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

American Airlines to Purchase Minority Stake in Chilean Airline JetSMART

On Thursday, American Airlines announced its latest venture into the South American market, signing a letter of intent with Chilean ultra-low-cost carrier JetSMART to create the "broadest and most rewarding network in the Americas." In a statement, the Fort Worth, Tex.-based carrier revealed that it plans to purchase a minority ownership stake in JetSMART, as part of a partnership and codeshare agreement with the Indigo Partners-backed carrier. In addition, American Airlines and Indigo Partners - the group behind successful carriers…

JetSMART Increases Itineraries in Argentina and Prepares Its Operation in…

JetSMART announced that it will strengthen its services that link Buenos Aires with Córdoba and Neuquén, increasing frequencies and improving schedules. According to aviacionline, from March 16, the ultra-low-cost carrier will operate ten weekly flights between Buenos Aires / Aeroparque and Córdoba (two daily flights from Tuesday to Thursday and…

Jetsmart Receives Its First Aircraft with Sustainable Fuel

On Thursday, Jan. 28, the Chilean ultra-low-cost carrier JetSMART received a brand new Airbus A320neo aircraft loaded in an unprecedented way with BioFuel, an organic fuel that reduces the carbon footprint emitted by the aircraft by 80%. This new aircraft arrived at the Arturo Benitez International Airport in Santiago de…

Chilean Carriers Release Projections for 2021 Operations

The airline industry has been immersed in the worst crisis in history as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But in recent months, with the gradual borders reopening and fewer restrictions due to the lifting of quarantines, airlines have gradually resumed their operations, although still far from normal. This Wednesday,…

Airlines Prepare to Increase Routes and Frequencies in Chile

After the gradual opening of borders since Monday, until 15:00 (GMT-3) on Tuesday, a total of 3,983 passengers have entered to Chile through the Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport in Pudahuel, Santiago de Chile, of which 921 were tourists. As announced, From Nov. 23, foreigners are allowed to enter Chile…

Qatar Airways Becomes Third Airline to Suspend Its Route to…

Qatar Airways joins Air New Zealand and Emirates in announcing that it will halt flights to Argentina. The three airlines confirmed that operations will not be resumed to the South American country even after the restrictions for commercial flights ends. On April 24 earlier this year Air New Zealand was…

The Buenos Aires Aeroparque Slots Saga

Argentina's commercial aviation market is impacted by a myriad of factors that have little, if anything, to do with commercial aviation. One of the best examples of this is the story of two companies  – or three, or four – and the slots at the country's main domestic airport: Buenos…

JetSMART Confirms Ultra-Low-Cost Cargo Operations

During the pandemic, JetSMART has operated uninterruptedly and according to the latest report from the Civil Aeronautical Board, they reached a market share of 28.4% during the month of June, which represents the transportation of 31,810 passengers. The rest of the market is completed by LATAM with a 45.7% share,…

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…

Indigo Partners Reaffirms Order for 430 Airbus A320neo

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that demand for air services is beginning to recover after hitting bottom in April. Passenger demand dropped significantly this year compared to 2019, due to the COVID-19-related shutdown air travel. Since the second half of last month, and during June, the aviation industry…