second largest airline in the country behind flag-carrier 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 and domestic flights within Peru.

History

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

Sky Airline was controlled by its founder, Jürgen Paulmann (1930–2014), a German-Chilean businessman, brother of retail billionaire Horst Paulmann.[2] 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 Aerolíneas 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.[3]

In 2011, it signed a codeshare agreement with TACA for domestic flights in Chile, Peru and between both countries.[4] In 2012 it signed a codeshare agreement with TACA's parent company, Colombia's Avianca for operations between Chile and Colombia.[4]

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

On June 28, 2023, it was announced that Avianca and Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes plan to add Sky to their proposed Abra Group.[6]

Awards

Sky Airline was named the Best Regional Airline in South America in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards.[7][8]

In addition, OAG (Official Airline Guide) declared Sky Airline as the most punctual airline of 2016.[9]

Maintenance

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

Destinations

Countries served by Sky Airline as of November 2023[10][11]
A Sky Airline Airbus A320 at Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport (2010)
Country City Airport Notes
Argentina Buenos Aires Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Buenos Aires Ministro Pistarini International Airport
Cordoba Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport
Rosario Rosario – Islas Malvinas International Airport
Mendoza Governor Francisco Gabrielli International Airport
Bolivia La Paz El Alto International Airport Terminated
Brazil Belo Horizonte Tancredo Neves International Airport Seasonal charter
Florianópolis Hercílio Luz International Airport
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport
Salvador Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport
São Paulo São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport [12]
Chile Antofagasta Cerro Moreno International Airport
Arica Chacalluta International Airport
Balmaceda Balmaceda Airport
Calama El Loa International Airport
Copiapó Desierto de Atacama Airport
Concepción Carriel Sur International Airport
El Salvador Ricardo García Posada Airport
Iquique Diego Aracena International Airport
La Serena La Florida Airport
Osorno Cañal Bajo Carlos Hott Siebert Airport Seasonal
Puerto Montt El Tepual Airport
Pucón Pucón Airport Seasonal
Puerto Natales Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport Seasonal
Punta Arenas Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport
Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport Hub
Temuco La Araucanía Airport
Valdivia Pichoy Airport
Colombia Bogotá El Dorado International Airport
Peru Arequipa Rodríguez Ballón International Airport Operated by Sky Airline Perú
Ayacucho Coronel FAP Alfredo Mendívil Duarte Airport Operated by Sky Airline Perú
Cusco Alejandro Velasco Astete International Airport Operated by Sky Airline Perú
Iquitos Coronel FAP Francisco Secada Vignetta International Airport Operated by Sky Airline Perú
Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport
Piura FAP Captain Guillermo Concha Iberico International Airport Operated by Sky Airline Perú
Pucallpa FAP Captain David Abensur Rengifo International Airport Operated by Sky Airline Perú
Tarapoto Cadete FAP Guillermo del Castillo Paredes Airport Operated by Sky Airline Perú
Trujillo FAP Captain Carlos Martínez de Pinillos International Airport Operated by Sky Airline Perú
Tumbes FAP Captain Pedro Canga Rodríguez Airport Operated by Sky Airline Perú
United States Miami Miami International Airport Operated by Sky Airline Perú
Uruguay Montevideo Carrasco International Airport Seasonal[13]
Punta del Este Capitán de Corbeta Carlos A. Curbelo International Airport Seasonal

Fleet

Current fleet

As of November 2023 the Sky Airline fleet consists of the following aircraft:[14]

SKY Airline Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
M Y Total
Airbus A320neo 25 186 186
Airbus A321neo 4 3[15] 238 238
Airbus A321XLR 10[16][15] TBA Deliveries from 2025.[15]
Total 29 13

Fleet development

In September 2018 Airbus delivered the airline's first A320neo.[17]

In June 2019 Sky Airline signed a lease contract for three A321neo from Air Lease Corporation with deliveries scheduled in 2020 and 2021.[18] The first A321neo was delivered in June 2021.[19]

In December 2019 the airline ordered 10 A321XLR.[16]

A SKY Airline brand new Airbus A320neo on final approach to Presidente Carlos Ibanez International Airport
In July 2021 SKY Airline received their first Airbus A321neo.

Former fleet

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.[20]

Sky Airline historical fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired
Boeing 737-200 2001 2013
Boeing 737-300 2008 2008
Airbus A319 2013 2020
Airbus A320 2010 2019

Incidents and accidents

References

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  3. ^ "Transport of insect repellent in view of the Dengue / Zica epidemic". www.aerolineas.com.ar. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
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