SKY, a Chilean-based ultra-low-cost carrier, has
signed a Purchase Agreement with Airbus for 10 A321XLRs.
Scheduled for launch in 2023, the new Airbus
A321XLR is capable of flying routes up to 4,700nm, a range
previously found only in twin-aisle aircraft.
SKY has also selected Airbus as its flight
training provider, making the airline the launch customer for the
new Airbus Chile Training Centre.
The centre will offer flight crew
training for Chilean pilots and will include a full-flight A320
new aircraft fleet will allow us to expand our offer of
international and wide-ranging routes, always under our successful
low cost model and its extremely convenient ticket prices. Now
passengers can enjoy new and very attractive destinations on the
most modern airplanes in the market,” said Holger Paulmann, CEO of
to the latest Airbus Global Market Forecast (GMF), Latin America
will need 2,700 new aircraft in the next 20 years, more than
double today’s fleet.
Passenger traffic in Latin America has
doubled since 2002 and is expected to continue growing over the
next two decades. Specifically in Chile, traffic is expected to
increase from 0.89 trips per capita to 2.26 trips in 2038.
In parallel to the growing fleet, according to
Airbus’ latest GMF, there will be a need for 47,550 new pilots and
64,160 technicians to be trained over the next 20 years in Latin
Arturo Barreira, President of Airbus Latin America, said,
“We are delighted that SKY has selected the A321XLR to further
expand its fleet of all Airbus aircraft. The A321XLR will allow
SKY to offer its customers new destinations, such as direct
flights from Santiago in Chile to Miami in the U.S.”
SKY has been an Airbus customer since 2010 and
became an all-Airbus operator in 2013. The airline’s fleet of 23
A320 Family aircraft serves national and international routes
connecting Chile to Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Uruguay.