Sky Airline
Sky Airline Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
H2 SKU AEROSKY
Founded2001
HubsComodoro Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport
Frequent-flyer programSky Plus
SubsidiariesSky Airline Peru
Fleet size28
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 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
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.[1] 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.[2]

In 2011 it signed a codeshare agreement with TACA for domestic flights in Chile, Peru and between both countries.[3] In 2012 it signed a codeshare agreement with TACA's parent company, Colombia's Avianca for operations between Chile and Colombia.[3]

The airline planned to transition to a low-cost carrier model during 2015 and 2016 to reduce costs.[4]

On October 2, 2021, Sky Airline announced that it will merge with Avianca to create a mega low-cost carrier by 2022.[5]

Awards

Sky Airline was named the Best Regional Airline in South America in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Skytrax World Airline Awards.[6][7]

In addition, OAG (Official Airline Guide) declared Sky Airline as the most punctual airline of 2016.[8]

Maintenance

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

Destinations

A Sky Airline Airbus A320 at Comodoro 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 Seasonal
Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport
Salvador Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport Seasonal
São Paulo São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport [9]
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 Comodoro Arturo Merino Benitez 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
Uruguay Montevideo Carrasco International Airport Seasonal[10]
Punta del Este Capitán de Corbeta Carlos A. Curbelo International Airport Seasonal

Fleet

Current fleet

The Sky Airline fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of September 2021):[11]

SKY Airline Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
M Y Total
Airbus A320neo 25 186 186
Airbus A321neo 3 2 238 238
Airbus A321XLR 10 TBA TBA TBA Deliveries begin Q2 2023
Total 28 12
A SKY Airline brand new Airbus A320neo on final approach to Presidente Carlos Ibanez International Airport
A SKY Airline brand new Airbus A320neo on final approach to Presidente Carlos Ibanez International Airport
One of many Airbus A319s operated by Sky Airline in the new livery
One of many Airbus A319s operated by Sky Airline in the new livery

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.[12]

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

  1. ^ "Las palabras que Horst Paulmann dedicó a su hermano Jürgen". 3 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Transport of insect repellent in view of the Dengue / Zica epidemic". www.aerolineas.com.ar. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  3. ^ a b "Sky Airlines codeshare". www.skyairline.cl. Archived from the original on 2012-12-17. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  4. ^ "Sky Goes Low Cost". Airliner World: 17. November 2015.
  5. ^ "Sky Airline is set to merge with Avianca by 2022". Newsroom.aviator.aero. October 2, 2021.
  6. ^ "The World's Best Regional Airlines | 2014". 2015-01-14. Archived from the original on January 14, 2015. Retrieved 2016-05-20.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  7. ^ "The World's Best Regional Airlines in 2015". www.worldairlineawards.com. Retrieved 2016-05-20.
  8. ^ "SKY Airline: la más puntual del mundo el 2016". ModoCharlie (in Spanish). 2017-01-06. Retrieved 2017-08-22.
  9. ^ "Sky Airline resumes Sao Paulo service from Dec 2018". Routesonline. 1 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Sky Airline resumes Montevideo service from Dec 2019". AviacionNews. 23 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Sky Airline Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. 12 March 2019. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  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.