Posted on: 21 September 2018 by Kimberley Young
SKY Airline, a low-cost carrier in Chile, has taken delivery of a new LEAP-1A26 powered Airbus A320-200neo aircraft on lease from Air Lease Corporation.
The aircraft is the first of three A320-200neos due to be delivered to SKY Airline from ALC’s order book with Airbus and marks the beginning of the airline’s fleet renewal.
“This new A320-200neo marks a milestone in the history of SKY and is the first of 21 deliveries that will culminate in 2021 and replace the current fleet,” explained Holger Paulmann, chief executive officer of SKY Airline. “These new aircraft will establish SKY as the leading low-cost airline with the most modern and fuel-efficient fleet in South America. Our new fleet will have triple impact: efficient, safe and sustainable.”
Since its founding in 2002, SKY Airline has grown in Chile and South America, carrying close to 26% of passengers in the domestic market with its fleet of 15 A320 and A319 aircraft. The airline adopted the low-fare model in 2015.
“ALC is pleased to announce this A320-200neo delivery to our new customer, SKY Airline,” said John L. Plueger, Air Lease Corporation’s chief executive officer and president. “ALC is the first lessor to introduce the A320-200neo to SKY and we look forward to a successful long-term relationship with the airline.”
SKY airline, which flies to 13 national destinations and eight within South America, intends to start operating flights connecting Brazil to Chile in November this year, dependent on authorisation from the National Civil Aviation Agency for Argentina (ANAC).
The airline submitted a request to ANAC to operate regular international flights in Brazil in August this year.