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  • Chilean sky enters fray

    News | 15 Jan 2002 00:00

    <p>Chilean start-up Sky Service Airlines has launched charter services with the first of two ex-Grupo TACA Boeing 737-200s, and plans to start scheduled services next month. The carrier will compete with LanChile and Peruvian-backed AeroContinente Chile, helping to fill the void left by the demise of the country's only other independent, Avant Airlines. </p> <p>Santiago-based Sky Service is initially flying weekly charter services to Florianopolis in Brazil. Next month, Chilean domestic services will start to Antofagasta, Arica, Concepci&oacute;n, Iquique, Puerto Montt Balmaceda and Punta Arenas. International scheduled services will also be operated to Argentina, Brazil and Peru. </p> <p>Ownership is split between local retail businessman J&uuml;rgen Paulman (55%) and Fernando Uauy (45%), the latter being the son of the founder of National Airlines, which was later absorbed into Avant. The airline's objective is to replace AeroContinente as Chile's second carrier after LanChile and