Santiago - Air Lease Corporation announced the delivery of an A320neo aircraft to Chilean low-cost operator SKY Airline. The aircraft equipped with CFM International's LEAP-1A26 engines is the first of three A320neo ordered from the lessor's order book with Airbus.
The Santiago-based low-cost has already committed to six A320neos in line with its fleet renewal and expansion plan. Three of the aircraft are being leased from American Air Lease Corporation, and the remaining three will come from Irish SMBC Aviation Capital.
ALC is pleased to announce this A320-200neo delivery to our new customer, SKY Airline. ALC is the first lessor to introduce the A320-200neo to SKY, and we look forward to a successful long-term relationship with the airline,said John L. Plueger, Air Lease Corporations Chief Executive Officer, and President.
This new A320-200neo marks a milestone in the history of SKY and is the first of 21 deliveries that will culminate in 2021 and replace the current fleet. These new aircraft will establish SKY as the leading low-cost airline with the most modern and fuel-efficient fleet in South America. Our new fleet will have a triple impact: efficient, safe and sustainable, said,Holger Paulmann, Chief Executive Officer of SKY Airline.
The cabin layout is not officially declared yet but the company revealed its plans last year to install more seats on its A320neos to accommodate up to 186 passengers, 32 more compared to current generation of A320s in the fleet.
Paulmann says the additional seats are conceivable thanks to new ultra-slimline seats.
Founded in 2002, Sky Airline is Chile's second-biggest domestic airline after LATAM, carrying the quarter of the domestic passengers with a fleet of 15 Airbus A320 family aircraft.
The company flies to thirteen domestic and eight international destinations (Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Mendoza, Montevideo, Lima, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Florianopolis) in South America.