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A JetSMART Argentina A320 taxiing in Mendoza. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

JetSMART Announces the Opening of a Subsidiary in Peru

In a recent declaration to Gestión, JetSMART CEO Estuardo Ortiz announced that the Chilean carrier has started the process to have a Peruvian branch, which it seeks to have domestic and international routes to operate by the first half of 2021. “The Peruvian market is healthy and has grown by about 10% in recent years and there is a trend of young people traveling again,” he said. The exit of Avianca and Peruvian Airlines from the Peruvian market has left…

Indigo Partners’ JetSmart Chile Orders Six Additional A320neos, Adds New…

Three years after setting off on Chilean soil, Indigo Partners' JetSmart Chile is ready to set pace for a second base in the country in the city of Concepcion, 300 miles south of the capital of Santiago. Basing new aircraft in the Chilean provincial city, JetSmart will become the first…

Indigo Partners Interested in Avianca Brazil’s Assets

Last week, Azul Airlines backed out of a deal to take over 30 Airbus A320 family aircraft as well as 70 slots from Avianca Brazil, valued at US$105 million, following the recent creditor approval of the carrier’s recovery plan which involves splitting the troubled carrier’s assets into seven separate units (UPIs)…

Low-Cost Service in South America Ramps Up

South America’s domestic and regional aviation markets have been undergoing a significant transformation over the last few years with an increasing number of operators bringing low-fare alternatives to the region, changing the conceived perception of air travel and the way people fly. Both Indigo Partners' Chilean headquartered JetSmart's newly launched…

Interview: Talking with Volaris CEO Enrique Beltranena

Last year was an interesting year for Volaris, Mexico's largest low-cost airline, taking Aeromexico's domestic market crown after following through on a solid growth plan. A big part of that success comes directly as a consequence of Enrique Beltranena's leadership. Under Beltranena's command, Volaris has set the standard for Mexico's…

JetSmart to Lease Five A320neos to Jump-Start Expansion

Indigo Partners' South American ultra-low-cost venture JetSmart has announced an agreement with SMBC Aviation capital involving the lease of five A320neos that will help the firm catalyze its short-term expansion plan in the region. JetSmart is set to become the second low-cost operator in the region to fly the new engine variant…

Indigo Partners’ JetSmart Commences Operations in Argentina

In an important week for the Argentinian aviation market, the newest actors have finally come to play in the newly deregulated market. While Norwegian Air Argentina started its domestic sales and set its operation launch to Oct. 16, Indigo Partners' southern venture JetSmart has started offering international routes between Chile…

JetSmart Eyes New Base in the Andes

Chilean ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) JetSmart had previously denied their interest in starting operations in Argentina, however, over the last few months, they have been hinting that they had changed their mind. The rumor was finally confirmed last Friday: they had purchased Alas del Sur, an airline that was written on paper…