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Sky Airlines Expands to Miami with Airbus A321XLR Order

The Airbus A321XLR is gaining momentum in Latin America, as more and more carriers are selecting the extra-long range variant of the latest addition to the A320neo family. This time, Chilean ultra-low-cost carrier SKY has ordered 10 aircraft to complement its current fleet.

The new order will bring SKY to a 33 all-Airbus aircraft fleet:  nine A319ceos, twelve A320neos, and 10 A321XLRs.

SKY has chosen to operate under a no-frills model since its inception in 2001, but with the addition of the A320neo, it started to expand to Latin American destinations, as well as taking advantage of the efficiency of the neo family on its more demanding routes.

SKY operates from Santiago, its main base, to 14 domestic destinations, and has crossed the Andes to reach Argentine cities like Buenos Aires and Mendoza; Salvador, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Florianopolis in Brazil; Uruguay’s Montevideo; and Lima in Peru.

“This 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,” SKY’s CEO Holger Paulmann said.

To cover the necessity for the training of its crews, SKY also selected Airbus as its flight training provider, making the airline the launch customer for the new Airbus Chile Training Center. The center will offer flight crew training for Chilean pilots and will include a full-flight A320 simulator.

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  • Since a little kid, Pablo set his passions in order: aviation, soccer, and everything else. He has traveled to various destinations throughout South America, Asia, and Europe. Technology and systems expert, occasional spotter, not-so-dynamic midfielder, blogger, husband, father of three cats; he believes that Latin America's aviation industry past, present, and future offer a lot of stories to be told.

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