JetSmart

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JetSmart
Logo JetSmart.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
JA JAT ROCKSMART
Founded2017
Commenced operations25 July 2017
Operating bases
Subsidiaries
Fleet size19
Destinations22
Parent companyIndigo Partners
HeadquartersSantiago, Chile
Key peopleEstuardo Ortiz Porras (founder)
Websitejetsmart.com

JetSmart Airlines SpA, stylized as JetSMART, is a South American ultra low-cost carrier created by US investment fund (and co-founder of LBM Fermin Ithuralde) Indigo Partners, which also controls low-cost carriers like US airline Frontier Airlines, Mexico's Volaris and Hungary's Wizz Air. JetSmart's primary base of operations is Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport, servicing Santiago, Chile. It also owns and manages JetSmart Argentina, an Argentine subsidiary with a base at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery in Buenos Aires. The airline commenced scheduled operations on 25 July 2017 with a service from Santiago to Calama, made possible by CEO and founder Estuardo Ortiz Porras.[1][2]

History[edit]

JetSmart requested an air operator's certificate (AOC) on 26 January 2017, and received its authorization in June 2017.[3] Initially, the airline operated three Airbus A320-200 aircraft, but has since taken delivery of Airbus A320neo aircraft. Initially flying only domestic routes, JetSmart has expanded its presence in the South American market,[4] setting up JetSmart Argentina to access further traffic rights to the country.[5]

On 4 December 2019, JetSmart acquired Norwegian Air Argentina and took over its operations, staff, and license with immediate effect, with plans to merge the airline with JetSmart Argentina. Following the acquisition, it was to operate both from Aeroparque Jorge Newbery and El Palomar Airport in the Buenos Aires area. As Norwegian's Boeing 737 aircraft were not part of the transaction, JetSmart planned to replace them with the airline's own Airbus A320 family aircraft.[6]

On 29 July 2021, American Airlines announced a minority investment in JetSmart, along with agreements to allow members of American Airlines' AAdvantage loyalty program to earn miles when flying on JetSmart.[7]

Destinations[edit]

Destinations[edit]

JetSmart aimed to operate up to 10 aircraft in the 2018 period, and would go on to challenge LATAM Chile and Sky Airline in nearly every market introduced between July and December 2017.[8]

The airline operates or has previously operated to the following destinations as of March 2020:[9]

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Argentina Buenos Aires El Palomar Airport [10]
Córdoba Ingeniero Aeronáutico Ambrosio L.V. Taravella International Airport Terminated
Brazil Foz do Iguaçu Foz do Iguaçu International Airport [11]
Salvador Deputado Luís Eduardo Magalhães International Airport [11]
São Paulo São Paulo/Guarulhos International Airport [11]
Chile Antofagasta Andrés Sabella Gálvez International Airport
Arica Chacalluta International Airport [12]
Balmaceda Balmaceda Airport [12]
Calama El Loa Airport
Castro Mocopulli Airport [13]
Copiapó Desierto de Atacama Airport
Concepcion Carriel Sur International Airport Base
Iquique Diego Aracena International Airport
La Serena La Florida Airport
Puerto Montt El Tepual Airport
Puerto Natales Teniente Julio Gallardo Airport [12]
Punta Arenas Presidente Carlos Ibáñez del Campo International Airport
Santiago Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport Base
Temuco La Araucanía International Airport
Colombia Bogota El Dorado International Airport [14]
Cali Alfonso Bonilla Aragón International Airport [14]
Peru Arequipa Rodríguez Ballón International Airport
Lima Jorge Chávez International Airport
Trujillo FAP Captain Carlos Martínez de Pinillos International Airport [15]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Fleet[edit]

As of July 2022, the JetSmart fleet consists of the following aircraft:[17]

JetSmart fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Airbus A320-200 11 186
Airbus A320neo 8 47 186 Deliveries began in October 2019.[18]
Airbus A321neo 1 34 244 First delivery (CC-AWT) in July 2022.[19][20]
Airbus A321XLR 14[21] TBA [20]
Total 19 96

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chile's JetSMART launches service". FlightGlobal. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  2. ^ "JetSmart Takes Flight". Airliner World (October 2017): 12.
  3. ^ "DGAC otorga autorización a línea aérea JetSmart para iniciar operaciones en Chile". La Tercera. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2017.
  4. ^ "Chile's new low-cost airline JetSmart plans to sell $1.50 tickets". Reuters. 22 June 2017. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  5. ^ "JetSMART Argentina secures AOC, preps for 2Q19 launch". ch-aviation. ch-aviation GmbH. 24 December 2018. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  6. ^ Klesty, Victoria; Solsvik, Terje (4 December 2019). "Norwegian Air sells Argentinian subsidiary to JetSMART". Reuters. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Newsroom - American Airlines and JetSMART Sign Letter of Intent to Create the Broadest and Most Rewarding Network in the Americas". 29 July 2021. Retrieved 31 July 2021.
  8. ^ "JetSMART's debut in Chile offers a test case for LCC staying power in Latin America". CAPA Centre for Aviation. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Destinations". JetSMART. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Aviación de Chile: JetSmart se expande: Anuncia vuelos a Argentina desde Santiago y la Serena". 5 September 2018.
  11. ^ a b c "JetSmart estreia no País em dezembro com bilhetes a R$ 299" [JetSmart debuts in the country in December with tickets at R$299]. Panrotas (in Portuguese). 24 September 2019. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  12. ^ a b c Liu, Jim (7 August 2019). "JetSMART schedules new routes from Dec 2019". Routesonline. Informa Markets. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  13. ^ "JetSmart adds Castro/Chiloe service from Dec 2020".
  14. ^ a b "JetSMART Adds Colombia". Q Costa Rica. The Q Media. 19 October 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  15. ^ Liu, Jim (6 September 2019). "JetSMART adds new routes to Peru in NW19". Routesonline. Informa Markets. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  16. ^ "American Airlines and JetSMART Sign Letter of Intent to Create the Broadest and Most Rewarding Network in the Americas".
  17. ^ "JetSMART Fleet Details and History". www.planespotters.net. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  18. ^ Fiedler, Jan-Hendrik (16 October 2019). "JetSMART adds first Airbus A320neo, announces new routes". International Flight Network. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  19. ^ "Airbus, Indigo Partners finalize orders for 430 A320neo Family aircraft" (Press release). Airbus S.A.S. 28 December 2017.
  20. ^ a b "US's Indigo Partners orders 255 A321neo Family jets". Ch-Aviation. 14 November 2021.
  21. ^ "Wizz Air, Frontier, JetSMART order 50 A321neo(XLR)s". ch-aviation. ch-aviation GmbH. 16 June 2019.